Reelization

"Pick up your camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister stars in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee." ~ James Cameron

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How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 1: MINDSET

Through The Lens Film School

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Being a professional camera operator is a highly skilled job, which requires many qualities. It’s not just a case of just looking down the viewfinder and shooting. Sadly many people think that’s all there is to it, but in reality this is just the start.

The following guidelines are a result of my many years of shooting as a documentary cameraman and drama DoP.  Professional operators practice this stuff “day-in, day-out” because high standards really do matter.

I’m going to cover my top guidelines in 3 parts, which I will release separately over the next couple of weeks:

  • Part 1.  The Camera Operator’s Mindset
  • Part 2.  Camera Operating Techniques
  • Part 3.  Care and Handling of Equipment

So if you’re really serious about getting to the top of your career… and I’m assuming you are…read on. For all you Producers, Directors and Camera Operators out there I hope…

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Clay. Cardboard Box. Camera.

Ok ok you might be thinking it is a bit dodgy...yes it most definitely is...but I wanted to try it... so I did!

My First Claymation Attempt

So I started making little films here and there from the time that I became a teenager. I found some images from my first few films and I thought I’d base this post on my one and only attempt (so far) on CLAYMATION!

Nothing fancy…just me wanting to give it a go…

1. I was using bad quality cameras…but this didn’t stop me from making a film! Any camera can tell a story!

2. I was still experimenting with camera angles…although I was filming randomly shaped clay figurines in a painted cardboard box.

3. I’m obviously not an artist when it comes to claymation…but it was a really fun experience that taught me a lot!…especially about patience!

These images can be an inspiration to other aspiring filmmakers….

….because just like me…you don’t need the highest tech to start somewhere. All that matters is that you start!

If you are a wanting to make films...give claymation a shot. After you try to make a film like this you will have so much more appreciation for people who do it really well. Film makers who do claymation professionally are incredible!

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