Master Shots Vol 1, 1st edition: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie Paperback – Jan 1 2009
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Kenworthy describes (very effectively with computer diagrams, real photo shots and camera angles with arrows) exactly 100 different shots. Some are impressive. The `long lens' shot explains simply how fight scenes are filmed to look so real. `Suspense' is created by the positioning of the camera with the subject, whether walking, running or turning around. Ever wonder how they film people having a conversation in a car? It's amazingly simple. Filming shots to frighten or shock is explained by using the camera angle in various close-ups and angled maneuvers. Ever wonder how several people in a conversation get `air-time' by having the camera focus in on the character speaking and then focusing out to the next character? These are just a few ways that Kenworthy shows through `storyboard-like' setups in the book, so you can understand how important the placement of the camera is.
Each `shot' is shown with a computer generated flat screen with the characters and the camera shown with arrows for character vs. camera movement. Real movie shots are also shown with them repeated as computer generated clips. Close-ups, background shot emphasis, angles `up or down' on a character or placing a running character in the frame just right, so it appears that you are part of the flight. It's certainly interesting to see just how important camera work is in revealing moods, atmosphere, special effects and more, just by simple clever use of the camera.Read more ›