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FilmCraft Book Series Review - Cinematography

By Robert Sandoval

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If you’re interested in film production or have an ignited curiosity about it, you unmistakably need to check out Focal Press’s “FilmCraft Series.” There’s absolutely no way you can finish reading these books and walk away empty handed, or feel as though you got ripped off. Mike Goodridge and Tim Greierson’s introduction into "Cinematography" is superb, hard hitting, covering just about every point with exceptional detail and clarity. It’s loaded with excellent insight and perspective from professional cinematographers from around the world, giving “us” the reader the opportunity to engage into a more intimate look behind the art of cinematography.

FilmCraft Series "Cinematography"

FilmCraft Series

Cinematography is the first book released through the FilmCraft Series, and I clearly give it 5 out of 5 stars, I loved it that much. It was well written and well structured, and we can thank Mike Goodridge and Tim Grierson for creating this master piece. Goodridge is the editor of Screen International and has been writing about film for over twenty years. He is an accomplished film critic and is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Grierson is a film and music critic and is currently the vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Both have written numerous articles for prominent outlets.

Vilmos Zsigmond

This book captures the wonderful world of cinematography through the lives of 16 influential cinematographers including: Vilmos Zsigmond, Christopher Doyle, Michael Ballhaus, Ed Lachman, Rodrigo Prieto, Caleb Deschanel, Vittorio Storaro, Chris Menges, Dion Beebe, Owen Roizman, Barry Ackroyd, Ellen Kraus, Sven Nykvist, Peter Suschitzky, Seanus McGarvey, Javier Aguirresarobe and Matthew Libatique. We're also introduced to five cinematographers, Gregg Toland, Freddie Young, Jack Cardiff, Sven Nykvist, and Raoul Coutard who are considered pioneers and innovators in cinematography and are profiled for their Legacy.

James Wong Howe

Goodridge and Greierson, selected their interviewees by style, taste, and age range along with different filmmaking cultures and budget ranges.

I love how Goodrich and Grierson describe the cinematographer or the director of photography "is often the key conduit for all the other craftspeople on a film set. Through the cinematographer lens, all performance, direction, and design must pass, and the cinematographers own choices in cameras, lighting and movement can inform and further the story in both obvious and subtle ways."

If you’re a beginner or  a pro or you’re just plain curious about the film making process, check out Focal Press’s FilmCraft series which includes Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, Postproduction, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and all aspects of the filmmaking process. Their books are written by creative experts for creative people. It's collection of good reads covering the essentials of film.

Focal Press publishes some of the best filmmaking books out on the market and with their arrival of the FilmCraft series, this collection is a must have, indeed.


For more information on the FilmCraft Series, check it out right here! http://www.focalpress.com





Published on Jul 08, 2013

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