- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (July 18, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0240812093
- ISBN-13: 978-0240812090
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 137 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors (Volume 1) 2nd Edition
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"The main purpose of this book is to introduce cinematography/ filmmaking as we practice it on a professional level. It includes the basic introduction to the essential concept of visual storytelling and more. Cinema is a language and within it the specific vocabularies and sublanguages of the lens, composition, visual design, lighting, image control, continuity, movement, and point-of-view. Learning these languages and vocabularies is a never-ending and a fascinating life-long study."--NeoPopRealism Journal
"A gorgeous piece of work that bids to become a classic text on cinematography....Few books on cinematography meld aesthetics and pragmatics as deftly as this one." --American Cinematographer
"The gorgeous illustrations bring movies to life, and the modern approach that incorporates digital as well as film means that this book can be used for years to come." --Judy Irola, ASC. Head of Cinematography, USC School of Cinematic Arts
"The book is a wonderful, well-organized and knowledgable collection of all information a cinematographer may need. I recommend it highly." --Andrew Laszlo, ASC
"This book shows that there is more to the DP than holding the light meter--he needs to understand so much more about using photography to tell a story, create a mood, evoke an emotion. No other text I know of stresses this to this extent." --Douglas C. Hart, First Camera Assistant, Instructor, and Author of The Camera Assistant
"Cinematography is a skillfully written guide to the technical craft and artistry of cinematography for today's cinematographers and directors. It presents each aspect of cinematography in precise language to help all filmmakers better understand the complexities with which the cinematographer engages during every moment of every shot. -Michael Hofstein, Director of Photography
"Blain Brown's book is a necessity for anyone who is starting out or still working in the media acquisition industry. -Don Lampasone, Producer/Editor/DP/VFX Artist (Austin, TX)
"[Cinematography] is a comprehensive, muscular, and authoritative guide to what cinematography means: [it] refreshingly addresses the why's with greater emphasis than the how's. A tourist's phrasebook and fluent speaker's aide memoire of the language and practice of making films. -Phil South, Writer, Film and Creativity Coach (http://goingdownwriting.wordpress.com)
"There's more to being a DP than holding a light meter! With this book as your guide, you are on your way to learning not only about the equipment and technology, but also about the concepts and thought processes that will enable you to shoot professionally, efficiently, and with artistic mastery. A leading book in the field, Cinematography has been translated into many languages and is a staple at the world's top. Lavishly produced and illustrated, it covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography."--InternetVideoMagazinecom
About the Author
Blain Brown is a cinematographer, director and writer based in Los Angeles. He has been the director of photography on features, commercials, music videos, industrials and other types of projects. He has directed and edited features and commercials, worked as a producer and has had three screenplays produced.
Educated at Long Island University, Harvard Graduate School of Design and M.I.T, he was a commercial still photographer in New York before getting into film production, which he has been doing for 26 years, starting as an electrician, gaffer, and grip and then as a cinematographer, director, writer, and producer.
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This may just be a personal peeve of mine but the repetition of images is also annoying. Either use a different image or point out all the unique characteristics of a certain picture within the paragraph it's being discussed, otherwise it feels like the author only had the rights to the same two dozen images which is in no way adequate for a book whose primary purpose is to describe a visual art.
Overall it presents the information in a fairly understandable manner, but if I'd had an option in books I would have gone with an alternative.