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

For someone trying to break in, this is the book for them.

75 people found this helpful.
 on June 30, 1999
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.

Steven D. Katz positions the Filmmaker as Graphic Designer.

50 people found this helpful.
 on August 28, 1997
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.

THE book on STORYBOARDING, really the only BOOK, and great.

27 people found this helpful.
 on August 12, 2000
I wish I had this book before storyboarding on my first feature film years ago. While teaching storyboarding classes in Savannah and Toronto I searched online and was always dissapointed with the few and poorly written books available for Storyboarding until I found this one. Its awsome! It covers all topics of storyboarding and other relative areas in filmaking to help the storyboarder understand film terms, filmic language, and what their place is in production.


26 people found this helpful.
 on August 27, 2002
By Jamie Innes
I wish I had this book when I was in 6th form. If I had, the last 5 years of my life could have been very different. Unfortunately, I only got hold of this book 6 months ago, and quickly read it cover to cover.

The title says it all

16 people found this helpful.
 on March 4, 2004
If you’re expecting, that you will learn how to direct actors or get dramatic an unique performances with this book you’re wrong, this book it’s about visualizing, how to move the camera, why, continuity styles, storyboarding, etc,

Believe The Hype

16 people found this helpful.
 on November 17, 2005
By Christopher Polanco
After reading this book from front to back I can safely say that this book is an institution. I picked it up practically knowing nothing and walked away with a wealth of information. Excellent storyboarding techniques and the chapters on composition and staging dialogue sequences are invaluable. Katz’s illustrated and highly informative writing is simple and fun to read also very interesting. A must read for any serious aspiring filmmaker.

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