March 25, 2017

Cinematic Techniques That Have Become Popular in the Modern Age of Filmmaking

Here's a look at what's en vogue in cinematography today.

Cinematography has changed a lot since workers left the Lumière factory in 1895. Drones, gimbals, and 360-degree camera rigs have made it easier for filmmakers to take advantage of their wild creativity in order to capture images that the forefathers of film never even dreamed possible. So, what are the techniques that have become popular in today's cinematic climate? Well, here to discuss it in this episode of Indy Mogul's Saturday Morning Special series is YouTuber Aidin Robbins of Digital Blast, who, at just 14 years old, has an understanding of filmmaking that stands up to even the most seasoned pros.

Robbins gives us a lot to digest in this video. Though some of the techniques he mentions, like macro shots and flares, have been used for quite some time, he definitely mentions some that are unique to the current climate of cinema. 

One example of this is the use of "external footage sources." Though there have been plenty of instances of this in past films, like the use of news and security footage, what we're seeing today is an new kind of integration of footage from the main camera source and footage from GoPros, webcams, and smartphones. A great example of this, as Robbins points out, comes from The Martian, which edits A-Roll and GoPro and webcam footage side by side, perhaps in an attempt to not only make the visuals more exciting to look at, but to also show just how isolated Matt Damon's character is as he goes through life alone on Mars.

I especially appreciated his take on how filmmakers today allow their cameras to interact with the story in order serve as either an additional character that exists within the diegesis or as a souped up POV shot that breaks the fourth wall by reacting to explosions or blood spatter.

There are so many other examples of modern filmmaking techniques, so feel free to share some you find particularly interesting down in the comments.      

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Aidin, the quiff could have been fixed in post, but thanks for the vid !

March 26, 2017 at 4:05AM

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Saied M.
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Speaking of camera techniques, he basically blows the biggest beginner mistake the first time we see him, centering his head in the screen, hehe. How can he talk about cinema without the most basic knowledge as to how to properly compose a shot=) Terrible lighting AND color. I can't even listen to what he's saying because I'm staring at the massive amount of headroom.

Just saying....

Why again are we celebrating people regurgitating whats in "making of" films, conference talks and books? Just because he's young and on Youtube, what he's saying isn't special. Nothing unique. No perspective no one else hasn't noticed.

Or is it because he's young?

March 26, 2017 at 10:00PM

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Josh.R
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Perhaps he looks up to great filmmakers like kubrick, wes anderson, roy anderson, peter jackson, george miller, the coen brothers that like to frame their subjects in the center of the frame for different emotional effects.

March 27, 2017 at 8:36AM

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Josef Lorenzo
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Completely correct, but understanding when to use is it understanding technique. This situation was NOT it. Doing a selfie video is NOT understanding the "why" and "when". There is no emotion here. It's a VLOG =)

Now if he was talking about how cancer has affected his life and he's slowly bringing you closer and closer, THAT is technique=)

You can't just frame a shot because you saw someone do it, without understand WHY they did it and expect it not to look amateurish. All you're doing it copying a great shot, badly.

Its the errors every student makes in film school 101. I remember those days, because we all did it. The "wouldn't it be cool, if" technique....no it's not cool, because you did it wrong, hehe.

March 27, 2017 at 9:58AM, Edited March 27, 10:01AM

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Josh.R
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He's paying homage to the great filmmakers in his video about modern techniques. It makes sense to me.

March 27, 2017 at 1:14PM

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Josef Lorenzo
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Interesting conversation. I hadn't thought about it before, because a lot of tutorials I see just show a software screen or graphic or something. I get what Josh. R is saying but I think it works. I popped over to Film Riot and clicked on a couple of random vids and saw that guy pretty much in the middle of shot.
Truth is (and I'm guilty of this myself) it's easier to make fun of the kid, but underneath that I do admire him.

March 27, 2017 at 1:25PM, Edited March 27, 1:26PM

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Saied M.
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It's a informative talking head video. That's why.
Also I guess that Wes Anderson should read up on cinematography as well?

June 18, 2017 at 11:42AM

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