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Film Directing: Cinematic Motion

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The book uses extensive illustrations to explain how to create extended sequence shots, elaborate moving camera choreography, and tracking shots with multiple story points.
Paperback, Second Edition, 362 pages
Published May 15th 2004 by Michael Wiese Productions (first published January 15th 1992)
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Excellent follow-up to complement the earlier (and much more well-known) 'Shot by Shot' which Katz also authored. Here, Katz takes the reader further into more advanced topics than in the prior 'basic' volume.

And it's very well-done. See, far too many of these types of manuals are--in spite of themselves--'text-rich'. Talky. As if expounded from a lecturn or a podium.

What they ought to be is more diagrammatic, and visual--as is the style of Steven Katz in his books. 'Shot by Shot' was equal mea
Josh Crawford
Oct 23, 2008 Josh Crawford rated it liked it
Should be retitled as, "Advanced Film Directing Shot by Shot". It seemed like the left out chapters from his first book. Don't get me wrong it's very helpful and worth picking up but, not until you've read his first book.

The in-depth look at staging complicated scenes is very insightful. Each 'phase' is broken down for you: script to-storyboard -to- filming -to- editing, an entire scene.
Michael Winget
Jul 21, 2009 Michael Winget rated it it was amazing
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Pretty essential to anyone who is looking to delve into the world of cinematography or film directing. Great info about shot composition, camera moves, blocking and staging scenes, and making your film look a lot better than the standard youtube fare we all watch. Great read, good resource to keep around.
Feb 14, 2008 Alexa rated it liked it
"No director is tied to any one approach and can all upon either style [realist or expressionistic] to achieve his interpretation of a scene. In fact, all the factors discussed in this chapter are highly flexible. When a director beings to visualize a script, the imagination takes over, and a serious of shots being to emerge. It is not until a production begins that a direct is required to consider the practicality of any give staging approach. This is when a director learns to be flexible, to c ...more
Michel Boto
Feb 11, 2015 Michel Boto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The chapter on digital story boarding software wasn't really necessary and felt a bit tacked-on. Reading the description before buying, I was also skeptical about film industry interviews rather than having those pages dedicated to more hypothetical stagings. But I actually found them interesting to read and wished he had included more discussions and less information about how many great applications I can design storyboards with.
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