Elements of Cinema was designed with young filmmakers and film/video students in mind. Our goal is to provide film knowledge and offer a comprehensive, well-written, easy-to-navigate website that covers many elements of filmmaking, including but not limited to, cinematography, editing, screenwriting, and directing. In our methodology, we break each one of those areas to their bare bones. We focus on the obvious and the obscure tricks of trade.
Due to copyright constraints, we cannot show many screenshots or lengthy clips from movies, so we've limited our use of those to instances when we find essential. Nevertheless, please notice that we're screening the footage for an educational purpose.
Hello and welcome. My name is Gabriel Moura, and this is my website.
If you have reached this page, you may want to know more about me. Well, here is the most relevant information: I love filmmaking, and as far as I can remember, I have always been interested in the movies. In fact, my earliest memory is of a scene from the film Amadeus – the one in which Salieri is covered in blood after trying suicide.
As of spring 2011, I am a student at El Camino College in Torrance, California. However, I have been accepted to CSU Long Beach for fall 2011, so next semester I will be trailing on Steve Spielberg's footsteps. (Spielberg has a BA in Film Production and Electronic Arts with an option in Film/Video Production from CalState Long Beach.)
My first interest in filmmaking was screenwriting, which struck me early on at the age of fifteen. Thus far, I have written six feature screenplays. However, at El Camino College, I was exposed to the many different facets of filmmaking. Now, I am in love with the entire film production process. Working on sets, I have experience as a gaffer, camera operator, and assistant director. I also have experience as an assistant editor in a feature length film.
Although I am currently a film student, one day I will be a film professor. This website – the first "textbook" I have written – is a work in progress viewed by thousands of visitors monthly. Because I am constantly updating and uploading content, I encourage everyone to request tutorials or explanations via this form.
Please enjoy your stay.
Queen Victoria's Wedding (2010)……..................... gaffer
There are a few people whose immense support made this website possible. This section is kindly dedicated to them.
First and foremost, I must thank my parents for their boundless and unlimited encouragement, plus an optimum upbringing where perseverance and expertise were emphasized and honed. They made me who I am in more ways than I can describe. My father, with our low-end video camera, was my first cinematography instructor, as we recorded family events and celebrations.
I must thank my dearest instructor, Prof. Kevin O'Brien, who taught me filmmaking as I know it. It was his love for teaching and films that permeated my soul and made me realize how gratifying instructing people is. His passion for art and academia, which I now share, culminated in this website. Much of his teachings are found in our pages. Possible mistakes or omissions are my own.
As I thank Prof. O'Brien, I must extend my gratitude to include El Camino College because its facilities and equipment were essential to my training. Instructors Joyce Dallal and Darilyn Rowan also indirectly contributed to this site. Their keen insight and teachings are crucial as I create images that both adorn our pages and enlighten our readership.
Last but definitely not least, I thank you. That's right, you! Readers that appreciate the time I have taken to write and publish these pages. Thank you also, for those individuals that took the time to share their feedback. Many suggestions have been added to my notepad, and I hope to integrate them as soon as possible.
To you all, my sincerest gratitude...