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16. Working in Motion Pictures

I entered the world of motion pictures by being hired to take still images of films for their promotional posters and advertisements. By being on big movie sets I watched the creative process of the actors, directors, cinematographers, and lighting crews, and then started working on my own short and long-form motion pictures.

In this video I discuss the many valuable insights any still photographer can learn from working in motion pictures and how to apply your style and vision in this different format.

16. Working in Motion Pictures

16. Working in Motion Pictures

16. Working in Motion Pictures
16. Working in Motion Pictures

16. Working in Motion Pictures


Assignments for this Section

Motion Picture in the Style of Your Still Images 

The video should be no longer than a minute, and should include some kind of visual element that a still camera cannot do, such as tilting the camera up/down or panning left and right to reveal new details in the scene; people doing continuous actions; lighting changing as it falls on the subject; slow motion, etc - be creative.

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Couse Curriculum

Course Curriculum


1. Introduction a. Who this Course is For b. How to Create Your Own Curriculm c. A Message to the Non-Professional

2. Passion & Staying Inspired a. How I Developed My Passion for Photography - The Early Years b. Staying Inspired & Sources of Inspiration c. One Essential Tool to Stay Inspired

3. Sources of Inspiration a. Motion Pictures that Inspire Me b. Painters and Other Photographers


4. Mastering Your Own Style a. Artistic Vision as a Priority b. Creating Your Own “Mood”


7. How I Use Lighting a. My Style Preferences b. Natural Light & Simple Household Lamps c. Studio Light & the Old Hollywood Movie Lighting (Film Noir Style)


5. Parallel Growth in Fine Art & Commercial a. Keeping My Commercial & Fine Art Work Indistinguishable b. Shooting it Your Way c. Stay a Fine Art Photographer and Shoot Commercially

6. Technical Aspects of My Style a. Practical Camera Techniques That I Use b. Composition


8. Staying Ahead of the Curve a. Business-Wise b. Marketing c. Promotion


9. Thinking Outside the Box a. Thinking Outside the Box Creatively b. Thinking Outside the Box with Marketing & Promotion


10. The Unlimited World of Publishing a. Books b. Posters c. Copyright


13. Selling Your Fine Art Work Online a. Artsy & 1stDibs b. Your Website


11. OPEN YOUR EYES: There's Multiple Revenue Sources a. Licensing b. Tips for Shooting for Stock Agencies c. Video Art d. Corporate Sponsorship e. Lectures and Teaching f. Posters, Pt. 2 - A Different Approach

12. Working with Galleries & Museums a. How to Approach a Gallery b. How to Build Relationships with Brick and Mortar Galleries c. Creating Limited Editions d. Pricing e. Commissions, Percentages & Dividing Expenses


14. Fine Art Editions Inventory Control - Finding the Solution a. Artwork Archives


15. Let's Discuss Framing - 20 Unique Examples a. Let’s Discuss Framing


16. Working in Motion Pictures


19. Working with Advertising Agencies & Magazines


17. An Effective Website a.


20. Working with Models a. Fashion & Beauty b. Nudes c. Making the Model and YOURSELF Comfortable


18. Emailings


21. Assisting a. The Perfect Assistant -What I Look For b. Benefits of Assisting c. Interning


22. The Art of Printing a. Pigment Printers b. Papers and Media c. Printing on Metal d. Interview with Art Paper Guru - Michael Ginsburg, Co-Founder of Legion/Moab Paper


25. Creating Marketing Partnerships a. Partnership Example #1: Volcan / LVMH b. Partnership Example #2: Moab Paper c. Partnership Example #3: Breast Cancer Research Foundation


28. Interview with a Literary Agent

23. The Tools to Deliver Your Vision: Cameras, Lenses & Filters a. The Camera b. The Lenses c. The Filters


26. Publishing at Doubleday with Jacqueline Kennedy Onnassis


29. The Slideshow

24. Digital Tools a. Your Computer b. Software c. Apps d. Scanners


27. Interview with an Art Dealer - Gene Seidman


30. A Journey Through Prints a. 20 Unique Examples

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