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Although focusing is viewed as a purely technical process, it’s really a powerful artistic tool for the cinematographer.  This module takes you into the world of using focus to draw the audience’s attention to a subject, how to set focus with both prime and zoom lenses, unlocking the power of the hyperfocal distance, focusing techniques in both documentary and narrative productions, setting focus marks, focusing on moving subjects, minimum focus distance and pulling focus.


  • 23:21 video that teaches you how to properly focus both film and video cameras
  • Complete companion guide
  • Tips on using selective focus to accentuate the story


  • The technical importance of focus
  • The use of focus as a powerful storytelling tool
  • Using autofocus
  • The physics of focusing - what's really happening in the lens
  • Working with the hyperfocal distance and how to use it
  • Minimum focus
  • Techniques for setting focus with a digital camera
  • Techniques for setting focus with a film camera
  • How to measure the distance to the subject and set focus marks
  • How to use a follow focus to pull focus
  • How to maintain focus with a moving subject or camera
"Finally... a complete resource for independent filmmakers! Thank you, Jason Tomaric for succinctly compiling all the most pertinent and useful information so that when my memory needs jogging, help is just a click away! Your generosity in sharing your success formula is so refreshing."
   - Amina Fakir, Producer