The Filmmaker's Eye

Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition

Author: Gustavo Mercado

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136057331

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them. Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker's Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for your shots. This book has struck a chord worldwide and is being translated into several languages After a short introduction to basic principles, a variety of shots are deconstructed in the following format: - Why It Works: an introduction to a particular type of shot - How It Works: callouts point out exactly how the shot works the way it does--the visual rules and technical aspects in action - Technical Considerations: the equipment and techniques needed to get the shot. - Breaking the Rules: examples where the "rules" are brilliant subverted
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The Filmmaker's Eye

Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition

Author: Gustavo Mercado

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 113605734X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

View: 1387

This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them. Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker's Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for your shots. This book has struck a chord worldwide and is being translated into several languages After a short introduction to basic principles, a variety of shots are deconstructed in the following format: - Why It Works: an introduction to a particular type of shot - How It Works: callouts point out exactly how the shot works the way it does--the visual rules and technical aspects in action - Technical Considerations: the equipment and techniques needed to get the shot. - Breaking the Rules: examples where the "rules" are brilliant subverted
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The Filmmaker's Eye

Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition

Author: Gustavo Mercado

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0240812174

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Gustavo Mercado's beautiful book reveals the inner workings of the basic shots that create the cinematic experience. He reveals how visuals communicate to an audience. If you're a novice filmmaker or a seasoned professional, this book will broaden your visual horizons.-Bruce Block, film producer, author of the Visual Story, and visual consultant whose credits include The holiday, Something's Gotta Give, Stuart Little, and Pretty in Pink Telling stories with moving images is one of the most exalted art forms of our era. The Filmmaker's Eye helps you harness the power of this genre by explaining how images work to tell a story. You will gain a deeper understanding of the role each shot plays in the larger narrative scheme of your film, and the technical requirements necessary to achieve powerful and memorable images. Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, this focused, easy-to-reference guide shows you how to become an eloquent visual storyteller through effective and expressive choices for each and every shot in your film.
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The Filmmaker's Eye - The Language of the Lens

The Power of Lenses and the Expressive Cinematic Image

Author: Gustavo Mercado

Publisher: Focal Press

ISBN: 9780415821315

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

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Understanding the language of the lens is key for today's filmmakers and cinematographers. Lenses and the different images they produce have the power to propel story, evoke dramatic/emotional responses from the audience, as well as give a film a certain aesthetic. Today, interchangeable lens systems are more accessible than ever due to their decreasing prices and the increasing amounts of cameras that allow for interchangeable lens use. While some cinematography books touch on the use of different lenses, this is the first book to treat the topic with the breadth it commands. Following the same format of the author's first book, the very successful, Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition, Filmmaker's Eye: Language of the Lens shows readers in a visually-stunning way how crucial lens selection is to the design and intentions of a filmmaker's visual story. Scenes from a wide range of movies are shown in 4-color, and then broken down to convey what lens was used, why it was used, and how the reader can use that lens on their own film to achieve the look, story, and emotions they seek.
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Film Directing Shot by Shot

Visualizing from Concept to Screen

Author: Steven Douglas Katz

Publisher: Gulf Professional Publishing

ISBN: 9780941188104

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 366

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"A complete catalogue of visual techniques and their stylistic implications for both the filmmaker and videomaker -- 'a text book' -- which enables working filmmakers (as well as screenwriters and others) to expand their stylistic knowledge"--P. [4] of cover.
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Cinematography: Theory and Practice

Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors

Author: Blain Brown

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317359275

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 422

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The world of cinematography has changed more in the last few years than it has since it has in 1929, when sound recording was introduced. New technology, new tools and new methods have revolutionized the art and craft of telling stories visually. While some aspects of visual language, lighting and color are eternal, shooting methods, workflow and cameras have changed radically. Even experienced film artists have a need to update and review new methods and equipment. These change affect not only the director of photography but also the director, the camera assistants, gaffers, and digital imaging technicians. Cinematography: Theory and Practice covers both the artistry and craftsmanship of cinematography and visual storytelling. Few art forms are as tied to their tools and technology as is cinematography. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from author and filmmaker Blain Brown. Whether you are a student of filmmaking, just breaking into the business, currently working in the industry and looking to move up to the next level, or an experienced professional who wants to update their knowledge of tools and techniques, this book provides both a basic introduction to these issues as well as more advanced and in-depth coverage of the subject. The companion website features additional material, including lighting demonstrations, basic methods of lighting, using diffusion and other topics. Topics Include: Visual language Visual storytelling Continuity and coverage Cameras and digital sensors Exposure techniques for film and video Color in-depth Understanding digital images Waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and test charts Using linear, gamma, and log encoded video Image control and grading on the set The tools and basics of film lighting ASC-CDL, ACES and other new methods Optics and focus Camera movement Set operations Green screen, high speed and other topics
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The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video

