5 FILMMAKING LIES 🎥 Everybody tells you – Benjamin Jaworskyj

Hi welcome in this video this time I
give a shout out to all my people from the u.s.a what up? A lot of people
watching me actually from the US I think now 25% of all viewers are from the USA
so shout out to you in this video and today I talk about five filmmaking lies. My name is Benjamin Jaworskyj. Photographer and adventurer. Ten years
ago I started to teach myself photography, today I travel the world as
a professional photographer and filmmaker.
Learn from my experiences, mistakes and tips and join me on my photography
adventures. Maybe you’ve seen the video already where I talked about five
photography lies if not check it out and in this video I talk about the
filmmaking aspect and about rumors or lies or just sayings out there about
filmmaking. Especially beginners think are the total truth. Number one is the
shutter speed lie and maybe you heard already of it a lot of people talk about
it especially when you are beginner. You always have to take care of your
shutter speed and it’s so important and use ND-filters and all this stuff. Yes it
is quite important but more when you are in a professional filmmaking way and you
want to have nice cinematic movements and really nerdy about that and all the
stuff. Then it is important but I can honestly say in the last six years I
never cared about shutter speed. I did great videos over thousand videos and I
never watch for the shutter speed. Right now when we are filming shutter speed is
not important as well. The only thing you have to think about really the shutter
speed is not going to slow because when you go under your frame rate with the
shutter speed. Let’s say you have 25 frames and you have only one fifth of a
second shutter speed then your movements very bad and the video will look very
bad but over let’s say a 1/1000 or 1/4000 of shutter it will be ok.
When you’re just do talking, when you just do like normal filmmaking without
any movements without any cinematic whatever thing, then it’s totally ok
to just use whatever shutter speed you want, but not too slow. Number two
is the 4k resolution lie and I can honestly say to you 4k is not an
important thing. A lot of people think 4k is the non plus ultra you need it for
like everything. If you can choose or shoot 4k then always shoot in 4k because
it’s so much better. You have four times the resolution of HD, but you actually
need an special monitor to review the full resolution and you need a faster
machine, you have a lot more data to handle actually and a lot of people only
do like 4k videos for Facebook’s so what’s the deal with that? You can do it
with an iPhone for Facebook. Nobody cares about if you use an
expensive camera 4k quality whatever and have a big computer and cut everything
together and then you watch it on a tiny shitty iPhone or whatever cell phone so
yeah 4k is a great thing, to crop in crop out, to have some stabilizing thing maybe,
but we choose very accurate whenever we use 4k and in most of the times we
choose frame rate over resolution. What I mean with that is we choose 50 frames
over 4k with 25 frames because the 50 frames we can do slow motion, we can do
nice effects with that but 4k is okay so it’s big. But not necessary for a
lot of people I would say. The next thing is the S-log lie, maybe you heard about
that as well. You need to film S-log and S-log is the best 4k S-log, like
nothing better and of course shutter speed. Well that’s
true with cinematic stuff and pro stuff but when you are a beginner don’t
bother about some S-log stuff. It’s too much for you. I can honestly tell you I
did not use S-log for six years as well. Then I went more into like professional
filmmaking and then you use S-log but not for every project. We don’t film
everything in S-log, this is not S-Log as well. Why not? Because it’s much faster
to not use S-log. You have to expose different so you need a different
exposure when you use S-log, you need to care about different things, you have a
higher ISO, also you need an ND-filter in a lot of situations when you have a
lot of light and you don’t see the white balance properly. You don’t see focus
sometimes with S-log, so it’s much harder to handle and
when you’re just a beginner care about composition. Care about light. Care about
