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New Cinematographers Paperback – October 12, 2004
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About the Author
Alex Ballinger is an expert on film and the series editor for two forthcoming series of books on film: "On Directors" and "Inside Film."
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Lance Acord, Jean-Yves Escoffer, Darius Khondji, John Mathieson, Seamus McGarvey, and Harris Savides all go through a step by step process of what they did to execute certain scenes. Lighting charts, set design blueprints, call sheets, storyboards, on set photography, film stills... it's all in this book. Very detailed and descriptive. In depth writing about film stocks, developing processes, filters, lights, colors... everything you could possibly imagine!
Hands down a GREAT resource, as they dissect scenes in movies they actually shot. So you can follow along while watching films such as Buffalo '66, Being John Malcovich, Lost in Translation, Gummo, City of Lost Children, Seven, The Beach, Gladiator, The Hours, and plenty more.
There is an emphasis on European films and cinematographers, but some American films are covered as well.
I found the book interesting but it has a narrow appeal: you must want to know about cinematography techniques but accept that you are not getting all the details of how to do the techniques. (For example, there are several areas where special lab procedures are mentioned, but not specifically what was done, for this you would presumably have to contact the lab directly.
Also with the emergence of several types of HD videography, it is too bad that some discussions of d.p.s using new electronic methods was not included.