Mark Vargo, ASC

Unleash Your Creative Potential!

Welcome! My website is filled with valuable tips, anecdotes, and tons of useful information not found in any textbook. I’m dedicated to sharing what I know with up and coming filmmakers. Please feel free to contact me if you need any additional help.

your lens

Good lenses are very expensive. Spend a little more for a UV or haze filter
to protect the front element of your lens. I was shooting stills yesterday and
noticed how many scratches and nicks were on the filter that otherwise would
have seriously damaged my lens.

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visual grammar

Shutter angle, frame rate, lenses, composition and camera movement are our visual adjectives,
verbs and nouns that we choose to tell our story. The way you apply your visual “grammar” defines
your unique voice in the filmmaking process. Experiment with these tools and refine their use so that
they don’t get in the way or distract from the meaning of your series of shots that result is a complete scene.