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Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot
Becoming a Cinematographer





ISBN 9780240814933
Published August 19, 2011 by Routledge
75 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

Shooting Movies is the book for all those film enthusiasts who can't get on a professional set or can't undertake studies at an expensive film school. The book approaches the subject of cinematography from a "hands-on, in the trenches” viewpoint, as though the reader were an apprentice on the set. It's a book about learning to shoot a film without making an idiot of yourself and wasting lots of time and money. It's a book about how to take artistic inspiration and make it a reality.

A breezy writing style mixed with practical, interactive exercises geared for both film and video give filmmakers the experience they need to take their work to the next level. Beginning with fundamental techniques and concepts of cinematography, the author shares his many years of experience with the reader, imparting invaluable advice and guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls, and more importantly, learn from mistakes.

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION

Part 1: REALITIES OF PRE-PRODUCTION
CHAPTER 2 WHAT'S FIRST?      
2a FIRST EXERCISE: SHOOTING STILLS?   
2b WHAT YOU SHOULD LEARN FROM THE STILL PHOTOGRAPH EXERCISE       
CHAPTER 3 WE'RE STILL READING THE SCRIPT   
CHAPTER 4 A FEW MORE THINGS TO THINK OF   
CHAPTER 5 SHOT LIST      
CHAPTER 6 CREW       
CHAPTER 7 LOCATIONS      
CHAPTER 8 SELECTING A CAMERA     
CHAPTER 9 SELECTING THE LENS     
CHAPTER 10 SELECTING FILM STOCK     
CHAPTER 11 SELECTING A TRIPOD AND HEAD   
CHAPTER 12 WHAT EVERYONE ELSE IS DOING TO PREP  
CHAPTER 13 THE NIGHT BEFORE    

Part 2: PRODUCTION
CHAPTER 14 ON TIME AND READY TO SHOOT 
CHAPTER 15 FIRST DAY/ FIRST SHOT    
CHAPTER 16 SHOOTING MASTERS     
CHAPTER 17 CLOSE-UPS AND COVERAGE   
17a SECOND EXERCISE: THE STANDARD SHOTS  
17b WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE STANDARD SHOTS EXERCISE      
CHAPTER 18 OPERATING THE CAMERA    
18a THIRD EXERCISE: OPERATING SKILLS   
18b WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE OPERATING EXERCISES       
CHAPTER 19 STILL MORE COMPOSITION or FOLLOW THE MONEY
19a FIRST MOVIE EXERCISE: VISUAL STORYTELLING EDITED IN THE CAMERA19b WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE EDITED-IN-THE-CAMERA EXERCISE    
CHAPTER 20 THE HORROR OF THE 180º LINE  
CHAPTER 21 THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY (Not necessarily in that order)
CHAPTER 22 LEARNING THE HARDWARE    
CHAPTER 23 WHY WE LIGHT      
CHAPTER 24 EXPOSURE      
24a LIGHTING EXERCISE # 1 EMULSION TEST 
24b LIGHTING EXERCISE # 2 DIRECTION OF LIGHT
24c LIGHTING EXERCISE # 3 QUALITY OF LIGHT
 HOW DOES LIGHT VARY IN QUALITY?   
24d LIGHTING EXERCISE # 4 LIGHTING THE FACE, THE GREAT LANDSCAPE       
CHAPTER 25 EXERCISE: SHOOTING YOUR PROJECT ON FILM 
25a WHAT YOU SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE SHOOTING ON FILM EXERCISE       

Part 3: POST-PRODUCTION
CHAPTER 26 POST-PRODUCTION: TIMING AND TRANSFERRING
CHAPTER 27 POST-PRODUCTION: PUTTING TOGETHER A REEL

Part 4: TECHNICALITIES
CHAPTER 28 CAMERAS: BLACK BOXES   
CHAPTER 29 LENSES       
Chapter 29a THE ZEN OF FOCUSING     
Chapter 29b THE MAGIC OF FILTERS
CHAPTER 30 FILM
CHAPTER 31 COLOR TEMPERATURE
CHAPTER 32 USING AND HANDLING FILM CAMERAS AND LENSES
CHAPTER 33 USING A TRIPOD AND HEAD
CHAPTER 34 THE DOLLY GRIP
CHAPTER 35 LABORATORY

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Reviews

"I think this is wonderful book for all of us” jack of all trades” filmmakers out there..In hindsight I am sure my foot wishes I had read this book before I shoot my first feature.”  -Dusan Sekulovic, Director

"[It] tells the about the reality of filmmaking from a Cinematographer's perspective.his/her thoughts and the thoughts of those on the set, the challenges, and the intellect necessary for learning from mistakes and solving problems.” -Michael A Hofstein, Director of Photography

"Finally-An Actual, Working Hollywood Director of Photography Shares his 'Inner-Door' Secrets of the Craft. This is a hard-hitting, no-holds-barred, fantastic 'Shooter's Guide' from a top professional in the Business. Call it-'The 'Hollywood Rules' for Up & Coming Directors-of-Photography'!!” -Dave A. Anselmi: Director, Producer, and Instructor, PracticalMysticProductions.com

"Anderson is able to take some very complex concepts and meld them into a easily digestible dose of information that even a reader with little or no knowledge about the topic can easily understand and learn from." -Joey Goodsell, University of Southern Mississippi

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