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Back to One, Episode 153: Andrew Garfield

With remarkable performances in films like Hacksaw Ridge, The Social Network, Under The Silver Lake and Silence, Andrew Garfield has established himself as one of the great actors of his generation. And now a virtuoso performance in Gia Coppola’s new film Mainstream solidifies that. On this episode, he talks about two transformative experiences in the theater (Death of A Salesman and Angels In America) that changed him in deep ways, and what he did on the nights when he felt so emotionally drained that he literally couldn’t go on the stage. He talks about why he needs to feel “called” […]

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #279 – Zach Kuperstein

Hey gang this week on the show we are chatting with cinematographer Zach Kuperstein about his recent feature film work on The Vigil.

We get in to all the usual suspects of conversation around his approach to the work, continuing to grow as a cinematographer, finding your style and much more.

It was great chatting with Zach and I hope you are able to pull some wisdom out of the conversation.

Enjoy!

Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training

It is finally here!!

I have been waiting for the technology to catch up and allow us to take this show on the road.  Seeing the visuals broken down after the fact has been great but building the shots from the ground up is a completely new experience and that is why I am so excited about this new course.

See a project from start to finish and come on set to watch and listen as the shots are built, schedules are constructed, and problems overcome.

I am very proud of the course and it is without a doubt the best, most concise way to learn about my approach to cinematography and to see exactly how I do my job on and off set.

If you are interested in seeing the Framework in action I highly suggest you check it out:

Advanced Cinematography – On Set Training

What is the Framework? – Video Series

If you are new to the podcast and want to learn more about the framework and what the basics are please click the link below and get access to a six part video series breaking down what I think are the key principles.

What is the Framework – Video Series Access

Patreon Breakdown – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Over on Patreon this week we are looking at a deceptively good looking film shot by Jody Lee Lipes A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

I always like to say making flashy action movies and crazy sci-fi is fun but I am always drawn to honest portrayals of regular life to see how a cinematographer views the world. 

Jody pulls off some very beautiful work in the film and we take a look at just how it was all accomplished.

To watch the video click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Cinematographer Zach Kuperstein

Website: Zach Kuperstein

Instagram: @zachkuperstein

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My RØDE Cast 2021 Podcastingg Competition Returns with over 100 Prizes

RØDE Microphone’s Podcasting competition is back for its third year in 2021. How to enter To enter, all you need to do is record an original podcast, 1-2 minutes in length, on any topic, and in any style. Once you’ve recorded your podcast, upload it to Anchor, My RØDE Cast’s official hosting platform, and then … Continued

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Back to One, Episode 152: Shannon Devido

I first came in contact with the juggernaut that is Shannon DeVido in her hilarious portrayal of Andrea Mumford on Difficult People. Another recurring role on the Netflix series Insatiable followed, and now the actor/singer/comedian gets to combine it all in the smile-inducing new movie musical Best Summer Ever. On this episode, she talks about the passionate, super-positive, love-filled environment that fueled that ambitious production and the ways she adjusted to a starring role after years of guest spots. She gives us a peek at what it’s like to navigate the acting world as a disabled person, and why the […]

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #278 – Donut Days

This week on the podcast we take a look at a recent commercial we shot and discuss scheduling and how to make your locations work for you rather than against you.

Every cinematographer dreams of pulling off a Nomadland style job with magic hour shots left, right, and center but in the commercial world where the dollar rules all those chances are few and far between.

As a cinematographer you have to have the ability to adjust to the schedule and get the best looking images you can given the circumstances.

In this episode we take a look at what that meant on a recent spot shot here in sunny Western Australia.

Enjoy the behind the scenes look!

Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training

Are you interested in coming on set with me and seeing how I work on a typical commercial?  Do you want to see the Framework in action and follow along as the various pieces are added to see the before and after differences?

If so than please check out the latest course from the Wandering DP:

Advanced Cinematography – On Set Training

This course follows a project from start to finish and you get to come on a virtual set and see how all the shots are designed.  The positive feedback from students has been overwhelming and the new technology that runs the course and allows you to see lighting and framing decisions in real time has changed the way cinematographers will learn forever.

