Film Directing: Shot by Shot - 25th Anniversary Edition: Visualizing from Concept to Screen

Film Directing: Shot by Shot - 25th Anniversary Edition: Visualizing from Concept to Screen

by Steve D. Katz


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Shot by Shot is the world’s go-to directing book, now newly updated for a special 25th Anniversary edition! The first edition sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the bestselling books on film di-recting of all time. Aspiring directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers, many of whom are now working professionals, learned the craft of visual storytelling from Shot by Shot, the most com-plete source for preplanning the look of a movie.
The book contains over 800 photos and illustrations, and is by far the most comprehensive look at shot design in print, containing storyboards from movies such as Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, Dead-pool, and Moonrise Kingdom. Also introduced is the concept of A, I, and L patterns as a way to sim-plify the hundreds of staging choices facing a director in every scene.
Shot by Shot uniquely blends story analysis with compositional strategies, citing examples then il-lustrated with the storyboards used for the actual films. Throughout the book, various visual ap-proaches to short scenes are shown, exposing the directing processes of our most celebrated au-teurs — including a meticulous, lavishly illustrated analysis of Steven Spielberg’s scene design for Empire of the Sun.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781615932979
Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date: 04/29/2019
Edition description: Anniversar
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 266,731
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Steven D. Katz is an award-winning writer, producer, and director. His work has appeared on Sat-urday Night Live and in many cable and theatrically released films, such as Clear and Present Dan-ger, for which he completed the first full digital previsualization of a motion picture. He has taught workshops at the American Film Institute, Sundance Film Festival, Parsons School of Design, Danish Film Institute, School for Visual Arts (in New York), and Shanghai University, among many others.

Table of Contents


PART I — Visualization: The Process
1. Visualization
2. Production Design
3. Storyboards
4. Visualization: Tools and Techniques
5. The Production Cycle

PART II — Elements of the Continuity Style
6. Composing Shots: Spatial Connections
7. Editing: Temporal Connections

PART III — The Workshop
8. The Basics Applied
9. Staging Dialogue Sequences
10. Dialogue Staging with Three Subjects
11. Four or More Player Dialogue Stagings
12. Mobile Staging
13. Depth of the Frame
14. Camera Angles
15. Open and Closed Framings
16. Point of View

PART IV — The Moving Camera
17. The Pan
18. The Crane Shot
19. The Tracking Shot
20. Tracking Shot Choreography
21. Transitions
22. Format
23. Shadowing
24. Short Cuts
25. Parting Shots

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