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American Society of Cinematography, 9th Ed., 2004

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American Cinematographer Film Manual - 9th Edition (November, 2004)
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The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has just published the much-anticipated 8th edition of the "ASC Film Manual." The manual is an authoritative source of technical information that is a widely used reference around the world.

"Our purpose is to provide a single source of information that current and future cinematographers and other filmmakers can rely on," says ASC President Steven Poster. " ASC published its first film manual in 1930 (then called "The Cinematographic Annual"). This is the first new edition since 1993. It contains updated and new information about the art and craft of cinematography that was written and reviewed by the world's leading experts."

There are 40 chapters and more than 100 tables and charts in the 929-page manual. Each chapter is authored by a renowned expert on the subject. The latest edition features new chapters covering such topics as high-definition telecine mastering and digital film post-production.

Topics include:

-Comparisons of film formats -Advice on choosing lenses and filters -Techniques for emulsion testing -Detailed description of lab procedures -Information about lighting -Camera stabilization and movement -Front projection -Motion control and other visual effects techniques -Computer graphics -Aerial and underwater cinematography -How to expose film in infrared and ultra-violet light -Digital film mastering

ASC associate member Rob Hummel, a senior vice president at Warner Bros.Studios, edited the 8th edition of the "ASC Film Manual." Hummel is uniquely qualified to edit this book. He began his career working closely with cinematographers in production while a representative of Technicolor Laboratories. He has held positions in visual effects, post-production for Sony, Walt Disney Pictures, Imagineering's Theme Park Productions, Disney and DreamWorks Animation, International Post Production, among others. He is an active member of SMPTE, and serves on the Scientific and Technical Awards Committee of the Motion Picture Academy.

"Cinematography is an art form," says Hummel, "and as with any art form, the artist must understand the technology to realize his vision. The 'ASC Film Manual' has always been at the cinematographer's side in helping bridge the gap between the art of cinematography and its technical applications. The Manual helps the cinematographer master a complex and constantly evolving craft, which now crosses freely between film and digital boundaries. This edition has recaptured the best Manuals.'"

Two prominent cinematographers, Stephen Burum, ASC ("The Untouchables," "Hoffa," "Mission Impossible") and Richard Crudo, ASC ("American Buffalo," "Outside Providence," "American Pie") collaborated with Hummel on the selection of content. "Everyone involved with this edition worked at ensuring the Manual accurately covered the broad scope of information required not only by the experienced cinematographer in the field, but for students of the craft as well," adds Hummel.

They also reviewed every article for accuracy and relevance. Burum contributed a chapter entitled, "A Jumpstart Guide for the Student Cinematographer." "This is the first reformatting of the manual in many years," says Burum. "It is the chronicle of our craft. As Gordon Willis (ASC) said, 'There is no art without craft.'"

Crudo adds, "This publication will be particularly useful for current and future cinematographers, however, we believe it is a also a relevant guide for anyone who is involved in any aspect of filmmaking."

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iii
Advertising Section xi
Definition of a Cinematographer
John Hora, ASC 1
Origins of the American Society of Cinematographers
George E. Turner 2
Cinematographic Systems 4
Framing for Television: TV Safe Action Area
Dave Kenig 18
Comparisons of 1.85, Anamorphic and Super 35 Film Formats
Rob Hummel 21
Anamorphic Cinematography
John Hora, ASC 44
Dr. Rod Ryan 52
Putting the Image on Film 60
Exposure Meters
Jim Branch 63
Preparation of Motion Picture Camera Equipment
Marty Ollstein, Michael Hofstein & Tom Fraser 80
The Cinematographer and the Laboratory
Rob Hummel 99
Finding Your Own Printer Light
Richard Crudo, ASC 112
Emulsion Testing
Steven Poster, ASC 121
Light Sources, Luminaires and Lighting Filters 129
Iain A. Neil 151
Camera Filters
Ira Tiffen 193
Camera-Support Systems
Andy Romanoff 225
Camera-Stabilizing Systems 238
Crystal Controlled Cordless Camera Drive System
Edmund M. DiGiulio 252
Front-Projection Process
Petro Vlahos 257
William Hansard 276
Photographing Miniatures
Dennis Muren, ASC 286
Motion-Control Cinematography
Richard Edlund, ASC 290
Cinemagic of the Optical Printer
Linwood G. Dunn, ASC 298
Traveling Matte Composites
Petro Valhos and Bill Taylor, ASC 306
The Future of Traveling-Matte Composite Photography
Jonathan Erland 340
Digital Effects Cinematography
Dennis Muren, ASC 360
Computer Graphics and Digital Imaging
Allan Peach and Michael Whitney 363
Aerial Cinematography
Jon Kranhouse 374
Underwater Cinematography
Pete Romano 396
Artic Cinematography
Tropical Cinematography 417
Day-for-Night Cinematography 426
Infrared Cinematography
Dr. Rod Ryan 431
Ultraviolet Cinematography
Dr. Rod Ryan 433
Filming Television and Computer Displays
Bill Hogan and Steve Irwin 438
Machine-Readable Key Numbers in Film/Video Postproduction
Don Ver Ploeg 445
HD Telecine Mastering
Garrett J. Smith 450
Digital Film Postproduction
Glenn Kennel and Sarah Priestnall 458
Shooting 16mm Color Negative for Blowup to 35mm
Irwin W. Young 469
A Jumpstart Guide for the Student Cinematographer
Stephen H. Burum, ASC 478
Camera Section
16mm 584
Super 8mm 639
65mm 646
Table Reference (Table of Contents) 681
Lenses 684
Lens Extenders 828
Filters 832
Film 860
Further Reference 894
Index 902
Advertisers Index 929


