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November 10, 2015

by Bobby Lin

All of us wanted to shoot a high-quality film with a stunning world-class cinematic look. But producing a high-quality cinematic footage does not simply settle with purchasing the best camera. Starting from pre-production up to post-production, the whole filmmaking process must be done carefully in order to create a world-class film.

5 Video Shooting Tips for Cinematography

In this blog post, we will help you achieve a cinematic look for your film as we compiled this useful video shooting tips for cinematography.


1. Storyboard
Creating a storyboard is one of the most crucial factors in creating a successful cinematic film. Storyboarding allows you to get all the ideas out of your system and create a stunning visualization of every shot in the process. You and the rest of the crew will have a clear vision of the scenes you will be shooting for your film. It will then be easier for you to choose the best scenes and locations to shoot for your film.

2. Shoot with 24FPS.
If you want your film to produce more cinematic look, you should set your shooting frame into 24fps (most modern video camera’s default shooting frame is 30fps). If you are aiming to shoot a slow motion cinematic film, you can shoot at 60fps or higher, just be sure to tone it down to 24fps when you edit your film.

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3. Don’t Zoom your Film
One of the greatest mistakes most videographer commits is zooming their film. Zooming shots will not only blur the scene you’re capturing, but it is also not pleasing to the eye. Instead of zooming, use a filmmaking technique called dollying, or you can simply move the entire camera

4. Shoot in RAW file.
The common video format we use in shooting film is codec. Codec is a device that enables the compression or decompression of your digital video. The compression and decompression options in the video codec can sometimes squash your video and reduce the quality of image resolution you’re trying to achieve. To get the best image resolution for your cinematic film, use RAW format instead.

Raw files will record all of the data and video image you captured straight from your camera to your card. Although the end product will give you pretty large file sizes, but it will give you a complete control over your video resolution, color grade the moment you edit it to your NLE video editing software.

5. Dramatic Lighting
You actually don’t need to spend a great amount of time to fully understand and achieve a cinematic lighting. You only need to have a 5-in-1 reflector and an LED light to produce an astonishing cinematic image.

Do you have other incredible tips on how to achieve a cinematic look for your film? We’d like to hear more from you! Comment your thoughts on the comment section below.