The art of cinema

The art of cinema


There are many different ways young people can be entertained.

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Some like to hang out and have a chat, grab a bite to eat, do some exercise and plenty of other activities. Some young Cambodians, on the other hand, prefer to entertain themselves by taking photos, shooting videos and watching movies and TV programs either on the television set or  on the internet.

After class, my friend and I always spend our free time entertaining ourselves by watching films, video clips, and movies on Youtube, Facebook or other websites.

This piqued my interest in the art of cinematography.

Cinematography is an art or technique of shooting a short video, or a high quality digital image, by using a Digital single lens-reflex (DSLR) camera. In fact, cinematography includes a lot of components such as lighting, shooting techniques, camera types, art directing and editing, among others.

Despite the fact that my friend and I have researched the term on the internet and through other documents, we were still unsure as to what the word really meant. So, we asked an art director and a photographer who came from abroad to explain cinematography to us further.

They compared cinematography with film shooting.

According to these experts, a film is produced by many crew members – such as a director, lighting crew and cameramen. Most of the time, shooting a film refers to shooting a video over a long period of time, and most are big projects.

On the other hand, the experts said, cinematography requires fewer crew members, and sometimes a cinematographer directs, shoots and controls everything involved in the making of a clip.

Cinematography is often used in small projects such as music videos, pre-wedding videos, commercial spots or short video clips.  

“Cinematography was invented many years ago but the technique of shooting video has just become popular [in Cambodia] in the last few years,” said Ma Channara, a photographer of RooSter_KooL agency.

Shooting with film requires a High-Definition (HD) film camera, while cinematography requires only DSLR cameras such as Canon7D, or Canon D60. The quality of film and cinematography are similar because both video types are HD.

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