1st Edition

Genre Filmmaking
A Visual Guide to Shots and Style

ISBN 9780240824215
Published April 24, 2013 by Routledge
264 Pages 600 Color Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

What does it look like? How is it done? When should I use it? 

Whether you’re shooting a comedy, thriller, sci-fi or horror flick, you’ll need to know the answers to these questions. Learn how to execute the visual style of your genre in this highly illustrative, inspirational guide to shots and sequences for genre films. Jam-packed with full-color examples from the movies you love, Danny Draven shows you the aesthetic, emotional and visual techniques of popular shots and sequences used in genre films and then explains how, when, and why to use them.

  • Inspiration meets practicality in this highly illustrative guide to working within a specific genre
  • Learn how to play with the emotions and expectations of your audience by using camera techniques such as dolly zooms and ghost reveals.
  • See a wide selection of major and independent film examples to inspire and inform you about visual techniques used in motion pictures.

Table of Contents

Horror; Comedy; Sci-Fi; Thriller; Action; Romance; Masterworks/Epics

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Danny Draven is an award-winning director and producer of genre films and a member of the Producers Guild of America. He works in Hollywood and holds a B.A. degree from Emerson College where he studied film production. Draven's films have been released worldwide on home video and TV. This is his third book.


"Genre Filmmaking offers a straight forward, useful guide to shots and style... Every section is filled with numerous examples of shots to be found within a film, from ‘the voyeur’ in horror and ‘bullet time’ in sci-fi, to the ‘lustful gaze’ in comedy and ‘the floating corpse’ in thriller. Draven places a heavy emphasis on images to demonstrate his points, showing how angles and positions of the shot can be taken in order to achieve a desired emotion of effect... Draven’s book is successful in offering a visual guide to shots and style, providing multiple ideas of shots as well as how and when they should be used. He provides plenty of examples within these four genres. It is easy to use and refer to due to the layout and clear use of imagery."- Raindance.org