Film Books

Posted on August 28, 2007

These are a few of the books we’re required/recommended to get. Hopefully I’ll be able to go into more detail about each one in the future.

Film Books 2The Five C's of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques

We were recommended to buy this book last year for Filmmaking I, and now both Filmmaking III and Advanced Cinematography are recommending it. I have it, but haven’t read it cover to cover yet. The photos are a bit dated, but the information is still the same. Every sentence makes a useful point, so it’s a lot to take in, but for $20 this is a great film book.

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This is the Cinematographer’s Bible. At $90, it’s a bit pricey, but I might get it because I know I’ll be referring to it in the future.

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Reflections is required for our Cinematography class. Each chapter covers a different aspect of cinematography, written by a different cinematographer with lots of diagrams, examples, and illustrations. I’m glad I’m finally being forced to buy it.

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I’ve never heard of this book before today. It’s our other required book for Cinematography. I believe it covers filters and manipulating the negative.

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This is not required, but I got this for Christmas last year. It’s an amazing reference and even has some good chapters about basic lighting.

Some of these books are bundled together at a lower price at The ASC Store.

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