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The Cinematographer (1951)

A behind-the-scenes look at the responsibilities of the cinematographer.


Jerry Hopper (uncredited)


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Warner Anderson ... Narrator (voice)


A profile of and salute to the cinematographer: his many responsibilities on the set, his background and apprenticeship, his tools, and his artistry. The cinematographer is responsible for how things in a movie will look: make up and costumes are done to anticipate his work. We look at his tools: cameras, lenses and filters, equipment for tracking shots, and lights. He's responsible for 1001 elements, a team of artisans, and, most important, how light will enhance a film's mood and characterizations. The short closes with a look at difficult shots: underwater, from the air, in storms, and from scaffolding. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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13 January 1951 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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1 May 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Cinematographer, The (1951)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences produced this documentary-short that pretty much tells us the job of a cinematographer. We see what all he does around the set, which includes making sure the make-up works on screen, that the lighting is correct and what type of feel a scene should have. There's really not anything too special here but I guess if you really don't know what a cinematographer does then you'll enjoy this a tad bit more. We do get to learn a lot of stuff but I'm going to guess that the majority of people will already know this going in so the eight-minutes might go by a bit too slow. Some of the behind-the-scenes stuff comes from the making of THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY.

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