May 25, 2016 at 8:36AM

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Vilmos Zsigmond: Cinematography Masterclass

While actors, directors and even producers are attached in public and prominent ways to the films they work to create, it would be foolish to pretend that the individuality and quality of a film is reliant only on such figures. As the 2012 documentary Casting By showed us, the chemistry between leads or the cohesiveness of an ensemble cast is often due to casting directors, not just the actors themselves.

Interviews such as this one reveal how important the work of hair and makeup artists is to bringing out a character’s identity, maintaining authenticity and building the look of a film. Films like Laurent Cantet’s Entre les murs reveal just how integral a screenwriter’s role can be, even in a film with largely improvised dialogue.

However, one of the most underestimated contributions to filmmaking is that of the cinematographer. Many tend to view visual framing, camera movement and cinematographic effects as the sole work of a director. Yet cinematography is a fine art in itself, and as proven by recent films such as The Revenant, shot by Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubeski, a skilled cinematographer can elevate an entire film.

Yet perhaps the greatest cinematographer of the last 50 years is the Hungarian-American Vilmos Zsigmond ASC, who passed away on January 1, 2016 at the age of 86.

Beginning his career behind the camera for Robert Altman in the 1970s, Vilmos Zsigmond shot such varied and renowned films as Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind (for which he picked up an Oscar® for Best Cinematography), Brian De Palma’s Obsession, George Miller’s The Witches of Eastwick and Woody Allen’s Melinda and Melinda.

To pass from Altman to De Palma to Allen requires a technical flexibility and artistic fluidity few can harness. Directors are often lauded for developing an idiosyncratic filmmaking style. Yet cinematographers like Vilmos Zsigmond showed their true talents as artistic chameleons, bringing a multitude of filmmaking styles to life.

Check out his masterclass here: https://www.indiefilmhustle.com/vilmos-zsigmond-cinematography-masterclass/

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Only 3 related tags. The rest is just tag spam that clutters search results with unrelated mess.
Come on, don't tell me you also just crap in your living room?

May 25, 2016 at 10:21AM

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WalterBrokx
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Stop spamming you ass.

May 25, 2016 at 4:41PM

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Alex James
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WHY ISN'T NFS RESPONDING TO THIS CRAP??

Ryan, come on man...

May 26, 2016 at 10:15AM

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Jordan Mederich
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Alex is providing free information to all of you, why is there so much hate towards him? Why has no film school turned into a raging mob attacking anyone with experience and knowledge.

Thank you Alex for providing these articles, I'm sure if these idiots actually read they would appreciate it too.

May 30, 2016 at 9:50AM

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Other than he takes information from other sites and posts it without giving credit to the original author. He has taken vids from "Every Frame a Painting" and from "Wolfcrow" then just reposting it as his own.

People aren't upset with information, it's how he's spamming with every unrelated tag which ruins the search engine, not giving credit to the authors that are actually creating the content, and the annoying pop up ads all over his website, etc. It comes across as very spammy and just stealing info and calling it his own.

I think it's great he's gathering all the info and putting into one page, but you don't need a tag that says "Alexa Array" and other non related tags when when the post is about Talent Agency hiring. This isn't experience and knowledge, this is trying to take advantage of the system.

May 31, 2016 at 5:44PM

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Tony stop drinking that haterade...he is trying to get his free posts out there. Get over it dude, and go do something with your life like Alex is doing.

May 31, 2016 at 6:26PM

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You don't really get the concept of tagspamming I guess. He can still gt his free posts, but why should a post about: "How a 17 yr old directed and sold her first movie on 16mm" have tags like: red camera, red epic, red scarlet, red raven, red dragon, blackmagic camera, 4K and Array (lol) Alexa?
They are totally non-related to the subject, but this post will pop-up when you search for info about those cameras.
THAT is what bothers people the most.

Observing that behaviour and saying something about it isn't an act of hate. The tagspamming itself is an act of polution and vandalism that lowers the quality of life in this NFS neighbourhood.

I'm totally pro spreading knowledge. I am just against anti-social behaviour like littering, vandalism and tagspamming. Allowing such things only sends out the signal that there are no rules, because nobody cares. And when nobody cares a neighbourhood falls apart, while the streets turn into a stinking wasteland.

