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

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A complete catalogue of motion picture techniques for filmmakers. It concentrates on the 'storytelling' school of filmmaking, utilizing the work of the great stylists who established the versatile vocabulary of technique that has dominated the movies
since 1915. This graphic approach includes comparisons of style by interpreting a 'model script', created for the book, in storyboard form.

Product Details

  • Series: Michael Wiese Productions
  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (July 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941188108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941188104
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.9 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds

Customer Reviews

From a vision to the screen….

3 helpful votes
 on July 12, 2012
By parislove
You better put on your thinking cap, have several arms, and eyes in the back of your head if you’re thinking of “directing” a film. Seeing the concept is one thing but, putting all the shots together is more than saying…action! “Shot by Shot” gives the director everything he/she needs regarding process, elements of continuity,the workshop to the moving camera.

Great Book

 on August 6, 2017
By Amazon Customer
Good Book for understanding Visual Storytelling

Shot by Shot

 on June 5, 2017
By Harold Katinszky
A great book on Film Directing

An Oldie, But Goodie

1 helpful vote
 on May 10, 2015
This is a dated book, but many of the concepts it discusses are timeless. It covers a wide range of important filmmaking concepts in a well-illustrated and easy to understand manner. I wouldn’t say this is the only filmmaking book you’ll ever need, but it is one definitely worth having and referring to from time to time. I would say that if you can understand and retain all the information in it, you would have an above average level of knowledge about filmmaking. And would probably be ahead of your peers. The book does the best job ever of explaining the line of action or 180 degree rule and how to effectively cross it. I have never seen a book explain it better. It also does a really great job of explaining how to stage dialogue sequences and gives illustrations to explain each one and there are many. He also gives a really nice summary of basic shot types and when you may or may not want to use them. In short, this book is an oldie, but goodie. If you don’t gain at least a few insights from reading this book, I would be surprised.

This book is as important to a budding filmmaker/videographer as …

1 helpful vote
 on October 1, 2015
By Steven Schwab
This book is as important to a budding filmmaker/videographer as is “The Elements of Style” for any writer/journalist. Buy it! Read – practice – repeat.

Great for novice filmmakers

 on August 14, 2017
By wendy
Great book, it shows a lot of storyboards from famous movies and gives a lot of methods for the creative process. This book is great for passionate novice film makers.

Knowing What to Look for!

 on August 20, 2010
By Ted King
This book is an absolute must for filmmakers. It is instructive on what you expect from your cinamatographer and determining if your director understands the screenplay the way the writer wrote it.

Five Stars

 on July 20, 2017
By Rod
Very nice Book!

Five Stars

 on March 17, 2017
By Mahesvara
Amazing book, good seller.

Loved it

 on July 4, 2016
By Alejandro Arango
It really helped as im just starting directing. Its old but the theory remains. I recommend it for beginners of the craft

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