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Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie Paperback – January 1, 2009
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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, Director Saturday Night Fever, WarGames, Author, I'll be in My Trailer
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Professional / advanced filmmakers maybe would not get a lot out of this because this is probably things they already know or already do. But if you have a little bit of time to read, it would be worth it for them because they may pick up some little idea in here that works out great for them. I'm a beginner level but just reading the book stirred some ideas in my mind that were not even given in the book. So for this reason they may also like it. The intro to the book suggested this as well and it was right.
The author provides details about how the shot is set up, the feeling the shot is intended to convey and pertinent information. Kenworthy deliberately stays away from things like lenses, equipment, lighting and so on.
His point is that the shots can be accomplished with any kind of camera. It is the point of view that matters and the action that establishes the meaning of the shot and advances the story.
Master Shots is definitely an aid to the beginning filmmaker or those who shoot only occasionally and could you a bit of assistance in visualizing how to tell their story.
For a very reasonable cost, you have a hundred classic master shots diagrammed and explained for you. Good deal.
It's a well-illustrated book breaking down shots you've seen in film and TV, with practical advice on how to shoot them.
It's a very fair price for the advice within, although it doesn't get into much theory, it's straight to the "nuts and bolts" without telling you too much about why you're doing what you're doing. That could be a pro or a con depending on your inclinations.
My only reservation is some of the illustrations are from a 3d program such as Poser and I would prefer more actually photography.
The "short version:" Very good advice for the price.