The burger drop shot, where the ingredients of the world’s most perfect food appear to fall from the sky and perfectly stack themselves upon landing, pops up a lot in fast food commercials. But seeing what it takes to realize this footage without computer graphics makes you wonder if it’s worth all the effort.
Hitchcock is the unquestioned master of suspense. But what is it about his scenes that makes them so gripping, and why do they stand up to repeated viewings, even when you know the twist?
CineFix did a pretty solid job in creating a list for the best opening shots in movie history so its fitting that they would try and do something even harder, making the 10 best closing shots in movie history. If you’ve watched movies in your life, you should already know what will pop up on this sort of list and…
This year, the most amazing thing I saw at Google’s annual developer conference wasn’t a phone, a tablet, or even a head-mounted display. It was a 360-degree 3D video that took me to Japan. Now, filmmakers can spend $15,000 on the tech that made it possible: the GoPro Odyssey. It’s one heck of a camera.
The Dutch angle is a film technique where the camera is tilted a bit so that the shot looks purposely off, what’s happening in the shot is not parallel to the frame, it’s at an angle instead. The Dutch angle heightens tension and is disorientating and can make us uneasy (to match the character’s uneasiness). It’s an…
CineFix attempted the impossible task of trying to list the top 10 most beautiful movies of all time and did a half decent job! If anything, it’s nice to see these movies pop up on your screen again (albeit through a YouTube window) just to remind yourself about how beautiful the colors and the cinematography and the…
Mad Max: Fury Road is an undeniable triumph for humanity. But in case you needed even more reason to love and respect this visual masterpiece, we now have a series of comparisons showing some of the film’s original action sequence shots next to their post-visual-effects counterparts.
Fading to black means stopping. It's a period mark. An end point. The story is over. Fading to white? It can be used to mean so much more. It could be the end, but it also doesn't have to be. It could be hopeful and enlightening and happy. But it could also be sad. Here's a compilation of fade to white scenes in…
Lovely though it is in person, Chicago can seem like a grim, grey place on film. So when the Wachowskis decided to film key moments of their new movie Jupiter Ascending there, they didn't just wait for the most beautiful light—they built a whole new type of camera to capture it.
Editor Jacob T. Swinney put together this video with the best cinematography of 2014. The list only includes movies that have been released theatrically in the US, like Interstellar, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Nymphomaniac, and many more.
We've seen tons of photographs of the city of Pripyat, Ukraine, which has been abandoned since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, but this video offers a different view. Cinematographer Danny Cooke was able to fly a drone through the city, capturing the current state of decay.
For years virtual reality technology has remained intractably saddled with Lawnmower Man-era content. Even with the advent of affordable, consumer-targeted VR systems like the Oculus Rift, the most common application has been immersive video games. That's all about to change.
If you thought 3D movies were only a fad that has already come and gone for good, think again. IMAX cameras have been used to shoot 3D films and documentaries for decades now, including immersive content for theme park rides. And the company has just revealed a new fully integrated dual 65mm 4K digital 3D camera that…
There are few legal things that can teleport you to another world as well as an excellent long film take in a movie. When those happen—think of those scenes in Children of Men or Goodfellas—you don't feel like you're watching a movie anymore, you feel like you're seeing it happen in real life. Like you're right next…
The accessories in Maiko Takeda's Cinematography collection aren't just decorative by themselves; when light shines through them, they also decorate other surfaces with photograph-like images of light and shadow.
When Video Girl Barbie came out in 2010 it seemed like a pretty weird idea to jam a camera into a doll's décolletage. And at 1.2 MP and 240p, the specs didn't exactly make it worthwhile. But flash forward to 2013 . . . and it still seems super weird.
Watchmakers cater to all kind of professions that live and die by the clock. But Arnold & Richter is the first to include filmmakers alongside pilots, law enforcement, and engineers with its limited edition Arri-branded DoP*1 watch designed with the help of German cinematographer Tom Fährmann.
Ali Shirazi explores the geometry of Paul Thomas Anderson's There Will Be Blood, finding the golden spirals, examples of the Rule of Thirds, and tracking shot mathematics describing the film's cinematography.
Many photographers play with the way infrared photography transforms mundane landscapes into cotton candy fantasy lands. The Richard Mosse-directed video installation The Enclave goes a step further, juxtaposing those landscapes against the lives of rebel groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In case you forgot, the RED Dragon is the latest 6K video-recording, insane dynamic-range-producing, probably-fire-breathing camera. This particular model is cased in carbon fiber, and will be put to the test filming the next season of Game of Thrones.