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Motion Picture and Video Lighting

Motion Picture and Video Lighting [Kindle Edition]

Blain Brown
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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"A remarkable achievement. This is a brilliant combination of technical information and inventive ideas as well as an enriching chronicle of the evolution of lighting; The knowledge you need to excel in a fast advancing, creative world mentored by one of our industry's true experts." -Armand Gazarian, Director of Photography - IATSE Local 600

"A great upgrade to the best lighting book on the market. Blain has expanded his earlier edition to include the latest lighting equipment as well as present video possibilities and concerns." - Rick Wise, Director of Photography / Lighting Instructor at the graduate division of the San Francisco Academy of Art University

"From 'Light and Shadow--Good and Evil' to the seemingly simple key concept about HD: 'Do not overexpose,' this book embraces our history and educates us about our future. Once again Blain Brown informs the professional as well as the student in the second edition of his glorious book." -Judy Irola, ASC, Conrad Hall Chair in Cinematography, and Head of Cinematography at USC School of Cinematic Arts

Praise for the previous edition...
"From the opening pages, I knew I was going to love this book. It is gourmet reading for the lighting connoisseur - a feast for those of us who love chiaroscuro, lightness, and dark. Author Blain Brown goes to great lengths to make this book as much about video as about film. Whenever he discusses a film technique, he makes sure to cover how it should apply to video as well." --Bill Miller, Video Systems magazine

"Written by a professional in the field, this comprehensive book reveals inside information based on years of experience and explores the challenges faced by cinematographers, lighting directors, gaffers and grips. Whether the reader is professional or a student, this book will be a useful reference." --Lighting and Sound International

" has made the biggest impact on my career of all the resources I used to get where I am. And while I have absorbed many, many books, tapes and met several of my heroes who have helped me, I credit your book with giving met he confidence to 'just do it' these last few years and reach this level. Furthermore, your book is the one book that I recommend to young, aspiring people who want to learn our craft..." --Dane Lawing, DP.

".Motion Picture and Video Lighting is accompanied by a terrific DVD that contains hours of lighting demos, interviews, on-set footage and visual illustrations of concepts introduced in the text. An appendix containing such useful information as international plug-and-socket types, tips for operating brute arcs and typical lighting orders for low- and big-budget films finishes off a volume that deserves to earn a place in every young cinematographer's library." -Jim Hemphill, American Cinematographer Magazine

"This book is truly the most outstanding, practical, and highly useful guide to film and video lighting I have come across in many, many years." -James L. Moody, head of the technical theatre program for the Theatre Academy at Los Angeles City College

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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 13836 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (20 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #239,158 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geat book 13 Feb 2009
By jenks
as a professional tv cameraman, now moving into teaching, i have found this book very useful, its clear, informative and i would highly recommend it for any students who want to learn basic lighting recognize some of the equipment used - the only downside is the price...maybe a student offer would be nice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Lots of technical info, less creative 4 Oct 2010
I found this book to be thorough regarding technology of lighting: what lights exist, what do you need in terms of power, situation etcetera.
What I missed here was more in depth information about how to use lighting to get certain effects: the creative use of lighting. It is there, but is a small part of the total book. There is a lot of technical info, aimed at the (more or less professional) "Gaffer" and less aimed at the filmmaker (director).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Technical and in depth. 29 Sep 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Speaking as a film student; this was incredibly in depth. It is also very technical rather than a general guide. If you wanted more information on the lights, how they work, safety and a general over-view of lighting/DP work, then this is a great book to read. If you were looking for a "How to light a scene" you may want to look else where. It covers basics of lighting a scene, but lighting a scene is more complex than just 'following some rules'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference 17 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent reference material for both seasoned technicians and novices alike. Anyone wishing to learn how to sculpt with light from starting with a blank canvas, should have this book as part of their kit.
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I bought this book out of a recomendation from my camera and lighting profesor. It truly is a great book. Large colorfull photographs illustrating lighting technics. I truly recommend.
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