Jimmy Matlosz





The 6th C of Cinematography

It has been professed that there are 5 C's in the art of Cinematography.


                                1. Camera Angle

                                2. Continuity

                                3. Cutting

                                4. Close Ups

                                5. Composition


In the example below, comprised of footage, which I have shot over the years, and what might seem completely random and possessing a wide gamut of style and genre.  Yet, and perhaps, debatable of course, I cut them for a demo, and by golly there is continuity.  But there is also the important 6th C of cinematography, which I have professed for years, and that 6th C would be:


                                6. Contrast


Contrast, that is right! The basis of lighting: key, rim and fill. How much in ratio? a fine balance, achieved to this day, in the day of WYSWYG lighting with a Light meter.  Contrast, the 6th C,  Like story telling itself, which is driven by conflict are one in the same in my mind.  Like a great meal, made with the best spices, use accordingly, sparsely or in generous proportions.  Either way you blend it, the 6th C of cinematography really is Contrast!