The cinematographer’s art often seems as much black magic as technique, taking a few actors milling around a set and turning it into something cinematic, evocative and occasionally iconic. Amidst all the voodoo and mystery, however, there is concrete science behind those money shots so we’ve identified thirty of the most important to help you distinguish your dolly zooms from your Dutch tilts.
An exterior shot filmed from — hey! — the air. Often used to establish a (usually exotic) location. All films in the ’70s open with one — FACT.
The opening of The Sound Of Music (1965). Altogether now, “The hills are alive…”
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