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Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers / Edition 1
     

Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers / Edition 1

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by Blain Brown
 

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ISBN-10: 0240805003

ISBN-13: 9780240805009

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's

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Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.

Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production.
Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the older tried and true methods.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780240805009
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION
1. FILMSPACE
Cinematic technique
Subjective and objective POV
The building blocks of scenes
Character shots
The fine art of cheating
The master scene method
Transitions
Coverage
Plán scene
Hitchcock 's rule
Triple take or overlapping method
Montage
Conclusion:a mixture of techniques
2. VISUAL LANAGUAGE
Design principles
The three dimensional field
Depth
Forces of visual organization
Film and video composition
Basic composition rules for people
3. LENS LANGUAGE
The lens and the frame
Lens perspective
Deep focus
Compression of space
Manipulating perspective
Selective focus
Image control
4. CAMERA DYNAMICS
Motivation and invisible technique
Types of moves
Moving shots
Camera mounting
Dolly terminology
Cranes
Car shots
Aerial shots
Other types of camera mounts
Steadicam
Motion control
5. CINEMATIC CONTINUITY
Types of continuity
Continuity of content
Continuity of movement
Continuity of position
Continuity of time
The line
What establishes the line?
Screen direction
Deliberately breaking the rules
Reverse
Cheating the turnaround
Cutability
Other issues in continuity
Introductions
Other editorial issues in shooting
Jump cuts
The six types of cuts
6. EXPOSURE
Light as energy
F/stop
Exposure,ISO and lighting relationships
Inverse square law and cosine law
ISO speeds
Light and film
Densitometry
Brightness perception
Contrast
Determining exposure
The tools
The Zone System
The grey scale
Place and fall
Exposure and the camera
7. COLOR THEORY
The nature of light
Color perception
The color wheel
Hue,chroma and value
Color mixing
Complementary
Advancing and retreating color
Film and video colorspace
Color harmonies &the interaction of color
Color models
Additive colors
Subtractive colors
The CIE color system
Digital and electronic color
8. THE TOOLS OF LIGHTING
HMI
Xenons
Carbon arcs
Tungsten fresnels
PARs
HMI PARs
Soft lights
Color corrected fluorescents
Cycs,strips,nooks and broads
Chinese lanterns and spacelights
Self contained crane rigs
Lekos
Balloon lights
Portable units
Day exteriors
9. LIGHTING AS STORYTELLING
Origins of motion picture lighting
Film noir
Light as visual metaphor
10. CONTROLLING COLOR
Color temperature
Color balance of film
Correcting light balance
Light balancing filters
Correcting off-color lights
Stylistic choices in color control
11. OPTICS
Physical basis of optics
F/stop
Focus
Circle of confusion
Depth-of-field
How not to get more depth-of-field
Hyperfocal distance
Macrophotography
Frazier lens and Revolution
Lens tests
12. VIDEO AND HIGH DEFINITION
Basics of video
The video signal
The waveform monitor and vectorscope
SMPTE color bars
The vectorscope
Setting up a color monitor
The PLUGE
Camera white balance
Analog and digital colorspace
Digital video encoding
Is it broadcast quality?
Timecode and edgecode
Video frame rate
Drop-frame and non drop-frame
Shooting High Def video
10 things to remember when shooting High Def
Lighting for High Def video
Shooting digital video
Transferring video to film
NTSC and 3:2 pulldown
Prepping for telecine
13. IMAGE CONTROL
Color printing
Controlling color and contrast
How flashing works
Varicon
Bleach bypass and other processes
Skip bleach
Exposure compensation in bleach-bypass
Other techniques
Cross processing
Printing negative as interpositive
Transfer from print
Filter types
Diffusion and effects filters
Nets
Contrast filters
Conversion filters
Using filters in black-and-white photography
Polarizers
Density filters
14. SET OPERATIONS
The shot list
The Director of Photography
The team
Camera crew
Electricians
Grips
Set procedures
TECHNICAL ISSUES
Sun location with a compass
Flicker
Filming practical monitors
Chroma key and Ultimatte
Lighting for bluescreen/greenscreen
Dimmers
Working with strobes
High speed photography
Lighting for extreme close-up
Underwater filming
Effects
Professional Formats
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Filmography
Index

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Cinematography 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
navmachine More than 1 year ago
Cinematography by Blain Brown is the definitive book on Cinematography and probably one of the only books you'll need as a reference on the subject. Not for the hobbyist, this book is not intended to read all the way through, but contains cinematographic knowledge that will be referenced repeatedly throughout a career. As an introduction to the field in an academic and artistic fashion, this book is commonly referred to as "The Bible" in my social sphere. My only complaint is that the editing in places is a little wonky, but nothing so major that you can't figure out that there was a typo. Thanks for making this Blain!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought your book Cinematography theory and practice. althou I learned lots of new things, I am deepely disapointed because your book is full of errors. It is badly written and disorganized. I would like you to correct all the errors and reorganize the book, and send me a copy of the new version
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