Tagspamming is very 'Altavista', btw. A trick that was successful before Google existed, but it made really relevant pages harder to find.

June 1, 2016 at 5:43AM

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WalterBrokx
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Cameras are related to filmmaking dude...he isn't putting things that out of the ballpark, it's not like he is putting theater tags or political tags.

Alex is using filmmaking tags to get his free info out there. Please down the haterade and contribute to the community like he is doing.

Starting several posts just to hate on Alex, is drinking haterade. Get over it, I know you are jealous of him but please stop. It makes you look immature and petty.

June 1, 2016 at 10:53AM

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Ninja, you seem to be ignoring every legitimate criticism people have and every argument they put forth, and just calling them haters, as if that's an argument in and of itself. Stop and listen to why people are frustrated, please.

Let's all try to have a discussion in a professional manner, without all the insult slinging and insinuations. Even r/filmmaking manages that.

Also, in case you are unaware, you are in breach of the NFS community guidelines: "A general guideline is to register with your name as it would appear in a screen credit."
(http://nofilmschool.com/guidelines)

June 1, 2016 at 10:08PM

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Jacob Floyd
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Jacob, learn to read please.

June 2, 2016 at 12:03AM, Edited June 2, 12:03AM

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NinjaMonkey I thought you said you were leaving this site for good? I particularly remember people saying they won't miss you. Just an fyi, people didn't miss you so you didn't have to come back. Go away and stay gone for good, a lot of people would appreciate it.

June 1, 2016 at 11:14PM

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Reggie Brown
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I'm sorry I cannot stand fools like you and other on this site attacking talented people like Alex.

If you can't understand the facts that Alex is using these filmmaking related tags to increase the visibility of his posts. He has has some pretty awesome and experienced guests on his podcast, sharing valuable information. You both need to be taught some manners, but thankfully I'll probably never work with you. Go film something and stop bickering like little jealous school girls.

June 2, 2016 at 12:01AM

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Reggie, there is no need to be mean and personal to someone you disagree with.
NinjaMonkey and I disagree, but I'm not telling him to go away.
Let's not turn debates into barfights. :-p

June 2, 2016 at 2:04PM

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WalterBrokx
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Contrary to the belief of today's society, being truthful isn't being mean. And for the small amount of things that I do take personal, ninjamonkey wouldn't be one of them. Also, I didn't disagree with him, I actually agreed with him. He said he was leaving this site for good, I agreed that he should have left for good. And ninjamonkey, I didn't attack Alex, maybe you should re-read my comment...it was all about you!

June 2, 2016 at 7:50PM, Edited June 2, 8:49PM

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Reggie Brown
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Hey guys let me jump in here. Sorry for using those tags. Didn't think it would cause such an issue. It won't happen again. Moving forward I'll be more careful with the tags I use for the posts here.

Good luck to you all in all your filmmaking adventures!

June 2, 2016 at 10:47AM, Edited June 2, 10:47AM

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Alex Ferrari
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All we were looking for. Thank you, and no hard feelings from my end.

June 2, 2016 at 11:57AM

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Jacob Floyd
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Alex you are only bothering those with too much time on their hands. I am fine with you promoting your podcast, you are doing it for free to help the community. The tags are all filmmaking related, nothing outside of filmmaking.

Thanks again for doing this for the community Alex, please don't mind those jealous of you.

June 2, 2016 at 12:05PM

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Hey Ninja Monkey, take a note from Alex. He replied and apologized for something without belittling or insulting anyone.

June 2, 2016 at 6:17PM

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John Haas
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Thanks for jumping in, Alex :-)
I made quite some noise and I'm glad we can agree on keeping tags a helpfull tool to find the content we are actually looking for.

June 2, 2016 at 1:59PM, Edited June 2, 1:59PM

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WalterBrokx
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The Borderlands series is one of the best in the lot of action gaming. Now the third installment of the series is about to release with the addition of two new varieties of items including the laser gun and I am waiting for this game to release to check it out myself. Hope it lives up to our expectations.You can check out Borderlands 3 features

March 2, 2017 at 7:40AM

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