How to Master ANY Camera - Functional Filmmaking
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  • Corridor Crew
    Corridor Crew

    Head on over to for the entire Functional Filmmaking series, plus lots of other great shows! Thanks to all the subscribers that made this show possible!

    • Dima 135
      Dima 135

      Every time I click, it asks me to subscribe for money. Is this something like a paid course ?

    • Christopher Massey
      Christopher Massey

      I could listen to him talk about this all day XD. Its really interesting, broken down well, and genuinely fun to listen to. Thanks Corridor Team!

    • Danny Rli
      Danny Rli

      @JoPo4815162342 Dont be stupid, dont expect all paid content to be posted here in the future.

    • Short People Films
      Short People Films

      You convinced me! I’m subscribing to!! I don’t know if it was Sam’s sign or just the awesome ideas that niko had.

    • Start music
      Start music

      Please react to "Genes" "Singam 3" "Kaithi" "24" "Indru Netru Naalai" all are Tamil cinemas

  • MrVipitis

    Love that we get this kid of content on the channel again. Hate that it's paywalled, like the the vlog. You wanted to change the channel to become a show. People wanted the channel on BTS, tutorials and vlogs again. But it got paywalled. Perhaps it gets better one day.

  • Niranjan sahoo
    Niranjan sahoo

    Watch Krrish 3

  • Ginio Lumaban - GFilm Tips
    Ginio Lumaban - GFilm Tips

    I’ve learned a lot from this video! Thanks! 😃

  • Ken Flanagan
    Ken Flanagan

    Jeez I get it that these guys background is vfx so I can understand the bias and in the past their content has been fun and a little self deprecating but this “know it all” bs is embarrassing not least because although it purports to be gospel fact none of it is. In the absence of a decent script and dialogue maybe this approach is all that’s left but this is adolescent nonsense and these guys should know better. They are preying on people who may not so if anyone is in doubt film a Shakespeare soliloquy or watch Glengarry GlenRoss and see how much of this nonsense you need to be compelling. Why is there so much awful content from people who really should know better? I’m embarrassed for them. The whole vibe is getting more and more prevalent on ISdowns. It’s just so uncool. It’s full of pompous people talking about things they know nothing about in such an unconsidered way probably because they are trying to appeal to a wannabe section of viewers who are taken in by this kind of self important bluster. It’s so me me me. Jeez grow up.

  • william lagman
    william lagman

    Niko could explain how the world is flat and I would believe him 100%

  • aamir mdkhan
    aamir mdkhan

    The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

  • Aleesha Rane
    Aleesha Rane

    Thank you so much for making filmmaking sound relatively easy and how we as learning filmmakers can learn to be better professionals.

  • sevinPackage

    Just because you CAN composite Sam into this video a dozen times doesn't mean you SHOULD. You have a website. We get it. I'm trying to pay attention to the content.

  • SmallDeekGeorge

    How to make any camera a cinematic beast. Turn off noise reduction Turn off sharpness If you can't throw it away!!!

  • Patrick Germain
    Patrick Germain

    Every time I watch one of these videos I forget how intrusive the marketing push is and I turn it off

  • SiNcpROd

    I love how this class is all about Sam, a professional filmmaker with years of experience, teaching camera techniques and showing how to create a good image, yet no one in the crew seems to be capable of recording proper f*cking sound

  • Bipin Kumar Sahu
    Bipin Kumar Sahu

    Sam walking in the middle is so fucking annoying.

  • Damian Hennessy
    Damian Hennessy

    As always, I love your guys content. Very helpful, informative and entertaining. Small note, Sam was very distracting and kept taking me out of Niko's info. I hope to see more Functional Filmmaking.

  • roquista1

    man we need sam on every corridor crew video destroying the sponsored segment

  • José Martín Ramírez Carrasco
    José Martín Ramírez Carrasco

    Pense que era Luisito Comunica.

  • La Croix Boi
    La Croix Boi

    Failed shot, that's a human body not an alien one! Unless we just meant that the body was other than his own body......

  • Thanuja Udayanga
    Thanuja Udayanga

    Thank for doing these kind of videos...

