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  • SubGenre:Techniques / Cinematography & Videography
  • Language:English
  • Pages:836
  • Hardcover ISBN:9781667861708

The Cine Lens Manual

The Definitive Filmmaker's Guide to Cinema Lenses

by Jay Holben and Christopher Probst, ASC

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The Definitive Filmmaker's Guide to the Design, Implementation and History and of Motion Picture Optics. From the very basics of "what is a cinema lens" through to a Master's-level understanding of optical design, mechanical design, history, evaluation, care and an in depth survey of over 300 family of cinema lenses from the birth of the movies to today's most advanced optics. 836 pages of information with more than 1,500 photos and illustrations. The book also includes over 2,000 film and TV titles and the lenses used to photograph them. There is no other resource on cinema lenses like it, period. The Cine Lens Manual is an introductory textbook to optics, an advanced text on design, a history book, an encyclopedia of cinema lenses, a field guide to motion picture optics and more. It's perfect for established professionals, aspiring filmmakers, students, historians, journalists, equipment house technicians and so many more. The Cine Lens Manual answers every question you ever wanted to know about cinema style optics and even more you didn't even know you wanted to ask!
It is the camera that separates cinema from other art forms and the lens that allows a scene to be captured by the camera. The cinema lens, therefore, is at the heart of filmmaking. All aspects of a production are carefully crafted with the intention of being captured by the lens and camera to create a visual story. The Cine Lens Manual is a comprehensive examination of the art and science of cinema optics. Written in clear, easily-digestible language, and extensively illustrated, The Cine Lens Manual is designed for readers of all levels of experience from novice to expert. With more than 60-years of experience between them as cinematographers, technical journalists and educators, authors Holben and Probst break down the most complex concepts into easy-to-understand ideas, without requiring a mastery of calculus or physics. This manual is not just for cinematographers, but for all individuals with an interest in the lens — directors, visual effects artists, camera assistants, animators, technical journalists, historians, students, rental house technicians — anyone looking for a deeper understanding of cinema optics. It is unlike anything else that has ever been written on the subject. The chapters explore: • A primer on cinema lenses • Introduction to optical design • Investigation of advanced optical design and early photographic lenses • Examination of optomechanical design • Evolution of motion picture formats • History and genealogy of 140 years of purpose-built cinema lenses, detailing more than 300 series • Modifying existing lenses for use in cinema or to creatively custom-tune their performance • Testing and evaluating lenses • Care and maintenance of cinema lenses The Cine Lens Manual is a journey through the world of cinema lenses investigating every possible aspect from the formation of glass itself into today's top cinematographic optical tools. It is a must-read for all visual storytellers working in the cinematographic world.
About the author
Jay Holben is an independent director and producer in Los Angeles. A former ("recovering") cinematographer, he is an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, the chair of the ASC's Motion Imaging Technology Council's Lens Committee, and a technical contributing editor for American Cinematographer magazine. He is an international lecturer on the art and science of filmmaking and serves as a faculty instructor for the Global Cinematography Institute, a school started by the late Academy Award winning cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC. He is the author of two previous books on cinematography: A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Cinematic Lighting on (Almost) No Budget and Behind the Lens: Dispatches from the Cinematographic Trenches.
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