Best Cinematography Books

1. From Still to Motion: A photographer's guide to creating video with your DSLR

by James Ball, Robbie Carman, Matt Gottshalk, Richard Harrington

With the arrival of high-definition video-enabled DSLR cameras, photographers are faced with an opportunity for creativity and a competitive edge in their field unlike anything theyâÄôve experienced before. Add to that the expanding demands from a video-hungry audience and itâÄôs no longer a matter of if you are going to add video to your repertoire of skills, itâÄôs when. Here to guide you in a thorough exploration of the video-making process âÄî from…»

2. In the Blink of an Eye Revised 2nd Edition

by Walter Murch

In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought -- provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question -- Why do cuts work? -- Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria…»

3. Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers

by Blain Brown

Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.…»

4. Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen

by Steve Katz

A complete catalogue of motion picture techniques for filmmakers. It concentrates on the 'storytelling' school of filmmaking, utilizing the work of the great stylists who established the versatile vocabulary of technique that has dominated the moviessince 1915. This graphic approach includes comparisons of style by interpreting a 'model script', created for the book, in storyboard form. Film Directing Shot by Shot offers a good introduction to the…»

5. Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Express 4

by Diana Weynand

The only Apple-certified guide to Final Cut Express 4, this book delivers the techniques you need to make movie magic with DV, HDV, or AVCHD footage. Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of video editing and finishing, with hands-on projects to complete as you go. All the files you need are on the included DVD-ROM. YouâÄôll learn how to make effective edits and adjust them precisely; create polished transitions and sophisticated composites;…»

6. The After Effects Illusionist: All the Effects in One Complete Guide

by Chad Perkins

Covers CS4This cookbook contains recipe after recipe that allow you to harness the full power of the native plug-in effects in the After Effects application. In a step-by-step manner, author Chad Perkins guides you through the creation and application of each and every native plug-in effect available for use in the AE toolset. The book also shows you how each can be used optimally in your media project, when and why it makes sense to use each, and also how…»

7. The Visual Story, Second Edition: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media

by Bruce Block

If you can't make it to one of Bruce Block's legendary visual storytelling seminars, then you need his book! Now in full color for the first time, this best-seller offers a clear view of the relationship between the story/script structure and the visual structure of a film, video, animated piece, or video game. You'll learn how to structure your visuals as carefully as a writer structures a story or a composer structures music. Understanding visual…»

8. Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema

by David Sonnenschein

With sound becoming more important in cinema exhibition and DVD release, Sound Design offers user-friendly knowledge and stimulating exercises to help compose a story, develop characters and create emotion through skillful creation of the sound track. Psychoacoustics, music theory, voice study and analysis of well-known films expand perception, imagination and the musical skills of the reader. Psychoacoustics, music theory, and voice study are covered…»

9. Motion Picture and Video Lighting, Second Edition

by Blain Brown

Motion Picture and Video Lighting, Second Edition, is the indispensable guide to film and video lighting. Written by the author of the industry bible Cinematography, this book explores technical, aesthetic, and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. It will show you not only how to light, but why. Written by an experienced professional, this comprehensive book explores light and color theory, equipment, and techniques to make every scene look…»

10. The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques

by Joseph V. Mascelli

With the aid of photographs and diagrams, this text concisely presents concepts and techniques of motion picture camerawork and the allied areas of film-making with which they interact with and impact. Included are discussions on: cinematic time and space; compositional rules; and types of editing.»

11. The Eye Is Quicker: Film Editing: Making a Good Film Better

by Richard D Pepperman

The most comprehensive book on the principles, methods, and strategies vital to the creative art of film editing.»

12. Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, Third Edition

by Jay Rose

Make your film or video project sound as good as it looks with this complete training course by audio guru Jay Rose. You get hundreds of professional, real-world techniques that you can employ from preproduction through the final mix. This is a solution-oriented guide with FAQs, how-tos, tips, and time savers. You'll get a primer on how sound and digital audio work as well as technical setups, guidelines, and real solutions for:* budgeting, scheduling, and…»

13. Painting With Light

by John Alton

Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impact on the cinematic medium as John Alton. Best known for his highly stylized film noir classics T-Men, He Walked by Night, and The Big Combo, Alton earned a reputation during the 1940s and 1950s as one of Hollywood's consummate craftsmen through his visual signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beams of light. No less renowned for his virtuoso color cinematography and deft appropriation of widescreen and…»

14. Cinematography: Third Edition

by Kris Malkiewicz, M. David Mullen

The Essential Guide to the Cameraman's CraftSince its initial publication in 1973, Cinematography has become the guidebook for filmmakers. Based on their combined fifty years in the film and television industry, authors Kris Malkiewicz and M. David Mullen lay clear and concise groundwork for basic film techniques, focusing squarely on the cameraman's craft. Readers will then learn step-by-step how to master more advanced techniques in postproduction,…»

15. How Video Works, Second Edition: From Analog to High Definition

by Marcus Weise

How Video Works has been a bible for professionals in the video world since 1985. It offers easy to understand explanations of the entire world of video. A complete guide from analog video to all the new digital technologies, including HD, compression, and encoding. This book is a must-have for any broadcast or video production department. It is also perfect for the new video technician or non-tech creative professional who is just beginning to discover…»

16. Adobe After Effects CS4 Visual Effects and Compositing Studio Techniques

by Mark Christiansen

This is the only book in the After Effects market to focus exclusively on the creation of visual effects, and is a one-stop resource for anyone who wants in-depth explanations that demystify the realm of visual effects and how they were created, thanks to veteran author Mark Christiansen's friendly and accessible style. A thoroughly packed, informative read, this masterful guide focuses on explaining the essential concepts, features, and techniques that…»

17. Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook

by Jason Osder, Robbie Carman

Today's digital production tools empower the small team to produce multimedia projects that formerly required large teams. Orchestrating a production requires more than proficiency with the postproduction tools. Final Cut Pro Workflows: The Independent Studio Handbook offers a cookbook of postproduction workflows that teams can follow to deliver an array of products to their clients. It describes appropriate postproduction workflows, team roles and…»

18. The Film Director Prepares: A Practical Guide to Directing for Film and TV

by Myrl A. Schreibman

âÄ¢ Insider author gives no-nonsense advice âÄ¢ Required reading for film students, educators, anyone interested in film From script analysis to post production, here is the all-inclusive guide to directing for film and television. Written by noted director-producer Myrl Schreibman, The Film Director Prepares offers practical insights on filmmaking, using real-life examples directors wonâÄôt learn in school. With topics including working with actors, using the…»

19. Video Production Handbook, Fourth Edition

by Gerald Millerson C.Eng MIEE MSMPTE, Jim Owens

Techniques matter! Great ideas don't automatically translate into great programs. It's not enough simply to show what is going on. The way you present your subject will influence how your audience responds. You need to choose your picture and sound carefully, to convey your ideas in an interesting, persuasive way. This book will show you how. Video Production Handbook shows the full production process, from inception of idea to final distribution. The book…»

20. Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video

by Gael Chandler

Learn how skilled editors can turn raw footage into polished art for film, television, or web. With practical project guidelines and advice on organizing digital and film cutting rooms, and much more.»

21. Refocus: Cutting-Edge Strategies to Evolve Your Video Business

by Ron Dawson, Tasra Dawson

Forewords by David Hebel, Founder & CEO, Digital Juice, Inc. and Steve Weiss, Partner, ZacutoDo you want to stand out in todayâÄôs competitive wedding, corporate, and event video markets? To be paid what youâÄôre worth for the creative work you produce? To find an extra two hours a day to pursue your passion? To get out from under the backlog of unfinished projects? If the answer is âÄúyes,âÄù then this book was written for you. Read a few pages and youâÄôll find…»

22. Photography, Cinema, Memory: The Crystal Image of Time

by Damian Sutton

Cinema and photography are both intimately associated with timeâÄîcinema with time in passing, the photograph with the lost moment. In Photography, Cinema, Memory, Damian Peter Sutton explores time in both media to present a radical new understanding of the photographic image as always coming into being. Drawing on Gilles DeleuzeâÄôs concept of the crystal image to move beyond the tropes of immobility, stasis, and death, SuttonâÄôs analysis reveals the open-…»