- Paperback: 362 pages
- Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; 2nd edition edition (18 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1615930876
- ISBN-13: 978-1615930876
- Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 1.6 x 19 cm
- Customer Reviews: 246 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,05,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Master Shots: 1 Paperback – 18 April 2012
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About the Author
Christopher Kenworthy has worked as a writer, director, and producer for the past ten years. He directed the feature film The Sculptor, which played to sold-out screenings in Australia and received strong reviews. Recent works include sketch comedy for the BBC’s Scallywagga, a title sequence for National Geographic Channel, visual effects for 3D World, music videos for Pieces of Eight Records and Elefant Records, and an animated wall projection for The Blue Room Theatre in Perth, Australia. Kenworthy is the author of the best-selling Master Shots, two novels: The Winter Inside and The Quality of Light, and many short stories. Current projects include screenwriting, several directing assignments, and the development of additional Master Shots applications.
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It is poorly printed, in black and white and you feel cheated for the price. What about the subject matter then? Is it good? Maybe. I couldn't say for sure. The visual parts of this book are really uninteresting, so much so that the subject matter wis required to grab attention fails to do so.
Purchase it at your own risk.
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There is a desperate shortage of decent education material on composition and camera movement for film, so I have read most books out there. This book doesn't attempt any synthesis or theoretical discussion, but instead is just a catalogue of shots from well known movies.
I would have preferred if the author had at least tried to form some kind of general theory from the example shots, but it is what it is.
The main problem is the incredible laziness with which the material was put together. There is one (1!) example for each shot. How hard would it have been to find a second example of each shot? If there is no second example for the shot how are we to know if this is really a reusable shot, or when it is appropriate? Can you really learn or generalize from a single example?
Instead of a second example we get an ugly Poser recreation of the scene that provides no value.
The examples frames are generally too few in number to give any understanding of the motion in the shot. The diagrams of the camera movement generally don't include essential information like the direction of rotation of the camera.
The text is generally vague, and is in a huge font that takes up valuable space that could have been used for more stills.
The printing quality is woeful, and much squinting and peering is required to make sense of any darker stills.
With all that said, there are some interesting examples in this book, and most readers will probably get something out of it.
But, if you have the discipline, and the time, then you would get much more by watching a few good DVDs with a notebook handy.
Tante situazioni vengono spiegate consigliando come posizionare la telecamere, quale lente è più efficace ecc..
Qualcuno si lamenta che le pagine siano state stampate su carta non troppo spessa ma come spiega l’autore nella prefazione, è un libro fatto per stare sul set anche in più di una copia per essere consultato nel momento del bisogno dai vari componenti del team di produzione! Pertanto credo sia anche un modo per contenere un minimo i costi di questi tre libri!
Il volume sembra letteralmente un catalogo IKEA, con copertina di carta e pagine sottilissime.
Tutto questo, unito al pessimo imballaggio di Amazon, ha fatto sì che arrivasse con diverse pieghe.