Patreon Podcast: Goliath

On the Patreon Breakdown series this week we look at a great looking set up from the Amazon Prime show Goliath.

I hadn’t seen the show before but someone in the Discord group shouted out this specific episode and I am happy they did.

We look at a beautiful sequence shot inside a casino and then go outside to see what it takes to make realistic moonlight in a wide open landscape.  Lots to learn from this one.

You can find this week’s Patreon content by clicking the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon Group

If you are a fan of the podcast and want more video content the patreon group is the place to be.  Each and every week I release an exclusive podcast, video, or live stream just for the Patreon members.

Patreon members also get access to the Private Facebook community for the show.  The podcast couldn’t exist without the Patreon support and I do my best to take care of the supporters.

Donut Days – The Spots

These spots were filmed in one day and they were 2 15 second spots consisting of the same gag in each.  A ball flies out of nowhere and hits one of the guys on the head.  They fall, you laugh.

That is all she wrote.

Camera Gear:

We shot this on the Alexa Mini LF and the Cooke Speed Panchros.

Everything was shot at 800 ISO except for the wide scenes (they were 1280).  We shot open gate for reframe options and used Prores 4444 XQ.

The Spot – Shot by Shot

Shot 1 – The Lurker

The Shot

Wide opening shot to establish the scene layout.

The Lighting

We had a 20×20 of 1.4 grid overhead to cut the harsh sun.  It was more to cut the shadown from the awning but once it was up we left it for continuity.

Then we used a 12×12 Ultra Bounce to bounce from frame left and then had Black Neg wrapped and tied to the overhead everywhere else to cut any stray return light/fill.

The Result

Set Up #2 – The Punch In

The Shot

Man in focus gets hit by a ball in the back of the head and falls out of shot.

The Lighting

See above.  The only thing we did was move everything closer so we could control the levels better.  We also added a mirror bounce to the background to help get some level.

The Result

Set Up #3 – The Texture

The Shot

A continuation of the previous shot with a rack focus to this character.

The Lighting

See above.

The Result

Set Up #4 – The CC Shot

The Shot

Over the shoulder product reveal on the phone.

The Lighting

We blacked off some areas of the overhead to get the grass a bit darker behind the hand.

We brought in a smaller 4×4 diffusion frame which was very thick to help wrap the top light diffusion even further around the hand.

We also moved in all the neg to soak up any stray light bouncing around.

The Result

Set Up #5 – The Close

The Shot

We cut out to reveal the reaction of the BBQ guy.

The Lighting

Same as Shot #2.

The Result

Shot #6 – The Wide Jetty

The Shot

We are wide as the guy frame right casts his line of the jetty.

The Lighting

There was no space to bounce any light from as we only had the one small camera boat.  This meant all the lighting came down to orientation to sun and time of day.

The Result

Shot #7 – The Back of the Head

The Shot

Guy checks phone, gets hit with a ball in the back of the head, and falls into the water out of shot.

The Lighting

We moved the talent away from the edge of the jetty and used an 8×8 of bleached muslin to bounce some of the sun back as a key wrap.

Frame left we have two 4×4 floppies adding contrast by taking light away from the near side.

The Result

Shot #8 – The Rack

The Shot

A continuation of the previous shot.

The Lighting

See above.

The Result

Shot #9 – The CC Part 2

The Shot

The classic credit card/phone shot.

The Lighting

WE had a 4×4 frame over the top of the hand and then neg all around the body of the talent and camera right.

The Result

Shot #10 – The Stare

The Shot

Reaction shot once this guy sees the talent hit the water.

The Lighting

Here we used the same set up as the other shot with the bounce and neg but because we were able to come on more of an angle towards the sun we could get way more contrast in the scene.

The Result

Shot #11 – The Finale

The Shot

Main talent in water basking in his victory.

The Lighting

Donuts.

