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DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras [Paperback]

Kurt Lancaster
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21 Nov 2012

Large sensor video cameras (DSLRs) offer filmmakers an affordable, high-quality image previously impossible without high-end cinema cameras. These video-capable DSLR cameras have revolutionized filmmaking, documentary production, journalism, television, and even Hollywood cinema. This book empowers the filmmaker to craft visually stunning images inexpensively.

DSLR Cinema presents insight into different shooting styles and real-world tips and techniques indispensible to any DSLR filmmaker. This updated and expanded edition includes new workflows for Adobe Premier and Final Cut X-from syncing external audio settings to using the right settings. It also covers the workflow for using Technicolor's picture style, CineStyle, designed on consultation with Canon scientists.

DSLR Cinema features case studies of an international cast of cutting edge DSLR shooters, including Philip Bloom, Shane Hurlbut, Bernardo Uzeda, Rii Schroer, Danfun Dennis, and many more. The films are examined in detail, exploring how each exemplifies great storytelling, exceptional visual character, and how you can push the limits of your DSLR.

Also be sure to check out www.kurtlancaster.com to view the videos discussed in the book.

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (21 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240823737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240823737
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A huge thank you to Kurt Lancaster for giving a voice to HDSLR in this new trail-blazing book.” -Shane Hurlbut, ASC (DP of Terminator Salvation)

"This book should be in every camera bag. A rich, comprehensive, and poetic examination of how filmmakers and cinematographers are creating stunning moving imagery with HDLSRs." -Rodney Charters, ASC (DP of TV series, 24).

"Kurt has written a masterpiece in HDSLR books-something that everyone starting to make a movie should read.”-planetMitch (www.planet5D.com)

"Out of nowhere, two DSLR cameras came out, and over a period of 18 months, they have been embraced by everyone from Lucasfilm to keen enthusiasts .. This is easily the most exciting time I have experienced in my 20 or so years in the business.”-Philip Bloom, DP, Director, Filmmaker (www.philipbloom.net)

"It tells me exactly what I want to know - how to get the LOOK that I need. Hats off to the author for tackling this subject. It make the book INVALUABLE for the DSLR filmmaker." -Julian Grant, Producer/Director

"It will spread the revolution and introduce people to this way of thinking...it would be a must read for anyone who has been filming for a year or two and still thinks in the old ways of looking through a camera." -Andrew Jones, Cinematographer

"If you are new to filmmaking with a DSLR camera and are looking for a place to get started, or if you are a seasoned filmmaker and just want to add some knowledge to your experiences, DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video is a great place to start that will give you solid information that you can put into practice immediately." - Tracey Lee, dslrcinema.com

"[T]his is the best book/training material about HDSLR video I have seen so far.. It summarizes of all the information available on the net about HDSLR on top of which Kurt has added interesting case studies and behind the scene tips from other shooters."---Canon5DTips

"A valuable reference to DSLR camera abilities, offering case studies from an international cast of DSLR shooter and covering all the basic tools, techniques, and composition opportunities of DSLR."--CA Bookwatch

About the Author

Kurt Lancaster has shot documentaries that have screened nationally and internationally. He has also consulted for the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, training some of their print journalists in video journalism, as well as shooting and editing documentary journalism pieces. He is also an assistant professor of digital media in the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches courses on documentary multimedia production, scriptwriting, and production techniques.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Creating film like DSLR footage is technically quite easy because there are two infallible rules of thumb:

One: Shoot at about 25p (or the closest your camera does, typically 24p, 25p or 30p), with a shutter at or below twice that (i.e. 1/50s) and a wide aperture no smaller than about f4 (if in doubt, use f3.5). Don't change the aperture or shutter during video, and control exposure via variable ND filters (the 10 quid ones will do to start you off as video resolution is far lower than stills, so you won't see the difference in sharpness unless you will be displaying on a large screen straight away). Don't go above these settings, otherwise your film-like footage starts to look like video.

Two: The important thing for stills shooters to realise is that in video, shutter is not tied to exposure (its tied to frame rate), and you *never* increase shutter to capture fast moving objects like you do in stills (because that causes your video to become worse - instead you increase frame rate, and then increase shutter to accomodate the fps).

So 'shutter and aperture fixed at the specified value ranges above, and ND filter for exposure'. Easy.

But my telling you all this is a bit like telling someone the relationship between shutter, aperture and exposure, then expecting them to go out and shoot great photos.

There is a knack to shooting stills that look good that goes beyond the numbers, and the only way you learn it is by looking at what worked in other people's stuff, and feeding that into your own content.

This book gets you up to speed quickly on that 'other people's stuff' for DSLR film, and is pretty much indispensible if you want to leverage your stills expertise towards DSLR film but dont know where to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 7 April 2014
By Tiago
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For a beginner like me this is like my day to day bible, at least until i finish it, and make a small note book! Totally recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I only read 1/3 of it and already love it 2 Dec 2013
By Joe
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I have to say I do love this book. the content is good and updated, and presented in such a clear way, full of links to videos on VIMEO so you can check what they're talking about.

I already know a good amount of what's explained here, but it's a good reference, and you just know this book has gathered all the "right" info

recommended, especially, if, like me, you own a Canon 5D mk2 (or 3), as it's almost the focal point of this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 27 Jun 2013
This book really is excellent. I read it cover-to-cover, and it really does cover everything you need to know to shoot "cinema-level" DSLR video footage. It's clearly written and concise, but doesn't patronise.

The only real negative is that this second edition has obviously been built on the first, which covered mainly the Canon 5dMk2 and the 7d. The 5dMk3 and other more recent cameras do get some space in this 2nd edition, but not a lot. I didn't find this a big problem - and as the technology is moving so fast at the moment it comes with the territory. Those wanting advice specific to the Mk3 and more recent advances such as Magic Lantern's RAW video may want to keep their fingers crossed for 3rd edition. However that info can be found easily online, and this book provides a superb foundation with which to put such new developments in context.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE 31 Dec 2012
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A lot of good and reliable information. Very helpfull for whom wants to craft the art of dslr cameras for shooting and post-production
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