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Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know [Paperback]

Jeremy Vineyard , Jose Cruz
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Book Description

July 1, 2008
Over 100 storyboards with simple descriptions.

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About the Author

Vineyard is a writer and director.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 155 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 2nd edition (July 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907421
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 0.4 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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269 of 287 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Waste Your Money - This is B grade rubbish July 30, 2004
I don't normally write reviews, but I am so insulted by this book (and I've never been insulted by a book before), that I feel compelled to write this review. If I can save one person from spending money on this piece of literature, then I will at least have got some satisfaction out of buying what is the worst book I have ever owned.

The review above by Robert Zraick is spot on, it's insulting, badly written, badly illustrated. I'm mystified as to how anyone could give this crap a rating of five, let alone even publish such utter rubbish. I just wish I had listened to Robert. Anyone that disagrees with Roberts review must either have an agenda (i.e. they have a relationship with the talent-less author), or they are actually quite intellectually challenged.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not a professor, and I'm only an amateur photographer, but this book is just terrible, so if I can work that out most of you will too.

This book is written by Jeremy Vineyard, who is apparently "a writer and avid student of film" (his description).......This should read, who has never completed any elements of formal study, has no industry experience, has never worked professionally as a DOP and is a world expert in setting up a shot...

In short, this guy sat in front of his video player watched a ton of movies, wrote down as many different types shots as he could identify, had his mate draw up some equally amateur pictures (by Jose Cruz, who is unfortunately talent-less as well. I'm not kidding, an 8 year old can do better illustrations) and then made up some really neaty names for each one (just to help you remember the shots)..... my god, how did this is ever get published, it's a total tragedy.
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98 of 110 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only useful to a high school beginner, maybe. March 24, 2000
By Degan
I was very disappointed in this book. "Setting Up Your Shots" tries to fill a needed gap for a book that explains the basic visual vocabulary of video composition. This book ends up being nothing more than an extended glossery with thubnail descriptions and B&W line drawings to illistrate the shot. But it goes into very little detail about when these shots are used. It does mention a film or two that uses each shot. There is not even a brief discussion of ideas like open vs closed form or any other guiding principle of choosing which shot to use. There is often little or no instruction on how to acheive a shot. For instance, it tells you what rack focus is, but not how to exicute one. There is a brief discussion of axis of action, also known in video as the vector line, but it is so brief as to be useless. Mostly, the book seems written to a ninth or tenth grade level. This book might be of some use to a beginner who just bought their first camcorder and wants a quick apply-it-right-now manual, or to a juinor high student. But there are better books available that discuss shots, like "Picture Composition" by Ward, or chapters 2 and 3 of "Understanding Movies" by Louis Giannetti, although these are more expensive and take more work to read and understand. Also, the author recommends reading other books on subjects like compositon, but there are no specific books recommended. Spend a little more money and time and find a more complete and useful resource. This might work as a glossery to a larger book, but it doesn't stand alone very well.
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66 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Setting Up Your Ignorance July 13, 2004
This is without a doubt one of the most worst books I have ever read. It is written for a child and has a tone which will be insulting to anyone who is intersted in professional film making.
In some cases the author is simply incorrect in his terminology. The author is a wannabe film maker who has a snowball's chance in hell of ever doing anything other than to write this innane piece of crap.
This book was obviously not written by a professional film maker, but by an amateur for amateurs.
The illustrator claims to be a "professional". The illustrations for this book are equally bad.
Don't waste your time or money on this waste of paper.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not that helpful August 1, 2004
I got this book expecting to learn something about cinematography, when to use certain shots and why. This book was ony usefull as basically a dictionary of different shots and lingo. I was expecting to learn the grammer of film to be able to create effective "sentences" (or sequences) of shots. For the most part, this book only gives you the "words" (or shots) without telling you how to use them and when or why.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A very basic book October 4, 2004
By Shell
If you aldready know the basiscs like what pan, tilt, dolly, crane and tracking shots are you know as much as this book will tell you.

I am a film student and currently working on a tv show. I bought this book to augment my school studies in film but found it to be way too basic for me. It can be an excellent starter book for someone interesting in learning what the different camera angles are called. If you are someone you has never even though or analyzed the various angles before this book MIGHT be helpful. But a warning it does not always use the common terms as in the case of the dutch tilt, it barely mention that this angle is sometimes called that when it reality is most commonly refered to as such.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cool book!
Published 1 month ago by Duke Fleischer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have ever bought on setting up shots
The best book I have ever bought on setting up shots. It is written in a concise English with very succinct explanation about every shot. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Eddy
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READ
Learning many things through this book.
Published 6 months ago by Doreen Plaskett
4.0 out of 5 stars Rebuttal for bad reviews
I read some bad reviews of this book, and wanted to write a rebuttal. I teach high school film classes, I have about 120 students each semester producing short dramatic films. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David Gamelin
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed for review and understanding AWESOME BOOK!
Simple direct to the point as well as illustrations easy to comprehend. If you are making a short or a feauture
This book is great for the professional or novice... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eddie Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Buy!
"Setting Up Your Shots" is well written and easy to understand. I have enjoyed reading it and it has enhanced my knowledge considerably.
Published 18 months ago by Susan Hempen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent explanation of shots and their psychological impact
Just what you need to lean more ways to improve if you are not a film school grad (I'm not, had I gone, they would have been hand cranking the cameras at the time anyway). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Stuckshutter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entry-Level Book into Filmmaking
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Published on February 16, 2013 by JMM
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless, just buy "5Cs of Cinematography or "Shot by Shot" instead
I second the review written by "S Jameson Area 51", the one with the most stars under 1 star review. Every point that reviewer makes is correct. Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by Yoda
3.0 out of 5 stars not what i expected from description
while this is a decent book for someone new to the subject I thought there would be more details and tips about the shot setups and the reasons for doing it a little disapointed... Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by kaoskode
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