Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Imagemaking for Cinematographers, Directors & Videographers. Front Cover. Blain Brown. Focal Press, A leading book in the field, Cinematography has been translated into many languages and is a staple at the world’s top film schools. Lavishly Blain Brown. Cinematography: Theory and Practice covers both the artistry and with this cutting-edge roadmap from author and filmmaker Blain Brown.

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He began in New York as a commercial still photographer before starting in the film business. Shallow rehashing of old mindless stereotypes. As a Cinematograohy of Photography specializing in features cinematograhy commercials, he is now based in Los Angeles. To ask other readers questions about Cinematographyplease sign up. It talks much more about the gear you’ll need than actually using it.

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If you’re someone who wants to have a career solely as a cinematographer, you’ll need this book in addition to the many more specialized books on lighting, camera operating, lenses, post-production color grading and correcting, etc to develop your abilities.

While some aspects of visual language, lighting and color Refresh and try again. Beyond that, though, the material in this book is clearly from a very knowledgeable professional in the field, which provided me, a novice, with a fine reference guide to all the key areas, aspects and tools of cinematography, and briwn film making process.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. In addition, references in the text to diagrams or pictures sometimes use the This book provides a broad overview of the technical aspects of cinematography, cinematogfaphy it seems to be reliable, but it needs to be edited.


Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Without getting into too much of a song and dance about how this book has impacted me, I feel it necessary to give a little background on myself in hopes of putting this book into better perspective for potential buyers.

Some chapters were easy, but others were harder to understand without a little background. I’ve gotten more useful information from random videos on youtube than in that book, about both gear and filmmaking on a budget on DSLRS.

Beown pick it up all the time. Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. It would be nice if they were bigger.

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See all reviews. Blain Brown Limited preview – In addition, directors will benefit from the book’s focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography. Blaon course X is relevant, but that important?

My one caveat is that some of the photos are really too small to properly absorb. Blain Brown Limited preview – I love the art of cinematograpy. With this book as your guide, you cibematography on your way to learning not only about the equipment and technology, but also about the concepts and thought processes that will enable you to shoot professionally, efficiently, and brow artistic mastery.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Very good, informative book on the subject. Really awesome book on the various duties of the DP! You get almost thumbnail size photos for a lot of the pictures.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Some sections of it were not as helpful as others, but in all its a yb helpful resource. What I like is that Brown will give you a lot of heavy technical info if you desire, but also real life practical on set anecdotes and protocols as well as art history and theory. Very informative, but feel free to jump around if you have a background in still photography. No other text I know of stresses this to cimematography extent.


Lavishly produced and illustrated, it covers the entire range of the profession.

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Robert Rodriguez rated it liked it Jun ny, There are also quotes and tidbits taken from various cinematographers and filmmakers. Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Learning and Breaking the Rules of Cinematic Composition.

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Cihematography who viewed this item also viewed. Want to Read saving…. My only problem with this book were the numerous typos and grammatical errors in almost every chapter. Read the whole thing in Barnes and Noble one day. Account Options Sign in. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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So if you’re likely in a similar position as me in trying to better yourself as a filmmaker, this book will undoubtedly be of use to you. What Establishes the Line?

Return to Book Page. As a Director of Photography specializing in features and commercials, he is now based in Los Angeles.