Grammar of the Shot

Grammar of the Shot

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Learn how to use the basic "grammar" of making films and videos in Grammar of the Shot! This book shows you in no uncertain terms what you absolutely need to know to put together your own film or video, shot by shot. Whether you are just learning how to frame a shot or if you just need a refresher, this book gives you a basic toolkit of how to build a successful visual story that flows smoothly.

Grammar of the Shot begins with an explanation of the essential visual language of filmmaking-the book takes you from the basic shape of a shot, to different types to shots, to composition of visual elements within each frame. You will be given the basic building blocks essential for successful shot lighting, screen direction, 3D elements, camera movement, and many general practices that make for a richer, multi-layered visual presentation. Most importantly, you will be given crucial background information to expand your visual vocabulary and help jumpstart your career in film and video.

Designed as an easy-to-use reference, each topic is covered succinctly and is accompanied by clear photographs and diagrams that illustrate the key concepts presented in the book. Simple, elegant, and easy to use, Grammar of the Shot is a staple of any filmmaker's library.


Don't miss the companion volume, Grammar of the Edit! (9780240521206)
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • Focal Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 2nd New edition
  • Approx. 140 illustrations
  • 0240521218
  • 9780240521213
  • 292,939

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Table of contents

Chapter 1 THE SHOT AND HOW TO FRAME IT
Chapter 2 THE ART OF COMPOSITION
Chapter 3 COMPOSITION - BEYOND THE BASICS
Chapter 4 PUTTING YOUR SHOTS TOGETHER: PRE-THINKING THE EDITING PROCESS
Chapter 5 DYNAMIC SHOTS - TALENT AND CAMERA IN MOTION
Chapter 6 WORKING PRACTICES AND GENERAL GUIDELINES
Chapter 7 IN CONCLUSION
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"Roy Thompson and Christopher Bowen provides a clear and concise explanation of motion picture visual language. This universal language (or grammar) is an essential foundation for filmmakers to produce a film or video....I highly recommend Grammar of the Shot for film and video production classes. In addition, it would be useful for emerging filmmakers and for those who need a refresher." --Amazon reviewer of the second edition.
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About Roy Thompson

Instructor of cinematography and film production at Framingham State College, formerly of Boston University; Avid certified instructor; Creative Director/Production Manager, Fellsway Creatives
Instructor of cinematography and film production at Framingham State College, formerly of Boston University; Avid certified instructor; Creative Director/Production Manager, Fellsway Creatives
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