The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition
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This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them.
Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker's Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for your shots.
After a short introduction to basic principles, a variety of shots are deconstructed in the following format:
- Why It Works: an introduction to a particular type of shot
- How It Works: callouts point out exactly how the shot works the way it does--the visual rules and technical aspects in action
- Technical Considerations: the equipment and techniques needed to get the shot.
- Breaking the Rules: examples where the "rules" are brilliant subverted
- Helps you make smart visual choices with this quick, focused, and visual guide to cinematic composition.
- Shows you how to master the rules, then break them.
- Includes examples and discussions from a range of international films.
also allow you to capture footage at a 24p, or progressive, frame rate, instead of the standard 30 interlaced frames per second (actually, 29.97 frames per second) which was the only choice for shooting SD video in the past. Shooting at 24p allows the footage to have the same motion artifacts, or degree of blurriness, we have been conditioned to see as “normal” when watching films, since they are also shot at 24 frames per second. Watching side by side identical footage of video shot at 24p and
core ideas explored in this film within a single image. Technical Considerations Lenses The size of this shot normally showcases both a character and the immediate area, so your lens choice should take into account the kind of spatial relationship you want to establish between them. For instance, you might want to create a medium shot that makes the location visible behind the subject look as if it is far away in the background; in this case, you could use a wide angle lens, since it can
1979. Emblematic Shot Emblematic shots have the power to communicate abstract, complex, and associative ideas with compositions that reveal special connections between visual elements in the frame. Emblematic shots can “tell a story” with a single image, conveying ideas that are generally greater than the sum of their parts. Audiences watching Luke Skywalker looking at the twin suns of Tatooine in George Lucas' Star Wars (1977), get more out of that shot than the literal content of the
in the background, which remains consistently out of focus whether the zoom lens is set to a wide angle (at the beginning of the shot) or a telephoto setting (at the end). A classic use of the dolly zoom shot is to underline a character's sudden realization that something is wrong, as seen in this example from D.J. Caruso's Taking Lives (2004). why it works The unusual change in perspective produced by a dolly zoom can visualize a meaningful moment or situation, indicating to the audience
will give you more options to set up the camera (for instance, to place the camera close to the ground, or provide you with enough support to let you operate heavier cameras for longer periods of time). The use of large preview monitors to let operators gauge the composition and focus of the shot at a glance is imperative, since they will also have to use their peripheral vision or a spotter (an assistant that guides the operator, especially when walking backwards) to safely walk or even run