Your reel in the film industry is the one constant you are always going to have to face. This is your identity, your style, your passion, and those that don’t know you need to be able to tell that by the end of it.
Throughout you career your are going to make a lot of decisions that, for better or for worse, will sculpt the outcome on how your shoots go, and your career, and how your life goes. What I want to help with is guiding you not only on your career, but how to stay healthy when it feels like most of your time is taken up by work, how to balance appointments while still being creative, how to keep your mind clear to make the right choices, and to not compromise your ultimate vision of what you want your career to be.
For this podcast, I hope to help you keep that confidence in your work but being aware that you will falter at times, and when you do, we will be here to help you get back up and to make sure that you don’t make the same mistake again.
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Here are just a few of the questions answered in this podcast:
Hey guys, just wanted to give some feedback on your December podcast format (its a little late!) I really enjoyed it, and appreciated the give and take aspect, and would love to have more of that format, potentially for the best of both worlds – one month its Shane city the next its Lydia + Shane duet?
I would love to hear more about the “other side” of the industry as you mentioned, surrounding health and longevity, what you guys do to keep up the energy and inspiration, it really helps as a sanity check for the dark days! Also any insight into the psychology and philosophy whenever that is applicable is always very appreciated too.
Thanks for the great work, and all your love.
Cheers from Sydney,
Hello Shane! Awesome online school!
I’m starting to work as a director of photography in small productions. Of course we can not rent large equipment and there is not much time on set for make a setup as “God Command” on the set. So the question is: I give more importance to the lights, so to the look & fell of the shot, or I need to focus more on camera dep., movements and be as dynamic as possible (obviously depends on the mood of the scene). Thank you. Manuel from Italy
Firstly, a huge thank you for all the time you and Lydia dedicated to this resource. 2+ years here has been considerably cheaper than the film program I did back in college, yet college didn’t even get close to teaching me as much as you have. And there is literally nothing else like this anywhere. I just hope you are able to know just how much of an impact this resource is on the film-making world.
My question is about lenses. I remember an older podcast where you were discussing why your weren’t a fan of lenses like the Rokinon Cine series. One of the reasons was that the image seems to fall apart more with Rok’s. That really made me wonder.
There seems to have been a huge uptick of cinematographers shooting with vintage lenses and diffusion filters to take the edge off of digital cameras. Would there be a dramatic difference between Rokinon, and say, an old set of Zeiss Super Speeds, or Canon C-NE’s with a Hollywood Black Magic filter on them? Or even more extremely, the super cheap Canon lenses like the $90 50mm?
The flaring, breathing, coloring, and focus throw would be different, but if you’re not planning on doing any tricky focus pulls or sexy flares, and plan to fine tune the coloring in the DI process, are there any notable differences?
Thanks for all you do,
Lydia & Shane,
Thank you for all of this wonderful information in one place. It feels like my cinematographic home for many reasons. I have a few questions spurred from your latest podcast regarding reels.
When constructing a reel meant to show cinematography skills, what should/should not be included? What types of shots should be left out?
Should I include split screens for color grades I have done myself or only show finished shots? Should I include short sequences that add context/pacing or standalone shots from different projects? How much shot variety is too much? Is there such a thing as too much shot variety in a reel?
Is there a place for interview audio? Should I find a music bed? What should be done about reel audio?
If I want to shoot several different types of content, should I mock up specific types of projects for several reels or try to shop one “general” reel to all different types of opportunities?
I think what I am looking for are best practices and what types of reels attract the right kind of attention, along with pitfalls that I can try to avoid going forward.
Thank you again for your time and consideration.
This podcast from Shane’s Inner Circle contains over 58 minutes of audio Q & A.