The world of cinematography has changed more in the last few years than it has since it has in 1929, when sound recording was introduced. New technology, new tools and new methods have revolutionized the art and craft of telling stories visually. While some aspects of visual language, lighting and color are eternal, shooting methods, workflow and cameras have changed radically. Even experienced film artists have a need to update and review new methods and equipment. These change affect not only the director of photography but also the director, the camera assistants, gaffers, and digital imaging technicians. Cinematography: Theory and Practice covers both the artistry and craftsmanship of cinematography and visual storytelling. Few art forms are as tied to their tools and technology as is cinematography. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from author and filmmaker Blain Brown. Whether you are a student of filmmaking, just breaking into the business, currently working in the industry and looking to move up to the next level, or an experienced professional who wants to update their knowledge of tools and techniques, this book provides both a basic introduction to these issues as well as more advanced and in-depth coverage of the subject. The companion website features additional material, including lighting demonstrations, basic methods of lighting, using diffusion and other topics. Topics Include: Visual language Visual storytelling Continuity and coverage Cameras and digital sensors Exposure techniques for film and video Color in-depth Understanding digital images Waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and test charts Using linear, gamma, and log encoded video Image control and grading on the set The tools and basics of film lighting ASC-CDL, ACES and other new methods Optics and focus Camera movement Set operations Green screen, high speed and other topics
"This book discusses what directors need to know about using the camera and what cinematographers need to know about the process of directing, offering a comprehensive guide to all aspects of cinematography as it relates to every type of filmmaking." -- Back of cover.
Visual effects are an important aspect of film creation, with new technologies and techniques being developed every day. Nevertheless, many of the effects we see on screen are not computer generated; they are done inside the camera or with projection, techniques that have been around for many years. Visual Effects Cinematography examines both traditional and modern visual effects techniques, illustrating how the new techniques have built upon the old in a way that is especially valuable to students. This book examines in detail the various types of equipment used and how they work, and then goes on to discuss the process of planning the shoot. The most important aspect of visual effects cinematography is the creative problem-solving that happens early in the production, to select the technique that will provide a particular effect and plan the shooting to accommodate the needs of specific scenes. Written by an effects director associated with such blockbuster films as Superman and 2001: A Space Odyssey, this book analyzes the most effective approach to a variety of visual effects problems, detailing the various options available to the filmmaker. Script breakdown, the use of storyboards, and shot planning are covered as part of this creative planning process. Topics covered in this book include: elements that make up the visual effects shot; methods of compositing visual effects elements; types of mattes and methods of generating them; visual effects tools and planning; types of cameras and their corresponding in-camera effects; projectors and projection Over 100 illustrations support the technical information contained within these pages. Students, cinematographers, and directors will gain valuable insight into the art and process of visual Focuses on creative problem-solving and planning techniques Full explanation of wide range of equipment and its uses Valuable information cinematographers, directors, and students
It’s a whole new world for cinematographers, camera assistants, and postproduction artists. New equipment, new methods, and new technologies have to be learned and mastered. New roles such as that of the DIT (Digital Imaging Technician), Digital Loader, and Data Manager are integral to today’s motion picture production process. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from esteemed author and filmmaker Blain Brown. The Filmmaker’s Guide to Digital Imaging covers both the theory and the practice, featuring full-color, in-depth coverage of essential terminology, technology, and industry-standard best-practices. Brown covers new industry-wide production standards such as ASC-CDL and the ACES workflow. Interviews with professional cinematographers and DITs working on Hollywood productions equip you with knowledge that is essential if you want to work in today’s motion picture industry, whether as a cinematographer, DIT, Digital Loader, Data Manager, camera assistant, editor, or VFX artist. Topics include: Digital sensors and cameras The structure of digital images Waveform monitors, vectorscopes, and test charts Using linear, gamma, and log encoded video files Exposure techniques for HD and UltraHD Understanding digital color Codecs and file formats The DIT cart Downloading, ingesting, and managing video files Workflow from camera to DIT cart to post Using metadata and timecode The companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/brown) features additional material, including demonstrations and interviews with experienced DITs and cinematographers.
Tim Burton’s films are well known for being complex and emotionally powerful. In this book, Helena Bassil-Morozow employs Jungian and post-Jungian concepts of unconscious mental processes along with film semiotics, analysis of narrative devices and cinematic history, to explore the reworking of myth and fairytale in Burton’s gothic fantasy world. The book explores the idea that Burton’s lonely, rebellious ‘monstrous’ protagonists roam the earth because they are unable to fit into the normalising tendencies of society and become part of ‘the crowd’. Divided into six chapters the book considers the concept of the archetype in various settings focusing on: the child the monster the superhero the genius the maniac the monstrous society. Tim Burton: The Monster and the Crowd offers an entirely fresh perspective on Tim Burton’s works. The book is essential reading for students and scholars of film or Jungian psychology, as well as anyone interested in critical issues in contemporary culture. It will also be of great help to those fans of Tim Burton who have been searching for a profound academic analysis of his works.
The fourth edition of the authoritative guide to producing, directing, shooting, editing, and distributing your video or film. Widely acknowledged as the “bible” of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now updated with the latest advances in HD and new digital formats. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making. • Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, corporate, broadcast, and experimental videos and films • Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras • Digital editing with the latest video editing systems • In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording, and mixing • The business aspects of funding and producing your project • Getting your movie shown in theaters, on TV, and on the Web