Press has a nice series on film going, one of those books being Film
Craft: Cinematography. This book covers the craft of motion picture
photography. Though the book is not a text book of any kind, it does
provide insights from some of the film crafts professionals. There
are interviews with some of the Cinematographers from film greats
such as Vittorio Storaro and Christopher Doyle. Through the
interviews the book goes over some of the things that perhaps
challenged these Cinematographers to bring to the screen some of the
powerful images from films such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, and
book gives glimpses into the world of film making and the diverse
working relationships amongst professionals, and how it all
influences the project and perhaps even makes it better than what
was first anticipated.
book is also full of side bars, with advice that readers can use on
their own works. As noted the book is not a text book of any sort,
though one could glean some knowledge from the book, it is by no
means a how to book. It presents the personalities that make the
film looks as it does. Controlling what the camera is doing, the
exposure, lighting, Color, focus, depth of field, and compositions.
this look at the folks behind the camera in the Film Craft series
does a good job at bringing those personal experiences to light as
some of the film crafts professionals relay their thoughts and
experiences and even events or places that influenced the kind of
shots and lighting they eventually used in a film shot.
books lay out is solid and enjoyable to view, the back cover though
falls short with some of the wording disappearing into the colors of
the cover. Its large format lends well to the content of the book
and is enjoyable not only to read, but the choices of illustrations
and film stills all are beautiful to behold.
Craft: Cinematography, does a spectacular job at giving an inside
look at some of the professionals, wonderful insights, and bits of
biographical information on some film greats. The reader does not
have to have a passion for film to appreciate this book, if they are
involved in film in any aspect; this book is just some icing on a
great cake. The only odd thing I would present is that while the
book covers many Cinematographers from around the world, Asian film
is not represented, nor is several others like mentioned, no
Chinese, Russian, Indian, nor Swedish. It must have been very
difficult to decide what and who to include in such a book.
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