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

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Description

The world of cinematography has changed more in the last few years than it has since it has in 1929, when sound recording was introduced. New technology, new tools and new methods have revolutionized the art and craft of telling stories visually. While some aspects of visual language, lighting and color are eternal, shooting methods, workflow and cameras have changed radically. Even experienced film artists have a need to update and review new methods and equipment. These change affect not only the director of photography but also the director, the camera assistants, gaffers, and digital imaging technicians.


Cinematography: Theory and Practice covers both the artistry and craftsmanship of cinematography and visual storytelling. Few art forms are as tied to their tools and technology as is cinematography. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from author and filmmaker Blain Brown.


Whether you are a student of filmmaking, just breaking into the business, currently working in the industry and looking to move up to the next level, or an experienced professional who wants to update their knowledge of tools and techniques, this book provides both a basic introduction to these issues as well as more advanced and in-depth coverage of the subject.


The companion website features additional material, including lighting demonstrations, basic methods of lighting, using diffusion and other topics.


Topics Include:








Visual language
Visual storytelling
Continuity and coverage
Cameras and digital sensors
Exposure techniques for film and video
Color in-depth
Understanding digital images
Waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and test charts
Using linear, gamma, and log encoded video
Image control and grading on the set
The tools and basics of film lighting
ASC-CDL, ACES and other new methods
Optics and focus
Camera movement
Set operations
Green screen, high speed and other topics
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Product details

  • Paperback | 422 pages
  • 190.5 x 264.16 x 25.4mm | 1,225g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 3rd New edition
  • 685 Halftones, color
  • 1138940925
  • 9781138940925
  • 40,742

Table of contents

Introduction


Writing with Motion


Visual Language


Language of the Lens


Visual Storytelling


Coverage & Continuity


Color


Cameras & Sensors


Measurement


Exposure


Linear, Gamma, Log


Image Control & Grading


The Tools of Lighting


Lighting Basics


Optics & Focus


Camera Movement


Set Operations


Data Management


Technical Issues


Acknowlegements


About the Website


Bibliography


Film Formats
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Review Text

"It's been a painful transition from film to digital for many cinematographers. Brown takes the mystery out of it and presents the technical aspects of this change seamlessly. It is, after all, about art!"

- Judy Irola, ASC, Conrad Hall Chair in Cinematography and Color Timing, USC School of Cinematic Arts

"As a practicing cinematographer who also teaches, I consider The Filmmaker's Guide to Digital Imaging essential reading for my students. Blain Brown demystifies the technical processes of digital cinematography from the most basic to the more complex. Given the recent rapid development in this field, working professionals too will find this is a must-have guide. I'm one of them."

- Anthony Jannelli, Head of Graduate Cinematography, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
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Review quote

"It's been a painful transition from film to digital for many cinematographers. Brown takes the mystery out of it and presents the technical aspects of this change seamlessly. It is, after all, about art!"


- Judy Irola, ASC, Conrad Hall Chair in Cinematography and Color Timing, USC School of Cinematic Arts





"As a practicing cinematographer who also teaches, I consider The Filmmaker's Guide to Digital Imaging essential reading for my students. Blain Brown demystifies the technical processes of digital cinematography from the most basic to the more complex. Given the recent rapid development in this field, working professionals too will find this is a must-have guide. I'm one of them."


- Anthony Jannelli, Head of Graduate Cinematography, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
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About Blain Brown

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.
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