The Tracking Shot: The Moby Dick of Cinematography

The tracking shot can be defined as, “…a camera shot in which the cameraman follows a specific person or event in the action“. This shot can be taken as a cameraman follows the action and/or person on a dolly, or on a steady-cam, a handheld camera which creates a smooth aperture ratio during filming to … More The Tracking Shot: The Moby Dick of Cinematography

Video Interview: Sarah Rogers

Inside the Mind of a Non-Movie Lover Since my blog is so heavy on movie appreciation and critique, I thought I’d interview someone from the opposite perspective. My co-worker, Sarah Rogers is a hardworking student who is also a PR major and enjoys other things besides spending her money to judge a film, unlike me!

License to Kill: My Amazing Trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

With the new James Bond film out, Spectre, I thought it’d be perfect to tell my story of visiting a previous James Bond film location last spring break. My best friend and I have always loved the rich culture in Mexico, we decided to visit a tiny island off of Cancun, called, Isla Mujeres. Isla … More License to Kill: My Amazing Trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Film Cinematography Appreciation: American Psycho

How could an era so decadent and abundant¬†turn a man into an insecure, depraved, psychopathic killer? These are the questions asked and explored through the lens of Mary Harron in American Psycho; developed from the acclaimed novel by Bret Easton Ellis, Harron showcases famous method-trained actor, Christian Bale, as Patrick Bateman. It’s 1986 and Patrick … More Film Cinematography Appreciation: American Psycho

Blog Review: Joey Galvan’s Horror Film Blog is Essential

Not many people these days can appreciate the true artistry behind cult horror, which peaked in the 70’s throughout the 80’s. Joey Galvan’s Horror Film Blog, which he dubs as “essential horror films”, explores some of these films with a passionate voice. What drew me to Joey’s blog were our similarities in upbringing, as Joey … More Blog Review: Joey Galvan’s Horror Film Blog is Essential

Body Language, Lines and Costume Design: We Can Tell Who You Hate

In my second post, while exploring the use of natural light in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon, I mentioned that we would be able to dissect the use of body language, body lines and their costumes later. Cinematography has the color,the lenses and light, but it also¬†goes much deeper than those things, there is more aesthetic … More Body Language, Lines and Costume Design: We Can Tell Who You Hate

Color Theory: Why That Blue Scene Makes You Feel Blue

The most identifiable trait of Cinematography is the color. Sure there are tracking shots (yes, we will get to that), styled lenses and intentional lighting tricks to convey a message for the viewer of a film. However, the most influential aspect proves to be the colors used consistently throughout a movie, which make some great … More Color Theory: Why That Blue Scene Makes You Feel Blue

Barry Lyndon: A Picturesque Achievement of Natural Light

I could go on and on about my appreciation and admiration for acclaimed film director Stanley Kubrick, whom I often cite as my favorite director. Kubrick’s obsessive nature and obscure vision set him apart from his peers by always pushing boundaries and finding new, authentic ways to interpret a film for a viewer. Barry Lyndon … More Barry Lyndon: A Picturesque Achievement of Natural Light

Welcome to My World

When people consider their favorite aspects of a film, they usually discuss the directing, acting, film score, or action stunts. What most don’t realize is that the reason the directing ties in so well with an actor’s presence, or why a film’s score connects beautifully with a well pictured shot, is all thanks to the … More Welcome to My World