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Cinematography Books

We have all the best cinematography books and they will delight any movie buff who appreciates the skill, time and technique it takes to make such visual delights.

  • Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story

    Bredow Rob

    Product Code: BWMIK
    Hardback
    Industrial Light & Magic Presents: Making Solo: A Star Wars Story is an eyewitness account of the film's production from visual effects supervisor and coproducer Rob Bredow. The book gives readers an intimate glimpse into the journey that Solo took from pre-production, production, and post-production, fully documenting how this film came to the big screen. Making Solo gives a chronological overview of how this multiple-Academy-Award-winning visual effects company created new worlds, aliens, droids, and vehicles for a galaxy far, far away, including insights into how the train heist on Vandor, L3-37, the Kessel Run, and the reimagined Millennium Falcon were brought to life. A must-have for Star Wars fans, this authorized, all-access book will be an indispensable work for all movie fans and devotees of popular culture.
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  • Magnum Sul Set

    Elliot Erwitt

    Product Code: BVALL
    Paperback
    Over 60 years since the legendary cooperative photographic agency began, the Magnum photographers have borne witness to some of the most important moments in cultural history, recording the making of many of history's classic films. Magnum Photographers on Film Sets takes readers behind the scenes of cinematic masterpieces including Charlie Chaplin's Limelight (with W. Eugene Smith), Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (with Elliott Erwitt), Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause (with Dennis Stock), Orson Welles' The Trial (with Nicolas Tikhomiroff), John Huston's Moby Dick (with Erich Lessing), Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Suddenly, Last Summer (with Burt Glinn), Andrzej Zulawski's L'important c'est d'aimer (with Jean Gaumy), Michelangelo Antonioni's Zabriskie Point (with Bruce Davidson) and Volker Schloendorff's Death of a Salesman (with Inge Morath). The publication features both classic and rarely-seen photos of Hollywood's finest such as Montgomery Clift, James Dean, Clark Gable, Katharine Hepburn, Charlton Heston, Dustin Hoffman, Buster Keaton, Klaus Kinski, John Malkovich, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Anthony Perkins, Elizabeth Taylor, John Wayne, Natalie Wood and many more. Text in English, Italian and French.
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  • The Sopranos Sessions

    Matt Zoller Seitz

    Product Code: BTNPT
    Hardback
    On January 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist's office and changed TV history. By shattering preconceptions about the kinds of stories the medium should tell, The Sopranoslaunched our current age of prestige television, paving the way for such giants as Mad Men, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones. As TV critics for Tony Soprano's hometown paper, New Jersey's The Star-Ledger, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz were among the first to write about the series before it became a cultural phenomenon. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show's debut, Sepinwall and Seitz have reunited to produce The Sopranos Sessions, a collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode. Featuring a series of new long-form interviews with series creator David Chase, as well as selections from the authors' archival writing on the series, The Sopranos Sessions explores the show's artistry, themes, and legacy, examining its portrayal of Italian Americans, its graphic depictions of violence, and its deep connections to other cinematic and television classics.
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  • TV Geek

    Simon Brew

    Product Code: BRZGQ
    Paperback
    TV Geek recounts the fascinating stories of cult-classic series, reveals the nerdy Easter eggs hidden in TV show sets, and demonstrates the awe-inspiring power of fandom, which has even been known to raise TV series from the dead. Subjects include: - How the live-action Star Wars TV show fell apart - The logistics and history of the crossover episode - The underrated geeky TV shows of the 1980s - The hidden details of Game of Thrones - Five Scandinavian crime thrillers that became binge hits - The Walking Dead, and the power of fandom TV series now have the same budgets, stars, audience figures and cultural impact as Hollywood movies, and TV Geek provides an insightful look at the fascinating history, facts and anecdotes behind the greatest (and not-so-great) shows. This is the ultimate, nerdy television guide for TV geeks everywhere.
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  • Sound Design for Moving Image

    Kahra Scott-James

    Product Code: BMCWT
    Paperback
    Sound Design for Moving Image offers a clear introduction to sound design theory and practice to help you integrate sound ideas into your productions. Contemporary soundtracks are often made up of hundreds of separate tracks, and thousands of individual sounds, including elements of dialogue, music and sound effects. As a result, many budding filmmakers find them a daunting prospect, and are tempted to leave sound to the last stages of post-production. This book, from award-winning Sound Designer Kahra Scott-James, encourages you to incorporate sound into your pre-production planning, to make the most of this powerful narrative tool. Adopting a specific framework in order to help demystify sound design for moving image, the book isn't designed as a sound engineering handbook, but as a guide for moving image content creators wanting to explore sound and collaborate with sound designers. Regardless of medium, the same, or similar concepts can be adopted, adapted, and applied to any project employing sound. Includes detailed and insightful interviews with leading sound designers, including Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, and Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute, as well as practical projects to help you hone your skills using video and sound files available from the companion website -www.bloomsbury.com/scott-james-sound-design - making this is a complete sound course to take you from novice skills to confident practitioner.
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  • How to Make Animated Films

