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Books on film and architecture…

In Design on March 27, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Here is an outline of some of the books that I am reading now and recommend to anyone wishing to learn more about set design and architecture in film.

( added by Katrina Kocialkowska on: 13 March 2011)

Learning from Hollywood, Architecture in Film by Hans Dieter Schaal

Hollywood is not only the secret world capital of dreams and the fictions of the subconscious, but also the capital of architecture. Hollywood is the Rome and the Versailles of the 20th and 21st centuries. A new awareness of space spanning the entire world was created here. These backgrounds, stage sets and filmic spaces are indelibly fixed in every spectator’s mind. It may be in the cinema that the first time you saw the desert, the Rocky Mountain cliffs, Greenland’s glacier mountains and California’s sandy beaches.  Film’s power to bring people together can scarcely be overestimated. Film architecture is world architecture.

to buy or read more: www.waterstones.com

Ken Adam Designs the Movies: James Bond and Beyond by Ken Adam

This book showcases the drawings of Ken Adam, the man who has created some of the most iconic and memorable sets in the history of film. Presented chronologically, the book takes us from design sketches for his earliest movies, including “Around the World in Eighty Days”, through his Oscar-winning work with Stanley Kubrick, to production designs for what are probably his most celebrated films the first seven “James Bond” movies, including “Dr. No”, “Goldfinger”, “Diamonds are Forever” and “Moonraker”. Also included are production drawings for classics such as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Goodbye”, “Mr Chips”, “Sleuth” and “The Last Emperor”. Adam’s virtuoso sketches for films and other projects are accompanied by illuminating commentary from the eminent Sir Christopher Frayling, and together present an unrivaled archive of breathtaking and inspirational production design.

to buy or read more about it: www.waterstones.com

Cinematography, theory and practice by Blain Brown

Lavishly produced and illustrated, “Cinematography” covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it’s appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book’s focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.

to buy or read more about it: www.waterstones.com


From Still to Motion by Ball, Carman, Gottshalk, Harrington

Book and accompanying DVD with over six hours of video training–all geared to teach you everything about shooting video with your DSLR With the arrival of high-definition video-enabled DSLR cameras, photographers are faced with an opportunity for creativity and a competitive edge in their field unlike anything they’ve experienced before.  This book explores the entire spectrum of video for DSLR camera owners, with recommendations on gear, planning, lighting, lenses, audio, editing, color correcting, exporting, media management, and more.

* Covers a wide variety of shooting styles, including indoor, outdoor, studio, portrait, event, and available light. * Addresses technical challenges associated with DSLR video, such as camera movement, multiple camera coverage, low-light videography, and synchronized sound.

* Explores additional creative techniques such as stop motion and timelapse photography in depth.



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