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Visual Story (The). Bruce Block. 2nd Edition

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  • Author: Bruce Block
  • Paperback: 310 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press: 2007
  • ISBN: 9780240807799

The Visual Story, Seeing the Structure of Film, TV, and New Media offers those interested in cinematography, production design, directing and screenwriting a clear view of the relationship between the story/script structure and the visual structure of a film or video. An understanding of the visual components will serve as the guide in the selection of locations, set dressing, props, wardrobe, lenses, camera positions, lighting, actor staging, and editorial choices. The vocabulary as well as the insight is provided to purposefully control the given components to create the ultimate visual story. For example: know that a saturated yellow will always attract a viewer's eye first; decide to avoid abrupt editing by mastering continuum of movement; and benefit from the suggested list of films to study rhythmic control. The Visual Storyshatters the wall between theory and practice, bringing these two aspects of the craft together in an essential connection for all those creating visual stories.

About the Author
Bruce Block has worked in a creative capacity on dozens of feature films and television shows. His feature film producing credits include What Women Want, The Parent Trap, Father of the Bride I & II, and Baby Boom. He served as creative consultant on As Good As It Gets, Stuart Little and many other feature films and television productions. He is an adjunct Professor at the USC School of Cinema & Television and teaches classes in visual structure at AFI, the UCLA Performing Arts Extension Program, Walt Disney Feature and Television Animation, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Dreamworks Animation, PIXAR Studios, Pacific Data Images and other media and advertising companies.

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