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#1 David Landau

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Posted 12 July 2014 - 07:44 PM

Hello all,

 

I’d like to get the word out about my book, which is coming out this month.

 

I have been teaching lighting at Fairleigh Dickinson University for the past 12 years and while there are some excellent books on cinematography out there, such as Film Lighting and Reflections, I never found one on lighting that was directed towards film students and cinematographers who were lighting with limited resources. My students found those books inspiring but not immediately applicable to what they were doing on the films they were shooting. I started as an AC, then become a best boy, gaffer, video LD and indie cinematographer and worked on so many different kinds of productions with so many different budgets that I was able to developed a course that was a good foundation for young cinematographers to help guide and inspire them to do creative lighting on a budget. Two of my students have gone on to be accepted into the AFI cinematography program while other students of mine are now working as electrics, gaffers, ACs, camera operators and one is a great steadi-cam op.

 

 At a film teachers convention I was approached by an editor from Bloomsbury Press and asked if I would write my class into a craft book that could be used by other colleges and budding DPs. I said I would if she promised they could keep the price down to under $30 – as I know how expensive textbooks can be and how few students will actually buy the expensive ones.  While this means I would get a tiny royalty, I didn’t really care, because I wasn’t doing it for money – but rather as a way to give back. I learned so much from so many, it is our obligation to pass on the art and craft that we learned and love. She agreed.

 

The result is "Lighting for Cinematography: a practical guide to the art and craft of lighting for the moving image", now available from Bloomsbury Press and Amazon. Lighting for Cinematography, the first volume in the new CineTech Guides to the Film Crafts.  Broken down into 14 chapters with exercises at the end of each, the book is designed to help the reader create lighting that supports the emotional moment of the scene and contributes to the atmosphere of the story. Chapters cover such things as lighting for movement, working with windows, night lighting, lighting the three plains of action and non-fiction lighting and include stills and lighting diagrams from indie budget productions.

 

also my website www.lightingforcinematography.com


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#2 James Martin

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 02:15 PM

David

 

Excellent to see a book come out in this under-served field. I may buy it as I am always curious to see how other people do things and I don't believe you can ever learn enough :)

 

James


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#3 David Landau

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Posted 13 July 2014 - 06:25 PM

Thanks James. I hope you enjoy the book and get some ideas from it. I'm sure you'll get a kick from the interviews in the appendix. I asked a wide range of cameramen and gaffers the same questions and used their answers as quotes throughout the book. The first appendix of the book has all their answers, so its fun to compare them. The talented lighting folk who were so generous to share there thoughts with me were

 

David Mullin, ASC – DP, feature films and TV series, IATSE local 600

Peter Stein, ASC – DP, feature films and TV movies, IATSE local 600

Gus Dominguez – Lighting Director, Reality TV, awards and game shows, IATSE local 600

Joseph di Gennaro – DP, low budget feature films, IATSE local 600

Elia Lyssy – DP, documentaries and low budget features

Ray Bribiesca – award winning 60 minutes & 48 hours cameraman, IBEW

Tigre McMullen – gaffer, Reality and Sit-com TV shows, IATSE local 52

Bill O’Leary – gaffer, major Hollywood feature films, IATSE local 52

 

I owe them all.

 

David


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#4 Miguel Angel

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Posted 05 October 2014 - 09:16 PM

Absolutely fantastic!
 

I bought it on the Kindle and read it and I'm waiting for my birthday to get a hardcopy of it! :) 

 

Thank you very much for writing it! 

 

Best.


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#5 David Landau

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Posted 06 October 2014 - 06:18 PM

Thank you Miguel. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and found it useful. Would you be open to posting a review on Amazon.com for the book? I've been told tat the more postive reviews a book has the higher up it appears on the search list on Amazon.  Thanks again.

 

David


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#6 Miguel Angel

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Posted 07 October 2014 - 05:14 PM

You are absolutely right. 

 

I will be posting a review on Amazon for the book next weekend if it is ok? (And if I don't forget doing so!) 

I set up a reminder on my Mac so hopefully I won't forget! :D

 

I will post the review on here if it is ok too? 

 

Have a lovely day. 

 

Kindest regards.


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#7 David Landau

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Posted 09 October 2014 - 10:20 PM

I would love it if you posted a review here as well. Thanks.  Writing that book was a labor of love - for light.


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