Cinematography is the first title in the Screencraft Series, a unique venture which aims to unravel for the first time the multi-layered language of film-making, by exploring the fusion of crafts which combine to create the most important art form of the 20th century. Although the cinematographer or director of photography rarely receives the kind of attention reserved for directors and actors, there is little doubt that this is the key technical role in the process of revealing a story through images. The cinematographers featured in this book encompass three generations of filmmaking and represent a diversity of film cultures. What they have in common is the contribution they have made to a universal cinema heritage and the fact that their work has helped to expand -- if not revolutionize -- the language of film. This book, featuring the world's finest cinematographers, will inspire practicing professionals, students, and movie buffs alike. This beautifully designed and illustrated book speaks in the voices of these cinematographers and through the powerful images they have created for the screen.
The cinematographers featured in this book encompass three generations of filmmaking and represent a diversity of film cultures, from "African Queen" to "Delicatessen." Highly illustrated -- over 500 color pictures and 300 black and white photos -- and written entirely based on each cinematographer's own words from interviews This book, featuring the world's finest cinematographers, will inspire practicing professionals, students, and movie buffs alike.
Features three generations of cinematographers representing many diverse film cultures Highly illustrated with over 500 color pictures and 300 black and white photos Written entirely based on each cinematographer's own words from interviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are a lot of books out there on filmmaking, but this one is absolutely fantastic. The information contained in the interviews is amazingly insightful and helpful. This is easily one of the top ten books ever written on cinematography. I don't know how the interviewer got the cinematographers to reveal so much about the craft, but he did. The result is a completely enjoyable read with candor, honesty, and pure truth. You feel like you're sitting in a bar with the cinematographer and after a few drinks, he is really laying it all out there! I give this book my highest recommendation. If you can get a used copy, I would pick one up as soon as you can. Well worth it.
Practical and useful dialogue. The diagrams and one on one conversations with the people responsible for the work are very insightful.
I checked this book out because I'm currently an art student unsure of which direction to pursue as far as career, but leaning towards film. This book features background and interviews with several influential cinematographers and proved extremely helpful to me. The film stills featured (from movies like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, The Piano,etc) stand alone as works of art and work exquisitely when combined with the text and other illustrations from the film making process (storyboards and angle sketches) to show how a good movie should be put together. This book would probably be enjoyed by most interested in film or storytelling.
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