How Focal Lengths Make Your Audience Feel

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  1. john 4 years ago

    Hi Shane
    I really enjoyed this. It’s interesting for me because, as you rightly say, the 27mm does make you connect more with the actors. However, I think the longer lenses make the overall frame look more aesthetically pleasing. Of course, this could just be me because when I started it was with terrible digital cameras where everything was always in focus. So maybe I relate shallow dof with a “more expensive cinematic look”. I guess if I was directing this shot I’d be torn whether to connect more with the actors or what I think looks better with some movement at a longer lens and getting some parallax.

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      Shane 4 years ago

      I feel that even with the 27mm and at an f stop of a 2.0, I find to be able to throw focus out even on the wider prime lenses. Yes, more appealing with the longer lens but does it emotionally connect with our actors and our audience? That is the question you have to ask yourself.

  2. john 4 years ago

    Thanks for the reply Shane. I just watched your module 3 of the cinematography workshop and I now see what you mean on how you could throw out the background on a shorter lens. There’s an over the shoulder shot which had a very in focus background but you then put in an ND so the f stop 2 (or around that) made it look really nice with a shallower DOF. As a director I’m trying to learn cinematography better so thank you for all this wisdom.

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