#NewsBytesExplainer: Defining the art and craft of cinematography
Filmmaking is not just an art that you see. It takes years of practice to cultivate the craft of filmmaking. It is also something that separates classic cinematography from mediocre movie-making. We have all heard the term cinematography a million times. But do you know what exactly it means? Here is everything you need to know about this craft.
Cinematography – its meaning
If one refers to a dictionary, cinematography has been defined as the "art of making motion pictures." Cinematography isn't simply about recording action; it's also about telling a story visually through capturing images. It comprises many elements, including framing, lighting, camera angles, exposure, lens choices, film selection, camera motion, zoom, focus, exposure, and many other on-screen visual elements.
The work of a cinematographer
A director of photography or cinematographer is the one who presides over the light and camera crews on a video or film production. A cinematographer works closely with the director and is involved throughout the entire production to create the visual story. The most important part of a cinematographer's job description is knowing the different types of camera lenses and choosing a camera.
Cinematographers and their importance in filmmaking
An important aspect of a cinematographer's job is camera placement. How the audience will react to a particular shot depends on the camera placement. And therefore, an audience's reaction to every scene and the entire film largely depends on a cinematographer's job. He is also responsible for ensuring that his choices of camera and its angles match the director's vision for the film.
Hollywood’s most popular cinematographer
The honor of being the greatest cinematographer of all time is given to Roger Deakins. With over 25 years of experience, Deakins is known for his style, which comprises the use of subtle camera, natural and practical lighting, and innovative color palettes. Some of his popular works include The Shawshank Redemption and Skyfall. Deakins also won Academy Awards for Blade Runner 2049 and 1917.