The Filmmaker's Guide to Digital Imaging: for Cinematographers, Digital Imaging Technicians, and Camera Assistants

The Filmmaker's Guide to Digital Imaging: for Cinematographers, Digital Imaging Technicians, and Camera Assistants

by Blain Brown
     
 

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As the motion picture business moves increasingly into digital production, post-production, and distribution, the knowledge set required of cinematographers, camera assistants, colorists, and editors has changed radically. In addition, new crew positions have become crucial to production: the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) and Digital

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As the motion picture business moves increasingly into digital production, post-production, and distribution, the knowledge set required of cinematographers, camera assistants, colorists, and editors has changed radically. In addition, new crew positions have become crucial to production: the Digital Imaging Technician (DIT) and Digital Management Technician (DMT) offer new job opportunities and chances for advancement in the industry.

An entire new understanding of the technology and workflow is essential for everyone who works in the movie business. Until now there has been no comprehensive book covering these topics. The Filmmaker’s Guide to Digital Imaging is the first book to address all aspects of this new world of digital motion picture production, covering the technical and practical aspects of production on the set, data management at the DIT cart, and post-production, including the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ACES Workflow.

Technical issues are presented in a readable but thorough manner with many diagrams and illustrations to explain the concepts. Dozens of color diagrams and illustrations make the concepts easily understandable. Also included is a website with video footage of the author in discussion with professional DITs, cinematographers and editors, and video presentation of other concepts outlined in the book.

In addition to the technical aspects of sensors, exposure, digital color, codecs, color grading and data management, this book also deals with the more practical side of working as a digital cinematographer, DIT, DMT or camera assistant, including a chapter on how to put together your own DIT cart. Colorists and editors will also find the chapters on image control, workflow, scene-linear and the ACES workflow essential to their work and advancement in the industry.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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

"Read this book and not only will you know what photons do, you’ll be able to make them dance to your tune. Whether you are a working cinematographer, camera assistant, or postproduction artist, or if want to pursue one of these careers, you will learn both theory and practical techniques in these pages."

- Leo Sopicki, Blogcritics.org

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415854115
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/20/2014
Pages:
310
Sales rank:
1,410,952
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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