340 Pages 450 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    340 Pages 450 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The newly revised and updated fifth edition of Grammar of the Shot teaches readers theoretical principles behind successful visual communication in motion media through discussions of shot composition, depth cues, lens choices, lighting, screen direction, camera movement, and shooting for editing. Many general practices are outlined that will help readers create rich, multi-layered visuals. Designed as an easy-to-use reference, this book presents each topic succinctly with clear photographs and diagrams illustrating key concepts, practical exercises, and quiz questions, and is a staple of any filmmaker’s library.

    New to the fifth edition:

    • Instructional and student resources offer downloadable and editable raw footage so that students can practice the techniques described in the book, and instructional videos showcasing examples of different editing choices and types of shot transitions.
    • Thorough chapter content reviews and refreshed exercises and quizzes help test readers on their knowledge using real-world scenarios.
    • New sections, Principles in Practice (PIPs), concludes each chapter by presenting unique scenarios that a video maker may encounter in their own video-editing work and offers creative solutions and advice on how one might handle them.

    Together with its companion volume, Grammar of the Edit, the core concepts discussed in these books offer concise and practical resources for both experienced and aspiring filmmakers.

    1. The Shots: What, How, and Why?  2. Basic Motion Media Shot Composition  3. Shot Composition for Depth, Perspective, and Focus  4. Lighting Your Shots: Not Just What You See, but How You See It  5. Will It Cut? Shooting for Editing  6. Dynamic Shots: Subjects and Camera in Motion  7. Concluding Thoughts: A Filmmaker’s Mindset


    Christopher J. Bowen has 25 years of experience within the motion media industry as a cinematographer, editor, director, producer, and educator. Currently, he enjoys visual content creation, fine arts painting, and writing fiction. He is the author of the companion text, Grammar of the Edit.

    "Grammar of the Shot is well-written and provides valuable information for young filmmakers and seasoned veterans alike...I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in getting into media creation, especially if you have no idea where to start." - Amy Roberts, Tri-County Technical College