FROM THE PUBLISHER
Technically and philosophically oriented, Contemporary Cinematographers (1 &2) explores the tools, trends, personalities, and professional achievements of contemporary cinematographers, highlighting the behind-the-scenes struggles of the business of making motion pictures. Each chapter delves into the personal challenges, political properties, inter-departmental interactions, and artistic achievements of the artists who bring scripts to life through their choices of cameras, lights, lenses, filters, gels, and other supporting equipment. Covering a variety of film and television genres, each interview explores the tools cinematographers use to capture their shots, from traditional equipment to innovative camera and lighting "toys," as well as the integration of mechanical and computer graphic effects.
READER REVIEW - The mix is good
This book attempts to redress the fact that cinematographers tend to be underrated, even invisible, in the making of films. Even though they are "below-the-line" contractors (they don't participate in the profits of the project), the DP is responsible for the entire look of the show. Rarely are they acknowledged, let alone celebrated alongside Directors or Actors.
The mix is good. I've read a lot about feature film guys, perhaps most notably the 1984 book "Masters of Light", but little of contemporary shooters and even less from those working in TV or second-unit and special effects. All have interesting stories of how they got their career breaks and moved up through the ranks, telling interesting anecdotes on how the industry has changed as they go. Many offer technical tips, along with "how we did it" notes from their projects.
If you like reading technical "behind-the-scenes" interviews,... if you like photography and filmmaking in general, you'll like this book.