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DSLR Cinema

Book Description

Large sensor video cameras (DSLRs) offer filmmakers an affordable, high-quality image previously impossible without high-end cinema cameras. These video-capable DSLR cameras have revolutionized filmmaking, documentary production, journalism, television, and even Hollywood cinema. This book empowers the filmmaker to craft visually stunning images inexpensively.

DSLR Cinema presents insight into different shooting styles and real-world tips and techniques indispensible to any DSLR filmmaker. This updated and expanded edition includes new workflows for Adobe Premier and Final Cut X-from syncing external audio settings to using the right settings. It also covers the workflow for using Technicolor's picture style, CineStyle, designed on consultation with Canon scientists.

DSLR Cinema features case studies of an international cast of cutting edge DSLR shooters, including Philip Bloom, Shane Hurlbut, Bernardo Uzeda, Rii Schroer, Danfun Dennis, and many more. The films are examined in detail, exploring how each exemplifies great storytelling, exceptional visual character, and how you can push the limits of your DSLR.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Halftitle
  3. Title
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. About the Website
  8. Introduction
  9. PART 1. DSLR Shooter’s Toolkit: A Cinematographer’s Guide to Crafting Astounding Images and Telling Better Stories
    1. 1. Composition, Blocking, and Camera Movement
    2. 2. Lighting Your DSLR Shoot
    3. 3. Exposing Your Shots with DSLRs: Metering with the Zone System and Using the Right Lens
    4. 4. Using DSLR Picture Styles: Pitfalls of Presets and Creating Custom Styles
    5. 5. Recording Quality Audio with DSLRs: Yes, It’s Possible!
    6. 6. DSLR Postproduction Workflow and Techniques: Transcoding Footage, Syncing Audio, and Color Grading
    7. 7. Telling Better Stories with Your DSLR
  10. PART 2. Master DSLR Shooters at Work: Case Studies
    1. 8. Crafting the Film Look with Postproduction Work: Casulo (2009), directed by Bernardo Uzeda, Brazil, 17 min.
    2. 9. Crafting the Film Look by Building a Rapport with Characters: 16 Teeth: Cumbria’s Last Traditional Rakemakers (2009), directed by Rii Schroer, England, 2:29 min.
    3. 10. Crafting the Film Look with Cinema Lenses: A Day at the Races (2010), directed by Philip Bloom, United States, 6:00 min.
    4. 11. Crafting the Film Look with Location and CGI Art: The Chrysalis (2010), directed by Jeremy Ian Thomas, United States, 6:54 min.
    5. 12. Crafting the Film Look with Light, Composition, and Blocking: The Last 3 Minutes (2010), directed by Po Chan, director of photography Shane Hurlbut, ASC, United States, 5:18 min.
  11. PART 3. Getting the Gear
    1. 13. DSLR Cinema Gear by Budget
    2. 14. Conclusion: From Film to HDSLR Cinema
  12. Afterword by Philip Bloom
  13. Appendix 1. Image Resolution.
  14. Appendix 2. ISO Tests for the Canon 5D Mark II and 7D
  15. Appendix 3. Exposure and Dynamic Range
  16. Appendix 4. Luminance and Chrominance Compression
  17. Appendix 5. Story Treatment to The Last 3 Minutes by Po Chan
  18. Appendix 6. Twelve Steps for HDSLR Shooting
  19. Index