This is when a camera moves from one scene of action to another to show two events taking place simultaneously. In my many years of teaching, I’ve asked hundreds of learning filmmakers if they can tell me what the 5 C’s stand for without looking at their phones – and I can count on one hand the number of students who were able to remember. Dec 19, Srinivas added it. Small details in these shots appear large on a movie screen. Previous Post Special Guest Interview: Mascelli demonstrates the correct vs incorrect use of camera angle, continuity, cutting, close ups and composition with regards to sights lines.

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Aug 21, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: Small details in these shots appear large on a movie screen. Not only does it break down the entire process cinematkgraphy cinematic structure, it gives a clear visual representation of each category.

What Are the Five C’s of Cinematography?

An incredible book about everthing you need to know about cinematography. Feb 04, Sharad Kaplingad rated it it was amazing.

Mascelli in his book, “The Five C’s of Cinematography: S Air force to work primarily as a civilian cinematographer and director, where he became the first cameraman to shoot aerial footage of the first H-Bomb test at Bikini Atoll, as part of Operation Crossroads. In Spiderman 2this dramatic up-shot signals the arrival of the hero, descending from the heavens to save the people. Closeups are detailed shots of a subject.


Or at least be ready to refer back to them, like I do often, with books like his and those of many others. Helpful, with plenty of stills as examples but very dated. Good for fiive days you need a reminder of the basics of cinematic storytelling. Composition refers to how images in a shot are arranged and organized.

Buy this book, spend some time over it and enter into a world of totally different perspective when you see your camera again. Motion Picture Filming Techniquesare fundamental concepts essential to filmmaking. You need to know the rule in order to break the rule.

Book Review: The Five C’s of Cinematography – Part 1: Camera Angles

Acquaints one with the basics. Closeups Closeups are detailed shots of a subject. Should you ever have a question, please dont hesitate to send a message or reach out on our social media. Although it can be quite dense, the struggle to finish this book will absolutely be worth it!

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five cs of cinematography

For any filmmakers, I strongly recommend this book! In other words, composition is the visual order of a shot.


five cs of cinematography

Jun 02, Sai Vignesh Krishnamoorthy rated it really liked it. Oct 29, Olivia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 27, Zybinjohn rated it really liked it. These used wisely, result in beautiful cinematograpyy effective screenshots.

The Five C’s of Cinematography: Motion Picture Filming Techniques by Joseph V. Mascelli

The Five C’s of Cinematography: Dec 11, Scott Rosenkrantz rated it really liked it. Much of it’s advice is cinemafography worthy of non cinema enthusiasts. Jan 08, Harry Pray IV marked it as to-read.

five cs of cinematography

I’ve learnt to appreciate how important it is to create depth within the two-dimensional frame, so as to create a three-dimensional illusion on the screen. High-angle shots look down on a subject. It’s great book which can make you better. At first I was thrown off by the overlapping ideas of the 5 c’s it should be 4 c’s, I think at this point but its turning out to be very informative.