Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Becoming a Cinematographer

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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.
Jack Anderson, , SOC, is a 30-year veteran of the Hollywood film and television industry as well as an assistant professor of cinematography at Cal State Univ. Jack has worked with many eminent filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, David Lynch, Clint Eastwood, Robert Altman, William Friedkin, & many more. Market: Wannabes, filmmakers, novice cinematographers, directors, directors of photography, camera operators, film students. Key Features: * Provides a mentorship-in-a-book approach not found any of the other technical guides to cinematography, using both film and video exercises *Unique exercises throughout the book provide the reader with an interactive experience that will give them a higher level of expertise and will improve the quality of their shooting, lighting, and reel--all on a budget *Companion website showcases video samples, visual demonstrations of the exercises in the book, and further video explanations of the concepts that are better explained visually 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. "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, "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 Contents: CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION Part 1: REALITIES OF PRE-PRODUCTION CHAPTER 2 WHAT'S FIRST? 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 CHAPTER 18 OPERATING THE CAMERA CHAPTER 19 STILL MORE COMPOSITION or FOLLOW THE MONEY 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 CHAPTER 25 EXERCISE: SHOOTING YOUR PROJECT ON FILM 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 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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