Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen

Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen

Shot by Shot is the world’s go-to directing book, now newly updated for a special 25th Anniversary edition! The first edition sold over 250,000 copies, making it one of the bestselling books on film di-recting of all time. Aspiring directors, cinematographers, editors, and producers, many of whom are now working professionals, learned the craft of visual storytelling from Shot by Shot, the most com-plete source for preplanning the look of a movie.
The book contains over 800 photos and illustrations, and is by far the most comprehensive look at shot design in print, containing storyboards from movies such as Citizen Kane, Blade Runner, Dead-pool, and Moonrise Kingdom. Also introduced is the concept of A, I, and L patterns as a way to sim-plify the hundreds of staging choices facing a director in every scene.
Shot by Shot uniquely blends story analysis with compositional strategies, citing examples then il-lustrated with the storyboards used for the actual films. Throughout the book, various visual ap-proaches to short scenes are shown, exposing the directing processes of our most celebrated au-teurs — including a meticulous, lavishly illustrated analysis of Steven Spielberg’s scene design for Empire of the Sun.

Title:Film Directing Shot by Shot: Visualizing from Concept to Screen
ISBN:9780941188104
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  • Xing Chen

    Read this as a novice film maker while directing/ producing my first short film. I really appreciated the technical depth- had picked up several volumes intended for beginning film makers, and this on...

  • Mike

    This looks like a great book, full of helpful material for someone wanting to work as a director. I got a copy out of the Library to check it out and have skimmed through it, but it's not the sort of ...

  • Jeffrey Moll

    This filmmaking book informs the reader how important the first step in production is, the pre-production period. Most of the book describes how to maintain a certain movement within a frame and how i...

  • Goodreads_user_2.0

    This is a book about all the types of shots, but it has a serious problem. The writer does not explain how the directors use and combine these shots with a narrative and emotional meaning. If you read...

  • Rebecca Noran

    i used this heavily in a literature review i did for my Design Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation class called "Storyboarding: a tool for visualization." this book is so cool, the best source i found ...

  • Natalie

    Informative, but dated. This was required reading when I was in grad school....

  • Robin

    (This is for the second, 2019 edition)Has some handy visual tips, and includes an interesting breakdown of a scene from Empire of the Sun, but largely this book is a mess. First of all, the photos and...

  • Ignacio Peña

    Essential reading for anyone looking to understand the visual language of filmmaking. A lot of what's in here are things I have actively put into practice over the last decade of work I've done in pre...

  • Michael Kareev

    Just classics of the genre...

  • Jordan Harland

    A great starting book for the would-be film practitioner or critic. Nest and easy to understand....