Since its release in 2009, Master Shots has rocketed to the top of the charts as one of the finest books on filmmaking. In this second edition, every image has been digitally remastered for clarity and additional text has been written as a direct response to feedback from readers of the first edition. One of the best just got better!
Master Shots gives you everything you need to execute complex, original shots on any movie budget. It will teach you a way of seeing, so you’ll be able to create knock-out shots, even when you’re on the set and under pressure.
Most low-budget movies look low-budget, because the director is forced to compromise. By using powerful master shots and well-executed moves, you can develop a strong style and stand out from the crowd. Use the secrets of the master directors to give your ﬁlm the look and feel of a multi-million-dollar movie. The set-ups, moves and methods of the greats are there for the taking. Now start shooting!
What people say
“Good books on film directing are rare, specifically books which focus on staging and framing challenging sequences like action scenes and chase scenes. In this engagingly written book, with helpful illustrations from actual films, Chris Kenworthy goes a long way towards bridging this knowledge gap. Essential for beginners or those looking for a refresher before (or during) their next film.”
— Christopher Riley, author of The Hollywood Standard
“A great how-to manual for anyone who must communicate with directors. Whether a director, writer, actor, designer, or producer, Master Shots helps you think about storytelling from the camera’s perspective, making you a better filmmaker and collaborator.”
— Chad Gervich, TV writer/producer, Reality Binge
; author, Small Screen, Big Picture: A Writer’s Guide to the TV Business
“THIS BOOK SHOULD BE BANNED! These are the best tricks and and secret techniques of professional directors. Why should they be given away for a few dollars?”
— John Badham, director, Saturday Night Fever
; author, I’ll Be in My Trailer
“Master Shots gives every filmmaker out there the blow-by-blow setup required to pull off even the most difficult of setups found from indies to the big Hollywood blockbusters. It’s like getting all of the magician’s tricks in one book.”
— Devin Watson, producer, The Cursed
“Kenworthy has captured the unwritten and visual language of the moving picture in this essential reference tool. Techies, directors, and writers should read this book to practically and collectively harness this powerful language.”
— Deborah S. Patz, Executive in Charge of Production, Magician
Christopher Kenworthy has worked as a writer, director, and producer for the past ten years. He directed the feature film The Sculptor, which played to sold-out screenings in Australia and received strong reviews. Recent works include sketch comedy for the BBC’s Scallywagga, a title sequence for National Geographic Channel, visual effects for 3D World, music videos for KScope Music and Elefant Records, and an animated wall projection for The Blue Room Theater, Perth, Australia.