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Gift ideas for budding cinematographers (3 replies and 3 comments)

pemmanuele
10 months ago
pemmanuele 10 months ago

My son is a second year cinematography student at a great "film" school, and is constantly talking about Mr. Deakins, reviewing scenes with me, etc.  Any ideas (other than camera and specific lenses, which we have covered) for gifts?  (e.g. 30 years ago I was a budding Ansel Adams, and my favorite gift was a viewing filter than previewed what real life would look like in monochrome).  Thanks in advance!

Mike
10 months ago
Mike 10 months ago

Not Roger.

I think you may have left it a bit late as Santa’s little helper’s have already wrapped the gifts ready for despatch but you could try asking him if he can squeeze in another gift for your son.

A good cinematographer should have in my opinion a basic understanding of still photography whether it’s digital or film. May I suggest you buy him an old manual camera so he could learn to operate it by eye, no meters, no rangefinders just old fashion common sense. Perhaps you have already passed on one of your old camera’s. If so then get him an old 5x4 or even 8x10 so he could get used to operating those effectively and master the fundamentals of basic photography before he moves on to computer based images.

Movie camera’s are now flooding the market and are getting really cheap, so perhaps you could buy him a 16mm to use as most film schools these days do not teach students to operate 16/35mm cine film camera’s any more as repairing these old cameras is prohibitive mainly due to that there are no camera technicians in business to carry out the work. It’s a shame as these cameras have longevity built in.

Other than books there’s not much to recommend as the film school should supply most other things. How about an Ansell Adams ‘T’ shirt that will be different!

 

pemmanuele
10 months ago

Love the t-shirt idea! He operates every camera he has on manual only!

markmitchell
10 months ago
markmitchell 10 months ago

Many countries have some form of society of cinematographers, honorary societies for the most decorated cinematographers, which have resources and subscriptions to training material, magazines, and other information and gear for the budding cinematographer!

The American Society of Cinematographers has a very good magazine, as well as other subscription options, and masterclasses throughout the year.

http://store.ascmag.com/»

pemmanuele
10 months ago

Excellent idea! Thanks!!!!

rjortiz
10 months ago
rjortiz 10 months ago

If he's always in manuals or books, this may be a great option for him:

https://www.amazon.com/American-Cinematographer-Manual-Vol/dp/1467568317/»

There are two volumes you could buy or you could save volume 2 for another present in the future!

As a side note, you're a good parent. Taking his interests seriously and interacting with him is invaluable and a gift in itself. It shows with you coming here. Keep up the good work!

pemmanuele
10 months ago

Just ordered volume 1! And thanks for the kind words. I dad to 4 unique individuals (17-23 years old), and love learning and sharing their interests and passions.

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