Paper planes at the cinema : our opinion

The book plans in The cinema of Jose Cruz and Jeremy Vineyard covers many great effects cinema very helpful for filmmakers seeking images, and sequence points. More than 100 effects are explained in the book, most of them accompanied by illustrations and examples of famous films that have been recognized for their qualities of film.

What is it about ?

“This book is the work of a lover of the cinema. It is the result of an impressive number of hours of watching films to dissect the writing. The Plans for the cinema was set up as part of a large repertoire of techniques used by the film language. The author dedicated it to the filmmakers, beginners or experienced, for designers of story-boards, film students, film buffs, and anyone interested in the realization.

A Simple approach such as presentation, this tool operates at two speeds : a book of classic introduction for the novice, a practical guide for filmmakers confirmed. Nearly a hundred processes of framing, shooting, moving the camera or mounting, giving rise to an effect are described here. Each is accompanied by storyboards original of Jose Cruz and a series of examples drawn from all film genres.

Some 150 references to the plans of anthology films, classic, recent, large or small budget, will allow all the fans to discover the behind-the-scenes and professionals to strengthen their passion and intelligence of the film : 2001, a space Odyssey, Blade Runner, Blue Velvet, Buffalo 66, The Godfather, La Strada, cold Sweat, M. the Cursed, Rashomon, Nola Darling does her head, the Matrix, Titanic, and many more…”

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The techniques that any developer needs to know

Contrary to what one might assume based on the title of the book, it does not merely address the Scales of the plans or the work on the framework that can do the director.

Many of the techniques are discussed, as are camera movements such as dolly and panning, techniques of composition, angles, narrative as the point of view and the effects of mask or techniques and editing effects. The chapter on this subject is quite comprehensive, as it addresses in turn the fittings, the concept of field / in contrast / out of scope, montage alterné or even the Split screen.

Each technique discussed in the book offers a concrete explanation on its functioning and its usefulness. In addition, examples of films using this technique are cited, while the vignettes illustrate the document by replicating the movement or raised.

In addition to many of the effects mentioned, an index of films cited and other developers can easily identify the effects that are used by such and such a filmmaker. A item very practical for those who are captivated by the cinema of Quentin Tarantino and would like to emulate it without knowing where to start !

If I found this book less successful than The narrative techniques in film, a little bit based on the same structure, it remains a very nice tool, that I highly recommend to apprentices filmmakers in search of references on the various methods of realisation.

Example of technique :

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Depth of field effect and linear effect

That is what it is ?

To create a depth of field effect, it is necessary that the characters are placed at great distances from each other. One of the characters can be found at the bottom of the frame and another stand at the same time in the foreground just in front of the camera.

The linear effect comes directly from the theatre, where all the characters are lined up on the stage. It showcases a scene, the space plan and decor.

In what movies ?

In Citizen Kane, it is actually a important use of the depth of field effect. In 2001, a space Odyssey, remember-you are the speaker who is holding a conference on a podium, far away from the background.

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