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Master Shots Vol 1, 2nd edition: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie Paperback – April 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1615930876 ISBN-10: 1615930876 Edition: Second Edition, Revised

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Second Edition, Revised edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615930876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615930876
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'THIS BOOK SHOULD BE BANNED! These are the really cool tricks and techniques of shooting that professional directors keep secret just for themselves to use. Why should they be given away for a few dollars?'
John Badham, Saturday Night Fever and WarGames
 
'Best of its kind. I am in awe of this book. Kenworthy has a deep and broad understanding of how to direct the camera. The visual tools he uses are highly effective - better than I have seen in any book on directing, including my own.'
Gil Bettman, First Time Director

Book Description

Master Shots gives filmmakers the techniques they need to execute complex, original shots on any budget. By using powerful master shots and well-executed moves, directors can develop a strong style and stand out from the crowd. Most low-budget movies look low-budget, because the director is forced to compromise at the last minute. Master Shots gives you so many powerful techniques that you’ll be able to respond, even under pressure, and create knock-out shots. Even when the clock is ticking and the light is fading, the techniques in this book can rescue your film, and make every shot look like it cost a fortune.
    Each technique is illustrated with samples from great feature films and computer-generated diagrams for absolute clarity.
 


More About the Author

Christopher Kenworthy worked as a screenwriter, director and producer for fourteen years. He directed a low-budget feature film called The Sculptor's Ritual, which was well-reviewed. Christopher worked on music videos, visual effects tutorials and countless commercial projects. He's the author of the best-selling Master Shots Vol 1, 2 and 3. He's also the author of two novels and many short stories. Born in England, he currently lives in Australia and has resumed his career as a writer. He no longer works in film.

Customer Reviews

This book has good insights on different types of shots using examples of movies.
Paloma Diaz
There are pictures everywhere that clearly illustrate the setups, so it is easy to navigate the book and quickly understand the technique.
Jay Windland
I've learned a lot from this book and will continue to look back through it for ideas and brainstorming.
Josh Layton

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on May 4, 2012
Format: Paperback
Master Shots continues to be a nice reference to demonstrate to students ways to tell stories visually.

Often students have only seen stories told in traditional EST/Master/Single/Single structure. This book provides a nice visual reference for other ways to tell a story with references to films and how shots were incorporated.

Not to just simply be a crib sheet for the lazy director, Master Shots provides reminders of how to get out of the ordinary camera set-ups.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jay Windland on May 10, 2012
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I haven't sat down and read this book straight through yet, but that isn't necessarily the intent either. This is a reference book and actually a quite ingenious tool. It's like training wheels for a new director or DP - when breaking down a script for a story board or shot list, you can simply skim through the book for the type of scene you are doing and find the various shot setups with full descriptions of how they are used and what they do to convey the different emotions you would be going for in the scene. There are pictures everywhere that clearly illustrate the setups, so it is easy to navigate the book and quickly understand the technique. The author recommends buying several copies for crew members and actually using it on set for reference to the look you are building. I don't know if that would work on a lot of sets, but indie projects and student films with inexperienced crews could greatly benefit from that kind of reference point. I'm definitely going to use it liberally in storyboarding an upcoming short film.

The bottom line is, I can't think of any reason not to have this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Knife G on April 30, 2013
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I read the reviews if this book and found it to be very useful. For an amatuer film maker, this helps explain how to execute your ideas on to film. The book goes through different scenes from actual movies and explains the mechanics of taking the scene. The pictures are poorly done and the computer generated image doesnt really help. Color and brightness could have been better.
It gives you examples of how to envoke emotion from the audience through the shot such as feeling confined, being chased, etc. It also gives insight to multiple cuts in one scene to add more feel to it.
I liked the book even though i wasnt too happy with the pictures and illustrations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Frankmagree on February 10, 2013
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Brilliant. So user friendly. Great tool to storyboard your shots. Use it to practic shots and try out new shots before final production.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By karen lipke on January 28, 2013
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Highly recommended for directors and cinematographers who want to learn more about how to get great shots for their production! Very helpful in all stages of production, not just filming!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TomS on September 7, 2012
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No need for a 500 page manual on setting up some clever shots. This smaller book does the job and does it well. It has an easy to understand walk through for each shot and diagrams and examples to go with them. I will grab Volume 2 as well I think!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mikeymikeproductions on September 15, 2012
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Sometimes you buy something, and then wonder why you did. Not so with this title. As soon as it loaded, I was engrossed. Very usefull. Very helpfull. There should be more of these type of books, feeds my Anglo saxon need for explanation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KambizF on September 23, 2012
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Excellent book for creative types looking for ideas on how to set up shots for directing. I gave it as a present to a novice film maker but I think even experienced filmmakers cyan benefit.
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