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Film Directing: Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions) Kindle Edition
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This is a thorough overview of the visualisation processes needed to takeyour project from an idea to a solid plan for production. As well ashelping you to develop your visualisation skills, it also has a goodtechnical overview of important techniques such as establishing lines,continuity, pacing etc.
There are examples (with original storyboard art) taken from someprominent films and directors to help you understand the reasoning behindthe way certain scenes were designed and executed.
The intangible or emotive aspects of creating a film are well covered...i.e. using camera angles and different focal lengths and POV's for helpingto describe the relationships between characters and what they are feelingor experiencing.
This is not a technical manual for lighting or how to use certain types ofcameras etc. These subjects are best covered in detail in seperatepublications.
Katz explores the graphic design of a shot, presenting alternate examples of shot layout side by side. The author encourages seeing shots on the storyboard and how they play together, seeing the movie as static pictures before any film is spent. As he explains: "look at each sequence as a complete statement. Developing an intuitive sense of the overall perceptual effect of a sequence is one of the skills necessary for visualization." (pp 160) He offers traditional process but encourages experimental methods where appropriate.
I was pointed toward the book as an art professional interested in filmmaking. Having read other film preproduction books this has been the best so far.
On the plus side, many of the techniques talked about are timeless, I definitely learned a few things while reading it, and began to consider other things which I thought I already knew - which is always a good sign. I gained a better understanding of looking at a number of shots in sequence and working out their effect. It is nicely illustrated; personally I think some of the story boards are worth the admission price alone; and gives a good overall view of the roll of the director. However, I feel that it only brushed the surface on the some subjects that interested me, and went into detail on other areas that I found less interesting (thought this is obviously personal taste.)
In short, I don't think this is the best book on directing out there, but it is certainly not bad.
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Looking forward to reading this. I have moved into film production so immersing myself in various books in film . Will provide an update when finished reading this bookPublished 5 months ago by SL _ Avid buyer
This book is amazing! As a student who is passionate about the film industry and hoping to get in to the industry, this book has given me a very strong and valuable foundation... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
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