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"Learn 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 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 of shots, to composition of visual elements within each frame. 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.

Audience: TV training departments, students on GNVQ, GCSE, A level and BTEC Media courses, newcomers to camerawork, anyone with a keen interest in film/video production but with no prior experience.

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A manual for those about to embark on a career in shooting pictures. Aimed at the novice, it concentrates purely on principles of the best way to tell a visual story. The sister volume to , it discusses objective and subjective shooting; elements of the shot; equipment; types and development of shots; general practices; overlapping action and shooting ratio; and working practices. Contains b&w illustrations. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240513980
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/8/1998
  • Series: Media Manuals Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents


Ch. 1 The Shot and How to Frame It 1

Ch. 2 The Art of Composition 23

Ch. 3 Composition - Beyond the Basics 53

Ch. 4 Putting Your Shots Together: Prethinking the Editing Process 93

Ch. 5 Dynamic Shots - Talent and Camera in Motion 113

Ch. 6 Working Practices and General Guidelines 131

Ch. 7 In Conclusion 177

Glossary 189

Index 209

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