ya essential stuff and when you then can really do the essentials
then care about S-log and 4k and all the other bullshit. But don’t do it as a
beginner, so you don’t need S-log. The next lie is, that you need actually
Premiere or another expensive cutting software to make great videos and that’s
not the truth either, because you can cut videos with whatever program you want to
cut. Or whatever you have you can even cut videos on your cell phone.
I know famous YouTubers with a million subscribers that only film the videos
and cut the videos with their fucking phones and it works and the people love
it and they are used to it and they are fast in that and it actually works
because those are small computers in your pocket right there. I for myself
edited videos with magics music maker and there is the word music maker in it, so
it’s not for videos but I cut it videos with that program because I have no
other program and then I started with iMovie. Great free program for every Mac
user. iMovie is a great program to cut videos with. I cut over 300 videos only
with iMovie and then I get into Final Cut and it’s more complex you have more
options and now with Premiere, you have even more options it’s a lot of Pro
stuff but it’s so overwhelming when you see Premiere for the first time.
Especially as a beginner and yeah it’s Pro shit so don’t bother about Pro shit
if you are a beginner and the last lie almost like with photography is the
bigger the camera the better the movies will be and that’s not true at all. Maybe
you see TV productions or anything where they have those big cameras, with big
lights and those things here those Matte boxes in the front and all the
fancy stuff with big tripods and everything and you think oh they have
some great cameras everything must look so great and the truth is they don’t use
the big cameras because it usually looks better. They use it because they have to
use it because of codecs because of the plaques they need for like sound and
everything and they have different options and they can record different
that’s why they use the big cameras and for stabilization because the bigger the
camera the better it is to hold and the less shaky it is. With a small camera
like with the a6000 it’s pretty hard to film hand-held very smooth, because it’s
so small. It’s like shaky all the time but with a big
camera on the shoulder it’s always very very smooth and heavy usually is a lot
easier to handle but a lot of TV productions now use small cameras as
well. You see sometimes the making off or you see even when they have two cameras,
they film the cameraman you see they have a small DSLR’s with the
shoulder rig they use mirrorless cameras. There are even movies now made, I saw just
a trailer from a horror movie by Sony Pictures, they used of course the sony
a7s 2 for that whole movie. They just film it on that. Then with an external
recorder so they get more 4k out of that and a different codec as well and
big anamorphic cinema lenses and stuff, but in the end the body is just the body
we are filming with right now. So the camera actually is not the important
thing and you get some advantages with big camera in a professional way like I
already mentioned the plaques and stuff sometimes to get a bigger resolution
uncompressed files out of the camera but it’s not true that the bigger the camera
the better the movie. Those were five filmmaking lies, maybe you have another
lie as well then write it in the comments below and what is your opinion on the
lies I just talked about? Maybe they are the total truth for you, as well then
just write it in the comments I’m looking forward for your opinion and
yeah if you have any topics I should talk about write in the comments. Hit
thumbs up and quick commercial. If you’re interested in filmmaking, really for
beginners like the basics in filmmaking, no fancy stuff only real, the great
things that you actually need interview situations, sound, light B-roll material,
A-roll material. All the stuff and check out learnfromben.com this my website
and they find the new course about filmmaking for beginners and about how
to use Premiere so cut videos for beginners as well. Check them out learnfromben.com
and I give a shout out again to all my USA friends watching
this video right now. Write in the comments if you are from the USA, see you
next time and clap and out.