    Tony White

    Product Code: BHPSR
    Paperback
    Become Tony White's personal animation student. Experience many of the teaching techniques of the golden era of Disney and Warner Brothers studios and beyond.all from the comfort of your own home or studio. Tony White's Animation Master Class is uniquely designed to cover the core principles of animated movement comprehensively. How to Make Animated Films offers secrets and unique approaches only a Master Animator could share. Includes hands-on Tutorials, demonstrations and final sample animations. . Whether you want to become a qualified animator of 2D, 3D, Flash or any other form of animation, Tony White's foundations bring you closer to that goal. The DVD is invaluable, in that readers are not only taught principles and concepts in the book, they are able to see them demonstrated in action in the movies on the DVD.
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  • Compositing Visual Effects

    Steve Wright

    Product Code: BEYJZ
    Paperback
    Put the essential concepts and techniques of digital compositing to work for you without the need of a single mathematical equation. Compositing Visual Effects is lavishly illustrated with hundreds of film shots, figures, illustrations, and diagrams to help the visual reader gain a valuable vocabulary and understanding of the full range of visual effects, in which digital compositing plays a key role. Beginning with an inspirational tour of the scope and magnitude of digital compositing, you get a solid overview of the kinds of digital effects routinely executed today. See how CGI is composited with live action, how set extensions are done, and what a match-move shot is. Following that you learn each of the key applications of digital compositing, which include bluescreen compositing, bullet-time shots, motion tracking, and rotoscoping. The subsequent chapters dig down into each of the major digital compositing applications, introducing the fundamental concepts, and processes behind them. Learn what is easy and hard, possible and impossible, and what to expect when working on a job that entails digital compositing. New to this edition are 4 new chapters on: * 3D compositing, with lessons on what camera tracking is, how it is used to put CGI into a live-action plate, as well as live action into a 3D scene. * Stereo compositing, with descriptions of key stereoscopic terms and concepts, lessons on compositing shots that were filmed in stereo (both bluescreen and CGI), as well as the stereo conversion process when a flat 2D movie is converted to a stereo 3D movie * RED and Digital Capture with Log Images, including log image formats. This is a very hot topic these days. Colleges hang around video because it is cheaper. Film is still big in the real world of production. * Tracking an entire project from start to finish This is in addition to robust updates on topics such as: * planar tracking, Z compositing, working with Anamorphic HD formats, mocap, and more This edition also includes a companion website (http://www.taylorandfrancis.com/cw/wright-9780240817811/) with images from the book for you to work with in your own compositing exercises. * An accessible introduction to a complex subject for novice and aspiring compositors, from experienced author and compositing whose compositing credits include Night at the Museum 2, Shutter Island, Solaris, Traffic, and more * Full color presentation illustrating the art and techniques of the practice, provides inspiration along with instruction * New to this edition is a companion website, new chapters on 3D compositing, stereo compositing, RED and digital capture with log images, and more will have you understanding the latest in compositing technology in no time
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  • The Animator's Eye

    Francis Glebas

    Product Code: BEDAX
    Paperback
    Enhance your animated features and shorts with this polished guide to channeling your vision and imagination from a former Disney animator and director. Learn how to become a strong visual storyteller through better use of color, volume, shape, shadow, and light - as well as discover how to tap into your imagination and refine your own personal vision. Francis Glebas, the director of Piglet's Big Day, guides you through the animation design process in a way that only years of expertise can provide. Discover how to create unique worlds and compelling characters as well as the difference between real-world and cartoon physics as Francis breaks down animated scenes to show you how and why to layout your animation.
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  • Understanding Cinematography

    Brian Hall

    Product Code: BACLJ
    Paperback
    Cinematography is the art and craft of visualizing and recording the moving image. The cinematographer therefore has to use their technical and creative skills to photographically capture the mood of the film and the vision of the director. Done properly, they add the magic and depth to a film, giving it a defining edge. This practical book explains the principles behind cinematography, as well as the skills of the cinematographer. Having described the equipment, it looks at how to interpret the script and advises on how to find a visual style. Written by a respected cinematographer, it also explains the roles of the camera crew and the importance of working as a team.
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  • From Word to Image

    Marcie Begleiter

    Product Code: AQMQL
    Paperback
    Based on the notion that visual communication (drawing) is a learnable skill and not an inborn talent, this book is a guide to storyboarding for the novice as well as the professional. Film-makers from Eisenstein to Spielberg have utilized storyboards to visualise their stories before the pressures of shooting consume their energies.

    This book will take you on a step-by-step guide to the pre-production process of breaking down the script, using overhead diagrams to block out shots and creating usable drawings for film frames that collaborators an read and understand.

    A rich, visual textbook and guide to the fascinating world of storyboards, this book is for the serious film student and the cinema bug who are fascinated by the visual tools used to create cinema.
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  • Master Shots

    Christopher Kenworthy

    Product Code: AQMQK
    Paperback
    Master Shots gives film-makers the techniques they need to execute complex, original shots on any budget. By using powerful master shots and well-executed moves, you can develop a strong style and stand out from the crowd.

