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Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers [Paperback]

Blain Brown
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22 Oct 2002
Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.

Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production.
Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the older tried and true methods.



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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (22 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240805003
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240805009
  • Product Dimensions: 25.3 x 17.8 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A gorgeous piece of work that bids to become a classic text on cinematography....Few books on cinematography meld aesthetics and pragmatics as deftly as this one."
American Cinematographer

"The gorgeous illustrations bring movies to life, and the modern approach that incorporates digital as well as film means that this book can be used for years to come."
Judy Irola, ASC
Head of Cinematography
USC School of Cinematic Arts

"The book is a wonderful, well-organized and knowledgable collection of all information a cinematographer may need. I recommend it highly."
Andrew Laszlo, ASC

"This book shows that there is more to the DP than holding the light meter--he needs to understand so much more about using photography to tell a story, create a mood, evoke an emotion. No other text I know of stresses this to this extent."
Douglas C. Hart, First Camera Assistant, Instructor, and Author of The Camera Assistant

"Blain Brown has created a masterpiece. Cinematography is the best reference book I have ever seen..the theories and practices revealed here will never go out of date. This is a "must have” book for anyone claiming to be a cinematographer that hasn't got at least two Academy Awards sitting on their mantle." - Rick Gerard, Creative Cow

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Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production. Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the older tried and true methods.

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When the motion picture camera was invented in the late nineteenth century, the first efforts were straightforward presentations of simple events: a man sneezing, workers leaving the factory, a train pulling into the station. Read the first page
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading. 28 July 2003
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This excellent book should be mandatory reading for everybody who's about to make a short film. Having watched hundreds, if not thousands, of short films in recent years, I know that would-be directors are so keen to be original, that they make their first few films without having the first clue about film-making. Cinematography (Blain Brown) provides the reader with the technical knowledge required to communicate with a director of photgraphy, to create a story through images. Beautifully illustrated, it's a concise presentation of the basic principles behind shooting a film. Many amateurs assume that cinematography is either 'getting the camera right' (exposure, focus etc), or 'setting up pretty shots' (composition, framing etc.) Thankfully, this book shows how much more is involved. It explains everythign so clearly you only need to read it once, but you'll probably use it as a refence manual from time to time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential reading 13 Feb 2009
By jenks
Format:Paperback
essential reading for anyone wanting a bit of 'know how' - clear text and great illustrations, if your a student this is essential reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful 22 Feb 2013
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I highly recommend this book to any beginner film maker. The information is so useful and really opens your eyes to what can be achieved and how.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 9 Dec 2012
By Lauren
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I bought this for my course in university and was pleased with the product . It was in fantastic condition and came within the stated time period. It's an immensely beneficial source for courses to do with media, film and tv.
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