The Elements of Cinema
Beginning with the proposition that there exist uniquely cinematic elements of meaning and structure, Stefan Sharff clearly and systematically lays the foundation for "literacy" in cinema -- a sensitivity to the aesthetic elements intrinsic only to film. Sharff presents the basic elements of structure, modes of expression, and rules which he argues create a specific "langu...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published October 22nd 1982 by Columbia University Press
(first published October 15th 1982)
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This book prescribes and analyzes exactly what you'd expect: elements of cinema as 1982 film theorists understood and agreed upon it. Probably an essential or, at least, crucial read for film/cinema newbies. A balance of insightful and digestible; practical and theoretical.
For the novice wanting to learn more about the constructive elements of cinema should check out this book! It is short, sweet and to the point. There are also scene break-downs for those looking for that extra help on how to determine screen shots.