Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions)

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  1. Thor Vadir "herrdirektor" says:
    62 of 67 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Mixed Review, May 20, 2001
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    Thor Vadir “herrdirektor” (Beverly Hills, CA United States) –

    This review is from: Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions) (Paperback)

    The main problem with this book is that it suffers from either being too in depth and far beyond a beginners book or at other times is far too rudimentary. That said, its strength is that it is one of the only books on directing that actually takes you through shot composition, different lenses, and the cinematic achievement that can be created by various devices ranging from cranes to simple editing techniques. Overall, I feel that I learned some new things from this book, but at the same time – after having read it cover to cover – it just doesn’t strike me as a great reference book… as I had hoped it would be.

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  2. brent08@hotmail.com says:
    49 of 54 people found the following review helpful:
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    For someone trying to break in, this is the book for them., June 30, 1999
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    brent08@hotmail.com (Columbus,OH) –

    This review is from: Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions) (Paperback)

    When I entered college to recieve a bachelor’s degree, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do. I ended up choosing a degree in acting, but have since wondered if that was the wrong choice. In the last year of college, I became interested in film direction, but felt it was to late to pursue that career. Mr. Katz’s book has changed my mind. In less than one week, I learned more about the technique of film direction than I ever learned in numerous film, and television classes. This book was easy to read, yet not easy in subject matter. It challenges the reader to visualize the subject matter, and to work out common problems in his/her head. It uses an extensive study of soryboarding from both classic and fictional films to easily illustrate his technique. Although Mr Katz uses a pretty set theory of film mechanics, he does challenge the reader to experiment and to create new and exciting art. This book is a must for beginners in the film industry, and I have a hunch that advanced artists could learn a lot from it too.

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  3. kshaw@utopia.com says:
    37 of 41 people found the following review helpful:
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    Steven D. Katz positions the Filmmaker as Graphic Designer., August 28, 1997
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    kshaw@utopia.com (Boston, MA USA) –

    This review is from: Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen (Michael Wiese Productions) (Paperback)

    Film Directing Shot by Shot is a step back from the filmmaker’s lens. This book is a praise of preplanning shots and putting them together in the filmmaker’s head. Steven D. Katz has presented a great resource not laden with hard technical terminology limited to the professional. Katz explores the graphic design of a shot, presenting alternate examples of shot layout side by side. The author encourages seeing shots on the storyboard and how they play together, seeing the movie as static pictures before any film is spent. As he explains: “look at each sequence as a complete statement. Developing an intuitive sense of the overall perceptual effect of a sequence is one of the skills necessary for visualization.” (pp 160) He offers traditional process but encourages experimental methods where appropriate. I was pointed toward the book as an art professional interested in filmmaking. Having read other film preproduction books this has been the best so far.

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