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

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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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2010 by Focal Press
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James Hill
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
Kartik Singh
Sep 21, 2015 Kartik Singh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film
Great book. Lots of lessons for beginners or advanced students of filmmaking. I love the selection of films used as examples. If one were to simply watch all these films, they would get a very balanced view of world cinema and all the possibilities it offers. There are plenty of titles here I haven't seen, and I look forward to catching up with them.

For me, it was a nice refresher on lenses and how choosing them contributes greatly to what the audience feels and perceives.

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Feb 10, 2013 David rated it really liked it
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.
Muhd F Wajdie
Apr 05, 2016 Muhd F Wajdie rated it it was amazing
Bagi pembikin fiem, penting untuk memahami akan maksud di sebalik setiap komposisi shot. Buku ini patut diterjemahkan dalam bahasa melayu agar para penggiat industri kreatif negaraku berhenti membuat drama 'ganja' yang saban hari mematikan pemikiran masyarakat. Tidak ada alasan lagi bagi penerbit yang menghasilkan visual ala kadar(sebab duit berkepok-kepok sudah dalam tangan). Zaman tidur sudah berakhir. Sudah lama kita tidak menyaksikan filem/drama yang berbentuk "art house cinema' atau sinema ...more
Mar 08, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katherine by:
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
Feb 01, 2014 Joe rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 08, 2015 Richard rated it it was amazing
Shelves: film
Absolutely fantastic book. It no easy task to make wha is fundamentally a handbook, such a pleasure to read.
Gabriel Huerta
Dec 24, 2012 Gabriel Huerta rated it it was amazing
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 liked it  ·  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
May 18, 2012 J Ryan rated it really liked it

Good read and very informative. Highly recommended for aspiring filmmakers and videographers. -@theMDXP
Hovhannes Gulyan
Nov 10, 2014 Hovhannes Gulyan rated it really liked it
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Very informative and technical book on filmaking. The most interesting is analysis of scenes from movies.
Oct 06, 2015 Rodrigo added it
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La primera parte interesante, luego se vuelve demasiado técnico a nivel de planos.
Arijit Saha
Sep 30, 2015 Arijit Saha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A perfect book for learning various shots and their cinematic aesthetics.
Dec 28, 2012 Hernán rated it it was amazing
This book is a teacher. Very resourceful. I would read it again.
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