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Whether you need to learn the difference between a jump cut and a match cut or you’re a working filmmaker looking for visual ideas on how to best communicate the stories you want to tell, Setting Up Your Shots is an encyclopedia of camera moves and cinematic storytelling techniques that directors of all levels will find useful.
Written in clear, non-technical language and laid out in a nonlinear format with self-contained chapters for easy reference, this book provides detailed descriptions of more than 100 camera setups, angles and techniques, using examples from over 140 popular films.
An excellent primer for beginner filmmakers, as well as a handy quick-reference guide for experienced directors.
Contains 150 references to the great shots of your favorite films, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blue Velvet, Citizen Kane, The Matrix, She’s Gotta Have It, The Usual Suspects and Vertigo.
What people say
“[Full of] useful shots that can help inspire you to try new things with your camera and to make sure you and your DP/Cinematographer are on the same page, using the same language.
“It’s packed with useful information on camerawork and editing for almost any reader. Film students will find that this book gives them a great framework to learn about the basics of filmmaking while more experienced filmmakers will find this to be a good refresher book.
“Whether you’re a director, an editor, or just a student of film, Setting Up Your Shots is a great investment that will help you prepare for future projects in the film industry.”
“Smartly illustrated and full of good, practical shot-making examples, Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know is a worthwhile purchase for the budding filmmaker or videographer.”