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#1 Matt Willett

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 03:06 PM

I am looking for a book and video to give to my girlfriend who is very passionate about learning cinematography, but has no experience or knowledge of where to start. What would be recommended to introduce her to this without being overwhelmed. I am basically looking for something like a "Cinematography Guide For Dummies" or something that can start with the basics of how a camera even works and goes from there unto actual technique. I appreciate any information you can give me ASAP as I would like to get her a book.
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#2 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 04:27 PM

While I believe the book that Kris Malkiewicz and I wrote ("Cinematography: The Third Edition") is a good intro into shooting film, designed around a basic 16mm production class, I think Blain Brown's "Cinematography" may be better for your girlfriend, having nicer illustrations (color!) and covering broader issues.
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#3 David Calson

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Posted 06 January 2008 - 08:46 PM

I would get more than one book and add on top of that "Film Lighting" and "the 5 C's of Cinematography". Those books saved my life.
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Posted 06 January 2008 - 11:54 PM

I've got a number of books listed at www.whatireallywanttodo.com. Just click on "Additional Resources" for books, internet sites and workshops that may be of interest to her.

Good luck!
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#5 Patrick McGowan

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 12:36 AM

I would second Blain Brown's "Cinematography" because the book starts with composition and visual design and then moves on to more technical aspects. Visual design elements are important for any aspiring cinematographer to learn.

Has anyone noticed in that book Brown always writes "she" rather than "she or he" to describe pretty much any person? It's interesting.

Edited by Patrick McGowan, 07 January 2008 - 12:38 AM.

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