A handy set of references for the student cinematographer, these books provide a balance of theory and technical guidelines to inspire competent and creative cinematography.
Charles Clarke’s Professional Cinematography
Pioneering cinematographer Charles G. Clarke, ASC wrote this slim volume in 1964 at the urging of his students at UCLA. Mr. Clarke suffered a heart attack while preparing to shoot Marines, Letís Go in Japan. Upon his retirement, old friend and Fox producer Kenneth Macgowen (In Old Chicago, Lifeboat) who was head of the theater arts department at UCLA, persuaded Mr. Clarke to join the faculty. Revealed here for the first time is the thinking and philosophy of a man who spent his entire life photographing major Hollywood feature films. The lessons he shares are timeless. While some of the technology has changed, the core techniques and craft have not. There is no padding here, just straight dope. Whether you are just beginning or a veteran filmmaker, his refreshing views spark new ideas born of old wisdom.
Selected Tables, Charts and Formulas for the Student Cinematographer 2nd Edition from the American Cinematographer Manual
Newly revised and updated Second Edition
Edited by Stephen H. Burum, ASC
New to this edition is a chapter on the basics of lighting from a classic article written by Arthur Miller, ASC (who won the Oscar for How Green Was My Valley, The Song of Bernadette and Anna and the King of Siam) for the American Cinematographer magazine in 1966.
From its basic chapter on cinematographic principles to the actual tables, charts and formulas used by professional cinematographers, this slim volume gives the film student authoritative facts, clearly presented.
The American Cinematographer Manual is a professional resource that is used by cinematographers around the world. Conceived by Hollywood feature-film cinematographers over 70 years ago, the manual is designed to be a complete reference source on the set. It covers every aspect of cinematography from lens to lab. The current edition encompasses more than 880 pages.
Over the last decade, many schools and universities have introduced courses in filmmaking, and interest in the art and craft of cinematography has grown. We have endeavored to meet this burgeoning interest with this book, which was designed with a student budget in mind.
Selected Tables, Charts and Formulas for the Student Cinematographer comprises subjects from the American Cinematographer Manual that are most relevant and helpful to the student. This material reflects the basic concepts of the craft. Key areas have been carefully chosen that will enlighten and inform. Look closely, and you will find a great deal of useful information embedded in the charts and tables.