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Painting with Light

ISBN-10: 0520275845
ISBN-13: 9780520275843
Edition: 2013
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Description: Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impact on the cinematic medium as John Alton. Best known for his highly stylized film noir classicsT-Men, He Walked by Night, andThe Big Combo, Alton earned a reputation during the 1940s and 1950s as one  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/5/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Few cinematographers have had as decisive an impact on the cinematic medium as John Alton. Best known for his highly stylized film noir classicsT-Men, He Walked by Night, andThe Big Combo, Alton earned a reputation during the 1940s and 1950s as one of Hollywood's consummate craftsmen through his visual signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beams of light. No less renowned for his virtuoso color cinematography and deft appropriation of widescreen and Technicolor, he earned an Academy Award in 1951 for his work on the musicalAn American in Paris.First published in 1949,Painting With Lightremains one of the few truly canonical statements on the art of motion picture photography, an unrivaled historical document on the workings of postwar American cinema. In simple, non-technical language, Alton explains the job of the cinematographer and explores how lighting, camera techniques, and choice of locations determine the visual mood of film. Todd McCarthy's introduction provides an overview of Alton's biography and career and explores the influence of his work on contemporary cinematography and the foreword, written expressly for this edition by award-winning cinematographer John Bailey, explores Alton's often contentious relationships with colleagues, the American Society of Cinematographers, and the movie industry itself.

Foreword Film Noir's Sorcerer of Light: John Alton
Preface
Through a Lens Darkly: The Life and Films of John Alton
Filmography
Hollywood Photography
The City of Geniuses
The Photographic Staff
The Outstanding Stand-ins
The Laboratory Contact Man
Tools of Motion Picture Photography
Motion Picture Illumination
The Set
Props
People
Rigging for Illumination
Lighting Equipment
The Theory of Illumination
Mystery Lighting
Fire
Sets and Mystery
Lighting for Lightning
Lighting a Campfire Scene
How to Illuminate a Fireplace Scene
The Candle Flame
Doubles and Their Illumination
Criminal Lighting
The Radio Dial as a Light Source
The Power of Light
Special Illumination
Lighting the Street
Rain
Summer Moonlight
Autumn Fog
Wintertime
Dream Lighting
Train Light Effects
Interior of a Plane
Steamship Interiors
Tents
Gags and Tricks
Transparency or Process Photography
The Hollywood Close-Up
Starlight
The Close-up Is Born
Rules for Close-up Illumination
Tools Used for Making Close-ups
The Clock System of Placing Reflectors
Lighting Procedure
Outdoor Photography
Films with Exteriors
Mood in Exteriors
Composition
Painting with Sun Reflectors
Booster Lights
Painting with Filters
Light Problems
Westerns
The New School of Exterior Photography
Symphony in Snow
On Vacation
On Location
Ocean Voyage
Love, Live, Laugh, and Loaf
Preparation
At Sea
Taking Pictures
Arrival at a Foreign Port
In Port
Homeward Bound
Visual Music
Visual Symphony
The Portrait Studio
Improvements
Make-up and Portrait
The Laboratory
Screen Tests
The Contact Man
Negative Developing
Day and Night, Ladies, Watch Your Light
Faces
Interior Illumination of the Home
Outdoor Lighting
Lighting in Clubs, Bars, and Restaurants
Architectural Lighting
Motion Picture Theatres
The Headache
The Modern Theatre
The World is a Huge Television Studio and we are All Photographers
The Human Camera
The Laboratory
What Is Thinking?
Television

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