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Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition by Christopher J. Bowen, Roy Thompson

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Study What Has Already Been Done

A large part of learning how to make good looking motion pictures is knowing that you should really study what has already been done. Conducting research is an easy, informative, and entertaining way to prepare one’s self for almost any shoot. You may watch movies, television programming of all kinds (sit-coms, documentaries, dramas, news shows, music videos, reality, etc.), experimental or avant-garde films, and even animations and motion graphics. Your goal is not to replicate precisely what has already been executed, but to find inspiration and common themes or methods that have been explored before you.

Many visually creative people also turn to art history for ideas, inspiration, or examples of particular ...

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