Cinematographer's Screencraft — $37.00

  An Excellent Book for Practicing Professional, Students, and movie buffs alike
by Peter Ettedgui

The 17 directors of photography profiled in this book encompass three generations of filmmaking, representing a wide range of visual styles - from The African Queen to Delicatessen. Lavishly illustrated with over 500 color pictures, 300 black-and-white photos, and numerous diagrams, this reference features informative accompanyin' text based on interviews with each cinematographer. The cinematographers featured: Jack Cardiff, BSC, Douglas Slocombe, BSC, Sven Nykvist, ASC, Subrata Mitra, Raoul Coutard, Haskell Wexler, ASC, Laszlo Kovacks, ASC, Billy Williams, BSC, Robby Muller, NSC, BVK, Gordon Willis, ASC, Michael Chapman, ASC, John Seale, ASC, ACS, Stuart Dryburgh, Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC, Eduardo Serra, AFC, Janusz Kaminski, ASC, Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC

Softcover, 9"x12", 208 pages


Writer of Light — $34.95

 Vittorio Storaro is unmatched as a cinematographer with his use of light to convey mood and story in film. From the ASC classic archives and the pages of American Cinematographer magazine comes this definitive look at the work of one of the truly great lighting cameramen with his work on such classic films as Apocalypse Now, One from the Heart, Little Buddha and Bulworth.
Featuring:• A new forward by Warren Beatty
• Introductory essay by Ray Zone
• Q&A with Storaro on Apocalypse Now
• A behind-the-scenes look at the making of One from the Heart
• Storaro's work with Martin Scorsese on New York Stories
• Large format film and Little Buddha
• The filming of Storaroís recent hit Bulworth
• A brand new interview with Storaro on his work
• An inside look at Storaroís new masterpiece Goya in Bordeaux
• A comprehensive and annotated Filmography of Storaro's films

Here is the first book to be published on one of film's foremost cinematographers, Vittorio Storaro, the writer of light, who has set new standards for the artistry of color in motion on the big screen.

Ray Zone is the book review editor of American Cinematographer magazine and author, along with Chuck Roblin, of the popular "Living Pictures" feature.


Every Frame a Rembrandt — $34.95

  Every Frame a Rembrandt
by Andrew Laszlo, ASC

The "war stories" of a seasoned Hollywood professional cinematographerExplains how specific problems and challenges were overcome for each filmIllustrated with production stills from the author's personal collectionThis book examines the art and craft of motion picture photography through a veteran professional cinematographer's personal experiences on five major motion pictures, each selected to illustrate a particular series of challenges for the photographer."Every Frame a Rembrandt" is an expression heard on sound stages and locations the world over. While in most cases the expression is used lightly and not infrequently with a certain amount of sarcasm, its true meaning speaks highly of most cinematographers' commitment to producing the best, most interesting, unusual and memorable images for the screen. Through the five films he selected for this book Laszlo is able to show the broad range of complexity in motion picture photography, from the relatively simple "point and shoot" in the typical western to complex in-camera effects. In recounting his "war stories" Laszlo is able to show the day-to-day activities of a cinematographer before, during and after filming the project, discussing equipment, film stocks, testing, labs, unions, agents, budget requirements, and working with the director and producer. The five films discussed are Southern Comfort, The Warriors, Rambo: First Blood, Streets of Fire, and Innerspace. The book is illustrated throughout with production stills from Laszlo's extensive collection (12 in a color insert).CONTENTS: Southern Comfort; The Warriors; First Blood; Streets of Fire; Innerspace

ISBN 024080399X : 240pp : 6 x 9.25 In. : 12 color photos : 39 b/w photos : 6 line illustrations : Softcover : June 2000


The 5 C's of Cinematography — $29.95
Motion Picture Filming Techniques
by Joseph V. Masceli

The Five C's is one of the most widely respected books on filmmaking ever published. With the aid of hundreds of photographs and diagrams, it clearly and concisely presents the essential concepts and techniques of motion picture camerawork, and how these impact the allied areas of filmmaking.

Paperback edition, 8 1/2 x 11, 251 pages

Exploring the Color Image-$24.95
This classic book covers "Light and Color," "Characteristics of Colors," "Kodak Color Films," "Problems in Color Photography" and "Perception". Want to know the difference between additive and subtractive filtration? Or how reversal film reproduces different colors? Then this is the book for you.-60 pages.

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