Picture Composition for Film and Video

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Overview

Behind each shot there lies an idea or purpose. When setting up a shot, the camera operator can employ a range of visual techniques that will clearly communicate the idea to an audience. Composition is the bedrock of the operator's craft, yet is seldom taught in training courses in the belief that it is an intuitive, personal skill.



Behind each shot there lies an idea or purpose. When setting up a shot, the camera operator can employ a range of visual techniques that will clearly communicate the idea to an audience. Composition is the bedrock of the operator's craft, yet is seldom taught in training courses in the belief that it is an intuitive, personal skill.

Picture Composition for Film and Video's basic premise is that composition can be learned without restricting the scope for individual creativity and innovation.

Based on the author's own practical experience, the book deals with the methods available for resolving practical production questions such as:

* Does the shot composition accurately reflect the idea that initiated the shot?
* Will the content and method of presenting the subject accurately convey the idea?

The book also includes:
* diagrams and case studies for visual composition
* the relationship between human perception and visual images
* a section on virtual studios

If you are a practising camera operator, trainee camera operator, student or lecturer on a television or film production course, or simply a video enthusiast wishing to progress to a more professional standard you will find this book essential in enhancing the quality of your work.

Behind each shot there lies an idea or purpose. When setting up a shot, the camera operator can employ a range of visual techniques that will clearly communicate the idea to an audience. Composition is the bedrock of the operator's craft, yet is seldom taught in training courses in the belief that it is an intuitive, personal skill.

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A basic text in picture composition for student and trainee camera operators in film and television production courses, covering fundamentals of perception; frame and aspect ratio; visual design; light and color; staging; movement; and context. Includes b&w photos and diagrams. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240514215
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.49 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Freelance cameraman and trainer, working with ITTC and ex-Chairman of the Guild of Television Cameramen. He spent many years working on a variety of programmes at the BBC before becoming Head of Cameras at Television South West. He is the author of Basic Betacam Camerawork 3rd edition, Digital Video Camerawork 3rd edition, Digital Video Camerawork, TV Technical Operations (all in the Media Manual series), Picture Composition for Film and Television and co-wrote Multiskilling for Television Production.

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Table of Contents

Introduction;Perception; Perspective; Frame and aspect ratio; Visual design; Light; Colour; Past influences; Staging; Movement; Context; Compositing

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