  • Sooraj Guptan
    Sooraj Guptan

    Damn that pop up man with board is irritating!

  • Ian Zainea
    Ian Zainea

    Here's what you really need to know that Niko didn't tell you: 1. Read the F**KING manual. 2. Learn what all the settings do. 3. Shoot test footage testing out any settings you don't 100% understand, and use a slate/marker board noting what is different in each take. Do the same repeatable action (like someone sitting and waving) What Niko told you about is cinematography, not how to work the camera. It would have been more helpful for this video to be "how to shoot effective test footage to test out your camera and lenses." I can't tell you the amount of times I've received practically ruined footage because some schmuck thought he could expose by eye when looking at the log image on the 2-inch camera viewfinder. LEARN YOUR CAMERA people. Doesn't matter how well you can light a shot, and if you chose the best cooke lenses if you capture dogshit because you didn't know how to work the camera settings.

  • Baqca Sanke
    Baqca Sanke

    This was supposed to be a master class series????? Not gonna teach about actual camera fundamentals? Just some flowery stuff about “using the camera you have”.... Very dissappinting

  • Andy Gilleand
    Andy Gilleand

    That zone system is very specific to creating an SDR image. Nowadays, a lot of stuff is moving to HDR color grading, and that's a whole other beast. Ideally shadows and mid tones should look fairly similar to what they would look like in SDR, but highlights should look realistically bright, which means many highlights will look far brighter than SDR allows. Things like the sun and fire and bright reflections should be VERY bright on a good HDR display (assuming doing that fits well with the visual language of the shot). Your point about not clipping highlights becomes SO much more important here. If you clip them, even those bright studio lights behind you, you won't be able to make use of the expanded dynamic range to display them accurately in HDR. There's also a wider color gamut that allows for certain highly saturated colors that couldn't even be captured by SDR technology. When grading for HDR, ideally, HDR should be done before SDR, because doing it the other way will likely result in limiting what you can do with the HDR grade afterwards and resulting in an inferior HDR image. A lot of movie studios still aren't doing this right, and the result is an HDR image that does not take advantage of the wider dynamic range of color, even when it would be completely appropriate to the cinematography to do so.

    • Sigvard Björkman
      Sigvard Björkman

      Interesting, I can't say I understand anything at all but none the less, interesting...

  • Cactus Crus
    Cactus Crus

    these kind of videos makes you think you are a film maker. well, you are not.

  • Clement Fermn
    Clement Fermn

    why is nikos face small

  • kevin dougherty
    kevin dougherty

    A tutorial about conveying emotion, suspense or danger without guns, gore or violence would be useful. (Even if you want to do it with guns, gore or violence.)

  • Zerberus _MS
    Zerberus _MS

    That scene was lit

  • Ranjith Venkat
    Ranjith Venkat


  • deviantgrey

    your girl isn't subscribed to corridor? YUCK

  • Jaydeep Gill
    Jaydeep Gill

    the shot of Jake at 11:20 looks super cinematic

  • Harshhaze

    37:16 I'll be back

  • Lukas Sprehn
    Lukas Sprehn

    Could you please upload a version without sam in it? Or not have him like that in future episodes? It is too distracting :(

  • Zach A
    Zach A

    Good info but I gave up halfway through because of the sign antics. I absolutely can't stand idiots and that is all that sign waving is to me.

  • Casey Crocker
    Casey Crocker

    You are a great teacher, Niko!

  • Casey Crocker
    Casey Crocker

    I dig!

  • Game Pirate
    Game Pirate

    This is a beautiful video but I feel to truly know how the capture emotions through filmmaking, there's just one tip: watch more films! Study how great masterworks like Tarkovsky, Kurosawa, Kubrick combined light, visual beauty, movement into one. Study as many films as possible and find your style.

  • Gold Piece Films
    Gold Piece Films

    Love this video and the fact that you guys are so awesome!

  • makilex

    That "sentence" was a full phrase. Guys!

  • Ben Rex
    Ben Rex

    Isn't there like a millions memorable shots where the shots are longer than the sentence to describe the shot? I think the rule that the description should be as long as the shot falls pretty flat. Even for a thumb rule it's VERY general.

