I can only recommend this book by David Bordwell. It is certainly the most important book on setting up shots that I have ever read and has helped me immensely by clearly presenting an alternative to the typical shooting-by-numbers (master-medium-close-up) that most films unfortunately use.
He analyzes the work of 4 directors (Louis Feuillade, Mizoguchi Kenji, Theo Angelopoulos and Hou Hsiao-Hsien) who all use very long shots and minimize cutting in their films to create a very distinct style. He gives lots of picture examples, first setting the scene and then explaining how the shot unfolds and how these directors use staging (as opposed to cutting) to tell their story.
Figures Traced in Light by David Bordwell
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