100 Replies to “5 FILMMAKING LIES 🎥 Everybody tells you – Benjamin Jaworskyj”

  1. Shutterspeed does matter. If you want to have smooth motion then you have to have a 180° shutter angle.
    Smoth motions are the basics of video.

  2. I agree with the 4K thing for the exact same reason. 4K is cool, if you have a 4K monitor. 4K is not the standard and not everyone has 4K viewing capability. 1080p is good for TV, FB, YT, etc.

    Editing: i use the simplest tools. Hardly any, if any, transitions. I used windows movie editor for a long tome. I've recently gotten into using Blender, which having for 2 years as a 3D editor i never knew there was also a video editor. Blender is complicated though. Definitely intermediate to pro. And its free.

  3. This is such a good video. I think every starting or beginning and even pros should watch this. Its almost 2018 and I edit full time for a TV Movie studio and we still shoot and finalize in 1080. 4k is just not as important as some think.

  4. basically u have to know what mode/Sittings to use in a scene, don't be persistent on only one mode/Sittings for every scene.

  5. I wanted to venture out to see what up and coming DPs had to teach but lasted 2 minutes. I''ll invest my time back into Shane Hurlbutt.

  6. I agree with your statement that beginners and amateurs shouldn't worry about camera settings like shutter speed and S-Log and focus more on composition and content. However, to say that these things are not important is inaccurate. Different shutter speeds will have different looks and motion blur and will affect the viewing experience of your audience. Also, whatever image setting you use will affect the quality and ability to color correct. I agree that cinema and filmmaking is more about the content and composition as well as compelling story, but it is incorrect to say that shutter speed is not a part of the story telling and image composition and that people should never worry about it. It will significantly affect the look of any image, especially one where there is motion.

  7. Apart from gear ….The other things you saying to not care about is just plain Lazy ….if you want to be serious in this industry get all the knowledge you could possibly absorb and do it the proper way . and that way when you`re on a real set you wont get stuck if a Dp tells you to fix the shutter speed .

  8. Don't shoot in Fock-a. Got it! lol – Sorry Benjamin, I just had to type it man, please don't take it serious. :D.

    I love your videos, honestly, but the thing about shooting in 4k, I think you are getting it wrong. I mean, I agree that you shouldn't do it for Facebook because the video will be downsampled, but… if you are into Filmmaking, then you should go for the higher resolution. The difference will be noticeable, because its not only about image size, its also about image sharpness, and the 4k, will give you that extra sharpness and image quality overall.

  9. Hi, I think that it's much more easier to start learning how to shoot and edit properly (shutter speed, s-log, nice editing skills and ect…) when you are a beginner, because when it's time to shoot something more serious and something that you really want, if you don't know how to do it right, you must start to learn lots of new things again. Soooo for me the correct words are not "ïf you are a beginner" but "if you just want to filming something". Sooo for me these really import things which you are calling "lies" are something very simple but extremly important and if one beginner just practise a little, there will be no problem to do it all the time when it's needed and not to do it when it's not needed.

  10. Yes, you're absolutely right! But you think big budget productions will ever use small cameras for film? They use only MINI cameras like ARRI Alexa MINI and so on. Or for some shots they use cheaper Canon DSLR cameras for crash cameras.

  11. I'm not sure any of these count as lies as such. they are ideas that exist in the film making world that you happen to feel aren't important for beginners. There is some very useful information in here, but the clickbait title seems unnecessary. Also, it seems a little patronising to refer to stuff as "too much for you" – who are you to tell anyone what is too much for them?

  12. USA here great point as a new YouTube creator with a zero cinema training, I found it very interesting point about the 4K video vs higher frame rate. And no one seems to bring up that point about what your and user will be viewing it on and that’s what matters most.

  13. 571 thumbs down? why? everything he said makes sense! you cannot make people happy!!!
    Regarding shutter speed I didn't take from this video that it is not important, I understood that for beginners there are many other things to focus on so not to be obsessed with it.

  14. I agree with everything except the dismissal of the shutter speed, and the hideous motion of your hands in this video is all the proof I need that shutter speed is important.

  15. Maybe videomaking lies but definitely not filmmaking lies.
    1.Shutter speed will affect motion blur. If you shoot 30fps at 1/1000 shutter speed, the footage will look so unnatural(unless you are filming sports footage)
    2.4K is the new trend and more and more people has access to 4K display now(TV, laptops). Besides, if you don`t want to produce a 4K videos, downsampling 4K footage to 1080p can significantly increase the detail and quality of your video.
    3.It`s true that S-log is not necessary, but it can also be extremely useful in certain conditions. Beginners need to learn when and how to use it instead of just say no to it.
    4.The professional cutting software provides way more than just cut the footage together. You also need to color-grade your footage, add transition effects and most importantly: control your footage as precise as possible.
    5.Big cameras do not necessarily shoot good movies. But in general, bigger the camera is, better the image quality it shoots. Of course the most important part of a movie is the story and how to tell a story, but if you want better image quality, you should choose a better camera

  16. I think this video should be called 5 beginner filmmaking lies. I know you stated for beginners, a lot. But this title is deceiving. I agree with everything you said for people who are just starting out, and have never shot before, they don't need these tings. However if somebody is serious about filmmaking, once they've learned the basic, they should be learning how to shoot and edit in 4K. How to shoot and color grade log footage, ect. I like the video, I would just change the title, because these aren't filmmaking lies. Yes, learn how to shoot, edit, color grade before diving into more serious stuff. But honestly it doesn't hurt if somebody wants to learn these things.

