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- Basics of Film-Making
|by Dr. Ratan Bhattacharjee|
Bengali film literature is no less rich but it becomes richer by the new addition of two books Chalocchitrer Antarmahal and Video Theke Cinematography. Both books published in Bengali are perfect for anyone committed to film or video production.
Motion Picture Camera Techniques and The Hands on Manual for Cinematographers by David Samulson, Peter Ettedgui’s Cinematography: Screencraft, Willaim Hines’ Operating Cinematography for Film and Video and Kris Malkeiwicz’s Cinematography – A Guide for Filmmakers and Film Teachers are good handbooks in English for learning cinematography.
The book was written for a wider audience and it is really surprising that Piyali and Santanu both now engaged in teaching in the Video and Mass Communication Dept of Vidyasagar University have written this wonderful book for us from their day to day first-hand experience in video making. The low budget Indian filmmakers would be immensely benefited by it. It is no doubt a user-friendly effort from the part of the authors. The analytical style shines through the technical details in both the books. Technically and philosophically oriented the book explores the tools, and trends of achievements in modern cinematography, highlighting the behind-the-scenes struggles of the business of making motion pictures. Each chapter delves into the personal challenges, inter-departmental interactions, and artistic achievements of the artists who bring scripts to life through their choice of cameras, lights, lenses, filters, gels, and other supporting equipment.
The books are not huge in volume but they do justice to the adage: ‘Small is beautiful’. It is a unique venture for them as they aim at unraveling for the first time the multi-layered language of film-making, by exploring the fusion of crafts which combine to create the most important art form of the 20th century. The director’s technical role in the process of revealing a story through images is featured in the books as they encompass the language of film. The two books will inspire practicing professionals, students, and movie buffs alike. The beautifully designed and illustrated books speak in the voices of this cinematography more than the cinematographers and through the powerful images they have created for the screen. Suhrid Publications can claim applaud for attractive layout and design of both these books. The books are low-priced and even the indigent learner can buy them comfortably.
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