Higher Education

Exploring Digital Cinematography, 1st Edition

  • Jason Donati
  • ISBN-10: 1418050768  |  ISBN-13: 9781418050764
  • 288 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $92.25
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Successful animators- the ones who land the exciting jobs and who win the industry awards- must be more than simply a talented artist, a great filmmaker, or a skilled technologist. They need to be all three! For the first time, aspiring animators and those in the field looking to move up have a resource to help them develop this entire skill set with Exploring Digital Cinematography. Award-winning animator Jason Donati examines such key concepts as CG directing, lighting, and texturing from the three different perspectives of art, film, and technology. Beginning with a solid foundation of art and filmmaking knowledge, this groundbreaking book then translates key production techniques- including depth of field, camera blocking, and three-point lighting- into the 3D world. This unique approach bridges the gap between traditional live-action cinematography and cutting-edge 3D animation, giving readers all the skills they need to realize their full 3D animation potential.

Features and Benefits

  • A wide variety of interesting exercises and examples from contemporary animation work show the practical application of the many topics covered
  • A very visual approach to the content helps readers see the techniques discussed and showcases important points
  • The book's software-neutral approach allows its concepts and practices to be applied to all major 3D software packages�giving readers a valuable knowledge base that will outlast any particular software release
  • Artist spotlights highlight digital cinematography experts who have produced some of the best 3D animated shorts in recent history

Table of Contents

-Understanding Digital Cinematography
-Introduction to Directing the Animated Film
-Visual Storytelling
-Directing the Camera- A Traditional Filmmaking Perspective
-The Virtual Camera
-Introduction to Light and Color
-Light Direction
-The Virtual Light
-Introduction to Rendering
-Rendering as a Director’s Tool
-Rendering - Technically Speaking
-The Digital Cinematographer
-Summary- Where To Go From Here

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jason Donati

Jason Donati received a BFA in Computer Animation from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and an MFA from the School of Film & Animation at Rochester Institute of Technology. The winner of several awards, including SIGGRAPH Animation Theater in both 1999 and 2000, Jason is Chair of the Media Arts & Animation department at The New England Institute of Art.