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Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot is the book for all those film enthusiasts who aren't able to get on a professional set or undertake studies at an expensive film school. This Softcover book approaches the subject of cinematography from a "hands-on, in the trenches" viewpoint, as if the reader were an apprentice on the set. It's a book about learning to shoot a film without making yourself look like an idiot or wasting lots of time and money. Interactive exercises guide you from the fundamentals to more advanced topics and techniques. You'll come away with an appreciation of what it takes to make a film or video. Advice is given on how to avoid common mistakes - and, better yet, how to learn from them.
About the Author: Jack Anderson, SOC (Society of Operating Cameramen), is a 30-year veteran of the Hollywood film and television industry and an assistant professor of cinematography at Cal State University. He has worked with many eminent filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Clint Eastwood, Robert Altman, William Friedkin, & many more.
Chapter 1: Introduction Part 1: Realities of Pre-Production Chapter 2: What's First? -2a: First Exercise: Shooting Stills -2b: What You Should Learn From the Still Photograph Exercise Chapter 3: We're Still Reading the Script Chapter 4: A Few More Thinks to Think of Chapter 5: Shot List Chapter 6: Crew Chapter 7: Locations Chapter 8: Selecting a Camera Chapter 9: Selecting the Lens Chapter 10: Selecting Film Stock Chapter 11: Selecting a Tripod and Head Chapter 12: What Everyone Else is Doing to Prep Chapter 13: The Night Before Part 2: Production Chapter 14: On Time and Ready to Shoot Chapter 15: First Day / First Shot Chapter 16: Shooting Masters Chapter 17: Close-Ups and Coverage -17a: Second Exercise: The Standard Shots -17b: What You Should Have Learned from the Standard Shots Exercise Chapter 18: Operating the Camera -18a: Third Exercise: Operating Skills -18b: What You Should Have Learned from the Operating Exercises Chapter 19: Still More Composition or Follow the Money -19a: First Movie Exercise: Visual Storytelling Edited in the Camera -19b: What You Should Have Learned From the Edited-in-the-Camera Exercise Chapter 20: The Horror of the 180° Line Chapter 21: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (not necessarily in that order) Chapter 22: Learning the Hardware Chapter 23: Why We Light Chapter 24: Exposure -24a: Lighting Exercise: #1 Emulsion Test -24b: Lighting Exercise: #2 Direction of Light -24c: Lighting Exercise: #3 Quality of Light - How Does Light Vary In Quality -24d: Lighting Exercise: #4 Lighting the Face, the Great Landscape Chapter 25 Exercise: Shooting Your Project on Film -25a: What You Should Have Learned From the Shooting on Film Exercise Part 3: Post-Production Chapter 26 Post-Production: Timing and Transferring Chapter 27 Post-Production: Putting Together a Reel Part 4: Technicalities Chapter 28 Cameras: Black Boxes Chapter 29: Lenses Chapter 29a: The Zen of Focusing Chapter 29b: The Magic of Filters Chapter 30: Film Chapter 31: Color Temperature Chapter 32: Using and Handling Film Cameras and Lenses Chapter 33: Using a Tripod and Head Chapter 34: The Dolly Grip Chapter 35: Laboratory