Master Shots Vol 1, 2nd edition: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie

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Master Shots gives filmmakers the techniques they need to execute complex, original shots on any budget. By using powerful master shots and well-executed moves, directors can develop a strong style and stand out from the crowd. Most low-budget movies look low-budget, because the director is forced to compromise at the last minute. Master Shots gives you so many powerful techniques that you’ll be able to respond, even under pressure, and create knock-out shots. Even when the clock is ticking and the light is fading, the techniques in this book can rescue your film, and make every shot look like it cost a fortune.
Each technique is illustrated with samples from great feature films and computer-generated diagrams for absolute clarity.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 241 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Second Edition, Revised edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1615930876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1615930876
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

Good book for beginners

9 helpful votes
 on April 30, 2013
By Knife G
I read the reviews if this book and found it to be very useful. For an amatuer film maker, this helps explain how to execute your ideas on to film. The book goes through different scenes from actual movies and explains the mechanics of taking the scene. The pictures are poorly done and the computer generated image doesnt really help. Color and brightness could have been better.

Does the job

7 helpful votes
 on September 7, 2012
By TomS
No need for a 500 page manual on setting up some clever shots. This smaller book does the job and does it well. It has an easy to understand walk through for each shot and diagrams and examples to go with them. I will grab Volume 2 as well I think!

Good read.

1 helpful vote
 on October 9, 2017
By sherwin
Great read! This book will take you from zero to hero. The visual aids are decent utilizing easy wording to maximize learning. You should own this book if you are considering film as a career.

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on May 4, 2015
By mimi quach
Extremely helpful!

A Master Shares Some Valuable Techniques

1 helpful vote
 on August 30, 2015
By Amazon Customer
Too much for my needs as a casual shooter, but it delivers on every count. Everything you need to know about staged shoots is spelled out in complete detail. The voice of experience rings loud and clear. I’ll take home some valuable general concepts, but this is really a guide for pros.

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on January 15, 2017
By Roger G. Levesque
Amazing book. Great read and reference guide. I’m using it now to plan my Film shots.

Five Stars

1 helpful vote
 on July 28, 2017
By Kevin Tommy Seedorf
As expected.

Great concept

15 helpful votes
 on May 10, 2012
By Jay Windland
I haven’t sat down and read this book straight through yet, but that isn’t necessarily the intent either. This is a reference book and actually a quite ingenious tool. It’s like training wheels for a new director or DP – when breaking down a script for a story board or shot list, you can simply skim through the book for the type of scene you are doing and find the various shot setups with full descriptions of how they are used and what they do to convey the different emotions you would be going for in the scene. There are pictures everywhere that clearly illustrate the setups, so it is easy to navigate the book and quickly understand the technique. The author recommends buying several copies for crew members and actually using it on set for reference to the look you are building. I don’t know if that would work on a lot of sets, but indie projects and student films with inexperienced crews could greatly benefit from that kind of reference point. I’m definitely going to use it liberally in storyboarding an upcoming short film.

This is a great collection for those who know about directing but they …

1 helpful vote
 on February 3, 2016
By William Wolffe
This is a great collection for those who know about directing but they want to make their framing matter more. A must have.

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