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Digital Cinematography & Directing


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  • Comprehensive coverage of digital cinematography and directing theory and practice—The first book to thoroughly integrate both the concepts and practical techniques of digital cinematography and directing.
    • Gives students skills they can use right away, and a solid foundation for translating traditional cinematography and directing techniques into the digital realm.

  • Coverage of all steps of the process—Covers shot planning, storyboarding, composition and motion studies, direction, staging, lines of action, shot setup, sound, resolutions, compression, editing, rendering, and more.
    • Helps students succeed whether they are responsible for an entire project or just certain phases or facets of the project.

  • Start to finish case study demonstrating key concepts at work in an actual project—Presents each new technique and concept in the context of its real-world application.
    • Gives students a practical understanding of the realities of digital cinematography and directing, and the most common challenges they will encounter.

  • Techniques that are applicable to a wide range of market-leading tools—Provides coverage that will be invaluable to students whether they are using After Effects, Maya, Softimage, LightWave, 3D Studio Max, Bryce, trueSpace, or another software package.
    • Gives students the flexibility to succeed with whatever tools fit their projects and budgets.

  • Full color, with many example photos—Illuminates key techniques with full-color sample photos.
    • Teaches digital cinematography and direction visually, for rapid comprehension and better retention.

  • By Dan Ablan, one of the field's leading experts—Authored by an expert whose digital filmmaking clients range from NASA to McDonald's, ABC and FOX to United Airlines.
    • Gives students confidence that they are receiving information that is thorough, accurate, clear, and useful and reflects the realities they will actually face.


  • Copyright 2003
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-7357-1258-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7357-1258-4

digital Cinematography and Directing is unlike any other cinematography or directing book you've seen. This book was written entirely for 3D animators. Based on real-world photographic and cinematic principles, it teaches you essential skills and concepts that you can apply to any industry 3D application, such as LightWave 3D, Softimage XSI, 3ds max, CINEMA 4D, Maya, and other leading programs. This book does not focus on using software but rather teaches you how to understand and use the camera within your 3D application.

  • Master focal lengths, f-stops, and apertures within your 3D aplication.
  • Learn how pre-production planning can guide and enhance your project by applying essential storyboarding techniques.
  • Use light as not only an illumination source, but as a tool for cinematic storytelling. Learn how to direct your digital cast with proper staging techniques
  • "Dan Ablan's years of innovating digital production techniques and his undeniable expertise at teaching CGI, FX, and Film, makes digitalCinematography and Directing a must-have!" -Dave Adams, Dreamworks.

Sample Content

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The [digital] Camera for 3D Artists

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Sample Chapter - 796 kb -- Chapter 2 - The [Digital] Camera

Table of Contents

 1. Introduction.

 2. The [digital] Camera.

 3. Storyboards.

 4. Planning Shots.

 5. Lighting.

 6. [digital] Directing.

 7. Staging.

 8. Lines of Action.

 9. Sound.

10. Resolutions, Compression, and Rendering.

11. Editing.

12. Final Thoughts.



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