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The Art of Star Wars
Mark Cotta Vaz
034543126X
Nov 2002
Paperback
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Book Description
For more than twenty-five years, the visual brilliance of the Star Wars films has captivated audiences far and wide. From lush words to intricate landscapes, from lavish costumes to amazing creatures, the Star Wars design artists have pioneered the technological revolution, while never surrendering the dazzling sense of wonder.

Filled with stunning examples of beautiful, never-before-seen movie artwork, The Art of Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones takes us through an takes us through an incredible gallery of astonishing images. As an added bonus, this volume features the exclusive illustrated screenplay, as well as:

• More than 500 extraordinary illustrations—including sketches, costume designs, set pieces, models, and brilliant full-color paintings
•...


Cinematography
Kris Malkiewicz
074326438X
June 2005
Paperback
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Review
"A great update of this wonderful student text."-- Stephen H. Burum, ASC
"Cinematography is a great tool for both beginning and professional filmmakers alike. This well-organized book, inclusive of the latest technologies, offers choices to anyone interested in film production at any level."-- Adam Holender, ASC

Book Description
The Essential Guide to the Cameraman's CraftSince its initial publication in 1973, Cinematography has become the guidebook for filmmakers. Based on their combined fifty years in the film and television industry, authors Kris Malkiewicz and M. David Mullen lay clear and concise groundwork for basic film techniques, focusing squarely on the cameraman's craft. Readers will then learn step-by-step how to master more advanced techniques in postproduction,...


Making a Movie in Premiere Elements
Jan Ozer
0321321200
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

So you fancy yourself a filmmaker? Here to ensure that you truly are is a simple, to-the-point guide that leads you through the process of creating your very first digital video project with Adobe's brand-new consumer-level video editing software, Premiere Elements ($99). In these pages veteran author and PC Magazine contributing editor Jan Ozer gets right to the point: Rather than explore every option and feature of Premiere Elements, Jan uses project-based instruction and big, colorful screen shots to demonstrates the quickest, easiest, and smartest route to cinematic success. Each short lesson builds on the last as you learn how to capture and import video; add transitions, titles and effects; take advantage of the program's stunning templates; use the program with Photoshop...



Animation : From Script to Screen

0312050526


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From Library Journal
This is basically a text for the tyro animator. Culhane, for many years with Walt Disney, discusses the role of each member of an animation team and the uses of computers, storyboarding, and music. Although he writes from his vast experience, the digressive and somewhat lecturing style is an impediment. For libraries having works such as Raul Da Silva's World of Animation (Kodak, 1979), Kit Laybourne's Animation Book (1978. o.p.), Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston's lavish Disney Animation ( LJ 12/15/81), and John Halas and Roger Manvell's older but still useful Technique of Film Animation (1976, 4th ed. o.p.), this is probably not essential. A better book by Culhane is his memoir, Talking Animals and Other People (LJ 3/1/86).- Roy Liebman, California State Univ. Lib., Los AngelesCopyright 1989 Reed Business...


The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Pictures Filming Techniques
Joseph V. Mascelli
187950541X
June 1998
Paperback
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Strike the Baby and Kill the Blonde: An Insider's Guide to Film Slang
Dave Knox
1400097592
August 2005
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Review
“What a lively and entertaining guide to movie lingo! I learned a lot of terms I never knew before . . . but then, I’ve never killed a blonde, either.” —Leonard Maltin, film critic and author of the New York Times bestselling Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guides

“Now you can sound like you know what you’re talking about—even when you don’t. In other words, you’re ready to work in the movies.” —David Duchovny, actor and director (X-Files, House of D)

“You too can speak ‘film-ese.’ Thanks to Dave Knox, what was once ‘insider information’ is now available to all who want to speak the lingo of the film industry. It fits nicely on the shelf between my Oxford Dictionary and Roget’s...


Animation 101

094118868X


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Book Description
Animation 101 presents an overview of animation past and present from an insider's point of view. Includes materials on breakthrough animators from the amazing Walt Disney to the irreverent Ralph Baksi.


