I am a firm believer in that the story and the scene will tell you how to frame it.
the more important rules are the following:
1) Know where you are coming from. ie what is the tone, pacing, and emotional feel of the previous shot and scene, this also includes all that has happened before this setup and frame
2) know where you are going to. See above
3) HOW DOES THIS SHOT SERVE THE STORY I cannot emphasize this enough. Just making a "Cool" or "Rad" shot doesn't work. It needs to serve the story
and #4 to be done at the end of EVERY take. "How can I make it better"
With those 4 rules, there are no rules of composition.
This is what I teach at all the workshops I teach (and alot more) and that I use daily. A great example of this is the way I framed "Dexter" for the seven seasons I was there. Every shot was framed to propel the story forward
IA Local 600 Operator workshop instructor
Considering that 95% of the Assistants and DP's use iDevices it's not a stupid marketing move
Ummmm You know not of what you are talking about. You have diopters memorized? How about depth of field? Mired shift values? How about matching size?
Not only is there a need for "Fancy Apps" but they are used daily on the big shows.
No, this study was done independently of the union because of a few concerned operators, when it was completed it was presented to the union
Well not exactly true. Free Driving happens all the time. It's faster and requires no tow rig and trailer so it's cheaper and that's two cases that producers love. Regrettably, I've done far too many free drive shots in my career and consider myself lucky that I haven't been involved in a crash
Nikon had a GREAT video capable DSLR in the D800 and the follow on D810. Nikon chose to not support it just as it was gaining traction. We used the D800 on Dexter (us and wilfred were the first two shows to use them) and loved having a small body with good glass that we could use as a gopro and with the color profile that Technicolor built it was easy to grade it so we could cut it with the Alexa main camera footage.
It's sad they built a helluva good HD camera