<div>"Shooting Movies" is the book for all those film enthusiasts who can't get on a professional set or can't undertake studies at an expensive film school. This book approaches the subject of cinematography from a 'hands-on, in the trenches' viewpoint, as though the reader were an apprentice on the set. It's a book about learning to shoot a film without making an idiot of yourself and wasting lots of time and money. It's a book about how to take artistic inspiration and make it a reality. A breezy writing style mixed with practical, interactive exercises geared for both film and video give filmmakers the experience they need to take their work to the next level. Beginning with fundamental techniques and concepts of cinematography, the author shares his many years of experience with the reader, imparting invaluable advice and guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls, and more importantly, learn from mistakes. This title provides a mentorship-in-a-book approach not found any of the other technical guides to cinematography, using both film and video exercises. It is written for filmmakers working on a budget. Unique exercises throughout the book provide the reader with an interactive experience that will give them a higher level of expertise and will improve the quality of their shooting, lighting, and reel - all on a budget. It helps you learn the realty of filmmaking from the cinematographer's perspective. Companion website showcases video samples, visual demonstrations of the exercises in the book, and further video explanations of the concepts that are better explained visually.</div>

chapter 1|6 pages


part |1 pages

Part1 ● Realities: Preproduction

chapter 2|12 pages

What's First?

chapter 3|6 pages

We're Still Reading the Script

chapter 4|4 pages

A Few More Things to Think About

chapter 5|5 pages

The Shot List

chapter 6|4 pages

The Crew

chapter 7|14 pages

The Location

chapter 8|11 pages

Selecting a Camera

chapter 9|10 pages

Selecting Lenses

chapter 10|5 pages

Selecting Film Stock

chapter 11|6 pages

Selecting a Tripod and Head

chapter 12|7 pages

What Everyone Else Is Doing to Prepare

chapter 13|4 pages

The Night Before

part |1 pages

Part 2 ● Realities: Production

chapter 14|6 pages

On Time and Ready to Shoot

chapter 15|8 pages

First Day/First Shot

chapter 16|7 pages

Shooting Masters

chapter 17|16 pages

Close-Ups and Coverage

chapter 18|17 pages

Operating the Camera

chapter 19|10 pages

Still More Composition, or Follow the Money

chapter 20|7 pages

The Horror of the 180-Degree Line

chapter 22|3 pages

Learning the Hardware

chapter 23|5 pages

Why We Light

chapter 24|20 pages


chapter 25|7 pages

Exercise: Shooting Your Project on Film

part |1 pages

Part 3 ● Realities: Postproduction

chapter 26|3 pages

Postproduction: Timing and Transferring

chapter 27|4 pages

Postproduction: Putting Together a Reel

part |1 pages

Part 4 ● Technicalities

chapter 28|10 pages

Cameras: Black Boxes

chapter 29|16 pages


chapter 30|3 pages

The Zen of Focusing

chapter 31|6 pages

The Magic of Filters

chapter 32|5 pages


chapter 33|2 pages

Color Temperature

chapter 34|17 pages

Using and Handling Film Cameras and Lenses

chapter 35|4 pages

Using a Tripod and Head

chapter 36|1 pages

The Dolly Grip

chapter 37|6 pages

Laboratory and Postproduction Processes