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Overview

Film-making is an art, but, like so many art forms, there are basic underlying tools and techniques and a body of theoretical knowledge that must be understood and mastered before artistic expression can flourish. This book is intended to be of assistance to all aspiring DoPs, whether you are just starting a career, or already have considerable experience in the other grades.Paul Wheeler has a wealth of practical expertise as a Cinematographer, combined with wide experience as a highly respected trainer. After 25 years with the BBC, latterly as a Senior Film Cameraman, he has had a flourishing career as a freelance Cinematographer which has brought him many awards. Between his busy film-shooting schedule, Paul has stood in twice as Head of Cinematography at the National Film and Television School and also spent some time as Head of Cinematography at the Royal College of Art.

About the Author:

Paul Wheeler is a renowned cinematographer/director of photography and trainer, he runs courses on Digital Cinematography at the National Film & Television School and has lectured on the RCA's MA course. He has been twice nominated by BAFTA for a Best Cinematography award. He has twice been the winner of the INDIE award for Best Digital Cinematography.

Audience: Students on film and media courses, novice filmmakers, directors and producers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a very practical and easily accessible explanation of the cinematographer's craft...It is a lucid reference book and readable guide and achieves its aim of supplying the foundation knowledge an aspiring DoP needs." - Zerb

"...there is absolutely no doubt that all the technical knowledge that a DoP needs can be found within these covers." - Image Technology magazine

"In his definitive tome Wheeler takes us through every aspect of the DOP's job from discussing the finer points of which film stock to use to film grading. This is a well-presented, copiously illustrated and definitive guide to practical cinematography. Although much of the information contained in the book is concerned with 35mm and 16mm film making, Wheeler's expert knowledge of the craft of lighting, use of filters, and creative use of lenses to create stunning cinemagraphic images will help any videographer improve their technical understanding of camera operation...This book is not a quick and easy read; it is a detailed and comprehensive masterclass in practical cinematography." - Focus magazine

"This book is very clearly illustrated with useful diagrams." - Stills Audio Motion

"The author covers in great detail the many aspects of the production of a motion picture from the director of photography's point of view and responsibility. He does this in a very understandable and interesting style...Paul Wheeler details the creating of an image as a top DP would desire. The book is very comprehensive and makes informative reading in a very enjoyable manner."
-John Leak, ACS, Australian Cinematographer magazine,
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240515557
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 9.62 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Wheeler BSC FBKS was trained at the BBC rising to become a Senior Drama Film Cameraman. Paul Shot one of the first BBC Drama Series to be photographed using the then new Digi Beta cameras, by which time he was freelance. He is a renowned cinematographer/director of photography and trainer, he has been Head of Cinematography at National Film & Television School and still runs courses on Digital Cinematography there. He has also been Head of Cinematography on the Royal College of Arts MA course. Paul was invited to become an associate of Panavision in order to help them introduce the Panavised version of Sony's HDW 900f camera which meant he joined the HD movement 3 days before the first Panavision camera arrived in Europe. Despite all this he is still very much a working cinematographer. He has been twice nominated by BAFTA for a Best Cinematography award and also twice been the winner of the INDIE award for Best Digital Cinematography. His previous books, "Practical Cinematography” and "Digital cinematography”, are both published by the Focal Press.

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Table of Contents

1 The director of photography - an overview 3
2 The DP's preparation 7
3 The camera crew 24
4 The motion picture camera 37
5 Lenses 49
6 Film stock 62
7 Basic sensitometry 77
8 The laboratory 82
9 Digital intermediates 92
10 Exposure meters 101
11 Lighting ratios 107
12 Three-point image control 111
13 Using the 18 per cent grey card 115
14 Colour temperature 120
15 Camera filters 128
16 Depth of field 135
17 Testing 146
18 Composition and the rule of thirds 159
19 Lenses and perspective 166
20 Aspect ratios 177
21 Aspect ratios when shooting for television 189
22 High definition - HD 198
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