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Cinematography: Theory and Practice, 2nd Edition by Blain Brown

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Shooting Methods

What is Cinematic?

It’s easy to think of filmmaking as not much more than “We’ll put the actors on the set and roll the camera.” Obviously there is much more involved, but it’s important to understand that even if all you do is record what is in front of the camera, you are still making definite decisions about how the audience is going to perceive the scene.

This is the crucial point: ultimately, filmmaking is about what the audience “gets” from each scene, not only intellectually (such as the plot) but also emotionally. Perhaps just as important, at the end of each scene are they still asking themselves, “I wonder what happens next?” In other words, are they still interested in the story?

A Question of Perception

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