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Film Directing, Cinematic Motion: A Workshop for Staging Scenes
Film Directing, Cinematic Motion
A Workshop for Staging Scenes
Paperback      ISBN: 0941188140

The follow up to Steven Katz's best-selling 'shot by shot'...an essential book for both seasoned and novice filmakers. Thes success of any film is greatly dependent on how the scenes can best be shot, and how soon they can be completed. Ultimately it is up to the director to find the answer to these questions. Knowing how to get all your camera setups within the day's shooting schedule comes from experience, experience which ultimately affects a director's creative success. Film Directing, Cinematic Motion is a staging and blocking guide with 24 basic variations covering many dialogue and dramatic situations. Unique to this apporach is the practical evaluation of each staging strategy from the production point of view. The book includes interviews with well-known professionals who comment on the practical aspects of production. John Sayles writer/director] Van Ling special effects, Terminator 2] Dusty Smith key group] Ralph Singleton producer] Harold Michelson art director] Allen Daviau ASC cinematographer] Steven D. Katz is the author of the best-selling book Film Directing Shot-by Shot. Katz, a filmaker with 20 years experience, has worked as an editor, director and writer. book. he has recently created techniques for animating storyboards on Macintosh computers.

Movies and Methods, Volume 1: Vol. I
Movies and Methods, Volume 1
Vol. I
Paperback      ISBN: 0520031512

Film teachers and students will welcome this new anthology, which makes available in one source a comprehensive selection of recent theoretical work on film, including many articles difficult to locate in the scattered literature. The contents are drawn almost entirely from the publications of the past fifteen years, and include work by the most original film thinkers--some well known to a wide public, some widely known among readers of film journals. Several important filmmakers are also represented.

David Lynch
David Lynch
Paperback      ISBN: 1842432257

Internationally renowned, David Lynch is America's premier purveyor of the surreal; an artist whose work in cinema and television has exposed the world to his highly personalized view of society. Examining Lynch's entire body of work--from the cult surrealism of his debut feature Eraserhead to his latest mystery Inland Empire--this book considers the themes, motifs, and stories behind his incredible works. In Lynch's world the mundane and the fantastical collide, often with terrifying consequences. It is a place where the abnormal is normal, the respectable becomes sinister, where innocence is lost, redemption gained at a terrible price, and where there's always music in the air. From the deserts of a distant world to an ordinary backyard, at the breakneck speed of Lost Highway or the sedate determination of The Straight Story, readers will experience amateur sleuths, messiahs, giants and dwarves, chanteuses, psychopaths, cherry pie, and damn fine coffee.

Beginner's Guide to Animation
Beginner's Guide to Animation
Paperback      ISBN: 0823099229

Got a digital camera, basic software, and a computer? You're good to go
- A complete toolbox for creating 2D and stop-motion movies - Includes ready-to-scan templates plus tips, shortcuts, and more - Great for YouTube fans and everyone who loves animated movies
To beginners, making an animated movie can seem like voodoo magic. And in fact, until recently, animation was expensive and time-consuming. But now, now, with the help of Beginner's Guide to Animation, anyone can make animated movies, using a digital camera, basic software, and a computer. The book begins with an illustrated guide to setting up a simple animation studio at home, including a list of essential items. Then new animators hit the ground running with six innovative, instructive projects designed to develop technical skills and explore the potential of animation. A full collection of scannable templates make it even easier to get started and to finish up. Tips, tricks, and clear instructions on editing, scoring, even making your own show reels and shorts make this the complete one-volume guide to amazing friends and family-and everyone on YouTube -with great I-made-it-myself animation.

The Art of Dreamworks Animation
The Art of Dreamworks Animation
Hardcover      ISBN: 1419711660

Founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg, and David Geffen, DreamWorks Animation instantly became a world-renowned animation studio with blockbuster franchises including Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda. Though its earliest films, such as The Prince of Egypt, feature traditional hand-drawn cel animation, DreamWorks soon forayed into claymation with Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit, and pioneered advanced computer animation with films such as Antz, Shark Tale, and How to Train Your Dragon.
Brimming with concept art, preproduction designs, and char-acter sketches, DreamWorks Animation marks the studio's 20th anniversary and offers unprecedented behind-the-scenes access into its archives. An introduction by DreamWorks cofounder Katzenberg provides insider perspective on the studio's most popular films, as does running commentary from artists and direc-tors on all of DreamWorks' 30 films to date.

Hitchcock's Notebooks: An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock's Notebooks
An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock
Hardcover      ISBN: 0380977834

From a couple racing across the top of Mount Rushmore to a woman's final shower at an isolated motel, no other filmmaker has given movie fans more unforgettable images or heart-pounding thrills than Alfred Hitchcock. Now for the first time, you can finally share in the Master of Suspense's inspiration and development -- his entire creative process -- in Hitchcock's Notebooks.

With the complete cooperation of the Hitchcock estate and unprecedented access to the director's notes, files, and archives, Dan Auiler takes you from the very beginnings of story creation to the master's final touches during post-production. Actual production notes from Hitchcock's masterpieces join detailed interviews with key production personnel, including writers, actors and actresses, and his personal assistant of more than thirty years.

Mirroring the director's working methods to give you the actual feel of his process, the book explores the production files of Shadow Of A Doubt, Strangers On A Train, North By Northwest, and others, as well as the legendary lost works: The Mountain Eagle and the unfinished film Kaleidoscope. Highlighted by nearly one hundred photographs and illustrations, chapters focus on finding and constructing the right story (featuring interviews with such renowned screenwriters as Charles Bennett, Samuel Taylor, and Ernest Lehman); envisioning the film (from storyboards to set design); the filming (spotlighting Hitchcock's innovations and trick shots); music; and much more.

