Cinematography and Postproduction

While discussing cinematography in Film-TV 1, I started to wonder wether cinematography ended after the production stage. After all, the cinematographer will often work with the colourist to create the desired look, which is technically post-production. Then comes visual effects work, which means post-production artists might end up having a larger impact on the production stage, collaborating with the cinematographer to ensure they can add in their computer generated elements in later. While our short films for Film-TV 1 are unlikely to be this complex or daring, it’s definitely something worth thinking about. Considering all this, I’ve collected 3 examples of videos I love where slow motion, reversed time, and motion graphics meant the cinematographers had to extend themselves beyond the normal constraints we associate with the role.

Imagine blocking this one out. Timing isn’t the word for it. The BTS video is possibly more amazing.


Let’s face it. This music video was so widely loved, and you can’t get past that Momento-esque reverse motion.


A simple but nostalgic look at famous title sequences and the designers behind them. It’s shame it’s so short, but it shows you what can be achieved with some clever lighting and good compositing.


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