- File Size: 4508 KB
- Print Length: 257 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (August 1, 2005)
- Publication Date: August 1, 2005
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00340ESHY
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Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmaker Must Know Kindle Edition
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I had no idea that directors and editors looked at the sort of stuff this book talks about. Fascinating. It's like it opened up a whole new world to me.
It seems to be part of a series of books all made in the "widescreen" format, I think trying to cash in on the HD craze. The layout of these books is similar to the 16:9 HD aspect ratio, and the books are designed to be visually appealing, but seem to be very sparse on information. There's a lot of blank white space, and what few words there are suffer from a stiffly formulaic presentation loaded with pointless repetition. Each page only features a few brief paragraphs and feels like it could have been developed a lot more. And then to waste more space, each chapter pointlessly lists the credits for each movie mentioned in that chapter - what's the point of that? I wouldn't mind it if it seemed the actual descriptions of the cinematic conventions themselves -- the meat and potatoes of the book - were more fully presented first, but it seems the credits listing eats up valuable space that should have been devoted to more fully developed discussion of those conventions.
I'm not completely panning the book... it IS a good brief introduction to "100 cinematic conventions every filmmaker should know". But that's all it is. To make an analogy, it's like a book that lists 100 great ingredients with very brief notes as to how each tastes and what kind of dish it can be used in, but has no recipes in it. The books mentioned above have those recipes... they go into great detail about staging and blocking and how to arrange actors and scene elements for various effects. The information in those books is presented in such a way that you come out with coherent understanding of how to set up certain types of scenes.
Once you have a grounding in that kind of detailed info, then a book like Cinematic Storytelling is a good addition... some additional ingredients to add to your dishes once you know how to cook them. But that listing of ingredients does no good until you know some recipes.
The paperback version of this book apparently places the photos alongside the relevant text, so would be better.
Still, in either edition, the photos fall far short of the actual moving pictures from the movies discussed. The book relies more on long, detailed, yet vague descriptions of the movie scenes, and this is not the best way to teach the points addressed in this book. I agree with the other reviewer recommending buyers wait for a DVD version.