Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers

Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography 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 book’s focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.

Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production. 
Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the older tried and true methods. 

*The definitive guide to cinematography

*Up-to-date coverage of technical topics, including High Definition and digital imaging

*Full color throughout brings issues of color and light to life

Review

“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

“Blain Brown has created a masterpiece. Cinematography is the best reference book I have ever seen..the theories and practices revealed here will never go out of date. This is a “must have” book for anyone claiming to be a cinematographer that hasn’t got at least two Academy Awards sitting on their mantle.” – Rick Gerard, Creative Cow

It almost seems silly to “rate” this book… the amount of content for instruction in Cinematography is incredible. I got into video and filmmaking in 2008 when the 5D Mark II DSLR craze hit, I admit the bug bit me. Since then I’ve studied a bit deeper into the aspects of filmmaking and have watch countless instructional videos on the production part of all this (first episode of Downton Abbey I watched sent me to the web to find out how they lit the scenes and which camera they used, lol… Arri D21 fyi). But the void of curiosity was created, I wanted to really know all the aspects to making a film and what the different jobs were and what was expected on set. I also wanted to know more about the editing process and how filming and lighting and script writing and managing assets on the field all affect the editor’s job. Most of all I became fascinated with the role of a DP and all he/she has to think about when actually filming the shot list. SO, when this book arrived, needless to say I was BLOWN AWAY with how much is covered. This is like a 4-year college course with 3 years on the field level of instruction, incredible.

If you have been bit and are now passionate with film production, THIS is what you want to read. It isn’t for the casual video shooter looking for some tips to make better looking videos. But if you want to evaluate how to read the results of a latitude test from a 4K HD cam on a waveform monitor and want to know WHY you are doing that, here’s your book!

Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production. Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the older tried and true methods.

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