This book is a master guide for the director about collaborating with their closest ally, the cinematographer.
It covers the fundamentals of selecting a cinematographer, translating the script into visual imagery, choosing the appropriate visual style for the film, determining the color palette, electing film and HD formats and postproduction processes, including the digital intermediate.
If you want to improve the visual power of your film and your enjoyment in creating it, you’ll want to read this book.
• Never-before-published excerpts from interviews with Academy Award™ winning and Academy Award™ nominated ASC cinematographers.
• Clarification of how to translate aesthetic concepts into the technical applications necessary to get the director’s vision onto the screen.
What people say
“Frost takes an insightful and elemental look at the artistic and business relationship of Director and Cinematographer. Crammed with all the essentials, Cinematography for Directors is a ‘must read’ before you walk onto your first professional set.” Donald Petrie , Director, Miss Congeniality, Grumpy Old Men, How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days
“Ms. Frost’s work is profoundly compelling, remarkably well researched, and on the cutting edge of both the technical and creative aspects of the delicate and complex interaction of the director and the DP. To anyone remotely interested in filmmaking, it is a beautifully written page-turner.” Penelope Spheeris, Director, Wayne’s World; The Little Rascals; The Beverly Hillbillies; Black Sheep; The Decline of Western Civilization, Parts I-III
“I urge all aspiring filmmakers to read Cinematography for Directors. Frost has the ability to put the Director at ease by bringing clarity to the notoriously elusive relationship between the Filmmaker and the Cinematographer.”
Bryce Dallas Howard , Actress, Terminator Salvation, Spider-Man 3, As You Like It, Lady in the Water, The Village; Writer, Producer, Director, Orchids
Jacqueline Frost has been teaching film and video production and film history for twenty years at various universities throughout the country. She currently teaches cinematography and advanced film production at California State University, Fullerton, where she is an Associate Professor. She regularly teaches a course through UCLA Extension entitled “Cinematography for Directors,” on which the book is based. Frost also continues to freelance as a cinematographer in the Los Angeles area.