In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film Editing
Walter Murch
1879505622
August 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
In the Blink of an Eye is celebrated film editor Walter Murch's vivid, multifaceted, thought -- provoking essay on film editing. Starting with what might be the most basic editing question -- Why do cuts work? -- Murch treats the reader to a wonderful ride through the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film. Along the way, he offers his unique insights on such subjects as continuity and discontinuity in editing, dreaming, and reality; criteria for a good cut; the blink of the eye as an emotional cue; digital editing; and much more. In this second edition, Murch reconsiders and completely revises his popular first edition's lengthy meditation on digital editing (which accounts for a third of the book's pages) in light of the technological changes that have taken place in the six years since its publication. ...


American Cinematographer Manual, Ninth Edition
Stephen H. Burum
0935578242
November 17, 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
For the first time since Charles Clarke's 1980 edition, the AC Manual has been edited by a professional cinematographer. The completely revised 9th edition offers contributions from experts with more than 100 years of motion-picture experience. Its features include: • More than 30 new charts, including lighting intensities for more than 90 fixtures. • A completely revised camera section, rewritten by Jon Fauer, ASC • A new article on digital intermediates by Bill Feightner and Robert L. Eicholz of EFilm • Warner Bros. executive Rob Hummel's update of his classic "pros and cons" chapter, which now includes the latest digital postproduction techniques • A new chapter on hanging miniatures by visual-effects wizard Dan Curry • "Tak’s tips" from Panavision lens expert Tak Miyagishima...


Animation
Chris Webster
0240516664
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Review
"Animation: the Mechanics of Motion by Chris Webster - this is one of the good ones. Webster must be a great teacher, because it comes across in this book. He makes a complicated subject understandable and he makes it sound fun to do." - Animation World Magazine

Book Description
Learn the key skills you need with this practical and inspirational guide to all the fundamental principles of animation. With extended pieces on timing, acting and technical aspects, Chris Webster has created the vital learning tool to help you get the most out of your animation and develop the practical skills needed by both professionals and serious students alike.

The free CD-ROM includes more than 30 animations illustrating the techniques described throughout the book as well as examples of a...


The Animation Book: A Complete Guide to Animated Filmmaking, from Flip-Books to Sound Cartoons
Kit Laybourne
0517886022
December 1998
Paperback
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Review
"After 'Why is the sky blue?' one of the most important questions we ask is 'What is a cartoon?'. This is the definitive book that tells all about the process closest to our hearts--animation."
--Albie Hecht, President, Film and TV Entertainment, Nickelodeon

"This book is great! If ever there was the ultimate textbook for animation, this is it. The Animation Book is the perfect starter kit for anyone interested in entering the animation business or learning about the art of animation."
--Terry Thoren, CEO/President, Klasky Csupo Inc.

"I love the new edition of Kit Laybourne's The Animation Book. As with the first edition, he manages to give a world-eye view on the art and craft of my favorite medium with extra emphasis on personal styles and techniques, while including...


The Conversations
Michael Ondaatje
0375709827
Oct 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Ask most moviegoers, "Who is Walter Murch?" and they're likely to stare uncomprehendingly. Ondaatje (The English Patient) seeks to eradicate that ignorance by providing an expert analysis of Murch's consummate film editing skills, and pointing out along the way the monumental contributions editors make to motion pictures. Murch, a three time Oscar winner and integral collaborator on such cinematic milestones as The Godfather, Julia, The English Patient and American Graffiti, attended the University of Southern California with George Lucas and bonded early on with UCLA film student Francis Ford Coppola. A relative neophyte, he worked on Coppola's The Rain People and a low-budget sci-fi picture, THX 1138, which has since become a cult classic. Murch adhered to a rule of not watching other movies while concentrating...


Adobe Photoshop CS2 One-on-One (One-On-One)
Deke McClelland
0596100965
July 25, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
If you work with Adobe Photoshop, you've already tasted how powerful a graphics tool it can be. Universally recognized as the standard for image editing and production, Photoshop is used by close to 20 million people worldwide. But how many can say they've fully tapped its vast functionality?

Whether you're a first-timer looking to learn Photoshop, or a seasoned Photoshopper interested in the cool new features of CS2, Deke McClelland's Adobe Photoshop CS2 One on One will have you completing rewarding projects in no time at all. A Photoshop expert, sought-after computer graphics and design lecturer and author of over 70 books, Deke brings his passion and easy, conversational style to the new edition of his bestselling Photoshop tutorial, updated for CS2.

