a study in cinematography

What traveling has taught me:

-It’s not a race. I was always so bummed about the number of countries I’ve been to compared to other people my age until I understood that the number of places visited is not what traveling is about at all. It’s not important about how many places you’ve been but the depth you’ve explored them. I have been to some beautiful places all around the world that I am insanely grateful for. We can not compare our journeys to others.

-Read books you normally wouldn’t read. Question each line. Watch movies you normally wouldn’t go see. Study the cinematography. Order the meal on the menu you can’t pronounce. This is how you discover new parts of yourself.

-Take care of our earth. We are destroying it faster than we even know. Humans need places that have not been altered or rearranged by man.

-Simplify. Clean. Get rid of shit. We don’t need a lot to live. Oh, and, pack light.

-Walk barefoot. Harden the bottom of your feet. Wear less makeup and dress the way you want. Be comfortable with your natural body. Drink more water. Take care of yourself.

-You have the power to choose love. Love the sky, the stars, the animals, the people, the trees, the street corners. Always choose to love.

-Going alone is okay. If we all waited for someone to travel with us, we’d be waiting for a very, very long time. So, please go even if you have no one to go with. There are millions of people all over the world that are just waiting to meet you. Some of them you’ll meet in a hostel room and you’ll end up spending the night walking through the street markets, some of them you’ll meet at a bar and discover new corners of a city you didn’t know existed, some of them you’ll meet sitting on a bench at a bus stop and you’ll end up sharing the best coffee you’ve probably ever had, some of them you’ll meet watching the sunset on the beach and you’ll end up sharing stories and laughing with them until the morning and some of them will end up being your best friends. And sometimes you’re going to be alone and going on tours, to the movies, or to restaurants sounds scary to do by yourself at first but soon enough you’ll learn that it is completely okay to be alone. Solo does not mean lonely.

-Don’t say you don’t like anything until you try it at least three times.

-Save your change.

-Spend less time on social media. It’s no secret that social media is addictive and it’s really good at taking away precious moments. It’s important to not be glued to your phone or laptop while abroad. Social media will always be there for you when you get home.

-Traveling is overly romanticized. It is very hard work. It does not solve all your problems that you have at home. And traveling is not what it looks like on Instagram.

-When you’re eating, really taste your food. Talk to the locals. Immerse yourself fully into this new culture. When you’re out hiking, let go of your phone. This is how you’re going to get the best experience possible. Live in the moment.

-Take photos. It is physically impossible to remember all these moments in your life. Someday down the road, maybe when you’re feeling a little depressed or bored, you can grab your camera and scroll through these photos that’ll remind you of some of the best times of your life.

-It’s okay to look like a tourist. It’s cool to make mistakes. Don’t be afraid to ask a questions. If you make a mistake, do or say something offensive then and apologize and move on. Your life won’t be over.

-Cheesy souvenirs are never worth it. Collect sea glass, your train tickets, plane tickets, maps, stickers and coins. Chances are those colosseum magnets you bought in rome were really made in china. Support the locals if you’re going to buy souvenirs.

-People are good. I’m sure you’ve heard or experienced this before but the people with nearly nothing are the most giving. We can all learn something from them.

-The world is not as bad and scary as the news makes it out to be.

-Nothing will ever go as you expect it to. Plans go out the door. I learned this the hard way. In fact, I am sure every traveler has learned this the hard way. You’ll miss flights, you’ll get flat tires on road trips, you’ll end up spending a lot more money than you expected, you’ll miss buses, you’ll have to run to trains to get to them on time, I promise you’ll have a dead battery when all you want to do is call mom to make you feel better, the hostel you wanted will be full, your dumb airline will lose all your luggage, things will get canceled and you’ll spend many unexpected nights crying but despite all the struggles that traveling brings upon us, it is always worth it. The tears, sore shoulders and blistered feet are always worth it. There’s no point in getting mad that your plan fell through.

-Everything happens for a reason. If you get an opportunity, take it and if something comes along in your life to change it, let it.

Some Advice for Incoming (or Current) Film Majors
  • Don’t feel guilty if you haven’t seen a lot of the movies you’re going to watch in your classes (especially if you’re from a household that was pretty strict)
  • Explore movies from a variety of genres, even ones that you may not like (i.e. if you’re not a huge fantasy fan, perhaps check out a few but look at it from a filmmaker’s standpoint)
  • That being said, if you still genuinely dislike a certain genre after checking out some movies from that genre, don’t force yourself to like it (you tried, therefore do not feel bad)
  • Don’t dislike a popular movie for the sake of disliking it.  If you genuinely dislike the movie, then that’s perfectly fine, but if you’re disliking a popular movie to seem “cool” or “edgy”, don’t
  • Try your best to watch the movies that your class assigns (it’s for the best-really)
  • Check out movies from a different country-watching a film from a different country tells you some interesting insight on that country or about the time period that film came out from said country.  Not to mention, some countries practice certain techniques that may be different from your home country, so it’s always nice to watch a new take on how to make movies.
  • If you feel like your passion’s waning, always re-watch your favorite movies/the movies that made you go “I know what I want to do in my life”
  • Check to see if there are any film clubs/organizations on campus that you can join-it’s always nice to connect with people
  • I say this with so much love: start on your short films/screenplays early (your sleep schedule/sanity will thank you)
  • And most importantly:

Originally posted by ash-muffins

new studyblr!

