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on 29 July 2017
Cannot recommend this book highly enough. I teach basic film making and I recommend it, and have lent it to many of my students. Clear, well recognisable examples of filming techniques and shot types, essential for training a film makers eye. As well as showing many examples of compositional tools, I also appreciated the examples at the end of each shot, where a film maker has made an artistic choice to subvert the "rules" and why this was effective. There really are no rules, only guidelines, but by gaining an appreciation of the conventions, you can then make artistic choices as to how you use them. Highly recommended.
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on 16 December 2015
I love pictures, detailed break up of given examples and comprehensive knowledge that gives. I love the purchase of this book.
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on 1 September 2017
Disgraceful that printers can't make sure a book is correct before sellinf
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on 22 February 2016
Very well explained and I would recommend it to every beginner filmmakers
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on 7 April 2017
An important book for filmmaking students
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on 9 June 2016
Excellent present for video makers.
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on 21 March 2017
Incredibly useful and straightforward! One of the best books on cinematography that I've come across. Should be at a novice filmmaker's side at all times.
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on 24 April 2016
This is book has an easy to follow structure which means that some of the more complex explanations about how to move your camera around the set are easy to understand. It builds through the techniques employed in film making in a logical step by step way. So when it comes to explaining the visually complexity of some of the shots later in the book the previous examples aid the readers understanding of the possibilities which are available to them. One feeling the text gives is that there are few limitations to what a cinematographer can achieve. The only limitation is the breath of ones own imagination, because no matter what you want to do, with your camera it is possible. Only if you plan properly and work within the limits of your equipment and your budget, which of course everyone knows are very closely retaliated.
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on 9 November 2010
This book, by Gustavo Mercado is typical of the better-published titles in Focal Press' library. THE FILMMAKER'S EYE is a thoroughly instructional book on the principles of shooting a scene, or "Mise-En-Scene."

The book can be seen as a two-part discussion. The first being a brief introduction to the fundamentals of photography and explaining the basic concepts of:

Aspect ratios
Frame axis
Focal point & Field-Of-View
Normal, wide and telephone lenses
Aperture
Shallow vs. Deep Depth-of-Field
Shooting Formats: SD & HD

The second, the remaining 90% of the book, is a look at almost 100 different movie scenes where Gustavo examines, for example, an "over-the-shoulder" point of view in the film, PULP FICTION between the two characters played by Ving Rhames and Bruce Willis as well as Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman in Mike Nichols' unforgettable THE GRADUATE.

Gustavo breaks down angles such as a "Medium Close-Up" of Jean-Pierre Jeunet's titular character in the film, AMELIE; "Medium Long Shot" of Natalie Portman and Jean Reno in Luc Besson's, THE PROFESSIONAL; "The Subjective Shot" of Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster in Jonathan Demme's, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS; and, "The Macro Shot" (to name a few) of Emile Hirsch in Sean Penn's film, INTO THE WILD.

There are also scenes from other films examined such as Pedro Almodovar's, BROKEN EMBRACES and Steven Spielberg's, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK.

Gustavo Mercado has hit a home run with the book and it is one that anyone interested in film studies and especially those interested in cinematography, editing or directing a feature should strongly consider.
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on 2 January 2014
This is a 5 star book, no doubts, but this review is for the Kindle edition which just isn't any good. Illustrations, which make the paper copy so good, are either missing, or turn up long after the text. Moving back and forth between sections doesn't work very well either.

The book is fantastic - one of the better filmmaking references out there - but buy the paperback version.
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