A straightforward, step-by-step guide to...



Special Effects
Pascal Pinteau
0810955911
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Pinteau is in awe of special effects, and rightfully so: the ability to use animation, animatronics, makeup, modelmaking and computer trickery is both an art and a science. His book has an artful modesty in discussing the medium; by interspersing his own observations on the history of special effects with interviews with 37 masters of the craft, Pinteau gives a thorough, insightful history that is never overblown and always intelligent. Pinteau, a journalist, screenwriter and special effects designer, covers the dawn of special effects, noting that the art of projection first appeared some 3,000 years ago in the Far East, with the earliest performances of shadow theater; he continues on all the way through to today's marvels, which include the façade of the New York, New York Hotel in Las Vegas, with its...


Adobe After Effects 6.5 Studio Techniques
Mark Christiansen
0321316207
April 22, 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Ready to learn the visual effects secrets used at such leading-edge studios as Industrial Light + Magic and The Orphanage? Adobe After Effects 6.5 Studio Techniques inspires you to take your work to the next level with realworld examples and insider techniques. Get blockbuster results without the big budget as you delve deep into the essence of visual effects. This book goes beyond conventional step-by-step instruction, teaching you bread-and-butter effects that you can adapt and combine for countless projects. • Real solutions from real professionals: Nobody does it better, and now they’ll show you how. Discover the keys to analyzing your shots from Stu Maschwitz, Visual Effects Supervisor for Star Wars, Episode One and Sin City. Unlock the mysteries of linear color space with Brendan Bolles, co-creator of...


Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age
Steven Ascher
0452279577
March 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
If film has a language, The Filmmaker's Handbook is your translation guide, dictionary, and phrase book. In over 600 pages, 18 chapters, and nine appendices, the authors detail virtually everything you need to know about filmmaking.

There is probably more information here than anyone needs to know, from which lens to choose all the way through final editing and sound mixing. But too much information is not a bad thing. This is the kind of book that a blossoming filmmaker will surely grow into.

Much of the book focuses on gear and hardware, and rightly so since making a film or video is both dependent on and influenced by the gear that is used. This handbook describes the differences between the tools--film stock, lenses, lighting setups--and the impact of each on the look of the finished product.

This new edition...



Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Vol. 2: Advanced Techniques (3rd Edition, Version 6.5)
Trish Meyer, Chris Meyer
1578202698
June 1, 2005
Paperback
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Steve Kilisky, Senior Product Manager, Adobe After Effects
"I can't think of anyone more qualified to show you how to get the most out of After Effects..." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Alex Lindsay, ex-ILM/JAK Films, founder dvGarage
"From my earliest days using AE, I owe much of what I know to Trish and Chris' classes and books." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Setting up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know
Jeremy Vineyard
0941188736
January 2000
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Book Description
Over 100 storyboards with simple descriptions.


Understanding Movies (10th Edition)
Louis Giannetti
0131890980
March 24, 2004
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Book Description
Helps readers understand how the many languages of film work together to create meaning. Louis Giannetti organizes Understanding Movies around the key elements of filmmaking, including cintematography, Mise en Scène, movement, editing, sound, acting, drama, casting, story, screenwriting, ideology, and theory. He synthesizes every element through a complete case study: Citizen Kane. This book's ideas are illuminated with hundreds of high-quality still photos, more than 70 in full color, taken from movies such as The Matrix, Almost Famous, jackass the movie, Chicago, Lord of the Rings, Mystic River, and Traffic. New in this edition: a full section on contemporary special effects and computer generated imagery (CGI); up-to-the-minute information on new developments in film technology; more coverage of recent films...


30 Film School: How to Write, Direct, Produce, Shoot, Edit, Distribute, Tour with, and Sell Your Own No-Budget Digital Movie
Michael W. Dean
1592000673
May 2003
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Alt.culture.guide™, Keith Gordon, 2004
One of the most important tools available to an a artist.

