Sunday, August 16, 2015

Film Art - An Introduction by Bordwell & Thompson

Film Art - An Introduction (Ninth Edition) by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, McGraw Hill 2010.

My only complaint about this book is its dimensions. Impossible to read in bed as it is too unwieldy!

Otherwise it is a phenomenal resource, jam-packed with useful information, ideas and inspiration. It contains lots of practical help with well-explained and illustrated examples.

Each chapter is summarised and includes a wealth of "where to go from here" suggested resources plus links to the blog and recommended DVDs.

The first chapter covers 'creativity, technology and business' with some fascinating insights to the industry including production and distribution.

Other key subject areas include the significance of film form, narrative, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sounds, 'style as a formal system', genres, documentary, experimental, animation, critical analysis and film history.

I particularly like all the quotations from directors and DoPs. This book makes me want to carry on studying film full time.

The cover says it is an "International Student Edition for use outside the US" - I wonder the differences are...

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