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The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  118 ratings  ·  8 reviews
This is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them.
Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, The Filmmaker's Eye is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Focal Press
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James A.
This book is not bad; as a matter of fact, the information in it is actually quite useful, once you know how to use it. The main flaw of this book is its subtitle. When I read "learning (and breaking) the rules of cinematic composition," I got the impression that this book would be about the principles of design and elements of visual composition as applied to cinema. What the book covers instead are different types of shots and how they are typically used in a film and then how a particular fil...more
a very interesting book detailing the various angles filmmakers use with many examples and illustrations. Similar to camera angles, this book also details the light setting, lens, etc that can be used on various application. Good book that can be referenced as both filmmakers and camera users.
Mar 08, 2012 Katherine rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Excellent, extremely instructive book. I'm glad I figured out how to request an interlibrary loan in the NYPL system for it. It was recommended in an email newsletter I think from, one of the photographers we actually considered for our wedding and whose style I admire quite a bit. The theme of the newsletter was studying composition and they said to read this book and look to film as a place for interesting compositions and inspiration.

So even with that intent of getting educate...more
This little book is filled with wonderful examples of each type of basic camera shot. The "breaking the rules" examples provide a nice counterpoint. A thought provoking, recommended read for beginning and intermediate film makers.
Gabriel Huerta
Fantástico libro para cualquier persona que le guste el cine y que quiera estar atrás de una cámara. Aunque no fui fan de la parte tecnica, los ejemplos de como lograr y romper las reglas de la composición cinematográfica lo hace muy interesante y hasta hace que quieras ver toda una película de nuevo por tan solo una toma.
Apr 10, 2012 Luisa rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: amateur cinematographers/filmmakers
Recommended to Luisa by: a friend
It has a lot of good advice about composition rules and what for is every shot possible, but it is very repetitive and very general, it is good for amateurs.
J Ryan

Good read and very informative. Highly recommended for aspiring filmmakers and videographers. -@theMDXP
This book is a teacher. Very resourceful. I would read it again.
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