  17. 4 Key is actually great, when you crop it to HD you have pic like 4:4:4 and looks more professional and today even DSLR can shoot in 4K. S-Log is crap if you don't use expensive camera, because some dark parts show grain eve on low ISO. And really, shooting S-Log on 8 Bit is very limited and you will not be able to cover contrasts on sunny day, you need at least 10Bit to get something in post pro.

  18. Thanks Benjamin for the video – I have traveled through beginner steps of filmmaking and am looking to invest in more professional equipment from what I've been using (DIY lights, Canon t5i w/ adapted SLR prime lenses & Magic Lantern). One of the things I want is 4k for the detail in the shot when it's down-scaled to 1080 in post and not for people to view it on 4k TVs, tiny screens, etc. Just want it for more detail and depth in my images. I get a lot of artifacting and unclarity from the t5i. Is that reasoning really foolish or should I go for a high bit rate – 4:2:2 – 1080 look? I am in the middle of doing a bunch of research before I purchase – I'm looking at the GH5s or Black Magic Production 4k – wanting to use a Atomos Ninja Inferno with the GH5s. My heart and mind is set mostly on filming feature/short films. In between all that doing small client work (promos, weddings, etc). I would appreciate any advice given, Thanks 🙂

  19. If you don't care about shutter speed and never experience stripes in artifical lighting then your camera probably doing changes for you. Same with filming monitor or projector screen, how you copy with that without shutter changes? Althrough I agree with rest, people today pursuing not for better suited equipment for them, but for newer, with higher numbers which sometimes means completely nothing.

  20. My friend… Shutter speed should normally be double of the frame rate. If you are using PAL system you should film at 25 frames per second and use a 1/50 Shutter, If you are shooting for NTSC System you should use 24 – 29 or 30 frames per second and use the same logic for the shutter speed. And why?! .. I will tell you.. Because in video you need motion blur. Enough motion blur so that your eyes see the movement in a natural matter. If you use higher shutter speed you start to have a VIDEO look. One example.. You are shooting a bike.. and the wheels are spinning, if you film the wheels with the right shutter, you will have the natural and flowing movement that is similar to your eyes. If you use higher frame rates you will see the lines too crisp and way too sharp. Its not natural. That the reason you use ND filters when filming something they want to look really nice.. because its the right way to do it. Its not a lie!!!! Its the correct way to do it.
    One pet peev I have is people going online telling people stuff that ARE NOT THE TRUTH.. There is a correct way to do things, you might not do it.. but there are reasons to do it. If you don't know them, thats your problem. But don't tell other people wrong things. Ok? =/ man..

  21. I really have to dislike here. I agree at some few points, but everything really depends. This sounds like a bunch of tips for people who are totally new to this stuff. The problem is that a lot of this stuff you'rre saying that is not important to you, is actually a very important factor for professionel filmmakers. Shutter speed is VERY important, if you want to film 24fps dialogue seen, go with 180 degree shutter, or 48/1. If you want to film an intense action scene go higher than that, maybe go with 100/1 or even more, everything comes down to the creative part. Next thing is 4k. 4k maybe doesn't seem that important to you, but when I'm filming musicvideos, I see a very big difference between native FULL hd, and downscaled 4k to 1080p. Yes maybe people don't upload in 4k, but they sure do film in 4k, and then export to 1080p. I've been filming with different cameras aswell, I use the GH5 a lot now, however, I do see a big difference between Red Epic 4k, and Gh5 4k when I edit. Bigger cameras aren't only meant for extra plugs and so on, I use these big cameras aswell for music videos, and I actually don't use a lot of plugs, probaly a moniter, but I'm fine with using the internal sound recording. The example with iphone 4k is kinda silly, Iphone 4k looks crap compared with a nice budget camera like gh5. The slog thing you told aswell, it's kinda off. S-log is important who people who wants their stuff to be cinematic and have a high dynamic range, however, S log is not important for people for a making videos for themselves, or maybe just VLOGS. Your title is targeting filmmakers, however the tips you are giving aren't really that good for filmmakers. Your tips are actually fine, they are just not meant for filmmakers. Some points I do agree. A big camera is not nescesarry, but at some point, you need to learn how to use a camera like Sony f55, red epic or whatever. You always start at one point, but the more you work yourself up, the bigger the projects, and bigger projects means higher budget, higher budget means a better end product. I would recommend a camera like GH5 for people who are wokring on a budget. Especially because it has 4k, and the 4k just gives a better quality NO MATTER WHAT. I always downscale my 4k to 1080p, but 4k just makes everything so much sharper.

