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Image Control: Motion Picture and Video Camera Filters and Lab Techniques

by Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC

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Image Control explains the devices and means that can be used to create a memorable and expressive image on a television and motion-picture screen. The key to creativity is mastery of the medium, so it is vital to understand the impact that filters and lab procedures can have on film and digital images. In the pages of this book you will learn closely guarded secrets that professionals have developed though hard work and years of experience. Image Control shows, practically and succinctly, how to manipulate the image in front of the camera, inside the camera and in the lab.

You will discover:

  • Hard-to-find information on filters and their effects; their advantages and disadvantages; and the effects of exposure adjustments
  • Explanations of the different film lab processes that affect the image and how they can be used for subliminal scene support
  • Step-by-step instructions on how to set up, shoot and evaluate lab tests and lenses
  • Measures to control the color response of color negatives
  • Insights into postproduction work, such as opticals, dupes, film-to-tape transfers and digital intermediates
  • How to use camera filters to enhance your video images
  • Directors of photography discuss how they manipulated images for award winning films

Written in a conversational, easy-to-follow style, Image Control provides you with knowledge gained from the experience of its author and his respected colleagues. The book provides unique, invaluable information on filters, lenses, color interaction, labs, and testing and evaluation procedures, many of which were used on Academy Award-winning films. Real-life examples illustrate how a range of techniques and styles can be used to control the image onscreen.

 Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC is a freelance director of photography for theatrical feature films and commercials. In a career spanning more than 45 years, he has been director of photography on such productions as Diary of a Mad Housewife, Young Frankenstein, Fail-Safe, My Favorite Year and Goodbye Columbus. He has taught at the New Institute of Film in Brooklyn, New York; held seminars at The American Film Institute in Los Angeles; and conducted workshops for the Tahoe Film and Video Workshop in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He and his wife, Julia Tucker editor of this book, were filmmakers in residence for three years at the International Film & Digital Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Mr. Hirschfeld is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the International Cinematographers Guild, the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a retired member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers. He has earned Lifetime Achievement Awards from both the Southern Oregon Film and Video Association and the Ashland Film Festival, as well as the Billy Bitzer Award from the International Cinematographers Guild, Local 644. In addition, the first edition of Image Control earned a book award from the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation of London, England.


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Image Control: Motion Picture and Video Camera Filters and Lab Techniques
Publisher: ASC Press
Pages: 172
ISBN: 0-935578-293

 

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