396 pages | 450 Color Illus.
Introduction to Cinematography offers a practical, stage-by-stage guide to the creative and technical foundations of cinematography. Building from a skills-based approach focused on professional practice, cinematographer and author Tania Hoser provides a step-by-step introduction for both cinematographers and camera assistants to the techniques, processes, and procedures of working with cameras, lenses, and light. She provides hands-on insight into negotiating with production constraints and understanding the essentials of the image workflow from shot to distribution, on projects of any scope and budget.
Richly illustrated, the book incorporates exercises and sample scripts throughout, exploring light, color, movement, ‘blocking’, and pacing scenes. The principles and techniques of shaping and controlling light are applied to working with natural light, film lamps, and, as with all areas of cinematography, to low budget alternatives. This makes Introduction to Cinematography the perfect newcomer’s guide to learning the skills of cinematography that enables seamless progression from exercises through to full feature shoots. Assessment rubrics provide a framework to measure progress as the reader’s ability to visually interpret scripts and enhance the director’s vision develops.
The book also teaches readers:
"One of the most practical and useful books on the art and technique of cinematography for students and working professionals that we have. I highly recommend Tania Hoser’s book for teachers and students of cinematography."
—Deland Nuse, Director/Cinematographer; Lecturer, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, UCLA
I. THE CINEMATOGRAPHER’S JOURNEY
Chapter 1: Cinematography: Far more than how to use a camera
II. THE CAMERAPERSON'S JOB
Chapter 2: Cinematography Essentials Part 1: Professional Working Practice
Chapter 3 Cinematography Essentials Part 2: Key Photographic Knowledge
Chapter 4 Cinematography Essentials Part 3: Production Decision
Chapter 5 Cinematography Essentials Part 4: Numbers you need to know
III. STORIES IN SHOTS
Chapter 6 Camera lenses and visual style
Chapter 7 Shots and Storytelling
Chapter 8 Speed and Time
IV. FROM SOLO SHOOTING TO A FULL CREW
Chapter 9 Shooting Solo
Chapter 10 Camera Crew Shooting
V. LIGHT AND LIGHTING
Chapter 11 Lighting Part (1)-Natural / Available Light
Chapter 12 Lighting (2) Creating and Controlling Key Light
Chapter 13 Lighting (3) Lighting Locations or Sets
VI. IMAGE CONTROL AND THE 'LOOK' OF THE FILM
Chapter 14 Image Control
VII. THE BIGGER PICTURE
Chapter 15 The Bigger Picture