Cinematography: Theory and Practice (2nd Edition), available from Focal Press, is subtitled "Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors." With that dual focus, it's no surprise that this book presents a balanced approach to the theory and the craft of creating motion images. A leading book in the field, the title has been translated into many languages and finds itself on syllabi at the world's top film schools.
The book is lavishly produced with diagrams and full-color illustrations to clearly explain standard practices in the real world of film production. It illustrates tried and true methods of craft while also presenting up-to-date information about the interface between film & digital, emerging production formats, and the latest cranes, camera support & other equipment.
Throughout the text, the book covers the rules of cinematography and why they came about, and also presents experimental techniques and provides guidance on when it's appropriate to break those rules. For directors, the book represents a body of knowledge that he or she should share with the DP.
The book covers topics such as continuity, lighting for film, digital & HD, bleach bypass processes, shooting special effects, set procedures, and more. An included DVD and an associated website feature hours of video footage, offering instruction on key topics such as camera basics & essentials, lighting, and shooting methods.
- Highly Visual
- Full color illustrations bring issues of color and light to life
- The definitive guide to cinematography, covering the full range of creative and technical issues in the field
- An included DVD and a website provide hours of video, demonstrating techniques and taking the reader behind the scenes on a professional shoot
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