Why Film Matters

19 October, 2012Blog, Craft

Even in this “digital age,” I find the change from teaching cinematography students with film to teaching with digital unfortunate.  Not because I have any “nostalgic” feelings about film (which I admit I do); rather, film forces one to take much greater care in planning and execution of one’s photography than digital does.  The lack … Read More

Lessons from the Grindhouse

21 July, 2012Craft

or, What I’ve Learned from Working on Micro-Budget Genre Films I’m pretty much taking the same career path many of my heroes did, and have started out with low-budget independent genre movies.  Unlike some of my heroes’ movies, instead of getting limited regional theatrical releases, these are going direct to DVD (which is the new … Read More

It’s not the camera, it’s you.

10 May, 2012Blog, Craft

Lately, there’s been a lot of debate about what the rise of digital acquisition means for the art and craft of cinematography, and I’ve been hearing a lot of negativity from people about how digital is making every Joe Schmo with no photographic skill think they can be the next Vilmos Zsigmond just by virtue … Read More