Neil Oseman

Neil Oseman

Neil is a UK-based director of photography who has worked in the USA, Europe and Japan. Upcoming features he shot include The Little Mermaid with Academy Award winner Shirley MacLaine, and supernatural thriller Heretiks with Michael Ironside. He has photographed another half-dozen independent features, innumerable shorts, several music promos and two multi-award-winning short-form action/adventure series. In the last couple of years Neil has been nominated for nine Best Cinematography awards and took home the gong at Festigious International Film Festival 2016 for his work on the short drama Night Owls. Second only to his love of cinematography is his passion for sharing his knowledge of it on his blog neiloseman.com and his Instagram feed.

Can DOPs maintain control over the final look of the films that they work on in a world where so much emphasis is placed on shooting for the grade?

We’ve all been there. It’s halfway through the afternoon, you’ve only just wrapped the scene you were meant to finish by lunch, and now you have to cram the rest of the day’s material into a couple of hours. How can you do it?

7 fantastic tips to make your cinematography go smoothly

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 Want to make sure your day on set goes smoothly? Neil Oseman is on hand with more useful tips on how to deal with the day-to-day tasks of a shoot.

Neil Oseman completes his two part series with more invaluable tips to help ensure success in the world of cinematography.

 Success is often hard to quantify, but if you want to succeed in the world of the cinematographer, Neil Oseman is on hand to offer some guidance.

How to make people look their best on camera

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Lighting and shaping a human face well is one of the most difficult things to do for a cinematographer. There are all sorts of variations that prevent a 'one solution fits all' approach. Neil Oseman passes on some tips on shining the best light on people.

35 years after the original, Blade Runner 2049 hit cinemas last week to widespread critical acclaim. While director Denis Villeneuve has received his fair share of praise, many have highlighted the exceptional work of cinematographer Roger Deakins, suggesting it may finally win the 13-times-nominated DP an Oscar. Neil Oseman takes a look at the photographic style Deakins employed for the sci-fi sequel and how it plays into the movie’s themes.

RedShark Review: LED lights just get better and better, and their light output is becoming ever more powerful. Neil Oseman gives us his thoughts on the Litepanels Astra 6X Bi-color LED light.

How to enhance character with cinematography

Published in Production

Character can be portrayed primarily through an actors performance. But cinematography plays an important part in enhancing character traits and our emotions towards them. DP Neil Oseman gives us his thoughts.

The one simple secret of lighting a face

Published in Production

Showing the best side. Lighting a face well can be one of the most difficult aspects of cinematography. But there are also a few guidelines you can always bear in mind to help you along the way. Here Neil Oseman shares one of the secrets to lighting a face well, and also how to break with convention when required.

The cinematic way to light dialogue scenes

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Scenes involving multiple actors can throw up multiple issues when setting up lighting for both dramatic effect and shape. Neil Oseman takes us through the process and considerations of illuminating multiple actors in a dialogue scene.

Should you still be using three-point lighting?

Published in Production

Three point lighting often conjours up images of flat corporate video or daytime soap operas. But is the system still relevant today, or is it an important concept we can use to guide us, whatever the situation? Neil Oseman offers us some dissection.

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