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    Does anyone have any good links to articles on the web which explains the basic rules of film making. I am talking about the kind of stuff Tim Stannard talks about when he explains stuff like you can't go from a left side view to a right side view without a cut scene or panning the camera. Eye levels etc.

    Its all becoming a little more important to me as I play around with animating characters etc.

    I could google it I know, but then again I would not recognise crap if I read it at the moment.

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    There's a book "The Grammar of the Edit" by Roy Thompson on Focal Press which really explains all you need to know, such as why some cuts work and others don't.

    Unfortunately a lot of rubbish is available on t'internet and I have found that it's better to rely on something which has been researched and printed on paper, rather than risk reading the opinions of a teenager selling himself as a pro on the web.

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    Thanks Gaffer, I will see if I can get a copy. Ta very much.

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    Just bought it and his other book from Amazon. Just the ticket. Now I will be able to pick up old Stannard.

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    I have the "Grammar" and it's quite useful though I found most of it superfluous after reading what I consider to be my "Bible" - highly recommended here - particularly by one Mark W. It's "old school" and written in 1965.

    "The Five Cs of Cinematography" by Joseph V Mascelli.

    This book turned me from a clueless dabbler into someone who at least began to get some understanding of what makes "good" and "bad" shots and sequences.

    I consider this book an absolute essential for any filmmakers.

    I've also had occasional access to the Holywood Camera Work DVDs which someone else was praising here a few weeks back. This is serious stuff which I can only begin to understand (and costs serious money - but I would imagine worth every penny for anyone who wants to work in the industry)
    Tim

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    Books have arrived.

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    LOL You don't mess about Shrimpy good on ya! I might grab a copy of that as well...!

    Cheers again Gaffer.....

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    I have found that it's better to rely on something which has been researched and printed on paper, rather than risk reading the opinions of a teenager selling himself as a pro on the web.
    I totally agree with you there!


    Shrimpy which one did you go for ? as I have found 2 types a paperback and a media manual

    Grammar of the Edit: Amazon.co.uk: Roy Thompson, Christopher J. Bowen: Books


    Grammar of the Edit (Media Manuals): Amazon.co.uk: Roy Thompson: Books

    also how do you find it; Shame that Boarders have gone bust! a brows and a coffee; I'll miss that.
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    I went for the paperback, mistake, the book quality is poor and I doubt it will take much thumbing, still its not particuarly thick so it won't take long to read. I also bought his book called the grammer of the shot, which is how to shoot it right in the first place.

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    LOL I was thinking the same, lol dam amazon marketing hehehehe

    MMMMmmm got me thinking......also this page view thing I don't agree with having to supply your email address.

    I think you might have started something shrimpy; how about a recommended reading section.
    as people need to learn and a good point in the right direction always helps

    How many pages is it ? is yours the top or bottom one?

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    Its the top one. On Amazon you can view the contents and 1st chapter for free.

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