March 25th, 2008

Shaky camera shots are not pretty

I wouldn't normally write about a soap opera (which I don't normally watch), but I was bored and channel-hopping this afternoon and came across Guiding Light on CBS. What I saw was so disturbing and awful, I just had to talk about it.

To briefly inform those who don't know...I'm an aspiring filmmaker. I recently graduated from a local college with my degree in Making Movies, have been on several student film productions as a Camera Operator, Script Supervisor, and Editor. I've learned about the correct techniques, the history of film, different styles, direction, lighting, and cinematography.

Having taken the time (and not to mention a great amount of money) to learn the process of filmmaking and the correct way to do it, I tend to get a little pissed at the recent trend of every yahoo with a video camera shooting a production in their backyard and thinking they know how to make a film. At the very least, get some books and learn about lighting and cinematography. Don't get the impression that you can make a film just because you've watched 100 plus movies.

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