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George, George L, American Cinematographer


FACETS OF FILM CRAFT

A newly updated edition of Peter Jones' THE TECHNIQUE OF THE TELEVISION CAMERAMAN (Hastings House $14.50/6.00) presents the latest information on TV camera operating practices. Written by an experienced director of photography and revised by his colleague Edward Thomas, it is a standard text, covering knowledgeably and in a clear style all the areas of a video cameraman's activities, his equipment and procedures.

While not dealing primarily with cinematography. Prof. O. R. Cray's GRAPHIC EFFECTS BY PHOTOGRAPHY (Hastings House $12.95) deserves mentioning here for its imaginative and practical tips on the creation of visual effects to enhance pictorial values on the screen.

A useful guide to cost estimates, HOW TO PREPARE A PRODUCTION BUDGET FOR FILM AND VIDEOTAPE by Sylvia Alien Costa, covers effectively the numerous items of a properly prepared budget. Although some figures need adjusting to local conditions or newer scales, the basic information is thorough and well organized (TAB Books, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214 $12.95).

The 3rd revised edition of Alec Nesb.cc's THE TECHNIQUE OF THE SOUND STUDIO (Hastings House $14.50/10.50) updates available information on the audio aspects of film, TV and radio. Written largely in non-technical language, it clarifies the nature of sound, discusses recording and reproduction, and surveys equipment and its utilization.

READY REFERENCES

MeI Schuster's MOTION PICTURE DIRECTORS is an extensive guide to articles on directors, filmmakers and animators published between 1900 and 1970 in 340 English language periodicals. More than 2300 individuals are represented in this indispensable and significant addition to research literature (Scarecrow Press $12.50).

Two volumes have been added to the invaluable series of THE NEW YORK TIMES FILM REVIEWS, covering 1969/70 and 1971/72. Beside the reviews, they include the year-end Ten Best Films survey. New York Critics and Academy awards, and various addenda/ errata. There are now in print seven such volumes of authoritative NYT appraisals of the world movie scene since 1913 and the changing artistry, techniques and values of the medium. (Arno Press, $27.00 & $35.00 resp.).

Volume Two of Walt Lee's REFERENCE GUIDE TO FANTASTIC FILMS covers, from G to O, a large contingent of science-fiction, fantasy and horror movies from all over the world. This comprehensive listing with pertinent data on each film will, upon the Spring publication of the concluding volume, contain over 25,000 movies of this universally popular genre. (Available from Walt Lee, Box 66273, L.A., CA 90066 $9.95 ea., $28.00 for the set.)

An exhaustive bibliography of bpoks dealing with cinema and television-as well as theater, radio, mass media and popular arts-has been expertlyCassembled by Ralph Newman Schoolcra"ft.:J PERFORMING ARTS BOOKS IN PRINT lists some 12,000 annotated entries of English language books published through 1971. Subdivided in appropriate categories, this basic source of scholarly information is an indispensable research tool, updated in quarterly supplements (DBS, 150 W. 52 St., NYC 10019 $32.50, suppls. $2.50 yr.).

New Mexico filming and production facilities are listed in NEW MEXICO LOCATION MANUAL, an attractive periodical guide issued under the Governor's seal and with a 1912 plug from D. …

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