25 Basic Camera Terms All Beginner Filmmakers Should Know

If you want to use a camera, you're gonna want to know this terminology.

Filmmaking might be a creative art form, but it's also incredibly technical, which can be pretty intimidated for those who are taking their first dive into the process. If you're new to filmmaking, especially if you're inexperienced at working with cameras, a good place to start is boning up on all the essential camera terminology. In this video, the team over at Apalapse goes over 25 key terms that will help you hit the ground running when it comes time to shoot. Check it out below:

Granted, this is super basic stuff, so if you're an experienced filmmaker you can probably skip this article. However, this is going to be an essential lesson for beginners who don't know much, if anything, about important concepts like the "Three Pillars of Photography" (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO), depth of field and bokeh, and dynamic range.

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An Ode to Marlin, the Greatest Dad in the Seven Seas

He's not the strongest, wisest, or bravest clownfish in the sea, but Marlin from Pixar's "Finding Nemo" is certainly a role model for parents everywhere.

Who is your favorite cinematic father? Empathetic and troubled George Bailey from It's a Wonderful Life? Goofy and selfish Clark Griswold from National Lampoon's Vacation? Regal and courageous Mufasa from The Lion King? If you're like me, you gravitate toward on-screen dads that remind you of either your own real-life dad or your closest parental figure, whether they play the hero or the villain. (My dad is equal parts Atticus Finch and Vito Corleone.)

So, on this glorious Father's Day, let's take a closer look at one of the most complex father figures in film, Marlin, the anxiety-ridden helicopter parent in Pixar's Finding Nemo. In this video essay, ScreenPrism explores how the overprotective clownfish overcomes his many fears to not only save his son from certain death but to also become the father he needs him to be.

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5 Creative Things You Can Do with the Crop Tool in Premiere Pro

The crop tool in Premiere Pro has a lot more to offer than you might think.

If you have any experience working in Adobe Premiere Pro, or any NLE for that matter, the crop tool is probably something that you're at least somewhat familiar with. You might traditionally use it to zoom in on your footage a bit or even change the aspect ratio of your frame, but there's actually a lot of really cool things you can do with this effect that you might've never heard about before.

In this video, Jordy Vandeput of Cinecom goes over five creative ways you can use the crop tool to make your edits more creative and dynamic, from animating text to creating sleek transitions. Check it out below:

While Vandeput certainly shows you how to pull off a handful of great effects, there is a myriad of interesting things you can do with the crop tool inside of Premiere Pro. His tutorial will not only provide you with a few new tricks that you can bust out the next time you work on a project but it will also, hopefully, get your creative juices flowing so you can come up with your own ideas on how to use the crop tool in more creative ways.

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The Thought Process Behind Lighting an Exterior Shot at Night

Gearing up for an outdoor nighttime shoot? Keep these lighting techniques in mind.

Night exteriors pose unique lighting challenges to cinematographers. Not only do they have to paint light on the blank canvas that is darkness but they also have to mimic the look and feel of the moon, a light source that is often not powerful enough to produce a decent exposure. If you're unsure of how to approach a nighttime shoot, you should check out this video from Aputure. In it, Ted Sim talks with DP Julia Swain as she details her lighting process and techniques, from how to recreate moonlight to taking advantage of practicals.

Because there aren't really any hard and fast rules about lighting, not all DPs are going to light a scene in the same way. However, Swain's three different lighting setups can give you a great primer on exterior night shots, as well as a great place to start your education on how to light them. She demos a "bare moonlight" setup, moonlight with practicals, and finally, just practicals, which introduces you to some of the most common and important concepts in lighting night exteriors.

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Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Worry about Resolution According to DP Geoff Boyle

Who reigns supreme in the battle between picture and pixels?

