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    DescriptionThere'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 film schools. 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 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 classic tried and true methods. New! A DVD and website features hours of video footage, offering key instruction in topics such as camera basics and essentials, lighting, shooting methods, and much more. Topics include: . Concepts of filmmaking . Language of the lens . Cinematic continuity . Lighting for film, digital, and HD . Exposure . HD cinematography and shooting . Shooting in HD . Image control and filters . Bleach bypass processes . Lighting as storytelling . Shooting special effects . Set procedures and other issues The DVD files are also available at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/cw/brown-9780240812090/.


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    Title
    Cinematography: Theory and Practice
    Subtitle
    Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Blain Brown
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 184 mm
    Height: 260 mm
    Thickness: 26 mm
    Weight: 1,120 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780240812090
    ISBN 10: 0240812093
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: PHO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.4
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Text Format: 41
    B&T General Subject: 221
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 14240
    Ingram Subject Code: PA
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: PER004010, PER010010
    BIC subject category V2: AJRD
    DC22: 778.53, 778.5
    Libri: FILM5010
    LC classification: TR850 .B7598 2012
    Thema V1.0: AJTF
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    685 colour illustrations
    Publisher
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Focal Press
    Publication date
    01 August 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Blain Brown was educated at C.W. Post College; M.I.T. and Harvard Graduate School of Design. He began in New York as a commercial still photographer before starting in the film business. After working as a gaffer, be became a cinematographer doing primarily commercials and music videos.After completing his first feature film, he moved to Los Angeles where he has been Director of Photography on 14 feature films as well as national commercials, promotional films, industrials, music videos and documentaries. He has worked in many states in the U.S. as well as Mexico, Canada, India, Italy, France, the Philippines and Jordan.His experience includes 35mm and 16mm projects, as well as 24P High Def, DigiBeta, BetaSP and DV. He has completed projects as a director, editor and screenwriter; with three screenplays produced. He has also taught courses in storytelling and visual communication. As a Director of Photography specializing in features and commercials, he is now based in Los Angeles.His books include A Sense of Place; Motion Picture and Video Lighting and The Filmmaker's Pocket Reference. His work can be seen at www.BlainBrown.com.
    Review quote
    "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
    Table of contents
    Introduction Writing with Motion Filmspace Visual Language Language of the Lens Visual Storytelling Cinematic Continuity Lighting Basics Lighting Sources HD Cinematography Exposure Camera Movement Color Image Control Optics & Focus Set Operations Technical Issues Film Formats Bibliography Index