Focal Press Book: Grammar of the Shot (3rd Edition)

Focal Press Book: Grammar of the Shot (3rd Edition)

Focal Press Book: Grammar of the Shot (3rd Edition)

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  • By Christopher J. Bowen & Roy Thompson
  • Hardcover: 312 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Published: August 2015
  • ISBN: 9781138129177
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Grammar of the Shot from Focal Press provides you with the tools you need to build a successful visual story that flows smoothly and makes sense to your audience. This hardcover book helps you understand the basic building blocks essential for successful shot composition, screen direction, depth cues, lighting, screen direction, camera movement, and many general practices that make for richer, multi-layered visuals. Expand your visual vocabulary and help jumpstart your career in filmmaking with this easy-to-use reference, presenting each topic succinctly with photographs and diagrams that clearly illustrate the key concepts.

Author Christopher J. Bowen has worked within the motion media industries for over 15 years as a cinematographer, editor, director, and educator. He is currently an Assistant Professor of film production and visual media writing at Framingham State University. He is also an Avid Certified Instructor, Creative Director at his own media production company, Fellsway Creatives, and author of the companion text, Grammar of the Edit, Third Edition.

Roy Thompson was a freelance director and frequently worked as a trainer for the Television Training Center of Deutsche Welle in Berlin. He worked extensively in Europe, Africa and in middle and far eastern countries. He authored Grammar of the Edit, first edition, also published by Focal Press.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 - The Shots: What, How & Why?
  • Chapter 2 - The Basics of Composition
  • Chapter 3 - Composition, Beyond the Basics
  • Chapter 4 - Lighting Your Shots - Not Just What You See, but How You See It
  • Chapter 5 - Will It Cut? Shooting for Editing
  • Chapter 6 - Dynamic Shots - Subjects & Camera in Motion
  • Chapter 7 - Working Practices & General Guidelines
  • Chapter 8 - A Few Words of Advice

Appendix A - Helpful Resources for the New Filmmaker
Appendix B - Essential Crew Positions for Motion Picture Production


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Subject Film and Video
Author Christopher J. Bowen
Edition 3rd
ISBN Number 9781138129177
Format Hardcover
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published August 2015
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