Book Description
We?re entering a new era. Mini-DV filmmaking is the new folk, the new punk rock, the new medium where anyone can tell his story. "$30 Film School" is an alternative to spending four years and a hundred thousand dollars to learn the trade. It is influenced by punk rock?s Do-It-Yourself spirit of just learning the basics and then jumping up on a stage and making a point, and by the American work ethic back when it was pure, before it became all about corporations crushing the little guy. Throw in the hacker idea that information wants to be free (or at least very cheap) and you?ve got our deal. Inside you?ll find many interviews from insightful independent filmmakers and...


Matchmoving
Tim Dobbert
0782144039
Feb 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Master the Art and Science of Matchmoving
Written by a matchmoving expert, this book is much more than a technical primer. It helps you think like a pro so that you can find the right solution for your matchmoves, no matter how tricky. You'll also find coverage of tasks that commonly go hand-in-hand with matchmoving, along with advice on the contributions you can make on the set of a live-action shoot. Whether you're a student or professional, Matchmoving: The Invisible Art of Camera Tracking gives you the knowledge and perspective you need to quickly and successfully solve every matchmove.
Coverage includes:
* Understanding how matchmove programs work
* Perspective matching
* Getting optimal 2D tracking data
* Calibrating/solving cameras
* Using automatic tracking
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Cinematic Storytelling
Jennifer Van Sijll
193290705X
Aug 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
What the industry's most succcessful writers and directors have in common is that they have mastered the cinematic conventions specific to the medium.


Cinematographers on the Art and Craft of Cinematography
Anna Kate Sterling
0810819724
February 1987
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this group of articles, originally published in The International Photographer between 1929 and 1937, cinematographers discuss the art and craft of cinematography in their own words.


Digital Cinematography
Paul Wheeler
0240516141
January 2001
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
High end digital cinematography can truly challenge the film camera in many of the technical, artistic and emotional aspects of what we think of as 'cinematography'. This book is a guide for practising and aspiring cinematographers and DOPs to digital cinematography essentials - from how to use the cameras to the rapidly emerging world of High Definition cinematography and 24p technology.


This book covers the `on-the-set' knowledge you need to know - its emphasis lies in practical application, rather than descriptions of technologies, so that in this book you will find usable `tools' and information to help you get the job done. From `getting the look' to lighting styles and ratios, what is needed for different types of shoots and the technical preparation required, this is a complete reference to the...


Hands-On Manual for Cinematographers
David Samuelson
0240514807
June 1998
Hardcover
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Review
' This book is a must for new and experienced camera technicians.'
Eye Piece

' An ideal handy reference source for cinematographers to keep with them at all times.'
British Film Production Review

' This is an important book for cameraman and crew. David Samuelson has been involved in the art, practise and theory of filming all his life and this manual is the accumulation of his experience and deep knowledge of cinematography.'
Image Technology, Journal of the BKSTS

' Ownership of this manual should be a prerequisite to calling yourself a cinematographer.'
A reader, Cinematographer's user group on the Web.

'An absolute must! [This is] a remarkable compendium of information that you could otherwise spend a lifetime gathering for yourself... This book is highly recommended'
Jim Slater,...


The Animator's Survival Kit: A Manual of Methods, Principles, and Formulas for Classical, Computer, Games, Stop Motion, and Internet Animators
Richard Williams
0571202284
January 7, 2002
Paperback
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Review
"Williams is miles ahead of anyone in the world of animation."--The New York Times


Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema
David Sonnenschein
0941188264
November 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Offers user-friendly knowledge and stimulating exercises to help compose story, develop characters and create emotion through skillful creation of the sound track.


Digital Lighting & Rendering
Jeremy Birn
1562059548
January 15, 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
New Riders' [digital] series is performing a tremendous service to the computer animation and graphics community. The newest addition to this family is [digital] Lighting & Rendering. Author Jeremy Birn has long been regarded as a talented computer graphics artist and generous writer, and he's been sharing his techniques and discoveries for years.

Using computer graphic and 3-D tools to create accurate images is easy; using them to produce beautiful, inviting, memorable images requires more than technical skill. [digital] Lighting & Rendering introduces reasons and techniques for using light, shadow, texture, and composition. The book is not software-specific, but demonstrates techniques that are applicable to almost any 3-D graphics application. It is assumed, however, that your 3-D software of choice supports...


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