Reflections & Painting With Light combo
90TH Anniversary Special:
Get two studies on the craft of cinematography with Reflections
and Painting With Light
. Each book features in-depth interviews with prominent contemporary cinematographers.
Twenty-One Cinematographer at Work
by Benjamin Bergery
This book examines the practice of cinematography for cinema lovers, students, and film professionals from the perspective of those artists who paint within the medium of light to dark. It is divided into seven sections: cinematography basics, the key light, portraits, day interiors, night interiors, lab techniques, and the designing sequences. Each section contains extraordinary material in the form of illustrations, diagrams, reproductions of 35-mm film frames and scholarship of twenty such "masters of light". And they are: Stephen Burum, ASC, Jordan Cronenweth, ASC, John Hora, ASC, Owen Roizman, ASC, Phillippe Rousselot, ASC,AFC, Michael Hugo, ASC, Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, Steven Poster, ASC, Frederick Elmes, ASC, Tony Pierce-Roberts, BSC, Vilmos Zsigmond,ASC, Haskell Wexler, ASC, Laszlo Kovacs, Yves Angelo, ASC, Jack Green, ASC, Denis Lenoir, ASC, AFC, Raoul Coutard, AFC, Allen Daviau, ASC, Darius Khondji, ASC,AFC and Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC.
Painting with Light:
by John Alton
First published in 1949 and long out of print, Painting with Light remains one of the truly canonical statements on the art of motion picture photography. Using non-technical language, Alton explains the job of a cinematographer. He further explores how lighting, camera techniques and location choices determine the moods of film.
Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impact on the cinematic medium as John Alton. Best known for his highly stylized film noir classics T-Men, He Walked By Night, and The Big Combo. Alton earned a reputation during the 1940’s and 1950’s as one of Hollywood’s consummate craftsman, known for his visual signature of crisp shadows and sculptured beams of light. Todd McCarthy’s introduction, written especially for this edition, provides an overview of Alton’s life and career and examines the influence of his work on contemporary cinematography.