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DSLR CINEMA Crafting the Film Look with Video by Kurt Lancaster Paperback Book 9780240815510

  • Author: Kurt Lancaster
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press: 2010
  • ISBN: 9780240815510
DSLR CINEMA Crafting the Film Look with Video by Kurt Lancaster helps the reader achieve the "Film Look" with today's HDSLR cameras. Video-capable DSLR cameras also known as HDSLR cameras give filmmakers a quality previously impossible without high-end cinema cameras. Exploring the cinematic quality and features offered by hybrid DSLRs, this book empowers the filmmaker to craft visually stunning images inexpensively. Learn to think more like a cinematographer than a videographer, whether shooting for a feature, short fiction, documentary, video journalism, or even a wedding. DSLR Cinema offers insight into different shooting styles, real-world tips and techniques, and advice on postproduction workflow as it guides you in crafting a film-like look. Case studies feature an international cast of cutting edge DSLR shooters today, including Philip Bloom (England), Bernardo Uzeda (Brazil), Rii Schroer (Germany), Jeremy Ian Thomas (United States), Shane Hurlbut, ASC (United States), and Po Chan (Hong Kong). Their films are examined in detail, exploring how each exemplifies great storytelling, exceptional visual character, and how you can push the limits of your DSLR.

  • Inside perspective from a master class of DSLR shooters
  • Emphasis on visual technique related to great stories
  • Progression from the fundamental tools needed by DSLR shooters to advanced techniques
  • Wide array of technical information: composition, lighting, camera movement, lenses, audio, postproduction workflow, and more
  • Lavish, full-color illustrations showcase real world examples from real DSLR videos
  • Companion Web site shows you the films discussed in the book, and more

Reviews "A huge thank you to Kurt Lancaster for giving a voice to HDSLR in this new trail-blazing book." -Shane Hurlbut, ASC (DP of Terminator Salvation)
"This book should be in every camera bag. A rich, comprehensive, and poetic examination of how filmmakers and cinematographers are creating stunning moving imagery with HDLSRs." -Rodney Charters, ASC (DP of TV series, 24).
"Kurt has written a masterpiece in HDSLR books-something that everyone starting to make a movie should read."-planetMitch (
"Out of nowhere, two DSLR cameras came out, and over a period of 18 months, they have been embraced by everyone from Lucasfilm to keen enthusiasts .. This is easily the most exciting time I have experienced in my 20 or so years in the business."-Philip Bloom, DP, Director, Filmmaker (
"It tells me exactly what I want to know - how to get the LOOK that I need. Hats off to the author for tackling this subject. It make the book INVALUABLE for the DSLR filmmaker." -Julian Grant, Producer/Director
"It will spread the revolution and introduce people to this way of would be a must read for anyone who has been filming for a year or two and still thinks in the old ways of looking through a camera." -Andrew Jones, Cinematographer

    Part I Using the Cinematographer's Toolkit to Craft Astounding Images with DSLRs:
  • Chapter 1 Composition, Blocking and Camera Movement;
  • Chapter 2 Lighting;
  • Chapter 3 Tonal Scale, Exposure, and Lenses;
  • Chapter 4 Using Picture Styles;
  • Chapter 5 Recording Quality Audio;
  • Chapter 6 Postproduction Workflow and Techniques
  • Chapter 7 Telling Better Stories with your DSLR
  • Part II Master DSLR Shooters at Work - Getting the Film Look (Case Studies):
  • Chapter 8: Crafting the Film Look with postproduction Work; Casulo(2009) by Bernardo Uzeda, Brazil
  • Chapter 9: Documentary Journalism: 16 Teeth: Cumbria's Last Traditional Rakemakers (2009), directed by Rii Schroer, England
  • Chapter 10: Short Documentary: A Day at the Races (2010), directed by Philip Bloom, United States
  • Chapter 11: Short Fiction: Chrysalis (2010), directed by Jeremy Thomas, United States
  • Chapter 12: Short Fiction: The Last Three Minutes (2010), directed by Po Chan and Shane Hurlbut, ASC, United States
  • Part III Getting the Gear and Telling Your Stories:
  • Chapter 13 DSLR Cinema Gear by Budget
  • Chapter 14 Conclusion: From Film to HDSLR cinema
  • Afterword by Philip Bloom
  • Appendix I Image Resolution
  • Appendix II ISO Tests for the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D
  • Appendix III Exposure and Dynamic Range
  • Appendix IV Luminance and Chrominance Compression

  • ISBN: 9780240815510
  • Trim: 7.5in x 9.25in
  • Publication Date: November 01, 2010
  • Format: Book - Paperback
  • Pages: 320
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