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on 7 January 2013
Do you have a decent DVD collection and a free weekend? If so you could easily write this book.

There is a desperate shortage of decent education material on composition and camera movement for film, so I have read most books out there. This book doesn't attempt any synthesis or theoretical discussion, but instead is just a catalogue of shots from well known movies.
I would have preferred if the author had at least tried to form some kind of general theory from the example shots, but it is what it is.
The main problem is the incredible laziness with which the material was put together. There is one (1!) example for each shot. How hard would it have been to find a second example of each shot? If there is no second example for the shot how are we to know if this is really a reusable shot, or when it is appropriate? Can you really learn or generalize from a single example?
Instead of a second example we get an ugly Poser recreation of the scene that provides no value.
The examples frames are generally too few in number to give any understanding of the motion in the shot. The diagrams of the camera movement generally don't include essential information like the direction of rotation of the camera.
The text is generally vague, and is in a huge font that takes up valuable space that could have been used for more stills.
The printing quality is woeful, and much squinting and peering is required to make sense of any darker stills.

With all that said, there are some interesting examples in this book, and most readers will probably get something out of it.
But, if you have the discipline, and the time, then you would get much more by watching a few good DVDs with a notebook handy.
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on 19 February 2013
It's a great book. Cool inspiration and it's in details.
It's black/white pictures inside, but that doesn't really matter tbh.
Some of the scenarios are not that well explained in the pictures, but the text compliments it well.
All in all, it's a cool little tool if you're in need of some inspiration for your script writing or on set production.
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on 31 July 2014
This is a hidden gem of a book.
Great for ideas on staging lots of different shots and also has a usefull birdseye layout of the scene so You can see where best to place the camera and actors. Lots of Technical advice on lenses aswell..
Great Book
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on 8 January 2016
I was very pleased to receive this series of 3 books as a present. The books give practical examples of filming, which are useful.
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on 13 March 2014
Interesting books, lots of good tips, but it suffers from a terrible layout. The 3D pictures are god-awful and don't contribute much. I'd rather have a good storyboarder draw the stuff. Anyway I'd recommend it.
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on 27 April 2013
I recently got in filming - this is a must and for the price

I got professional results that stunned an audience

They was led to believe i was professionally trained & i wasn't
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on 18 January 2014
I used for my Direct fiction student project, useful techniques it help to enhance my film in term of Film Grammar
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on 15 November 2014
Really helpfull books looking forward to the next edition arriving soon :-)
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on 3 August 2015
The best book for filmmakers that I have ever read.
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on 17 December 2015
great presant
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