No fan or film student should be without this definitive guide to the renowned filmaker's art.

Behind the Cameras: Minnesotans in the Movies
Behind the Cameras
Minnesotans in the Movies
Paperback      ISBN: 1932472533

Rolf Canton explores the careers of Minnesotans who have worked behind the scenes in the movie industry. Canton draws from many sources to flesh out the film careers and the Minnesota connections of the talented individuals who make movies happen.

The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty Dv Production
The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide
A Down & Dirty Dv Production
Paperback      ISBN: 0240809351

So you want to make a documentary, but think you don't have a lot of time, money, or experience? It's time to get down and dirty Down and dirty is a filmmaking mindset. It's the mentality that forces you to be creative with your resources. It's about doing more with less. Get started NOW with this book and DVD set, a one-stop shop written by a guerrilla filmmaker, for guerrilla filmmakers. You will learn how to make your project better, faster, and cheaper. The pages are crammed with 500 full-color pictures, tips from the pros, resources, checklists and charts, making it easy to find what you need fast.

The DVD includes:
* Video and audio tutorials, useful forms, and interviews with leading documentary filmmakers like Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Sam Pollard (4 Little Girls), and others
* 50+ Crazy Phat Bonus pages with jump start charts, online resources, releases, storyboards, checklists, equipment guides, and shooting procedures

Here's just a small sampling of what's inside the book:
* Putting together a crew
* Choosing a camera
* New HDV and 24P cameras
* Shooting in rough neighborhoods
* Interview skills and techniques
* 10 ways to lower your budget
* Common production forms

Note: if you purchased an ebook version of The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide, the material from the DVD packaged with the print version of the book is now available on a website. Please visit:

www.focalpress.com/cw/artis-9780240809359

William Cameron Menzies: The Shape of Films to Come
William Cameron Menzies
The Shape of Films to Come
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375424725

He was the consummate designer of film architecture on a grand scale, influenced by German expressionism and the work of the great European directors. He was known for his visual flair and timeless innovation, a man who meticulously preplanned the color and design of each film through a series of continuity sketches that made clear camera angles, lighting, and the actors' positions for each scene, translating dramatic conventions of the stage to the new capabilities of film.
Here is the long-awaited book on William Cameron Menzies, Hollywood's first and greatest production designer, a job title David O. Selznick invented for Menzies' extraordinary, all-encompassing, Academy Award-winning work on Gone With the Wind (which he effectively co-directed).

It was Menzies--winner of the first-ever Academy Award for Art Direction, jointly for The Dove (1927) and Tempest (1928), and who was as well a director (fourteen pictures) and a producer (twelve pictures)--who changed the way movies were (and still are) made, in a career that spanned four decades, from the 1920s through the 1950s. His more than 120 films include Rosita (1923), Things to Come (1936), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Kings Row (1942), Mr. Lucky (1943), The Pride of the Yankees (1943), For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943), Address Unknown (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1947), Invaders from Mars (1953), and Around the World in 80 Days (1956).

Now, James Curtis, acclaimed film historian and biographer, writes of Menzies' life and work as the most influential designer in the history of film. His artistry encompassed the large, scenic drawings of Douglas Fairbanks' The Thief of Bagdad (1924), which created a new standard for beauty on the screen and whose exotic fairy-tale sets are still regarded as pure genius. ("I saw The Thief of Bagdad when it first came out," said Orson Welles--he was, at the time, a nine-year-old boy. "I'll never forget it.") Curtis writes of Menzies' design and supervision of John Barrymore's Beloved Rogue (1927), a film that remains a masterpiece of craft and synthesis, one of the most distinctive pictures to emerge from Hollywood's waning days of silent films, and of his extraordinary, opulent appointments for Gone With the Wind (1939).

It was Menzies who defined and solidified the role of art director as having overall control of the look of the motion picture, collaborating with producers like David O. Selznick and Samuel Goldwyn; with directors such as D. W. Griffith, Raoul Walsh, Alfred Hitchcock, Lewis Milestone, and Frank Capra. And with actors as varied as Ingrid Bergman, W. C. Fields, Cary Grant, Clark Gable, John Barrymore, Barbara Stanwyck, Ronald Reagan, Gary Cooper, Vivien Leigh, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and David Niven.

Interviewing colleagues, actors, directors, friends, and family, and with full access to the William Cameron Menzies family collection of original artwork, correspondence, scrapbooks, and unpublished writing, Curtis brilliantly gives us the path-finding work of the movies' most daring and dynamic production designer: his evolution as artist, art director, production designer, and director. Here is a portrait of a man in his time that makes clear how the movies were forever transformed by his startling, visionary work.

(With 16 pages of color illustrations, and black-and-white photographs throughout.)
Steven Spielberg FAQ: All That's Left to Know about the Films of Hollywood's Best-Known Director
Steven Spielberg FAQ
All That's Left to Know about the Films of Hollywood's Best-Known Director
Paperback      ISBN: 1495064735

One of the most popular directors and producers in film history, Steven Spielberg is considered a founding pioneer of theÿNew Hollywood era. Stephen Spielberg FAQ presents an all-encompassing look at the great artist's career and work - from his early science-fiction and adventure films (Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, andÿRaiders of the Lost Ark) to his historical films (Schindler's List ÿAmistad, Saving Private Ryan ÿMunich ÿWar Horse, and Lincoln). Including chapters on the origins of his movies, the locations, the use of music in his films, and an extensive timeline of pivotal events from his life and career, this is a comprehensive guide to the work of the most successful and high-profile filmmaker of modern times.