  22. Shutter speed is the one thing that creates cinematic movement not frame rate. Cinema is 24fps we are just biased and use to seeing that so little point in discussin it. However shutter effects motion blur. You may want blur to create a whispy dreamy esthetic, that is the golden rule of twice frame rate. But if you want crisp shots then about 3 to 5 times the frame rate you get each picture sharp. Looking at glistening water droplets over blurry fluid is a choice. Let your esthetic choice guide you.

  23. the programm point is also incorect somehow… I mean it's always difficult to switch later so it would be good to start right with a good powerful programm at the beginning. Don't tell me that you can do all the things you can du in Premiere, Aftereffects, Nuke, Final Cut etc. on your mobile – it is quit easy to get those for free..

  24. I use Corel Video Studio for editing, which is great for general use, but if you want paid work as an editor, you will need to be able to use either Premier or Final Cut, because they are the industry standard. There are some very cinematic short films on YouTube made with DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, so for smaller format movies, this is most definitely an option. I'm all for that, because I believe it's the filmmaker, not the camera, but for slightly larger budget movies, proper DOPs and things like the Alexa are still very relevant.

  25. These are not filmmaking lies, these are things that beginners don’t need to worry about. I agree with the last one, but for the rest, the title is very misleading.

  26. 4K wird benutzt um es dann auf 1080 runterzurechnen dadurch hat man eine höhere Schärfe und einen höheren Dynamikumfang!! soviel dazu 😉

  27. Shutter speed is important it’s not just for motion but also syncing. Especially recording lights, in the us it’s 60Hz and Europe it’s 50hz. if your shutter speed is off then your lights will be off sync with your camera and you will start to see flickers.

  28. Only comment about shutter speed–always make sure you test your shots if shooting in artificial lighting. I've shot well over my frame rate (duh) only to forget about pesky florescent lights and ended up with wonky scanning/banding on my shots. 🙁 Won't make that mistake again.

  29. That is one of the worst advice ever. This guy is trying to get rid of his potential future competition by makeing young filmmaking guys look dumb and amateurish, possibly he wish they would stick to their phones because that is what he actually advice

  30. You are right and wrong at the same time. Yes all those things can be applied to your work later, after you'll be more experienced,
    BUT there is such a thing as developing good habits (such as remembering to set your shutter speed) and it's better to do it earlier.

  31. You only tell the different of 4k with 4k enabled devices. If you have a 720p or 1080p tv or monitor, it will be useless to use 4k because you wont be able to see the quality…Not too many people have 4k tvs..so you can shoot 4k videos all you want..but most will not be able to tell the difference for they can only see up to 1080p. That hundreds of dollars you can keep for other filming material.

  32. why do you say 1/2000s is ok for interview style video ? when you move your hands it has this stroboscopic effect that does not look natural and distracts the viewer from the message the video is trying to convey

  33. I think the biggest part of film making is finding all this stuff out for yourself and really learning from your mistakes. Everyone is different and has their own techniques and workflows, figuring it all out is the best bit of being a film maker. I used to think shutter speed was unimportant until I started filming under fluorescent light a lot and got black bars running down my lcd screen (you have to slow down the shutter speed to get rid of them).

  34. actually you can see a big difference in hd recorded and downsampled hd. Downsampled from 4k to 1080p looks much sharper

  35. All a filmmaker needs is a Canon G20 or G21, in full manual mode. (G20 has a remote and internal memory)(G21 has a few more features).

  36. Shutter speed is important lol.. 4K resolution is also important since you can crop your video if needed without losing too much of the quality (4 times less than FHD) 50 or 60 frames per second is in my opinion useless related to cinematic shooting since it does not look natural enough, it is way smoother than it should be… the only reason it has to be filmed in 50 or 60fps is only because you can slow it down to make it look like a slow mo shot.. dude you are talking about YouTube beginners who film tutorials or that kind of stuff.. even a beginner should be aware of those things and should use “premeri” to color grade LOG footage if the thing is landscape cinematography…… you only confused people who just begun their videography career……

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