- Buy this item and get 90 days Free Amazon Music Unlimited. After purchase you will receive an email with further information. Offer valid for a limited time only. Terms and Conditions apply.” Learn more here.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ FREE Delivery
+ FREE Delivery
+ FREE Delivery
Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low Budget Movie Paperback – 18 April 2012
|New from||Used from|
Order within 7 hrs and 16 mins
Enhance your purchase
Special offers and product promotions
Frequently bought together
- Publisher : Michael Wiese Productions; 2 edition (18 April 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 362 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1615930876
- ISBN-13 : 978-1615930876
- Dimensions : 27.76 x 1.63 x 19 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 47,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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.
Review this product
Top reviews from other countries
HOWEVER, while the blurb on the back says, for this 2nd edition, "every image has been digitally remastered for clarity", I DISAGREE! The movie images lack sharpness, are unclear and are in black and white, a letdown for what I believed was a quality book. The examples of camera position and subject placement were very useful but as with the selected movie frames, they too lack sharpness and are unclear. Unfortunately MWP let themselves down in this respect unlike their usual very good to excellent standard.
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.