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Book Title: Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen|
The author of the book: Steven D. Katz
Edition: Michael Wiese Productions
Date of issue: July 31st 1991
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 689 KB
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Reader ratings: 5.3
ISBN 13: 9780941188104
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Read this as a novice film maker while directing/ producing my first short film. I really appreciated the technical depth- had picked up several volumes intended for beginning film makers, and this one was most useful as it went beyond the basics.
Certain aspects of directing are fairly intuitive, or are arrived at after some experience and trial and error. It’s extremely instructive to discover techniques, independently of indirectly-acquired book knowledge, while working on a project. At this early stage in my film making ventures, I want to experiment and be as creative as realistically possible, and I was concerned that reading a book like this might solidify and limit my notions of what I could do.
However, as it turned out, I was glad to have this book at hand to accelerate my process of insight formation. It’s filled with descriptions of techniques that have been arrived at throughout the history of film making, and acquaints the reader with formal terminology and definitions. It’s true that in many cases, one is limited by equipment and physical and budgetary constraints, and the book discussed ways of working within such boundaries, based on knowledge distilled from a wealth of experience accumulated by others who’ve trodden the path.
The approach taken was simultaneously very practical and theoretical- each sub-section presented the reader with challenges or objectives (e.g. create a certain mood for a scene, portray the characters a certain way), and listed the principle ways in which this could be accomplished. When planning how to direct a shoot, I start with an intuitive idea of how I could achieve my objectives, and pursue the most likely strategy. That’s a natural and acceptable way of going about it. However, having a manual like this to consult allows me to explore possibilities that I might not have considered or imagined otherwise.
Content covered included the sequence and composition of shots, choreography of actors and the camera, and transitions, and chapters were generously illustrated with excerpts from real screenplays, annotated diagrams, photos, and stills, which made concepts clear and immediately graspable. I particularly enjoyed the aesthetically-pleasing quality of the visuals, with gorgeous set sketches and storyboards from productions like Citizen Kane and Empire of the Sun- inspiring as well as informative.
The concepts and terms are pretty detailed (from my perspective)- at points, I was tempted to just skim the pages, so it took some concentration and dedication to read through the examples thoroughly, study the diagrams, and digest the tips properly. In every case though, the effort was worth it.
Engrossing historical information about the use and development of techniques and technology- set design, art direction, conventions in framing, perspective, focus, camera movement, and so on- was provided in just the right quantity and level of detail- not too involved and distracting, but enough to gain deeper understanding of how the field came to be the way it is today. Influential personalities- pioneers in departments such as illustration, direction and sound- are mentioned for their valuable contributions.
In my June 1991 print version of the book, my main criticism was with the layout of some sections- figures were placed several pages after the corresponding text, such that figures that appeared next to the text on a given page were meant to illustrate concepts mentioned some pages before. In most cases, I saw little reason for this displeasing arrangement- except lack of care from the page layout artists.
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