Focal Press Paperback: Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot / Becoming a Cinematographer

Focal Press Paperback: Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot / Becoming a Cinematographer

Focal Press Paperback: Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot / Becoming a Cinematographer

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  • Author: Jack Anderson
  • Paperback: 352 Pages
  • B&W Illustrations: 75
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Published: August 2011
  • ISBN: 9780240814933
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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
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Focal Press 9780240814933 specs

Subject Film, Video & TV Production
Author Jack Anderson
Format Paperback
Pages 352
Illustrations Yes
ISBN Number 9780240814933
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published August 19, 2011
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.1 x 7.5 x 0.9"

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