Watch movie:VISIONS OF LIGHT Cinematography from the Masters Link: Here are some example files for you to base your own journal entries on. This should give you ideas about length, content, and style. You are expected to record the basic information about each speaker (or film), then your own observations and thoughts. Always try to tie things back to your own background, goals, learning experiences, etc. (background: I was a game designer, now study computer animation, want to be a 3d artist) ————————————————————————————————- This film offered a fascinating look at the history of filmmaking and the role of the DP (Director of Photography). As one of the interviewees put it: “The director is the author of the performances; the cinematographer is the author of the use of light in the film.” As I watched, two main points stuck out for me. First, I noticed the creativity and ingenuity of those early filmmakers. We are fortunate these days–and especially in 3D!–to have the freedom to create any kind of imagery we want. In early days, it was not so simple. Filmmakers were limited by physical and technological constraints–from the chemical properties of film to the sheer size of early cameras. But right from the beginning, DP’s pushed against those limitations, finding creative ways to work around those constraints to produce the images they wanted. This leads me to wonder if the freedom we have today is too much–if we are in danger of being boring and lazy filmmakers because the technology doesn’t force us to be inventive; doesn’t present us with problems that we need to figure out how to solve. Without barriers and limitations to push against, maybe we are less likely to explore something new. One modern example of using the technology in an unusual way would be the stabilization of Pennywise’s motion in the recent remake of IT. Usually stabilization is used to keep the background steady, but in this case the director reversed the approach, locking the character’s face while he danced, letting the background shake wildly. This created an effect that felt new and strange to audiences. What other ways can we use our powerful modern technology to do something different and new in our films?