Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know by Jeremy VineyardSetting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know by Jeremy Vineyard

Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know

byJeremy VineyardIllustratorJose Cruz

Paperback | July 1, 2008

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Vineyard is a writer and director.
Title:Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should KnowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:155 pages, 7.66 × 10.96 × 0.43 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:Michael Wiese ProductionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932907424

ISBN - 13:9781932907421

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended The second edition of this classic is even better than the first. It's subtitled: "Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know", and indeed it contains a great deal of information that some people pay a lot of money to learn in film school. Not that a book can replace a class necessarily, but there are tried and true shots, methods and techniques for making a film. Yes, story is important, but there are certain ways of doing things, certain types of shots, that are very important to know. Some of these aren't obvious (which is sort of the point), but which help move story along visually in a way that helps people to enjoy what they are watching. With the falling price of video cameras, computerized editing and the rise of sites on which to share videos, it seems like everyone is busy shooting a movie of some sort, be it a kid's birthday party, a friend's wedding, a sporting event, or something more ambitious like a documentary or a feature. And it's not just filmmakers or videographers which will find the book valuable. This book is very helpful for cartoonists, sequential artists, animators and pre-viz artists too. Jose Cruz is both an illustrator and a storyboard artist, and his images really convey Jeremy Vineyard's jargon-free explanations. It's important to know not just the how, but also the why. It's always helpful to see explanations in action and this book accomplishes this by using examples from well-known movies. Imagine being to be able to watch a movie on DVD, using the remote to pause at a scene and then referring to the book to see how it was done, and understand why. While only 155 pages, this book contains a wealth of information. It covers basic cinematic techniques, composition techniques, crane techniques, techniques of movement, techniques of perspective, specific camera techniques and editing techniques as well as a very long list of miscellaneous techniques. Because its value is not just in being instructional, but also serving as a reference guide, it doesn't have to be read from the first page to the last page, one can just jump in anywhere. The six-and-a-half index is especially helpful as it contains the names of movies (several hundred spanning more than a century of filmmaking). This makes it easy to look up a particular film, flip to the right page, and see how a certain shot was made. "Setting Up Your Shots" is designed in a 'wide-screen' format, just like a movie, and can easily be slipped into a Ziploc baggie and tossed into a backpack and taken along on a shoot.
Date published: 2009-01-19