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The Technique of the Motion Picture Camera

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The Technique of the Motion Picture Camera

(Library of Communication Techniques)

Bit of a trip down memory lane, but this book by H. Mario Raimondo Souto, was the first technical cinema book I ever had (for my 18th birthday in hardback). It was very expensive I remember, for the time,but was full of the kind of techie info a camera geek like me wanted. Not so much a book about technique, as the title suggested but lots of stuff about cameras and lenses, I really treasured it and still have my pristine copy.


Would be interested to know what was your first 'proper' cinematography or film related book?

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The forum update has thrown up this old post, so here goes.

"The work of the motion picture cameraman", Freddie Young and Paul Petzold, Focal Press, 1972.

A bit long in the tooth now, and it was a little dated even when I got it in about 1978, but a fascinating look into the world of one of the greatest lighting cameramen who ever lived. I took it to film school and it probably taught me the odd thing.

Bought at the same time, from the same series: "The work of the film director", A.J. Reynertson. A bit cerebral, probably responsible for my realising I didn't particularly want to direct.

"Filmmaking: A practical Guide", Carl Linder. More of an underground work. Still worth a read.

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