Book Review - Master Shots Vol. 3

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              If you are an inspiring cinematographer, Master Shots Vol 3 teaches you to see like a director and shoot like a professional on a low-budget and tight timeline.  Christopher Kenworthy is the author of all the best selling Master Shot books, which give you amazing insight and detail into the art of Cinematography. 

              What is the best way to shoot an actor, light an intricate scene, or how you can change the mood of a scene from beginning to end?  Kenworthy changes the way you see a script in a way that inspires true storytelling because the moment you point your camera at the subject, you begin to tell the story.  You get a different emotion from each angle and can feel something different from how the actors are positioned or the lighting in a scene.  Kenworthy focuses on teaching you these fundamental keys and taking advantage of every opportunity with detailed descriptions and visual aids from films like Book of Eli, Schindler’s List, Black Swan, Love Actually, Inception, War Horse, Cast Away, The Fighter, and Adjustment Bureau.

Master Shots is not just for Cinematographers but Directors as well.   This book teaches directors to see and understand all the different possibilities they can do with the camera and all the different ways they can tell their story.

            Kenworthy shows you the best way to take advantage of Master Shots when using it to build scenes in preproduction, and then have it nearby while on-set when directors and cinematographers need to find alternative ideas, or add something extra to a scene.  It’s a smart idea for directors to also share Master Shots with their actors to help them be more aware of the lens and how you are capturing their sweet subtleties.

            Master Shots Vol 3 completes the set of the incredible Master Shots collection but is excellent enough as a stand-alone addition to your moviemaking collection as you become an expert at understanding the directors vision and creating breathtaking visual stories.  

 

About the Author

             Christopher Kenworthy is the creator of a new series of Master Shots e-books (with HD video and audio) including Master Shots: Action, Master Shots: Suspense, and Master Shots: Story.  He has worked as a writer, director, and producer for the past thirteen years.  He directed The Sculptor’s Ritual, which played to sold-out screenings in Australia and received strong reviews.  Christopher works on music videos, visual effects tutorials, and commercial projects.  He’s the author of the best-selling Master Shots Vol. 1 and Master Shots Vol. 2, with Master Shots Vol. 3: The Director’s Vision released in 2013.  He’s the author of two novels and many short stories.  Born in England, he currently lives in Australia with two daughters and the actor Molly Kerr.

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Contents:

INTRODUCTION

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

ABOUT THE IMAGES

CHAPTER 1: ADVANCED LENSING

1.1  Long Lens Distant

1.2  Long Lens Close

1.3  Long Lens Stationary

1.4  Long Lens in Motion

1.5  Short Lens Distant

1.6  Short Lens Close

1.7  Short Lens Stationary

1.8  Short Lens in Motion

1.9  The Medium Lens

1.10  Cutting the Lens

CHAPTER 2: ESSENTIAL MOTION

2.1  Blended Moves

2.2  Camera in Motion

2.3  Character Drives Camera

2.4  Reveal Moves

2.5  Move with Camera

2.6  Moving Straight On

2.7  Moving Sideways

2.8  Moving at an Angle

2.9  Short Moves

2.10  Turns and Curves

CHAPTER 3: DEPTH STAGING

3.1  Character Moves

3.2  Crossing

3.3  Move to Frame

3.4  Moving Point of View

3.5  Move to Reveal

3.6  Move with Reflection

3.7  Reversed Push

3.8  Velocity Dolly

CHAPTER 4: EXPERT FRAMING

4.1  Line Cross

4.2  Break Cut

4.3  Pan Motion

4.4  Push Through

4.5  Repeat Angle Push

4.6  Tilt Reveal

4.7  Rotate Out

4.8  Sihouette

CHAPTER 5: SYMBOLIC STAGING

5.1  Double Push

5.2  Magnetic Characters

5.3  Intimacy Break

5.4  High Drag

5.5  Power Exchange

5.6  Indecision

5.7  Isolating Push

5.8  Group Break

CHAPTER 6: PRODUCTION DESIGN AND LOCATION

6.1  Anti-Establishment Shots

6.2  Dirty Frame

6.3  Enrich the Foreground

6.4  Fake Wall

6.5  Framing Through

6.6  Framing Focus

6.7  Personal Reveal

6.8  Reflection Establishment

6.9  Reverse Reflection

CHAPTER 7: DYNAMIC ACTION

7.1  Action Shift

7.2  Misdirected Motion

7.3  Return to Subject

7.4  Paused Push

7.5  Push Against Flow

7.6  Motion Circle

7.7  Conveying Speed

7.8  Turn Cut

CHAPTER 8: SHOOTING PREFORMANCE

8.1  Opening the Scene

8.2  Body Acting

8.3  Core Close-Ups

8.4  Extreme Close-Ups

8.5  Angled Talk

8.6  Slide into Scene

8.7  Owning a Scene

8.8  Parallel Space

8.9  Separating Characters

CHAPTER 9: CAMERA HEIGHT

9.1  Head Heights

9.2  Angle Intrusion

9.3  Angled Heights

9.4  Down to Camera

9.5  Flatting the Shot

9.6  High Angle

9.7  Motionless Look-Up

9.8  Unseen Face

9.9  Low Slide

9.10  Seated Power

CHAPTER 10: COMPLEX CAMERA MOVES

10.1  Complex Spin

10.2  Actors in Motion

10.3  Cutting from the Master

10.4  Diagonal Reveal

10.5  Long Track

10.6  Dolly Frame

10.7  Push to Close-Up

10.8  Wide to Close

10.9  Opposing Slide

10.10  Group in Motion

CHAPTER 11: THE ADVANCED DIRECTOR

11.1  Deep Blocking

11.2  Motivating the Camera

11.3  Developing Motion

11.4  Making Use of Space

11.5  Lost Geography

11.6  Character View

11.7  Story Points

11.8  Scene Staging

11.9  Visualizing the Scene

11.10  Creating On-Set

CONCLUSION

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paperback, 223 Pages

Published: 2013

ISBN: 978-1-61593-154-5