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We discuss the following:
• My favorites lenses
• How each focal length feels on a wide shot (video demonstration)
• Break down of the feeling created at 27mm, 50mm, 135mm and 200mm
• Lens language examples from Semi Pro, We Are Marshall, Swing Vote and Drumline (video)
Choosing the correct focal length is something that is barely discussed in much of the cinematic culture. Of course, you can back up and get the same size, but what does that do to the audience, the viewer sitting in the dark room? How does this make him or her feel? This is what this lesson is all about. Choosing the right focal length will help tell your stories and it is done in a way that you, as the director and the DP, want the audience to feel. It is a conscious decision. Not one because it is what you always use for the close up or the wide shot, but how does that lens feel?
Knowing the math and learning how focal length and distance affect an image is important for creating the emotion you’re going for. It’s a powerful tool that will help you step up your game.