- Series: Basics Filmmaking (Book 4)
- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: AVA Publishing; First Edition edition (June 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 2940411271
- ISBN-13: 978-2940411276
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #948,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The style of the book is detailed. It explains complex facts in a very clear and concise way...The book contains a lot of practical exercises which makes it a great textbook. It appeals to both beginners and professionals by giving a broad overview of the field and then using interesting examples for each detail.'
'While this book is written for students of film, it would be of interest to anyone who wishes to understand about film theory and how films communicate with audiences.'
The Film and Video Institute
'An interesting and contemporary look at cinema with a clear break down of topics and themes. I structured my classes around many of the chapter headings.'
Nicole Antebi, California State University-Monterey Bay, USA
'I like the idea of having a text for this class that isn't just about the technical aspects of what a camera is and how to use it. And I really appreciate the easy to read layout and and small bites of information.'
Christine Dehne, Manhattanville, USA
'A lovely book, beautifully laid out and chock full of information.'
Melanie Reim, Fashion Institute of Technology, USA
'Th[is] book aims to decrypt the way cinematic language is constructed. Tastefully done, and well illustrated to highlight the points it makes, The Language of Film posits that if film has a language, then it can be constructed and deconstructed through the study of semiotics, narrative strategies, references to intertextuality, the functioning of ideology, the way the camera frames and captures images, and finally the way meaning is engendered through continuity and discontinuity editing. Accordingly, each is taken up in an exclusively devoted chapter and dealt with at length. The chapters are not numbered as, the authors reason, the book can also be read non-sequentially.
They point out in the introduction that the aim of the book is to ? aid you in your journey as a practitioner, as a theorist or hopefully as both.'
Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies, Issue 23, June 2012
'A good basic text, covering simple theoretical aspects of film in relation to practice. Used in classes and on reading list for the first project in Year 1. Useful as introduction to the relationship between theory and practice.'
Liam Wells, Norwich university College of the Arts, UK
'This exploratory reading is notably succinct, informative and moreover, digestible from a beginner's perspective.'
Adrian Beasley, London Metropolitan University, UK
'Very good text and one of the best I have read on this subject.'
Mikael Sorknaes, Business Academy Southwest, Denmark
'An excellent book, brilliant resource, perfect layout.'
Neil Smith, York College, UK
Basics Film-Making: The Language of Film is an engaging guide to the ways in which film-making techniques create meaning. The book discusses the structures and conventions that allow film to communicate effectively to a global audience: how meaning is gradually built up of tiny elements, and how to control an audience’s thoughts and feeling. The text is supported by case studies and examples taken from popular film, shorts, and student pieces.
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Top Customer Reviews
J. Carlos Peinado
Chair, New Media Arts
The Institute of American Indian Arts
The AVA Basics are great because the case studies are always clearly displayed, explained and relevant to the content of the text - something which is so rarely the case in art and film books. This title does not disappoint as the case studies are fantastic. I found that I followed up on a lot of examples which I found interesting - and this was doable thanks to the excellent referencing and the glossary at the end.
I also really enjoyed watching the films on the publisher's website which were included as case studies for discussion. I often feel I'm paying a premium price for film books which include a CD or DVD, and I usually end up misplacing them or damaging them, so this was great. Accessing them on the website means I can return to them whenever I like, rather than tracking down my DVD - although maybe that's just me!