© 2018 – Focal Press
308 pages | 200 B/W Illus.
The newly-revised and updated fourth edition of Grammar of the Shot teaches readers the principles behind successful visual communication in motion media through shot composition, screen direction, depth cues, lighting, camera movement, and shooting for editing. Many general practices are suggested that should help to create rich, multi-layered visuals. Designed as an easy-to-use reference, Grammar of the Shot 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 fourth edition:
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. The Basics of Composition
3. Composition – Beyond the Basics
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. Working Practices and General Guidelines
8 Concluding Thoughts