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Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions) Paperback – July 31, 1991
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Katz explores the graphic design of a shot, presenting alternate examples of shot layout side by side. The author encourages seeing shots on the storyboard and how they play together, seeing the movie as static pictures before any film is spent. As he explains: "look at each sequence as a complete statement. Developing an intuitive sense of the overall perceptual effect of a sequence is one of the skills necessary for visualization." (pp 160) He offers traditional process but encourages experimental methods where appropriate.
I was pointed toward the book as an art professional interested in filmmaking. Having read other film preproduction books this has been the best so far.
This book lists shot type after shot type, page after page, but doesn't get into the reasoning of choosing one shot over another. As far as the how, where, when, and why goes, this book ignores the "why."
This book wastes many pages in the beginning telling the reader that storyboards are important. Of course they are! That's why I bought the freakin' book! This space could have been used to explain the difference between camera lenses and focal qualities, which are referred to constantly but never properly defined.
What I was expecting from this book was a good overview of the movie planning process. Instead, it is a mind-numbingly boring list of the different shots that could be used in film. Also, the quality of the author's storyboards that are used to illustrate the book do not fill me with optimism about the effectiveness of the book.
I'm not going towrite an in depth review, but I will tell you the 2 most important things that this book deals with...
1) Shot composition/storyboards
It tells you everything they don't have time for when you take media studies in your senior high school years. It quickly gets past the basic information about shot types etc, and then takes you WAY BEYOND into a far more in depth and professional level, the kind of stuff you pay tens of thousands for in a film school.
The book is that...good.
If you only ever buy 1 book on filmmaking/directing, this is the one to get. I'm not kidding.
It is an excellent tool for the film & videomaker, you can use it for quick reference, if you're shooting a conversation, it explains, how you can do it without breaking the axis..
If you're starting to study film, let Steven Katz, be your teacher, and make your first shorts knowing how to doing them right
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Glad to see this book is still available. I highly recommend it, a jump start into directing for any novice film maker. It's a small filmschool in itself. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sverre Arnesen
This book is as important to a budding filmmaker/videographer as is "The Elements of Style" for any writer/journalist. Buy it! Read - practice - repeat.Published 4 months ago by Steven Schwab