Author: Tom Schroeppel,Chuck DeLaney

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 1621535274

Category: Photography

Page: 176

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A timeless classic with more than 165,000 copies sold, The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video has been chosen by over 700 colleges to teach basic film and video techniques. Written by a working professional, The Bare Bones Camera Course is the most user-friendly book available on the subject of film and video production; it reduces the shooting experience to its essence, making complicated concepts easy to grasp. Using simple clear language and more than 150 illustrations, the book explains: Exposure Lenses Composition Basic sequence Crossing the line Lighting And much more! When you finish this book, you will know and understand how to shoot good pictures that will edit together seamlessly in post-production. With added chapters on sound and editing, this new edition of The Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video rounds out the education of any filmmaker. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.
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Lighting for Cinematography

A Practical Guide to the Art and Craft of Lighting for the Moving Image

Author: David Landau

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 1628924748

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 336

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We can't shoot good pictures without good lighting, no matter how good the newest cameras are. Shooting under available light gives exposure, but lacks depth, contrast, contour, atmosphere and often separation. The story could be the greatest in the world, but if the lighting is poor viewers will assume it's amateurish and not take it seriously. Feature films and TV shows, commercials and industrial videos, reality TV and documentaries, even event and wedding videos tell stories. Good lighting can make them look real, while real lighting often makes them look fake. Lighting for Cinematography, the first volume in the new CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts series, is the indispensable guide for film and video lighting. Written by veteran gaffer and cinematographer David Landau, the book helps the reader create lighting that supports the emotional moment of the scene, contributes to the atmosphere of the story and augments an artistic style. Structured to mimic a 14 week semester, the chapters cover such things as lighting for movement, working with windows, night lighting, lighting the three plains of action and non-fiction lighting. Every chapter includes stills, lighting diagrams and key advice from professionals in the field, as well as lighting exercises to help the reader put into practice what was covered. www.lightingforcinematography.com
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The Visual Story

Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media

Author: Bruce Block

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136043454

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 312

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If you can't make it to one of Bruce Block's legendary visual storytelling seminars, then you need his book! Now in full color for the first time, this best-seller offers a clear view of the relationship between the story/script structure and the visual structure of a film, video, animated piece, or video game. You'll learn how to structure your visuals as carefully as a writer structures a story or a composer structures music. Understanding visual structure allows you to communicate moods and emotions, and most importantly, reveals the critical relationship between story structure and visual structure. The concepts in this book will benefit writers, directors, photographers, production designers, art directors, and editors who are always confronted by the same visual problems that have faced every picture maker in the past, present, and future.
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Grammar of the Shot

Author: Christopher J. Bowen,Roy Thompson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351803514

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

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The newly-revised and updated fourth edition of Grammar of the Shot teaches readers the principles behind successful visual communication in motion media through shot composition, screen direction, depth cues, lighting, camera movement, and shooting for editing. Many general practices are suggested that should help to create rich, multi-layered visuals. Designed as an easy-to-use reference, Grammar of the Shot presents each topic succinctly with clear photographs and diagrams illustrating key concepts, practical exercises, and quiz questions, and is a staple of any filmmaker’s library. New to the fourth edition: an expanded companion website at www.routledge.com/cw/Bowen, offering downloadable scenes and editable raw footage so that students can practice the techniques described in the book, and instructional videos showcasing examples of different compositional choices; new and expanded quiz questions and practical exercises at the end of each chapter to help test readers on their knowledge using real-world scenarios; updated topic discussions, explanations, illustrations, and visual examples. Together with its companion volume, Grammar of the Edit, the core concepts discussed in these books offer concise and practical resources for both experienced and aspiring filmmakers.
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Setting Up Your Shots

Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know

Author: Jeremy Vineyard,Jose Cruz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781932907421

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 155

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Filmmakers and cinema fans can turn to this visual encyclopedia for an array of creative camera setups and moves. More than 200 storyboards with simple descriptions show how to achieve many effects, images, and compositions.
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Notes on the Cinematograph

Author: Robert Bresson

Publisher: New York Review of Books

ISBN: 1681370247

Category: Cinematography

Page: 88

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A key influence on the French New Wave and the director of such iconic works as Pickpocket and A Man Escaped, Robert Bresson is one of the central figures of French cinema. Notes on the Cinematograph is not only his definitive treatise on film-its inherent peculiarity and potential-but an ascetic meditation on how art transcends, and is transformed by, the senses. a Bresson upends inherited truths with empirical ones, calling for film to divest itself of the trappings of theater in order to come into its own as an art form. While theater is capable of simulation, film can capture immanent being. Therefore, he argues, the two forms are innately at odds- oNo marriage of theater and cinematography without both being exterminated.o a To this end, Bresson rechristens his actors omodelso and conducts them through grueling shoots where they repeat their lines and movements until he deems them vacant of actorly intention and charged, instead, with inscrutability- oA model. Enclosed in his mysterious appearance. He has brought home to him all of him that was outside. He is there, behind that forehead, those cheeks.o
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Masters of Light

Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers

Author: Dennis Schaefer,Larry Salvato

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520956494

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 374

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Through conversations held with fifteen of the most accomplished contemporary cinematographers, the authors explore the working world of the person who controls the visual look and style of a film. This reissue includes a new foreword by cinematographer John Bailey and a new preface by the authors, which bring this classic guide to cinematography, in print for more than twenty-five years, into the twenty-first century.
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Master Shots

100 Setups, Scenes, and Moves for Your Breakthrough Movie. The director's vision

Author: Christopher Kenworthy

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931545

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 223

View: 7149

A highly visual exploration of the best shots, moves, and set-ups in the industry. This books reveals the secrets behind each shot’s success, so it can be adapted to the director’s individual scenes.
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Digital Filmmaking

An Introduction

Author: Peter Shaner

Publisher: Stylus Publishing, LLC

ISBN: 1936420848

Category: Computers

Page: 300

View: 5618

This first book in the series is designed to introduce the techniques used in digital filmmaking. It is aimed at anyone who has an interest in telling stories with pictures and sound and won't assume any familiarity with equipment or concepts. In addition to the basics of shooting and editing, different story forms will be introduced from documentary and live events through fictional narratives. Each of the topics will be covered in enough depth to allow someone with a camera and a computer to begin creating visual projects they can be proud of. This book is applicable to all novices or as an introduction to digital filmmaking classes. The book should also be a gateway to the series of books designed to impart greater sophistication in all areas of filmmaking.
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Motion Picture and Video Lighting

Author: Blain Brown

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136052976

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 272

View: 4790

Motion Picture and Video Lighting, Second Edition, is your indispensable guide to film and video lighting. Written by the author of the industry bible Cinematography, this book explores technical, aesthetic, and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. It will show you not only how to light, but why. Written by a professional in the field, this comprehensive book explores light and color theory; equipment; and techniques to make every scene look its best. Now in full color, Motion Picture and Video Lighting is heavily illustrated with photos and diagrams throughout. This new edition also includes the ultimate 'behind the scenes' DVD that takes you directly on a professional shoot and demonstrates technical procedures and equipment. In addition, 20 video clips include: lighting demonstrations, technical tests, fundamentals of lighting demos, and short scenes illustrating different styles of lighting.
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Between the Scenes

What Every Film Director, Writer, and Editor Should Know about Scene Transitions

Author: Jeffrey Michael Bays

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931699

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 137

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Between the Scenes delivers a fresh approach to film directing, screenwriting, and editing. Once you’ve got your scenes planned out, this book steps in by shifting your focus to how your individual sequences and scenes connect to each other. You’ll find new ways to create emotional feelings in your audience. From location choices, to character movement between scenes, to the use of music, scene transitions are where the meat is in your story, and now you’ll discover a new pallet of creative possibilities.
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Directing the Camera

How Professional Directors Use a Moving Camera to Energize Their Films

Author: Gil Bettman

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931668

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 184

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On motion picture and television sets today the director spends 90% of his time directing the camera. Professional actors come to set prepared to direct themselves. In spite of this recent change, 90% of all books on directing do not teach specifically how to direct the camera. Gil Bettman's new book, Directing the Camera, fills that void by teaching the elements of craft that contemporary directors use to give their films the visually dynamic look preferred by audiences today. The first half of this book is devoted to teaching a systemised approach that can be used to design the very best moving shot for any dialogue scene, no matter how complex or long. Bettman's "Five Task" approach enables the aspiring director to quickly grasp this difficult element of directorial craft. In the second half the reader is taught how to shoot action sequences using moving and static cameras and the gamut of lenses to achieve the magic trick essential to shooting action -- making stunts that are highly controlled and neither violent nor dangerous look completely mind-blowing.
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Film as Art

Author: Rudolf Arnheim

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: N.A

Category: Motion pictures

Page: 194

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Grammar of the Edit

Author: Christopher J. Bowen,Roy Thompson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1351803549

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 308

View: 3723

Tell more effective visual stories by learning the "grammar" of cinematic language with this elegant, accessible reference. The fourth edition of Grammar of the Edit gives you the answers to the all-important questions of when to cut and why, and teaches readers the principles behind transitions, editing for continuity, selecting the best shots, editing sound, color correction, and more. Designed as an easy-to-use guide, Grammar of the Edit presents each topic succinctly with clear photographs and diagrams illustrating key concepts, practical exercises and quiz questions, and is a staple of any filmmaker’s library. New to the fourth edition: An expanded companion website offering downloadable and editable raw footage so that students can practice the techniques described in the book, and instructional videos showcasing examples of different editing choices and types of shot transitions. New and expanded quiz questions and practical exercises at the end of each chapter help test readers on their knowledge using real-world scenarios. Updated topic discussions, explanations, illustrations and visual examples. An all-new chapter on Sound resources in filmmaking and Audio Editing guidelines. Together with its companion volume, Grammar of the Shot, the core concepts discussed in these books offer concise and practical resources for both experienced and aspiring filmmakers.
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