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The Dutch Angle: Tilting the Camera for Dramatic Effect

The Dutch Angle (or Dutch Tilt) is a technique that involves tilting your camera to one side, resulting in a frame that isn't level. Jacob T. Swinney of Fandor created this 3-minute compilation video showing the technique being used in a large number of movies.

This Dramatic Shot Was Done with a 2000mm Lens

Here's a neat example of an ultra-telephoto lens being used to add a dramatic effect to a scene. For this scene from the 2011 film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, director of photography Hoyte van Hoytema used a 2000mm lens to compress the foreground and background so that they look much closer than they really are.

‘The Revenant’ Was Shot Almost Entirely with Natural Light

The Revenant is an upcoming western thriller film that's inspired by the crazy life of explorer and fur trapper Hugh Glass. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Glass, the rugged and violent movie has one quality that may be of interest to photographers: it was shot nearly 100% with natural light.

‘Time Lapse’ is a Sci-Fi Thriller About a Camera That Photographs the Future

If you're a fan of both photography and science fiction, here's a movie you can add to your queue of things to watch: "Time Lapse." Released earlier this year, the film is about a mysterious camera device that shoots Polaroid pictures that show the future.

"Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future," the movie's synopsis reads. "They conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop..." You can watch the 2-minute trailer above.

This is the Largest Stunt Explosion Caught on Camera

Want to set a new Guinness world record with a stunt explosion in your next photo or video shoot? You're going to have to beat the explosion in the video above.

The new James Bond movie Spectre has been awarded the Guinness World Record for "Largest Film Stunt Explosion." Rather than use CGI for the scene, the team opted for 8,418 liters of fuel and 33 kilograms of explosives.

Kate Winslet Cast as Iconic Photographer Lee Miller in Upcoming Biopic

It seems that photographer biopics are a hot topic in the film industry these days. An indie film released earlier this year told the story of Eadweard Muybridge, and Steven Spielberg is reportedly working with actress Jennifer Lawrence on a film about war photographer Lynsey Addario.

Now there's another famous actress tied to a movie about a famous photographer: Kate Winslet has reportedly signed on to portray the iconic photographer Lee Miller in an upcoming biopic.

Is Your Camera Keeping You From Experiencing Life’s Precious Moments?

Yesterday we shared a cringeworthy short film about how photo sharing has altered the way we experience the special moments in our lives; instead of being in the moment and enjoying it, it's easy to get caught up with making sure it's caught on camera (and perhaps shared on social media).

The 2-minute movie clip above shows a different outlook on life and photography. It's from the film "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty," and features actor Sean Penn as a photographer named Sean O'Connell.

‘Eadweard’ is a Biopic About Photographer Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard is a new indie biopic about the life of English photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who's considered to be one of the godfathers of cinema due to his early experiments with capturing and projecting motion. The film is a 104-minute psychological drama that tells the story of Muybridge's life, from his controversial photos of nude and deformed subjects, to the murder of his wife's lover, to his work as one of the earliest "filmmakers."

No CGI: Tom Cruise Actually Rode the Outside of an Airplane Taking Off

We recently shared how the film Mad Max: Fury Road mostly used real stunts, physical effects, and compositing instead of relying on computer generated imagery.

Here's another (even crazier) example of people actually doing something on camera rather than using CGI: for a scene in the upcoming film Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, actor Tom Cruise was actually strapped to the outside of an a military transport plane while it took off.

Tangerine is a Magnolia Pictures Film Shot Entirely on the iPhone 5

Director Sean Baker’s latest film, Tangerine, features two transgender prostitutes in Los Angeles on a hunt to find a cheating boyfriend. If that premise isn’t interesting enough to attract your interest, then consider how it was filmed: the movie had a budget of $100,000 and was filmed entirely using the iPhone 5.

Before and After Comparisons of the Visual Effects in Mad Max: Fury Road

One of the big Hollywood blockbusters to hit the silver screen this year has been Mad Max: Fury Road, which has gotten rave reviews, with many praising the insane and complex visual design of the film. If you were wondering what some of the shots looked like when they were originally captured on camera, here are some before-and-after comparison images showing those shots next to the final frames after visual effects were applied.

Bending the Light: A New Documentary About Lens Makers and Photos Takers

Bending the Light is a new documentary film by renowned filmmaker Michael Apted about the journey of glass from the artisans who have dedicated their lives to crafting the perfect lens to the photographers who spend their careers chasing after the perfect shot.

Above is a 3-minute trailer that will give you a taste of what the movie is about.