336 pages | 717 Color Illus.
This updated edition of a best-selling classic shows you how to structure your visuals as carefully as a writer structures a story or a composer structures their music. The Visual Story teaches you how to design and control the structure of your production using the basic visual components of space, line, shape, tone, color, movement, and rhythm. You can use these components to effectively convey moods and emotions, create a visual style, and utilize the important relationship between the visual and the story structures.
Using over 700 color illustrations, author Bruce Block explains how understanding the connection between story and visual structures will guide you in the selection of camera angles, lenses, actor staging, composition, set design and locations, lighting, storyboard planning, camera coverage, and editing.
The Visual Story is an ideal blend of theory and practice. The concepts and examples in this new edition will benefit students learning cinematic production, as well as professional writers, directors, cinematographers, art directors, animators, game designers, and anyone working in visual media who wants a better understanding of visual structure.
Praise for the Previous Edition:
"Bruce Block has a unique knowledge and understanding of the visual structure of film. The Visual Story is the only book of its kind. it will teach you to become a better storyteller through the use of visuals." Nancy Meyers, Director of "Something's Gotta Give" and "The Holiday"
"Bruce Block masterfully deconstructs visual storytelling. Exposure to this material is essential for all students of cinema. This book will make you a better filmmaker." American Film Institute
"I spend much of my time in pre-production quoting Bruce Block to my cinematographers, production designers, costume designers, and editors. In all my years in the business I've never found a clearer more useful articulation of film grammar." Jay Roach, director of Austin Powers, Meet the Parents, and Meet the Fockers
"You hold in your hand a key to understanding the complex and ever changing world of modern cinema."
Charles Shyver, director of Alfie, Father of the Bride I & II, and Baby Boom
"Bruce Block's in-depth understanding of Visual Structure is inspirational to those working in animation. This reference source is invaluable and essential for any artist." Walt Disney Television Animation
"I think every cinematographer-in-training should read this book. It will teach them how important collaboration with others in the crew is by having an overall concept of all that goes into the creation of the Visual Story." Rexford Metz, ASC
"His book is a sort of Elements of Style for filmmakers, and any screenwriter, director or cinematographer with a point of view will find a great deal of creative inspiration in The Visual Story's guide to the fundamentals of the craft….The Visual Story makes the very convincing argument that all of these media require precise, motivated visual designs in order to be effective - and that having a point to make or a story to tell is only half the battle." American Cinematographer
THE BASIC VISUAL COMPONENTS
CONTRAST & AFFINITY
SPACE Part One
SPACE Part Two
LINE & SHAPE
STORY & VISUAL STRUCTURES
PRACTICE, NOT THEORY