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#1 Frederico Augusto Ferraz Almeida

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 08:45 AM

Hi folks,

I´d like to know your opinions about the Cinematography Book by Kris Malkiewicz. Is it any good? Is it a good start for a Cinema Student who gets more and more interested in Cinematography?

I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and it´s very expensive over here so I´d like to know what you think of it!

Thanks a lot! :D
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Posted 08 June 2005 - 09:56 AM

I cowrote the new edition. I think it's a good buy, being half that of many other books like Blain Brown's "Cinematography" (a great book but full of expensive color photos...)

It is specifically about 16mm cinematography for the student filmmaker, and an intro into basic cinematography in general. Sort of designed for someone about to shoot a small 16mm production, from start to finish, including some basics on sound and post, plus special shooting situations.

It doesn't cover cinematography as broadly as Brown's book in terms of compositional theory, color theory, or high-end production, nor does it cover video cameras like Ascher's "Filmmakers Handbook" -- but that's why it is shorter and cheaper...

Just make sure you are purchasing the new Third Edition.
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#3 Frederico Augusto Ferraz Almeida

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Posted 08 June 2005 - 11:19 AM

I cowrote the new edition.  I think it's a good buy, being half that of many other books like Blain Brown's "Cinematography" (a great book but full of expensive color photos...)

It is specifically about 16mm cinematography for the student filmmaker, and an intro into basic cinematography in general.  Sort of designed for someone about to shoot a small 16mm production, from start to finish, including some basics on sound and post, plus special shooting situations.

It doesn't cover cinematography as broadly as Brown's book in terms of compositional theory, color theory, or high-end production, nor does it cover video cameras like Ascher's "Filmmakers Handbook" -- but that's why it is shorter and cheaper...

Just make sure you are purchasing the new Third Edition.

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Than You David. I´m looking foward to get it.... There's also "Film Lighting" by the same author and I'll take a look at it too. I'll probably be doing a short movie in 16mm (or digital) and I see now that's exactly what I need to get started.
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Posted 19 June 2005 - 12:15 PM

Amazon has the Third Edition in stock now.
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Posted 19 June 2005 - 12:34 PM

Film Lighting's good if you already know a little about lighting. I would also get "Matters of Light and Depth" by Ross Lowell. I think it's the best lighting book out there for beginners.
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Posted 19 June 2005 - 01:47 PM

I found it very helpful. Also The Filmmaker's Handbook and Film Lighting are good. Between those three books, I breezed through my first year of film school. Another book that I really loved was The Elements of Cinema Toward a Theory of Cinesthetic Impact by Stefan Sharff. It's not an easy read, but it concentrates more on mise en scene, which I think makes it a nice companion to the more technical references.
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Posted 21 July 2005 - 07:59 PM

I bought Cinematography just recently. Finished it so fast. I think it's excellent as a beginning tool.
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Posted 24 July 2005 - 10:31 PM

I got the first edition years ago as a student, and still find reason to review it. The third edition is bound to be better yet.
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 12:24 AM

I have Brown's "cinematography" and it has helped me so much. it's an easy read, and very precise too. I like having the colour images to reference. It helps a lot.
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 09:47 AM

Than You David. I´m looking foward to get it.... There's also "Film Lighting" by the same author and I'll take a look at it too.  I'll probably be doing a short movie in 16mm (or digital) and I see now that's exactly what I need to get started.

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That's a very good book, as well. It's better left until you've learned a little about the process, though. The substance of the book is excerpts of interviews with some top working cinematographers and gaffers, so it's helpful to have a little experience in how things go.
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 10:34 AM

Film Lighting is a great book for beginners, does a good job of covering a wide range of lighting topics (techniques, characteristics of light, power distribution etc).
I was gaffing on a shoot over the weekend. I had my copy in my van and I lent it to a P.A. who looked pretty bored minding a couple production trucks.
He got through about half of it before the end of the day, and then bought it off me for $10 so he could read the rest.
I think I might have created a future Electric =)
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Posted 25 July 2005 - 05:47 PM

ok i have always wanted to be a Cinematographer ever since i picked up a camera but i dont really now how to approach the college aspect of my journey into cinematography so i was wondering if anybody could tell me a good college to go to for Cinematography thank you B)

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#13 Mike Lary

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 06:50 PM

Have you searched the forums? The pros and cons of different film schools have been discussed quite a bit. One of the most important things to nail down is what you need from the school when you graduate. If you want industry contacts that can help you find work making feature films, the list is pretty short.
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Posted 26 July 2005 - 11:16 AM

Have you searched the forums? The pros and cons of different film schools have been discussed quite a bit. One of the most important things to nail down is what you need from the school when you graduate. If you want industry contacts that can help you find work making feature films, the list is pretty short.

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ok i'll do that thanks
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Posted 12 October 2005 - 04:21 AM

I just ordered the 3rd edition of cinematography 2 days ago, being a beginner i'm hoping it will be of help, from what people are saying here it sounds like it will be :D
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