  • Leandro (InviSystem)
    Leandro (InviSystem)

    This is really useful ngl, thank you so much for the informations! This could've been an online class somewhere~

  • maldikar bhagyesh
    maldikar bhagyesh


  • Yusuke Urameshi
    Yusuke Urameshi

    I think sam was in it a little too much, it was kind of distracting

  • Chris Henderson
    Chris Henderson

    SNR Statement - If light were volume, then the same rule applies to microphones.

  • Chris Henderson
    Chris Henderson

    Artificial Sharpening is also known as anti-aliasing and debayering in the camera software. Not all CMOS' are bayered, just the higher-contrast versions since layered CMOS' require more light for more resolution/detail (Sony F35 Rules!!!, but only if you incinerate your actors in light).

  • Tomas N
    Tomas N

    Love the episode

  • elias j
    elias j

    Thank you so much for this Corridor Ohana! Love you all so much and can't wait to see what you create next! 🎬🎥🙌🏽🔥🔥🔥 I'm learning so much from this! Aloha, Keep Believing & Creating! 🤙🏽💯

  • Brecht H
    Brecht H

    this is soooo good! Thank you Nico and crew, love it!

  • Eszter Zs. Csorba (Csoresz-World)
    Eszter Zs. Csorba (Csoresz-World)

    Thank you for this (=


    Since when has Peter McKinnon started doing visual effects??

  • Prestige Gamer
    Prestige Gamer

    21:27 Ironic how that website advertisment has overexposured with white

  • Marty Warwick
    Marty Warwick

    Was half expecting Sam to say that it looks like I was writing a letter

  • Mike Mazaski
    Mike Mazaski


  • Jack Lawrence
    Jack Lawrence

    This is idiotic.

  • Tyler

    If only they'd give the waveform on my camera 11 lines.

  • perking

    It’s will be so cool if you continue to make these even though they may not get that popular

  • Mike Veris
    Mike Veris

    okEY SAM! I You got me , got my membership back! Edit: Upgraded to anual you guys deserve it!

  • Singularity Raptor
    Singularity Raptor

    Amazing vid!!

  • Zikari SG
    Zikari SG

    You guys got nothing on Neil Breen's functional filmmaking class!

  • I'm A Person
    I'm A Person

    I got tricked and thought this was a William Osman B.ehind T.he S.cenes for his NOBODY parody movie scene shoot...

  • Logan Levale
    Logan Levale


  • Skele-Ton Hammer
    Skele-Ton Hammer

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S20 and if the lighting is done properly and the camera settings are set to manual and tweaked to be as "true" as possible (leaving any color grading to be done after the fact), adjusting exposure to eliminate clipping, and providing ENOUGH light that I don't have to raise the ISO above the rock bottom, I'm able to get footage that damn near looks like it could be in a real movie. It really is mostly about just understanding how a camera works and to have enough lights on hand to create whatever environment you want without creating any dark or light clipping. That gets you 80% of the way there. After that, all you have to think about is focus, movement, etc.

  • Kor Taffel
    Kor Taffel

    TL;DR: Use Teal and Orange lights and buy the most expensive stuff you can affort on B&H

  • issac kellen
    issac kellen

    Can mini sam make cameos every now and them like in the background, kinda like stan lee

  • dhaval rathod
    dhaval rathod

    Thank you 👍

  • Rainy Day Forge
    Rainy Day Forge

    I'm this many days old...Movies...Movement. Oh my God!

  • I Sick
    I Sick

    I came from watching a Nurk video. I thought sam was Nurk because he's done a similar thing on his channel. Bamboozled me there for a bit. Lol

  • thomas mcgill
    thomas mcgill

    Wow, this is great!

  • Kristian Hoel
    Kristian Hoel

    «Get some Photons up in your scene» Indeed! Nice studio set up but Nico is too dark. Need to have more light in his face. The side-lit style is not great. It’s OK for the front camera, but the side cameras don’t have a good enough dynamic range and it’s distracting not to be able to see his eyes clearly. Just a little constructive criticism.

  • zoladkow

    It's uncanny how absurdly well worded that video is! Analogies and examples are well thought through. I actually understood it all (retention is a different matter). Niko - BTW - sometimes you look almost like Colin Firth (except hair - red and facial...) xD

  • geyck

    Functional Filmmaking. Also known and Corridor Crew Classic.

