Elements of Cinema: Origins and Future


Acting is not my thing. This is me trying to smile.

Hello and welcome!

My name is Gabe Moura, and this is my film blog. I am very pleased to have you here, and I really hope you enjoy what I have to share.

If you arrived to this page it’s because you either wanna know more about me or the Elements of Cinema itself, right? If so, then read on. If not, please check out our MAIN INDEX page. That’s probably the best place to start and find your way around.

An Affair to Remember

Have you ever loved anything (besides a person or a pet) so greatly that you wanted to know every little thing about it? That’s me and cinema. I love everything about the movies, and I love all kind of movies, and I love filmmaking, and film history, and film criticism.

Creating a website about movies and moviemaking was only a matter of time. Elements of Cinema is my most sincere love letter for the films. It’s my way to pay back for this wonderful art that gives me so much joy. It’s my platform to share what I learn and learn what I share, and interact with others who understand this passion.

Who is Gabe Moura?

Well, simply put, I am a film buff and filmmaker living in the City of Angels, otherwise known as Los Angeles, CA (though I was born far from here! Wanna know where? Send me an email introducing yourself, and I’ll tell you. It’s not a secret, I just like meeting new people like you!)

To be completely honest, I am currently working in gaming, which is still part of the entertainment industry but not quite what I wanna do forever. I also have a part-time as a Quality Control technician for a big movie streaming service where I watch tons of films (sometimes more than I can handle). In my free time, I like watching (more) movies, playing games, working out, hanging out with friends, and connecting with readers of this blog, making sure I answer as many questions as you have, or simply creating more tools and resources for everyone.


My heart is in the movies, and that’s what drove me to create this website in 2010. At the occasion, I was a film student and teaching assistant for the film department at El Camino College in Torrance, CA.  As a teaching assistant, I sat through many hours of film courses, such as screenwriting, cinematography, and editing, where I gathered a lot of film knowledge that I now share here with you.

This is me stealing a shot at a gun point.

Me stealing the shot at gun point. Circa 2011.

After receiving my AA degree from El Camino College, I transferred to California State University Long Beach, where both Steven Spielberg and I (it’s true!) received our Bachelors Degree in Narrative Production from the Film and Electronic Arts department, though good old Steve was 11 years ahead of me (Spielberg actually graduated in 2002 after taking an extended break from college in the late 1960s to win some Oscars).

While at CalState Long Beach, I had the opportunity to work on numerous sets, on- and off-campus, in a variety of different positions, like sound recordist, director of photography, mixer, producer, director, editor, camera operator, gaffer, etc. And that experience is one of the true great benefits of going to film school; in addition to the amazing friends you make.

Who’s This Website For

Although everyone is welcome, I created this website with film students and beginning filmmakers in mind. This blog contains resources and tutorials I wish I had access to as a kid, growing up, pre-internet.

But back then, if I wanted to read about cameras, at least one trip to the public library was needed. Nowadays things have changed. You have information at your finger tips, limited only by your curiosity. So I hope you bring your curiosity, and I will provide the rest.

Where to Find Me

You can follow us at facebook.com/elementsofcinema. For more casual things, you can follow me on Twitter @surgeongabriel and on Instagram @surgeongabriel.

And of course, there’s always the good old email: gabriel (at) elements of cinema (dot) com.

When convenient, please take a moment to hit me up and let me know what’s going on!

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope to hear from you soon.


Gabe M.