Synopses & Reviews
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 your shots. This book has struck a chord worldwide and is being translated into several languages
After a short introduction to basic principles, a variety of shots are deconstructed in the following format:
- Why It Works: an introduction to a particular type of shot
- How It Works: callouts point out exactly how the shot works the way it does--the visual rules and technical aspects in action
- Technical Considerations: the equipment and techniques needed to get the shot.
- Breaking the Rules: examples where the "rules" are brilliant subverted
* Make smart visual choices with this quick, focused, and visual guide to cinematic composition.
* Shows you how to master the rules, then break them.
* Includes examples and discussions from a range of international films.
This book shows aspiring filmmakers the rules of image composition--and how to break them--with beautiful, full-color examples and a sleek, elegant design.
"Mercado's book is a great resource for aspiring cinematographers. Using a brilliant selection of images, both classic and contemporary, he eloquently analyzes the conception and execution of a shot. Most important, he manages to explain how to achieve an aesthetically beautiful image, while giving equal weight to the powerful role of cinematography in portraying the characters and telling the story." - Florian Ballhaus, cinematographer (The Devil Wears Prada, Marley and Me, Flightplan)
"Gustavo Mercado's beautiful book reveals the inner workings of the basic shots that create the cinematic experience. He reveals how visuals communicate to an audience. If you're a novice filmmaker or a seasoned professional, this book will broaden your visual horizons." - Bruce Block, film producer, author of The Visual Story, and visual consultant whose credits include The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give, Stuart Little, and Pretty in Pink
Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, "The Filmmaker's Eye" is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows filmmakers how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for their shots.
Table of Contents
finding the frame 1
principles of composition and technique concepts 6
image system 21
extreme close up 29
close up 35
medium close up 41
medium shot 47
medium long shot 53
long shot 59
extreme long shot 65
over the shoulder shot 71
establshing shot 77
subjective shot 83
two shot 89
group shot 95
canted shot 101
emblematic shot 107
abstract shot 113
macro shot 119
zoom shot 125
pan shot 131
tilt shot 137
dolly shot 143
dolly zoom shot 149
tracking shot 155
Steadicam shot 161
crane shot 167
sequence shot 173