Almost six months ago, The Black and Blue was completely redesigned with the launch of version 4.0, codename “Delta.” It was the biggest update in the history of the site. Today, another big update (version 4.1) launches that helps refine the design further, adds the ability to post more frequent updates, and hopefully makes for a better experience when you stop by. Let me tell you more…
Filmmaking Tips and Advice
Last week, camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed after being struck by a train on the set of a movie. The reaction to the preventable accident has been varied, but there’s been an outpouring of positive support via a Slates for Sarah page and a petition to get her mentioned at the Oscars.
Anybody working in a creative field knows the relentless pursuit of perfection can be time-consuming and fruitless. But it’s that detail over your craft that helps propel it to excellence, so long as you can let the reality of the practical settle in.
Two of the hardest things to get a handle on in the film industry is how much you can expect to make and where the jobs are. Well, thanks to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, we can remove some of that guess work and find out about the average wage of a camera operator, where the most jobs are, and how much the industry is projected to grow.
Those of us in the camera department have known for years that we dress to impress – by being ready for cold weather, hot desert, or a really long day. Adam Carolla agrees and, on one of his podcasts turned into this video, explains why cameramen dress the best.
As a camera assistant, you’ve probably had to explain what you do to a friend or family member, but have you ever had to explain it to somebody in production? Sometimes there’s a disconnect between what production asks of an AC and what you’re trained to do.
Each scene in a well-crafted film contains dozens of examples of how the art of cinematography can affect an audience and draw them further into a story or a character. All you have to do is study those films and be willing to learn to become a better cinematographer.