It's difficult to define what makes an image "good". Is it the composition? The lighting? The use of color and texture and depth? The answer is yes to all of that—and so much more, not the least of which, as some would argue, resolution. As the industry standard continues to get higher and higher, with 4K making way for 8K and beyond, many filmmakers have no doubt wondered about the correlation between high-quality images and resolution, including DP Geoff Boyle, who in this interview with Cooke Optics TV, expressed his stance on the debate in one of the more colorful ways we've seen.

"Don't worry about the color space, don't worry about the resolution, just worry about the images."

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10 Things You Should Do to Your New Camera Before You Shoot

You just got a new camera? Sweet! But before you go out and shoot, you might want to do these 10 pretty boring things.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of bringing home a brand new friggin' camera. As you carry that sweet li'l thang over the threshold, I know the first thing you'll want to do is get it out of that packaging, run your hands over its smooth, beautiful body, and just go to town, but don't. A good camera is like a diesel engine; you can't just take it out and expect it to be ready to go when you are. You need to warm it up first. In this helpful video, Caleb Pike of DSLR Video Shooter goes over ten things you should do before shooting with a new camera to ensure that it's primed to capture the images you want.

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3 Stress Killers That You Should Bring with You on Set

Working on a set is like being inside a pressure cooker. Here are some things that will help you release some of that steam.

Set life is absolutely 100% bonkers. There are people zipping all over the place, you've got voices flooding the walkie, and there you are struggling to stay on top of the bazillion tasks you were entrusted to complete. To help you manage the pandemonium, Robbie Janney of Shutterstock lists three things that you can bring with you on set that will make your day of shooting a whole lot easier. Check out the video below:

The list of things that could help make set life easier is endless. With so many different tasks that have to get done in a day, every filmmaker could benefit from having comfy shoes, Sharpies, and other seemingly random supplies lying around somewhere. However, the items on Janney's list go after some bigger fish, the most common stress-inducing issues that are infamous on a film set, like transporting gear, unpreparedness, and organizing your shoot.

So, here are the three things Janney says can help make your life on set easier:

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Calling All Drama Queens! ScreenCraft’s Drama Screenplay Contest Is Now Open

Now's the time to get your drama script in front of people who know what to do with it.

ScreenCraft is once again looking for fresh new voices to take part in its most popular screenwriting competition, the 2018 Drama Screenplay Contest. Winners will not only receive some pretty sweet cash prizes but, most importantly, they'll get the chance to connect with some of the industries leading professionals.

Now taking submissions, the 2018 Drama Screenplay Contest is a "[celebration of] great dramatic film writing." The panel of judges, which includes talent agents, studio executives, and literary managers from companies like Fox Searchlight, Verve Talent, and Brillstein Entertainment, is hoping to find "great stories with original voices and honest emotion."

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3 Lessons You Can Learn from Taika Waititi’s Rough Draft Filmmaking

Your first effort may not be sexy, but your hustle sure is.

If you're getting down about your filmography consisting of not a single feature, don't. Yeah, we all want to be Orson Welles and direct a feature-length masterpiece on our first go-around, but having a bunch of low-budget, low-quality shorts under your belt is actually a really great place to be. Just look at director Taika Waititi. Sure, he directed a ginormous blockbuster last year with Thor: Ragnarok, but before he was helming one of the best Marvel films ever, he was crafting delightful indie features like Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Boy, and before that, he was crafting no-budget shorts that laid the foundation upon which he would build his later work.

In this video essay, Luís Azevedo of Fandor examines Waititi's career to show us how "rough draft" filmmaking can be just as beneficial and rewarding as working on a high-value, big-budget project.

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6 Steps to Launching Your Music Video Career

If you want to start making music videos, here are 6 things that will help you do it.

Music videos are a great outlet for filmmakers to explore and experiment with their creativity but getting your career off the ground can be a little tricky. If you're unsure of where to start, music video director Jakob Owens of The Buff Nerds shares six tips that will help you not only launch your career but also make your work more professional, exciting, and relevant in a highly competitive field. Check out his video below:

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