Category "cinematography"

What's the longest period of time over which a time lapse film has been recorded?

Time lapse photography can create some pretty impressive visuals. I think we mostly see time-lapse photography in non-fictional works about nature, plants, or t

Are movies shot in higher resolution than the planned broadcasting? [duplicate]

Apparently The Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit are going to be released in 4K (link in German). The Fellowship of the Ring is from 2001 when

Was the slightly shaky camera effect done "In the edit" of the Kingsman movies?

The fight scenes in the Kingsman movies, as well as being fairly brutal, are amazing bit of cinema - long shots following through the action, with a mostly stea

Was there a special kind of camera used for The Rise of Skywalker?

While watching The Rise of Skywalker I noticed many many shots where the camera would be looking at the characters/events from far away and then zoom in and re-

Camera manipulating actor's heights? (Chris Bauer height? The Wire vs For All Mankind)

I've started watching For All Mankind and was pleased to see Chris Bauer in a strong supporting role playing Deke Slayton. I hadn't seen him in anything since h

How was 1917 filmed as a continuous shot?

I just saw the new Sam Mendes film 1917 and was really impressed with the continuous shot approach, especially given the setting in the trenches of WW1. I've se

How did Kubrick shoot HAL's "eye" in 2001: A Space Odyssey?

How did Kubrick shoot HAL's "eye" in 2001: A Space Odyssey? We see the reflection of the astronauts approaching HAL, but not the camera. How was it done?

Pasolini's hand-held camera

In most of his films, Pier Paolo Pasolini uses a shaky hand-held camera almost constantly, though it is not needed on most occasions. Can anybody clarify why he

Origin of the side-view surprise car crash shot?

The most common form of the surprise car crash shot has the camera inside a moving car, with the frame showing the driver or a passenger in profile and (past th

Can a specific shooting style be patented?

I was watching one of my childhood cartoons and realized one of the scenes was directly uplifted from Matrix. What I wonder about is. Can movies get sued becau

Tracking and Traveling Shot

What is the precise difference between a tracking shot and a traveling shot? I’ve seen that some people consider them synonym, like here: https://sites.go

How did they manage to make Birdman look like one single shot?

In Birdman there are some techniques for making it all look like a single shot that I've picked up on which are quite obvious, such as the camera turning upward

The distorted images in 2001: A Space Odyssey

The final segment of 2001 includes distorted images like below to convey an eerie sense. How was it achieved? Did Kubrick use a different lens for these shots?

Why would they use a backdrop in this outdoor scene?

I was watching the movie Double Jeopardy (1999) and the opening scene features a party that takes place at a large lodge type house on the water in Vancouver. I

Why do 90s movies often look noisy? [closed]

It is my impression that movies from around the 90s look more noisy than from other eras (in terms of picture quality, sorry I probably lack t

Are modern movies less saturated and darker in terms of lighting? What started this?

I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this or if it is nostalgia tugging but it seems to me that modern movies are much more darkly lit than, let's say, 80's

Was Spencer Tracy's long monologue at the end of Guess Who's Coming To Dinner filmed in one take?

The film Guess Who's Coming To Dinner ends with a long scene in which Spencer Tracy does virtually all the talking. In a recent conversation at Quora, someone a

First use of super-slow zoom in horror films to create tension

Here I'm not talking specifically about a "dolly zoom", first introduced by cinematographer Irmin Roberts in Hitchcock's Vertigo, but about the agonizingly slow

Could a modern movie such as "Gravity" have been constructed/produced/directed by a crew who never went to college? [closed]

To keep this semi-specific, I'm restricting the case study to the film "Gravity" I'm wondering if the sort of directing, cinematography and sp

How did the camera pass through the window (and then back out) in The Book of Eli?

During The Book of Eli (2010) there is an extended gunfight scene where the camera passed through a window, pans around, and then goes back out the window. How