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Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen Paperback – Jul 31 1991
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Film Directing Shot by Shot offers a good introduction to the rudiments of film production. Steven D. Katz walks his readers through the various stages of moviemaking, advising them at every turn to visualize the films they wish to produce. Katz believes that one of the chief tasks of filmmaking is to negotiate between our three-dimensional reality and the two-dimensionality of the screen. He covers the number of technical options filmmakers can use to create a satisfying flow of shots, a continuity that will make sense to viewers and aptly tell the film's story. Katz provides in-depth coverage of production design, storyboarding, spatial connections, editing, scene staging, depth of frame, camera angles, point of view, and the various types of stable compositions and moving camera shots.
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This book lists shot type after shot type, page after page, but doesn't get into the reasoning of choosing one shot over another. As far as the how, where, when, and why goes, this book ignores the "why."
This book wastes many pages in the beginning telling the reader that storyboards are important. Of course they are! That's why I bought the freakin' book! This space could have been used to explain the difference between camera lenses and focal qualities, which are referred to constantly but never properly defined.
What I was expecting from this book was a good overview of the movie planning process. Instead, it is a mind-numbingly boring list of the different shots that could be used in film. Also, the quality of the author's storyboards that are used to illustrate the book do not fill me with optimism about the effectiveness of the book.
It is an excellent tool for the film & videomaker, you can use it for quick reference, if you're shooting a conversation, it explains, how you can do it without breaking the axis..
If you're starting to study film, let Steven Katz, be your teacher, and make your first shorts knowing how to doing them right
I found this book very useful. As a begining filmmaker, it is easy to fall into patterns early - the same sorts of shots for the same basic reasons. But this book made me reconsider a lof of this. Also, the sections on blocking were very good. Managing the 180 line in complex action can be confusing, especially for beginners, but this book broke down different solutions and made them easy to understand.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone interested in creating visuals for film.
Katz explores the graphic design of a shot, presenting alternate examples of shot layout side by side. The author encourages seeing shots on the storyboard and how they play together, seeing the movie as static pictures before any film is spent. As he explains: "look at each sequence as a complete statement. Developing an intuitive sense of the overall perceptual effect of a sequence is one of the skills necessary for visualization." (pp 160) He offers traditional process but encourages experimental methods where appropriate.
I was pointed toward the book as an art professional interested in filmmaking. Having read other film preproduction books this has been the best so far.
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Plein d'informations utiles sur toutes les étapes de la réalisation d'un film avec plein de photos ou dessins pour illustrer les propos de l'auteur.Published 19 months ago by logfkav
Very good for basic film making theory. This is one of the few top seller among the film theory books.Published on Dec 4 2012 by Sanjid Anik
If you are new to film and don't know much about setting up shots and directing a film, you may be a little daunted by a lot of the technical details here. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2011 by Michael Merlin
This book as a requirement for one of my courses in university, and what can I say - I have never had more regrets buying a book. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2011 by Student
This book really gets you thinking about shot design and blocking, but Katz uses four times as many pages as he should. Katz takes simple concepts and makes them seem confusing.Published on Sept. 21 2003 by JP
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