Experimental Filmmaking and the Motion Picture Camera: An Introductory Guide for Artists and Filmmakers

1st Edition

Joel Schlemowitz

May 22, 2019 Forthcoming
Textbook - 240 Pages - 80 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138586598 - CAT# K377210

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Experimental Filmmaking and the Motion Picture Camera is an introductory guide to experimental filmmaking, surveying the practical methods of experimental film production as well as the history, theory and aesthetics of experimental approaches.

Author Joel Schlemowitz explains the basic mechanism of the camera before going on to discuss slow and fast motion filming, single frame time lapse, the long take, camera movement, workings of the lens, and the use of in-camera effects such as double-exposure. A comprehensive guide to using the 16mm Bolex camera is provided. Strategies for making films edited in camera are covered. A range of equipment beyond the basic non-sync camera is surveyed. The movie diary and film portrait are examined. The work of a range of experimental filmmakers including Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt, Paul Clipson, Christopher Harris, Peter Hutton, Takahiko Iimura, Marie Losier, Rose Lowder, Jonas Mekas, Marie Menken, Margaret Rorison, Guy Sherwin, and Tomonari Nishikawa.

This is the ideal book for students interested in experimental and alternative modes of filmmaking. It provides invaluable insight into the history, methods and concepts inherent to experimental uses of the camera, allowing students with a solid foundation of techniques and practices to be expanded upon in their own filmmaking.

Supplemental material, including links to films cited in the book, can be found at www.experimentalfilmmaking.com.


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