May 25, 2016 at 5:36AM

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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 7:21AM

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WalterBrokx
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Stop spamming you ass.

May 25, 2016 at 1:41PM

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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 7:15AM

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Jordan Mederich
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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 8:14PM

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Reggie Brown
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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 11:04AM

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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 4:50PM, Edited June 2, 5:49PM

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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 7:47AM, Edited June 2, 7:47AM

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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 8:57AM

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Jacob Floyd
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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 10:59AM, Edited June 2, 10:59AM

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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 4:40AM

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