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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid training in film visualisation, 26 April 2004
This review is from: Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions) (Paperback)
If you are a casual reader looking for a glossy book with colour photo'sof film sets, lighting, SFX and cameras etc, this is not for you. Ifhowever, you are a serious film student (or practitioner) and you want adetailed insight into how a motion picture idea is conceived and developedinto a workable project, then you need to make this part of your readinglist.
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.
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