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Digital Cinematography & Directing Paperback – December 13, 2002

ISBN-13: 075-2064712589 ISBN-10: 0735712581 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (December 13, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735712581
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735712584
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

[digital] Cinematography and Directing is unlike any other cinematography or directing book you've seen. This book was written entirely for 3D animators. Based on real-world photographic and cinematic principles, it teaches you essential skills and concepts that you can apply to any industry 3D application, such as LightWave 3D, Softimage XSI, 3ds max, CINEMA 4D, Maya, and other leading programs. This book does not focus on using software but rather teaches you how to understand and use the camera within your 3D application.


* Master focal lengths, f-stops, and apertures within your 3D aplication.
* Learn how pre-production planning can guide and enhance your project by applying essential storyboarding techniques.
* Use light as not only an illumination source, but as a tool for cinematic storytelling.Learn how to direct your digital cast with proper staging techniques"Dan Ablan's years of innovating digital production techniques and his undeniable expertise at teaching CGI, FX, and Film, makes digitalCinematography and Directing a must-have!" -Dave Adams, Dreamworks.

About the Author

Dan Ablan has been involved in the visual arts for more than 20 years. He has worked as photographer, editor, producer, and 3D artist. Currently, Dan is the president of AGA Digital Studios, Inc., located in the Chicago area. AGA Digital Studios, Inc. creates 3D animations and visual effects for film and television, in association with Post Meridian, LLC. Dan is also the author of five other books from New Riders: LightWave Power Guide, Inside LightWave 3D, Inside LightWave 6, LightWave 6.5 Magic, and Inside LightWave 7. Dan has written for LightWave Pro Magazine, Video Toaster User, 3D Magazine, 3D World Magazine, and NewTek Pro Magazine. Dan was a contributor to After Effects 5.5 Magic, and he was also the technical editor for Jeremy Birn's digital Lighting & Rendering, both from New Riders Publishing.


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This is an obvious attempt at justifying its lack of content.
Ed Forte
This book is loaded with valuable and interesting information, all present concisely and understandably.
"jlogs065"
Digital Cinematography is an excellent reference guide to the 3D community.
Yakov Smirnoff

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By jd on November 23, 2004
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I'm quite amazed at how bad this book is. I have the sister book, Digital Lighting and Rendering, and that book is excellent. The author of this book has apparently written "the" book on Lightwave. And Digital Cinematography and Directing has gotten a lot of good reviews. And some bad ones. Pay attention to the bad reviews (like I wish I had).

This book is quite short - 225 pages. And literally half of the book is comprised of half-page-sized illustrations. That brings the text down to about 112 pages. Then subtract the one-page introduction to each chapter of the twelve chapters, and the half-page wrap-up, and you are down to about 94 pages of text (trust me - I am not exaggerating). That would be a very few pages for any author to cover the subject. And this author doesn't. It is one of the strangest reading experiences that I have ever had. The author can go on for several pages without really saying anything about the subject. One reviewer said that reading this book was like reading a magazine. I found reading this book more like reading a brochure about a book on Digital Cinematography. The author makes statements like "you are lucky because you are working in a 3D program and can do whatever you want. You don't have to pay actors our be bound by adverse lighting conditions, unions, etc." Or "you are the director. Take charge of your project. A confident digital director is always in charge ..." This book goes on like that forever, but never gets around to imparting any real information. Bizarre.

And about the illustrations - they are badly lit, badly textured, badly posed Poser renders. I have nothing against Poser - I own it - but this is really bad Poser.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2003
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Sure it's a nice book to have, although for the price it's paperback and quite thin. The problem is it's just another average book on directing. There's a lot about storyboards, continuity, camera angles, CU shots, Med shots, character staging, headroom. Did I learn anything unique to animation? No. Did I learn anything new? NO.
Except for the digital and animated nature of the images, there is only maybe 1 chapter (10 pages) that is purely related to digital as in 3d animation, and that is about resolutions, compression, and rendering. Wow! -640x480! NTSC! 16:9! I learned that all in school and on the web.
Save your money.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ed Forte on January 3, 2006
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This book was slapped together to make a fast buck. If you know absolutely NOTHING about directing or video, this book might be for you. If you have spent a few minutes searching the internet, then there will already be very little it can teach you. If you are still thinking about buying this book, take a look at some of the better reviews. Do they seem like they were written by someone like me or you? I took the time to check them out: one of the reviewers wrote about every single title released by NRP on the subject. I wonder what kind of costumer this is... Some other reviews have tried to lead us into thinking that the book appropriately addresses its target reader: the absolute beginner. This is an obvious attempt at justifying its lack of content. Fortunately, I read a borrowed copy and saved my money.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bob from the Midwest on February 6, 2003
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Based on other reviews I was expecting much more than I got. Ok,lets say, maybe it would be good for beginners, but as a mid level 3d artist I found it pretty much a worthless. The material consist of low tech Poser type scenes, with only a briefest overview of lighting, nothing about textures and surfaces, and the stuff on cameras is so basic one can figure it out with a month of Bryce use. Don't be fooled by the cover - this is strictly 101 stuff.
BTW - I sent it back
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Keyser on April 9, 2003
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Dan Ablan takes on a huge range of material in this terrific introductory book. He touches on pre-planning, staging, lighting, sound, and editing. It provides a very easy introduction to this material, though you should consider it a starting point rather than a definative reference work on any of these topics. I wish a book like this had been available when I first started in CG work. An easy to read, clearly written digital cinematography 101.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2003
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I bought this book in hope that I could improve my shots in 3d Animation but it couldn't teach me anything I didn't already know. I have worked in character animation for over 6 years and this book was way too basic for me. It might be ok for beginers but I am sure there would be better resourses out there. The book is thin and each chapter is very short, it was like reading a magazine. For those of you interested in improving your skills (which is what we constantly do in this industry) don't bother with this book.I am sure there is a better one out there.
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11 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "maria13206" on May 1, 2003
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I'm reading through these reviews, and the one guy saying it's just satisfactory? What? IF YOU"RE SO ADVANCED - WHY DO YOU NEED A BOOK????? It's really amazing that all of these "pros" are great at critiquing and what have they done? Where is their great work?
Digital Cinematography is and excellent book. Yes - IT'S FOR BEGINNERS! Why else would you get a book? If you're advanced, you don't need a book. Duh! This book could have better illustrations, but what's there works just fine - the illustrations prove a point, and that's it! The information is excellent for any 3D animator who wants to bone up on their camera skills, shots, angles, planning, and even editing. Get this book. It's a great reference!
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