    Most low-budget movies look low-budget, because the director is forced to compromise at the last minute. Master Shots gives you so many powerful techniques that you'll be able to respond, even under pressure, and create knock-out shots. When the clock is ticking and the light is fading, the techniques in this book can rescue your film, and make every shot look like it cost a fortune.

    Every technique is illustrated with samples from great feature films and computer-generated diagrams for absolute clarity.
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  • Master Shots Volume 3

    Christopher Kenworthy

    Product Code: AHMFY
    Paperback
    A highly visual exploration of the best shots, moves, and set-ups in the industry. This books reveals the secrets behind each shot s success, so it can be adapted to the director's individual scenes.
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  • Cracking Animation

    Peter Lord

    Product Code: APLZL
    Paperback
    Aardman Animations are, unquestionably, one of the biggest success stories in animated films: their masterpieces include Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run and Shaun the Sheep, as well as much-loved characters such as Morph. Cracking Animation is entertaining, inspiring and essential reading for all Aardman enthusiasts, students of animation or anyone who wants to try making an animated film. This revised edition includes two new chapters. Chapter 7 looks in depth at the development and teamwork involved in a major animated film or television production, using The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists! as an exemplar, and Chapter 8 presents exclusive behind-the-scenes insights into the making of Aardman's most recent feature film, Shaun the Sheep the Movie. Packed with practical, fully illustrated and step-by-step descriptions of all the elements involved, this is quite simply the best publication on stop-motion animation.
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  • The Adventure Game

    Keith Partridge

    Product Code: ANOUE
    Hardback
    Keith Partridge is probably the world's most experienced and famous practitioner of a rare trade. His filming has recorded expeditions all over the world in some of its most beautiful and hostile environments. The Adventure Game is the story of his life told through several expeditions ranging from the deep caves of Papua New Guinea to the summit of Mount Everest.
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  • The Wes Anderson Collection

    Matt Zoller Seitz

    Product Code: AMIOD
    Hardback
    Wes Anderson's eighth feature film, a meticulously crafted, visually resplendent matryoshka-doll caper set primarily in an alternate-history version of 1930s Europe, The Grand Budapest Hotel is, perhaps, the fullest expression to date of Anderson's varied thematic and stylistic idiosyncrasies, influences, and obsessions. This supplemental one-volume companion to The Wes Anderson Collection (Abrams 2013) is the only book to take readers behind the scenes of The Grand Budapest Hotel with in-depth interviews between Anderson and cultural critic and New York Times bestselling author Matt Zoller Seitz. Anderson shares the story behind the film's conception, the wide variety of sources that inspired it--from author Stefan Zweig to filmmaker Ernst Lubitsch to Photochrom landscapes from turn-of-the-century Middle Europe--personal anecdotes about the making of the film, and many other reflections on his filmmaking process. These interviews will be accompanied by behind-the-scenes photos, ephemera, and artwork.
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  • Documentaries

    Andy Glynn

    Product Code: AELAH
    Paperback
    The second edition of Andy Glynne's bestselling guide to making documentaries. He subjects the whole documentary process to scrutiny with advice on:
    Developing your concept
    Funding
    Writing pitches and treatments
    Interview technique
    Narrative
    Writing commentary
    Dealing with ethical issues
    Camera technique
    Sound Lighting
    Post-production, editing and grading
    Marketing and distribution
    Film festivals
    The history of documentary

    With additional interviews with industry insiders and award-winning filmmakers, this new edition has up-to-the-moment technical information on the latest cameras and equipment and a fully updated resource guide with contact details of current commissioning editors.
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  • Filmmaking For Dummies

    Bryan Michael Stoller

    Product Code: AHJXB
    Paperback
    Now updated--the step-by-step secrets to capturing great moments on film With all the recent advancements in filmmaking technology, more people than ever are trying their hand at filmmaking. Keeping up with the newest information in this booming field, this updated edition of Filmmaking For Dummies features up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest and greatest hardware, software, accessories, and trends--including high-definition technology and new outlets for films such as YouTube and MySpace. It demystifies the nuts-and-bolts of filmmaking, from developing a project and securing financing to hiring a cast and crew, editing, and getting distribution. This new edition also provides new movie examples and updated contacts and resources. Whether people want to become professional filmmakers or simply shoot quality home movies, this practical guide has all the advice and tips needed to succeed.
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  • The Filmmaker's Handbook

    Steven Ascher

    Product Code: AFSQA
    Paperback
    With a myriad of options and technology available to filmmakers, making a film is more affordable than ever. As legions of would-be filmmakers aspire to put their dreams on screen, to become the next Scorsese or viral YouTube hit, this comprehensive guide is more essential than ever. Covering digital video, film and even DSLR still cameras with video capabilities, two award winning filmmakers and teachers address all aspects of filmmaking.
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Cinematography books are great for learning about the best techniques for creating stunning motion pictures. They’re some of the best filmmaking books for helping you get the correct exposure and lighting for your movie making.

Motion picture and filmmaking techniques

Our filmmaking books will cover various camera techniques, including panning, zoom and tilt shots. Find out how to make beautiful moving images with some of the best cinematography books.