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Cinematography: Theory and Practice

Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors, 2nd Edition

By Blain Brown

Focal Press – 2012 – 366 pages

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    978-0-240-81209-0
    July 17th 2011

Description

There's more to being a DP than holding a light meter! With this book as your guide, you are on your way to learning not only about the equipment and technology, but also about the concepts and thought processes that will enable you to shoot professionally, efficiently, and with artistic mastery. A leading book in the field, Cinematography has been translated into many languages and is a staple at the world's top film schools. Lavishly produced and illustrated, it covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.

Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production.

Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the classic tried and true methods.

New! A DVD and website features hours of video footage, offering key instruction in topics such as camera basics and essentials, lighting, shooting methods, and much more.

Topics include:

. Concepts of filmmaking

. Language of the lens

. Cinematic continuity

. Lighting for film, digital, and HD

. Exposure

. HD cinematography and shooting

. Shooting in HD

. Image control and filters

. Bleach bypass processes

. Lighting as storytelling

. Shooting special effects

. Set procedures and other issues

The DVD files are also available at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/cw/brown-9780240812090/.

Reviews

"The main purpose of this book is to introduce cinematography/ filmmaking as we practice it on a professional level. It includes the basic introduction to the essential concept of visual storytelling and more. Cinema is a language and within it the specific vocabularies and sublanguages of the lens, composition, visual design, lighting, image control, continuity, movement, and point-of-view. Learning these languages and vocabularies is a never-ending and a fascinating life-long study."--NeoPopRealism Journal

"A gorgeous piece of work that bids to become a classic text on cinematography….Few books on cinematography meld aesthetics and pragmatics as deftly as this one." --American Cinematographer

"The gorgeous illustrations bring movies to life, and the modern approach that incorporates digital as well as film means that this book can be used for years to come." --Judy Irola, ASC. Head of Cinematography, USC School of Cinematic Arts

"The book is a wonderful, well-organized and knowledgable collection of all information a cinematographer may need. I recommend it highly." --Andrew Laszlo, ASC

"This book shows that there is more to the DP than holding the light meter--he needs to understand so much more about using photography to tell a story, create a mood, evoke an emotion. No other text I know of stresses this to this extent." --Douglas C. Hart, First Camera Assistant, Instructor, and Author of The Camera Assistant

"Cinematography is a skillfully written guide to the technical craft and artistry of cinematography for today's cinematographers and directors. It presents each aspect of cinematography in precise language to help all filmmakers better understand the complexities with which the cinematographer engages during every moment of every shot.? -Michael Hofstein, Director of Photography

"Blain Brown's book is a necessity for anyone who is starting out or still working in the media acquisition industry.? -Don Lampasone, Producer/Editor/DP/VFX Artist (Austin, TX)

"[Cinematography] is a comprehensive, muscular, and authoritative guide to what cinematography means: [it] refreshingly addresses the why's with greater emphasis than the how's. A tourist's phrasebook and fluent speaker's aide memoire of the language and practice of making films.? -Phil South, Writer, Film and Creativity Coach (http://goingdownwriting.wordpress.com)

"There's more to being a DP than holding a light meter! With this book as your guide, you are on your way to learning not only about the equipment and technology, but also about the concepts and thought processes that will enable you to shoot professionally, efficiently, and with artistic mastery. A leading book in the field, Cinematography has been translated into many languages and is a staple at the world's top. Lavishly produced and illustrated, it covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography."--InternetVideoMagazinecom

Contents

Introduction

Writing with Motion

Filmspace

Visual Language

Language of the Lens

Visual Storytelling

Cinematic Continuity

Lighting Basics

Lighting Sources

HD Cinematography

Exposure

Camera Movement

Color

Image Control

Optics & Focus

Set Operations

Technical Issues

Film Formats

Bibliography

Index

Author Bio

Blain Brown is a cinematographer, director and writer based in Los Angeles. He has been the director of photography on features, commercials, music videos, industrials and other types of projects. He has directed and edited features and commercials, worked as a producer and has had three screenplays produced.

Educated at Long Island University, Harvard Graduate School of Design and M.I.T, he was a commercial still photographer in New York before getting into film production, which he has been doing for 26 years, starting as an electrician, gaffer, and grip and then as a cinematographer, director, writer, and producer.

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