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A Cinematographer’s Plea to the Budding Film Auteur : Move Your Camera

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I went to a recent screening of “Letter From an Unknown Woman” at MOMA with a friend and fellow Max Ophuls devotee. As always, I was delighted and swept away by Ophuls’ complex love stories and equally complex camera moves. After the film, we discussed what we believed to be a fear, among many (not all) contemporary American directors, of moving the camera...

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First Time Shooting A Film Abroad? This Is What I Absolutely Must Pack

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The first film I ever shot was a documentary about French hip hop. I wasn’t exactly stressed out: riding mopeds through Paris, with a Sony DV camera, interviewing MC Solaar and eating Salade Nicoise. Back then, I was just happy to get an image. My co-director was just happy to secure an interview. Since then, my expectations have increased dramatically, as...

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