The Result

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Back to One, Episode 151: Julian Kostov

Julian Kostov is a multilingual Bulgarian actor, producer, and advocate for slavic representation. He plays Fedyor on the new hit Netflix fantasy series Shadow and Bone. On this episode, he takes us from his depressed student years, when it was folly to even dream of working as an actor, through the difficult period of the growth of his craft, recovering from big auditions, strengthened by personal breakthroughs that fuel the work, all the way through the harnessing of his ability to bring his unique spin to wonderful roles and help others with the founding of his company JupiterLights Media, which […]

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #277 – Jessica Young

Hello everybody!

After a few (read many) technical difficulties I finally got a chance to chat with cinematographer Jessica Young about her most recent work on the documentary What Drives Us.

Our conversation covers her beginnings in the film business, navigating her way through the industry, and how documentary work carries over to narrative.

I really enjoyed our chat and I hope you are able to take some things away from the conversation.

Enjoy!

Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training

It is finally here!!

I have been waiting for the technology to catch up and allow us to take this show on the road.  Seeing the visuals broken down after the fact has been great but building the shots from the ground up is a completely new experience and that is why I am so excited about this new course.

See a project from start to finish and come on set to watch and listen as the shots are built, schedules are constructed, and problems overcome.

I am very proud of the course and it is without a doubt the best, most concise way to learn about my approach to cinematography and to see exactly how I do my job on and off set.

If you are interested in seeing the Framework in action I highly suggest you check it out:

Advanced Cinematography – On Set Training

Patreon Breakdown – The Mauritanian

The Mauritanian shot by Alwin Kuchler BSC is a very interesting looking film and by far the clearest image I have ever seen on my home television.

The detail in the modern day scenes was so nuanced it made me do a double take on why I was reacting to it the way I was.  Still not sure I can pin point what was going on but it was razor sharp.

Besides the tech side of things Alwin also pulled off some very unique stylized moments and that is where we focus the lions share of our attention this week on the Patreon Breakdown.

To watch the video click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Cinematographer Jessica Young

Website: Jessica Young

Instagram: @jbyfilm

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The Wandering DP Podcast: Episode #276 – Tim Thompson

Huge show this week on the podcast!

We chat with the 1st Annual Andre Sofhob Award for Best Cinematography for 2020 Mr. Tim Thompson.

Tim is one of the rising stars of the next generation of cinematographers and it was awesome to sit down and hear how he is approaching both the work and his career choices.

The game of cinematography has changed so much in the last decade and the path Tim is carving out is very unique.  I know he is a big inspiration to lots of other DPs especially in the Patreon group and so it was great to hear how he is doing it all.

He is certainly one to watch and a very deserving winner to the Andre Sofhob award for 2020!!! 

Enjoy!

Advanced Cinematography: On Set Training

It is finally here!!

I have been waiting for the technology to catch up and allow us to take this show on the road.  Seeing the visuals broken down after the fact has been great but building the shots from the ground up is a completely new experience and that is why I am so excited about this new course.

See a project from start to finish and come on set to watch and listen as the shots are built, schedules are constructed, and problems overcome.

I am very proud of the course and it is without a doubt the best, most concise way to learn about my approach to cinematography and to see exactly how I do my job on and off set.

If you are interested in seeing the Framework in action I highly suggest you check it out:

Advanced Cinematography – On Set Training

Patreon Breakdown – Homecoming

On the Patreon Video Breakdown this week we check out Homecoming Season 1 shot by Tod Campbell.

Lots of interesting camera work and framing throughout the series and I really enjoyed the look.

We break down some of the key themes and reverse engineer the choices that made it all possible.

To watch the video click the link below:

The Wandering DP Patreon

Featured Guest – Cinematographer Tim Thompson

Website: Tim Thompson

Instagram: @timthompson.dp

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RØDE Connect – Free Podcasting & Streaming Software for NT-USB Mini

RØDE has released a new piece of software called RØDE Connect, a simple and powerful software solution for podcasting and streaming with the NT-USB Mini. RØDE Connect, allows you to connect up to four NT-USB Minis to a single computer, seamless integration with video call and streaming applications to provide a simple way to record podcasts and livestream. The … Continued

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