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Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Becoming a Cinematographer

By Jack Anderson

  1. ISBN: 9780240814933
  2. Publication Date: August 2011
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 352
  5. Price:
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Description

Shooting Movies is the book for all those film enthusiasts who can't get on a professional set or can't undertake studies at an expensive film school. The book approaches the subject of cinematography from a "hands-on, in the trenches? viewpoint, as though the reader were an apprentice on the set. It's a book about learning to shoot a film without making an idiot of yourself and wasting lots of time and money. It's a book about how to take artistic inspiration and make it a reality.

A breezy writing style mixed with practical, interactive exercises geared for both film and video give filmmakers the experience they need to take their work to the next level. Beginning with fundamental techniques and concepts of cinematography, the author shares his many years of experience with the reader, imparting invaluable advice and guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls, and more importantly, learn from mistakes.

Reviews

"I think this is wonderful book for all of us? jack of all trades? filmmakers out there..In hindsight I am sure my foot wishes I had read this book before I shoot my first feature.? -Dusan Sekulovic, Director

"[It] tells the about the reality of filmmaking from a Cinematographer's perspective.his/her thoughts and the thoughts of those on the set, the challenges, and the intellect necessary for learning from mistakes and solving problems.? -Michael A Hofstein, Director of Photography

"Finally-An Actual, Working Hollywood Director of Photography Shares his 'Inner-Door' Secrets of the Craft. This is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred, fantastic 'Shooter's Guide' from a top professional in the Business. Call it-'The 'Hollywood Rules' for Up & Coming Directors-of-Photography'!!? -Dave A. Anselmi: Director, Producer, and Instructor, PracticalMysticProductions.com

"Anderson is able to take some very complex concepts and meld them into a easily digestible dose of information that even a reader with little or no knowledge about the topic can easily understand and learn from." -Joey Goodsell, University of Southern Mississippi

Contents

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

Part 1: REALITIES OF PRE-PRODUCTION

CHAPTER 2 WHAT'S FIRST?

2a FIRST EXERCISE: SHOOTING STILLS?

2b WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN FROM THE STILL PHOTOGRAPH EXERCISE

CHAPTER 3 WE'RE STILL READING THE SCRIPT

CHAPTER 4 A FEW MORE THINGS TO THINK OF

CHAPTER 5 SHOT LIST

CHAPTER 6 CREW

CHAPTER 7 LOCATIONS

CHAPTER 8 SELECTING A CAMERA

CHAPTER 9 SELECTING THE LENS

CHAPTER 10 SELECTING FILM STOCK

CHAPTER 11 SELECTING A TRIPOD AND HEAD

CHAPTER 12 WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING TO PREP

CHAPTER 13 THE NIGHT BEFORE

Part 2: PRODUCTION

CHAPTER 14 ON TIME AND READY TO SHOOT

CHAPTER 15 FIRST DAY/ FIRST SHOT

CHAPTER 16 SHOOTING MASTERS

CHAPTER 17 CLOSE-UPS AND COVERAGE

17a SECOND EXERCISE: THE STANDARD SHOTS

17b WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE STANDARD SHOTS EXERCISE

CHAPTER 18 OPERATING THE CAMERA

18a THIRD EXERCISE: OPERATING SKILLS

18b WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE OPERATING EXERCISES

CHAPTER 19 STILL MORE COMPOSITION or FOLLOW THE MONEY

19a FIRST MOVIE EXERCISE: VISUAL STORYTELLING EDITED IN THE CAMERA19b WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE EDITED-IN-THE-CAMERA EXERCISE

CHAPTER 20 THE HORROR OF THE 180º LINE

CHAPTER 21 THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (Not necessarily in that order)

CHAPTER 22 LEARNING THE HARDWARE

CHAPTER 23 WHY WE LIGHT

CHAPTER 24 EXPOSURE

24a LIGHTING EXERCISE # 1 EMULSION TEST

24b LIGHTING EXERCISE # 2 DIRECTION OF LIGHT

24c LIGHTING EXERCISE # 3 QUALITY OF LIGHT

HOW DOES LIGHT VARY IN QUALITY?

24d LIGHTING EXERCISE # 4 LIGHTING THE FACE, THE GREAT LANDSCAPE

CHAPTER 25 EXERCISE: SHOOTING YOUR PROJECT ON FILM

25a WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE SHOOTING ON FILM EXERCISE

Part 3: POST-PRODUCTION

CHAPTER 26 POST-PRODUCTION: TIMING AND TRANSFERRING

CHAPTER 27 POST-PRODUCTION: PUTTING TOGETHER A REEL

Part 4: TECHNICALITIES

CHAPTER 28 CAMERAS: BLACK BOXES

CHAPTER 29 LENSES

Chapter 29a THE ZEN OF FOCUSING

Chapter 29b THE MAGIC OF FILTERS

CHAPTER 30 FILM

CHAPTER 31 COLOR TEMPERATURE

CHAPTER 32 USING AND HANDLING FILM CAMERAS AND LENSES

CHAPTER 33 USING A TRIPOD AND HEAD

CHAPTER 34 THE DOLLY GRIP

CHAPTER 35 LABORATORY