Cinematography

Cinematography

Since its initial publication in 1973, CINEMATOGRAPHY has become the standard guidebook on filmmaking techniques that emphasizes the cameraman's craft. Now completely revised and updated to include today's digital technology, it clearly and concisely covers what today's filmmaker needs to know about camera structure and operation, lenses, film stocks, filters, lighting and light measuring, and accessory equipment. In addition it provides up-to-date information on sound recording, editing, video transfer, studio and location shooting, production logistics, and modern techniques of picture manipulation with optical printers - a subject rarely treated in such detail in existing film books. Building on the groundwork he lays, Kris Malkiewicz explores more advanced techniques of overall picture quality control - now the filmmaker can translate the envisaged image to the screen through coordinating all aspects of cinematography.
As Malkiewicz explains, whatever concept is desired, the filmmaker must be in full control of the technology in order to ensure success. Illustrated with more than 350 updated photographs and drawings, this new third edition of CINEMATOGRAPHY will continue to prove invaluable to filmmakers, film students and film teachers.
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  • Touchstone | 
  • 272 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781439105627 | 
  • December 2009
List Price £11.49

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Chapter 1

CAMERAS

The cinematographer's most basic tool is the motion-picture camera. This piece of precision machinery comprises scores of coordinated functions, each of which demands understanding and care if the camera is to produce the best and most consistent results. The beginning cameraman's goal should be to become thoroughly familiar and comfortable with the camera's operation, so that he can concentrate on the more creative aspects of cinematography.

This chapter must cover many isolated bits of practical information. However, once the reader has become familiar with camera operation he will be able to move... see more

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About the Author

Kris Malkiewicz

Kris J. Malkiewicz, author of the classic work Cinematography, is a graduate of the prestigious Polish State Film Academy. He helped to design the film department of the California Institute of the Arts and taught film at the Film Division of The Polytechnic in London, England.

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