Cinematography: Theory and Practice
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Cinematography: Theory and Practice

For Cinematographers and Directors

Blain Brown

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eBook - ePub

Cinematography: Theory and Practice

For Cinematographers and Directors

Blain Brown

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This book covers both the artistry and craftsmanship of cinematography and visual storytelling. Few art forms are as tied to their tools and technology as is cinematography. Take your mastery of these new tools, techniques, and roles to the next level with this cutting-edge roadmap from author and filmmaker Blain Brown.

This 4th edition has been thoroughly updated throughout to include detailed information on the latest lighting and camera equipment, as well as expanded and updated discussion on the following areas: shooting on a budget, color spaces with emphasis on the new UHD standards, the decision-making process in choosing what lights and equipment to use, considerations concerning power issues, safety and what electrical supply is needed for various types of lights, an examination of the cinematographer's role in preproduction, and much more.

Topics Include:

• Visual storytelling

• Continuity and coverage

• Cameras and digital sensors

• The tools and basics of film lighting

• Methods of shooting a scene

• Continuity and coverage

• Exposure

• Color

• Understanding digital images

• Using linear, gamma, and log video

• Image control and grading on the set

• Data management and the DIT

• Optics and focus

• Camera movement

• Set operations

• Green screen, high speed, and other topics.Whether you are a student of filmmaking, someone just breaking into the business, working in the field and looking to move up the ladder, or an experienced filmmaker updating your knowledge of tools and techniques, this book provides both the artistic background of visual language and also the craft of shooting for continuity, lighting tools and methods, and the technical side of capturing images on digital or on film.

The companion website ( features additional material, including lighting demonstrations, basic methods of lighting, methods of shooting a scene, using diffusion, and other topics.

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Page numbers in italics refer to figures. Page numbers in bold refer to tables.
.75ND filter 235
1D LUT 228, 230
1K Fresnel lights (babies) 252, 252, 298
1.2K HMIs 249
1.8K HMI PAR 249
2K Fresnel lights (juniors) 252, 252, 291
2K receivers 336, 339, 340
3D LUT 228, 229, 230–231
3-to-2 connector 436, 444
3-to-2 pulldown 471
4K video 98, 100
5K Fresnel lights 252
6K HMIs 248–249, 334
8K HMIs 248–249
8K UHD 98
9 Lite FAY 292, 293
9½ Weeks 43, 73, 278
10K Fresnel lights 252
12/3 446
12K HMIs 248, 331, 442
18% gray 130, 132, 134, 149, 185–186
18K HMIs 246, 248
20% rule 59–60, 59
20K Fresnel lights 249, 252
30° rule 59–60, 59
42 346
80 series cooling filters 232, 233 , 238
81 series warming filters 232, 238
84 Charlie Mopic 79, 79
85 series warming filters 232, 233 , 238
90% gray card 130
180° line see action axis
360° cameras 475
1917 94, 94, 254
2001: A Space Odyssey 93, 93
AbelCine resolution test chart 136
Academy Color...

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Citation styles for Cinematography: Theory and Practice

APA 6 Citation

Brown, B. (2021). Cinematography: Theory and Practice (4th ed.). Taylor and Francis. Retrieved from (Original work published 2021)

Chicago Citation

Brown, Blain. (2021) 2021. Cinematography: Theory and Practice. 4th ed. Taylor and Francis.

Harvard Citation

Brown, B. (2021) Cinematography: Theory and Practice. 4th edn. Taylor and Francis. Available at: (Accessed: 15 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Brown, Blain. Cinematography: Theory and Practice. 4th ed. Taylor and Francis, 2021. Web. 15 Oct. 2022.