Polish Cinema : A History, Second, Updated Edition
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Polish Cinema : A History, Second, Updated Edition

First published in 2002, Marek Haltof’s seminal volume was the first comprehensive English-language study of Polish cinema, providing a much-needed survey of one of Europe’s most distinguished―yet unjustly neglected―film cultures. Since then, seismic changes have reshaped Polish society, European politics, and the global film industry. This thoroughly revised and updated edition takes stock of these dramatic shifts to provide an esse...

Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography
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Closeup Shooting: A Guide to Closeup, Tabletop and Macro Photography

After reading through this book twice I know this will be one of my favorites on the subject. There are many things to like about it. The examples are inspiring and informative. The content is varied but not shallow. And the layout and organization make it easy to follow. Most of all I like this book because the author exhibits many of the traits I associate with great photographers. I can tell that he has wonderful vision, and that ...

Civilized Violence: Subjectivity, Gender and Popular Cinema
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Civilized Violence: Subjectivity, Gender and Popular Cinema

'Hansen-Miller successfully brings contemporary philosophies of governmentality and biopolitics to bear on cinematic representations of violence. The result is conclusive: that cinema has throughout its history engaged in processes of subjection and subjectification through violence. By showing us this, Civilized Violence lifts the veil on cinematic representations of violence.' Richard Rushton, Lancaster University, UK 'Civilized Vi...

Wildlife Photography: On Safari with your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow
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Wildlife Photography: On Safari with your DSLR: Equipment, Techniques, Workflow

Having returned from a 21 day trip to Southern Africa last August 2010 (Zambia, Botswana and South Africa) I wish I had had the opportunity of reading this book prior to departure. It is very relevant, up to date, and clearly written. I have been in the image capture industry for some 40 years now, as a shooter and consultant. Uwe really hits the most important topics with utter accuracy for anyone serious about top level image captu...

What They Don't Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies For Making Your Own Movies No Matter What
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What They Don't Teach You at Film School

Filmmakers Landau and White believe that "if you want to make films, make films." Since only four students in each class of 45 at the country's top film schools get chosen to direct an advanced narrative film, the authors urge hopefuls to honor the trial-and-error, Blair Witch-approved method: "if you want to be a filmmaker," they advise, "put down this book and pick up a camera." Though some of their imparted wisdom reads like an Af...

Star Wars Meets the Eras of Feminism : Weighing All the Galaxy’s Women Great and Small
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Star Wars Meets the Eras of Feminism

Valerie Estelle Frankel approaches Star Wars as more than a collection of multi-media narratives; she frames the franchise as a not-so-far-away galaxy of intertwined stories, perspectives, cultural touchstones, and identities. Like the force itself, this book connects the seemingly disparate, bringing into conversation the voices of feminist theorists and film critics with fans, actors, and directors. The result is a wide-reaching an...

Self and Space in the Theater of Susan Glaspell
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Self and Space in the Theater of Susan Glaspell

Founding member of the Provincetown Players, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, best-selling novelist and short story writer Susan Glaspell (1876–1948) was a great contributor to American literature. An exploration of eleven plays written between the years 1915 and 1943, this critical study focuses on one of Glaspell’s central themes, the interplay between place and identity. This study examines the means Glaspell employs to engage h...

The Digital Photographer's Guide to Natural-Light Family Portraits
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The Digital Photographer's Guide to Natural-Light Family Portraits

Detailing all the skills photographers need to successfully create natural-light family portraits, this handbook covers all aspects of the process, from attracting clients and planning the session to posing small families or large groups. Techniques for working outdoors, at the family’s home, or in a natural-light studio setting are included along with detailed information on post-production, album design, and marketing techniques fo...

The Funny Parts: A History of Film Comedy Routines and Gags
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The Funny Parts: A History of Film Comedy Routines and Gags

Anthony Balducci, the man who gave us the first biography of silent screen comic Lloyd Hamilton, has come up with another valuable contribution to the study of silent comedy, this one called The Funny Parts. In this new, well-illustrated volume, Mr. Balducci has traced the most familiar gags and routines used by such comedians as Abbott and Costello and The Three Stooges to their silent ancestors, and beyond that to the unidentified ...

The Best of Wedding Photojournalism: Techniques and Images for Professional Digital Photographers
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The Best of Wedding Photojournalism

This trade seems to be flooded with newcomers, and there's a number of authors that are taking advantage of them with publications of all kinds that are high on promise, yet weak on content. This book is NOT one of them. Profiling the techniques and personal philosophies of the trade's top photographers, it offers the Zen of great wedding photography. Inspiring, educating and one of the best stimulators to the creative mind available...