Hey, everyone & welcome to my new studyblr! This used to be an old study blog I had called @/ravenclawstudium but I had medical issues and had to take a gap year. I knew I would make it happen one day, but I didn’t want to announce it until it was fully official. Today is my first day of college, so guess what? It’s official. I’m so excited to start this new chapter in life and document it here. If you have any questions about my condition, etc., you can feel free to ask in the ask box.

My name’s Hillary, I’m 18 and I’m from Puerto Rico. I am currently enrolled and doing 3 BA’s - cinematography, international studies & foreign languages. I’ll be taking 4 classes this semester - Mandarin, philosophy, history & social sciences. I will be receiving my bullet journal on Saturday, and I will also be making 100 days of productivity starting tomorrow. I’m so excited, woop!

I’m a singer, and have been doing small yet amazing things here and there - so, I entered this other side of education because I wanted to expand my knowledge and study something other than music. I have a dream goal of knowing 12 languages at least and being able to communicate everywhere I go.

My hobbies consist of playlist making, youtube, Netflix & movie watching. I’m loving Hamilton, drinking lots of matcha and the rain. Shows I’m currently watching are ‘The Office’ and ‘The 100′. 

I really hope you enjoy my studyblr and the things I reblog. Also, if you decide to follow or reblog this post I will be immensely grateful. 

Have a lovely and productive day & don’t forget to stay hydrated! 

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canonthought  asked:

Were they any good books on storyboarding, blogs, or tutorials that you found to be essential, or extremely useful when you started pursuing your career? Terminology, annotation, techniques for conveyance?

Some things I personally own:

Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud

Paper Dreams - John Canemaker

Disney Archive Series: Story

A really good YouTube series to look through:

Every Frame A Painting

Also pretty good to check out:

The 5 Cs of Cinematography - Joseph Mascelli

Honestly a real good way to study is just to go through good movies (classic ones are a good place to start; they’re usually classic for a reason) and go through a scene shot by shot to see how it’s laid out!

EDIT: Looking at this question again, I feel like I should also add that honestly a LOT of my help came from having a mentor who was willing to take the time to walk me through everything, explain some terminology, give me (sometimes harsh) critique and be honest with me on what I needed to do to improve. SO, I know that’s not an easy thing to just go and check out, but having an actual real experienced human being who was willing to work with me made a world of difference. 

marshalldraws  asked:

Since comics are kinda like a crappy storyboard, I wanted to ask how could I improve doing comics? How can I make them more 'storyboard like'? Also I love your work, I'm really inspired since I watched the podcast and going through your stuff. You're amazing dude. Also, do you need flash or toonboom to storyboard? like for example, I draw 'storyboards' on paper, does that count?

Oh my LAWD, no! Comics are not crappy storyboards! Comics are an under-appreciated, underpaid, difficult but amazing medium. I’d argue that comics are way harder than storyboarding. The amount of information you need to convey in just one panel can sometimes be the equivalent of an entire scene in storyboarding, and that is NO easy task (I’m working on a freelance comic gig and it’s killing me). Storyboarding is great because you can draw quick and loose and be paid well for it, but I worship the ground that comic artists walk on. They are some of the hardest workers out there.

OK now that I’ve got that out of my system, if you would like to become a storyboard artist, just follow all the tips I gave in the podcast, and yes, Storyboard Pro is handy to have because it is the industry program (you can download a trial version for free). But! It’s fine to start off practicing on paper. Get some good books on cinematography, study your favorite shows and movies, and draw, draw, draw. 


A great study scene I love in Zootopia that I noticed the first time watching and can never NOT pay attention to when I watch this movie.
When we start this scene, the colors are warm, the lighting is soft and gentle, the saturation is high. You can see both Judy and Nick’s faces, and Nick’s posture is relaxed, along with Judy’s.

Then by the emotional shift, the colors are desaturated, the lighting goes from warm to cooler, and becomes more extreme, making the shadows stand out. The shot is closer, but still from the same angle. This makes Nick feel bigger, and you can no longer see his face, adding a tone of uneasiness. Judy’s shoulders are hunched a lot, and she’s far less open. I love this sequence, and Zootopia is a great movie to study if you ever want to touch up on cinematography for animated films and color theory.

anonymous asked:

Your art is always so dynamic and I love it?? Do you have any tips that'll help give a drawing more "life" ??

Shucks, man, thank you so much!  The best advice I have to give is to study both lines of action and silhouettes.  If you fill in a character’s pose completely with one solid color (black on white reads best), you should still be able to tell who that character is and what that character is doing.  Understanding lines of action will help you add intensity and motion to a pose or even a simple expression.

Otherwise, watch a lot of movies!!  Watch a lot of GOOD movies!  And when you do, pay attention to the cinematography and how the characters are shown at different angles to maximize the effect of the scene.  If you find a scene you think is REALLY good, try to sketch out a copy of that scene’s layout.  Rough in character shapes, tonal values, etcetera, and see if you can figure out why that angle works so well.  There are resources online that you can use to study different angles used in cinematography.  Here’s one of ‘em:


I hope this helps!