The cinematic table?!?!? What the hell is going on around here? It’s our homage to the study of film. I know it’s a bastardization of the real table of elements, but I was always really bad at science. So this is my attempt to turn some bad childhood memories into something fun.
This table of cinematic elements is not new to Mercury Films, and I have to give credit to Jonathan Jones (owner of the Southwest Diner and early Mercury intern and PA) for first coming up with the idea, and to Jim Harper (at Jim Harper Creative) for bringing it to life for the first time years ago. For those of you that have been at our former studio, you may remember a giant version on our wall. I always wanted an interactive version of the table. So now with the unveiling of Mercury Films, I finally get my wish!
There’s a lot of film and video terms here, so that makes for a lot of content while giving me an opportunity to share insights about the technical aspects of our craft. The reality is, a lot of people shoot video. Not as many are independent filmmakers who actually know and use these elements and genuinely get excited about chiaroscuro lighting and L cuts. I’ve been at this filmmaking profession a long time, so I love this stuff and love it when I get to live and breathe it in my work. To make it easy on me, and (I hope) more fun for site visitors, we will be posting a new definition and film example every week. Check back… and be prepared to be schooled in the art and science of filmmaking! If you want to get a head start, and test your own knowledge of film, we’ve populated about a dozen elements already. Have fun!