How to Achieve a Cinematic Film Look [Sidney Lumet Making Movies]

How to Achieve a Cinematic Film Look [Sidney Lumet Making Movies]

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How do you achieve a cinematic film look for your film? It’s actually not as hard as you might think.

You’ve come to the right place.

In today’s video, we explain what Sidney Lumet calls, The Lens Plot.

We define this advanced cinematic technique, and provide specific examples from popular films so that you can generate the perfect lens plot for your own project.

Add this skill to your cinematic arsenal for 2019.

A lens plot is sort of like a stylesheet for your lens and lighting. It is used by establishing a visual motif specifically through your camera lenses. It takes more than LUTs and color grading to get the film look.

A big part of that is your lens plot.

“It’s a way to make sure that your shots serve your story as a whole.”

There are 3 different types of lens plots:

1. Static lens plot refers to constant, enchanted visuals throughout a particular project or film.

2. Narrative lens plot refers to visuals that gradually change over the course of a story.

3. Elemental lens plot refers to a visuals that change with each character or story in a film.

To get this cinematic film look, you’ll want to first analyze your story. Is it a fluffy comedy, or a dark journey into the mind of a psychopath?

What lens would work well in each situation?

Once you’ve determined what your story is about, and the effects of different lenses, then you can build a lens plot that visually conveys the tone, world, and feel of your story.

A good director won’t force a specific cinematic look unless it enhances their story. A good producer will keep this in mind as well. If you’re a cinematographer, this might be a big part of your job – and it isn’t a bad thing to suggest to the director during the planning stages.

You will have a hard time establishing yourself as an auteur without this advanced film technique, and you will have a harder time getting that cinematic look you desire.

We break it down step-by-step just for you.

So enjoy our video and get your cinematic film took today!

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