Thursday, August 2, 2012

Final Course Reflection

I really enjoyed taking this class this summer although it did seem a little overwhelming at times because of all the information we had to process in such a little amount of time. One of the best parts of this class was getting to get hands on experience with ALL the cameras that the TCF department has to offer. I learned that there is no such thing as a “ best camera.” It really all depends on what kind of project you are working on and what kinds of shots you are looking for. I think I have really gotten hooked on the DSLR cameras. They are so light and portable, but they have such great picture quality and the colors are amazing! I am definitely planning on buying one in the near future.
 I learned a lot about lighting a scene, but it is one of the hardest things to learn how to do affectively.  Getting in the studio and actually lighting a set and actors is the only way that you will become a proficient cinematographer. Using the AARI and Kino light kits helped me figure out what kit is best for lighting different kinds of scenes. You have to decide if you want hard or soft light before you can decide what lighting kit you should use. You can know all about the kits, but the only way you will know how to use them affectively, is to actually get hands on experience, and it still takes years of practice before you are able to do it well.
 I have discovered that I really like being behind the camera. I love the technical aspect of film making like deciding what mm lens would work best for a specific shot. I am still figuring out what my visual style is, but every time I work on a new project I figure out what works and what doesn’t work. I really think filmmaking is a lot of trial and error. Overall, I really liked this class and I appreciate Dr. Raimist kicking our ass because I think this class will make everyone who was in it a better filmmaker. I can’t wait to get to work on my next project so I can apply everything that I learned in this class. 

Why the JVC 700?

I chose to use the JVC 700 because I was already familiar with the operating system from using the JVC 100. Another factor in me choosing the JVC 700 was the work flow. I liked that it shot on SD cards and the footage did not have to be transcoded so, I was able to put the clips in to Final Cut Pro and start to edit immediately. I really wanted to use the 5D DSLR, but I was worried about transcoding the footage for final cut and also linking the sound because you have to record sound with a zoom mic. I was kind of disappointed with the quality of the shoots because I believe I could have got the same kind of shots with the JVC100. I am very eager to use one of the DSLR cameras though. I know that is what I will be using for my next project.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Artist Statement

     I have known from a very early age that I wanted to be involved in making films. I wasn’t
exactly sure what  a director or a cinematographer did then, but I knew that they were the ones
in charge of the creative vision. Being in college and learning all that goes into making a film
has only intensified my passion for wanting to make movies. I’ll be honest, I did not know how
much hard work went into making a film, but now that I do, I’ve found that I really love the
process. I am more interested in making narrative films rather than documentaries. Don’t get
me wrong, I love to watch a good documentary, but I just don’t think I would enjoy making
them. I am more of a fan of the classic Hollywood directors such as Kubrick, Coppola, and
Hitchcock. I love the way that they tell their stories in such an epic fashion. Once I graduate from
UA I plan on attending graduate school at either UCLA or USC. I know they are very hard
programs to get into, but the experience and knowledge that I would gain there would be
indispensable. The goal that I have set for myself is to be able to call myself a professional
filmmaker one day. The road will be long and I know it will not be easy, but it’s the only thing
I want to do.

DP Reel

Jeremy's Reel from UA, Telecommunication and Film on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Midterm Reflections

      I have learned a lot in this class so far, but some of the technical stuff can be a little overwhelming. I enjoy learning what each camera can and cannot do and what each one is best suited for. While shooting my portrait of a place assignment I realized that when you shoot exterior shots you have to be very careful that the shot is not overexposed. The ND filter on the JVC helped out, but some shots were still to bright. This is the first time I have ever shot anything with a DSLR camera and I think this is what I’m going to use on my scene assignment because I want a shallow depth of field on my close ups. The only thing I am worried about is the audio recording and how to edit that in on final cut pro.
     Doing the blog posts have really help me discover what visual style I like most. I took a few art history classes so I am familiar with the painters that use light very well in their work. I like the lighting styles of Rembrandt and Vermeer because it has a high contrast between light and darkness. Lighting a scene is still a huge pain in the ass, but I guess it just takes years and years of practice to get it right. Since I am leaning more towards being a cinematographer, I better start figuring it out!