  • Meelek Edits
    Meelek Edits

    Skin tones are a basic orangish hue Black People: WTF

  • waddaya knoww 122
    waddaya knoww 122

    damn I wish I can edit like them lol

  • joecool

    i wanna know how to control the frequency and wavelength of my farts any tips?

  • juicyNathan

    Благодарю вас за ваш труд, спасибо за видео, коммент для продвижения

  • Brian Dipierro
    Brian Dipierro

    I'm holding my NX3000 watching this, it's a good lad.

  • Whisker Biscuit
    Whisker Biscuit

    Boy needs a masterclass

  • Landon Stout
    Landon Stout

    Challenge: make a short film using only a phone and mobile editing apps- I'd be very interested to see how it turns out

  • Red Play
    Red Play

    I didn't get that water bucket thing

  • Petgasys

    Man jake had to do a sponsor for their own show lol

  • Maria Luna
    Maria Luna

    The broken sparrow outstandingly decide because beet quantitatively raise lest a polite knife. bad, condemned methane

  • AngryPotato

    I hoped Sam would end in T-pose!

  • Bryce Tufts
    Bryce Tufts

    One of the best explainations I've ever seen. Compact and incredibly easy to understand!

  • James Berglind
    James Berglind

    I feel like I should have paid for this masterclass.

  • Yobros Gaming
    Yobros Gaming

    I absolutely love this video and how informative and educational it is, but seeing Sam in the corner every 2 minutes is extremely distracting. It draws my eye away from Niko and I stop paying attention to what he's saying for a minute. Other than that, this video was fantastic!

  • bnardus

    I remember the "if the time it takes to say the sentence is faster than the actual shot, the shot is timed incorrectly" from the very first corridor crew video I watched back when it was still called Sam and Niko back in 2013 probably. I just love how this team of people have grown

  • Kevin Lynch
    Kevin Lynch

    Great video. But the constant Sam bullshit just gets too distracting.

  • Michael Mac
    Michael Mac

    This has taught me so much and I am absolutely going to check out the whole series!! Wow love you guys! You’re all so amazing and entertaining. I always am coming back to your channel for either funny, informative, or exciting content! Keep being amazing 😭 Thank you guys for all the hard work! Sending love and good vibes :)

  • Saadman Shan
    Saadman Shan

    This is literally the video I had been waiting for! I think you guys are brilliant and this is exactly what I needed to get started on my videos. Thank you guys! I'm signing up for your patreon as soon as I can afford it!

  • general pastrami's fast facts
    general pastrami's fast facts

    step 1: hit record step 2: aim camera at subject step 3: absorb their soul

  • Charley Edwards
    Charley Edwards

    this was fucking excellent man

  • Swapnil Togare
    Swapnil Togare

    Hey Niko, can you teach how to shoot vertigo effect?


    Therapist: Tiny Sam is not real, he can't hurt you Tiny Sam: 10:35

  • Eric Goodale
    Eric Goodale

    that was one of the most incredible course episodes of anything i have ever seen.

  • oh baker
    oh baker

    this is such a great video

  • TallicaMan1986

    That Akira shirt in the intro is SICK

  • Riley Steidel
    Riley Steidel

    Awww itsa Carmichael, I thought I recognised that hair

  • Michael long
    Michael long

    Hey, you guys should definitely check out the great CGI in the Monsterverse because there are so many fantastic effects that I'm sure you guys would love to talk about. It would be a great video idea for you. Also Godzilla vs Kong just released and with that movie being as big as it is, it would get you guys a lot of views and would give godzilla vs kong a lot more recognition.

  • nieograniczony1

    This is pure gold !

  • Micheal After
    Micheal After

    yo, the whole dynamic range and signal/noise part was super informative. I really feel like I get it now. Maybe I will shoot that ad myself next time xD

  • Dillon Beylefeld
    Dillon Beylefeld

    Great info. Thanks niko and the guys

  • It's The Steve Show
    It's The Steve Show

    13:15 Sam, we got it. Damn son! Too much!!