Cinematographer


I’ve always thought of cinematography
as sort of, like, the picture part of, like,
making a movie or making a video. Well, if you think of a stills
photographer taking one picture, cinematography
is actually taking moving pictures. So it’s something
that portrays real life or drama in a way that actually
brings it back as close to what you’d normally see
in real life. Well, a cinematographer is someone who works in film or video,
in movies, and they can either be
a lighting cameraman, where they come in
and set up the lights and tell the lighting people
what to do, right through to just being an
operator and basically framing, so… ..and right through, again,
to directing. A cinematographer’s role
is to actually work with the director and to actually
capture in pictures what the director
is trying to convey. So you’re telling the story
with images. So I went to uni for communications,
and we had one film class, and I absolutely loved that, and I’d say everything else is sort of on-the-job training, I guess,
a lot of mistakes. I think it sort of suits people who aren’t really designed
for an office situation where… I could never see myself
sitting behind a desk 9:00 to 5:00 all the time. I do do that
to a certain degree, but it’s actually being able
to get out and do things. Personal requirements you need
are patience. You need to have
a creative side, you know. You need to have some sort of desire
to do what you do. But I think the personal requirements
are just to be willing to work as a team,
as a part of a bigger group. And more and more, I’m learning
you have to be a confident person. Like, you know, your CEO gets
in the room, and he’s looking to you, and, you know,
you could be 20 years old and it’s your first job out of uni
or something and you need to be
confident and calm enough to direct. I’ve seen this one video from
Ira Glass, who’s on NPR, and he says, when you’re sort of
starting out your career, or sort of, like,
any creative thing, whether you’re a musician or a poet
or a, you know, video producer, you know sort of
where you want to go or you look at things and say,
“That’s really cool,” but you don’t quite
have the talent to get there. Really cool stuff –
“God, I’d like to go down that road.” And then you just have to
keep trying, I think, and keep looking at
people whose work you respect or trying to work with people
who are a lot smarter than you and sort of pick up
little clues along the way to try to get to
where you’re trying to go. GREGORY: Cinematography is actually
something that portrays… It comes back from the idea of
cinema. The idea of a film moving. KYLE: You do get the chance to meet
all sorts of people. Most of the time, a lot of time, asking questions
and listening to people’s story. (KYLE AND GREGORY
TALK OVER EACH OTHER) KYLE: ..it’s really sad
or it’s really exciting or you’re in the midst of stuff, so I think you do get to witness
a lot of really incredible things that most other jobs wouldn’t, and that’s, I think,
one of the coolest things.

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