Week 4- Lenses & Emotion in Filmmaking


Hurlbut focuses on the history of filmmaking and how far the craft has come in this weeks blog post. The purpose for his ‘trip down memory lane’ is to emphasise the importance of cinematography in the filmmaking process.

What the camera captures is supposed to be the soul and emotion of the piece.

Hurlbut goes on to further breakdown how different lenses, angles and camera movements determine the story being portrayed. For example, to effectively communicate the escence of a leader, one would use a wider lens (such as a 35mm) from a low angle.

Looking at the 2015 film ‘Fathers & Daughters’, Hurlbut discusses how to evoke the emotion of compassion. For this, he suggests a focus on the “key-to-fill” lighting ratio as well as the colours and placement of the compassionate character.

Hurlbut provided some helpful tips throughout this post that are sure to help any budding filmmakers. One thing that specifically stuck with me was to ask myself what is this person going through? And how do I go about achieving this? For each scene.

Other tips include:

  • the camera motion – is there movement or no movement, what should it feel like, the lens choice, should it be a longer lens or should it be a wider lens, pushed in, lower angle, maybe higher angle?
  • The best understanding of what will work best in the moment will come with experience, particularly while on set.
  • Dont be afraid to try things out and craft your own voice. There is no right or wrong in any situation.

Finally, this weeks post aligned with Hurlbut’s previous formatting. Again, this blog was from his own personal knowledge and experiences a and did not incorporate information for other sources.

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