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The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion…

The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques

by Joseph V. Mascelli

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Amazon: The 5 C's of Cinematography cover camera angles, continuity, cutting, close-ups and composition. This book is an technical power-house that is clear, descriptive and easily understood to one who frequently watches movies and has a visual mind. It explains the psychology of the eye and how we are trained and used to watching movement and cuts. It promotes off the cuff method of filming as well as standard composition to not confuse and distract the audience. Mascelli provides the best explanation of the axis line I've ever read and his diagrams are simple, yet very helpful. This is a guy who clearly wanted to share his knowledge. the single most helpful book on filmmaking I came across (John Alton's "Painting with Light" is great also, on cinematography). This is the grammar book of the language of classical cinematic style. It sets out the rules used by generations of directors, cinematographers and editors for expressing drama, feelings and ideas.
  mmckay | Jun 4, 2006 |
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A motion picture is made up of many shots. Each shot requires placing the camera in the best position for viewing players, setting and action at that particular moment in the narrative.
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