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Cinema Raw: Shooting and Color Grading with the Ikonoskop, Digital Bolex, and Blackmagic Cinema Cameras Paperback – 20 May 2014

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  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (20 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415810507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415810500
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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"Lancaster's Cinema Raw provides a great overview and history on the recent but densely complicated process of raw video shooting and capture."

- Jon Yi, 16mm and digital cinematography professor at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, www.jonathanyi.com

"Cinema Raw is essential for educators, students, and practitioners who want to understand new technologies and how to harness them for the kind of quality in our filmmaking that, until recently, was just a dream for those without the backing of millions of dollars in production support."
-Ellen Spiro, documentary film professor at the University of Texas, Austin; winner, The National Board of Review for Body of War; www.spirofilms.com

"Kurt Lancaster gets you where you need to be so you can make this incredible but complicated recording format work for you. He also tells you why it’s not for every job. With the essential knowledge found in Cinema Raw you will save hours, days, and possibly weeks of your time."

-Philip Bloom, filmmaker, www.philipbloom.net

About the Author

Kurt Lancaster earned his PhD from New York University and has shot documentaries that have screened nationally and internationally. He is the author of DSLR Cinema and has consulted for the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper, The Christian Science Monitor, training their print journalists in video journalism, and he has shot and edited documentary journalism pieces. He is an associate professor of digital filmmaking in the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches courses on documentary and multimedia journalism.

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Not sure this book does exactly what it says in it subtitle. A lot of history about the development of several cameras & a lot of waffle for the various parties involved... (feels like a pat on the back to us all & how well we did). When it finally gets to grading RAW its such basic information I could hardly believe it. I've bought may Focus Press publications & always been impressed until this one, could not recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A History of Raw Cameras 19 Jun. 2014
By Troy D. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting book covering the advances in raw cinema cameras over the last few years.

I was a little disappointed. I thought that it would discus color grading from log perspective. It does talk about grading but only in a very general way. Certainly not an in depth color grading manual. More so a history textbook.

A great read though, especially if you are new to raw 12 bit cameras.

But if your looking for color grading theory, check out books by Alexis Van Hurkman.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book I'd advise anyone looking to pursue a career ... 1 Nov. 2014
By John Lamar - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book I'd advise anyone looking to pursue a career in the biz as a DP to make a purchase!
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book for all you raw shooters 13 Aug. 2014
By Michael Weathersby - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book for all you raw shooters. I own a BMCC and this book is less instructional and more insightful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Feb. 2015
By Leon Shields - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive, and points you towards blogs for the really useful information. 16 Nov. 2014
By charleshaine - Published on Amazon.com
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This book reads more like marketing materials than being an actual helpful textbook. While some of the story of how certain camera's came to market is interesting, it's largely repetitive and includes rambling interviews with filmmakers who all repeat many of the same things as each other. Everyone seems to think these camera's are "full of intangible filmic qualities," a phrase I started to skim. The sample images don't always demonstrate what the description claims they demonstrate, and are too small when they do, and the book wanders off on tangents that don't support actually helping a fiilmmaker understand the benefits of shooting on a RAW camera. The very helpful chapters are mostly lifted from other peoples blog posts, and while credit is given, it leaves you wondering why you are reading it in a book when you could just go to the blog and see embedded video clips along with the article.
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