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Writer of Light: The Cinematography of Vittorio Storaro

Writer of Light: The Cinematography of Vittorio Storaro
Your Price: $36.95 CDN
Author: Ray Zone
Publisher: American Cinematographer
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 122
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 0935578188
ISBN-13: 9780935578188

About the Book:

"A cinematographer has to design and write a story, starting at the beginning, through the evolution to the end. That's why I consider my profession is as a writer of light." — Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer and three-time Academy Award Winner

Writer of Light: The Cinematography of Vittorio Storaro is the first book to be published on one of the most singular and influential cinematographers in the progression of modern motion pictures, Vittorio Storaro, the writer of light, who has set new standards for the artistry of colour in motion on the big screen.

Vittorio Storaro is unmatched as a cinematographer with his use of light to convey mood and story in film. His colour palette is without peer, and long-lasting collaborations with directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola and Warren Beatty have been recognized with three Oscars for Best Cinematography, more than any other working cinematographer. He was also given the American Society of Cinematographers' Lifetime Achievement Award at the age of 60, the youngest member of the group to win the honour. From the ASC classic archives and the pages of American Cinematographer magazine, this book is the definitive look at the work of one of the truly great lighting cameramen with his work on such classic films as Apocalypse Now, One from the Heart, Little Buddha and Bulworth.

The book Writer of Light features:

• A new foreword by Warren Beatty

• Introductory essay by Ray Zone

• Q&A with Storaro on Apocalypse Now

• A behind-the-scenes look at the making of One from the Heart

• Storaro's work with Francis Coppola on New York Stories

• Large format film and Little Buddha

• The filming of Storaro's hit Bulworth

• A brand new interview with Storaro on his work

• An inside look at Storaro's new masterpiece Goya in Bordeaux

• A comprehensive and annotated Filmography of Storaro's films

Students of cinematography and film history will find this volume indispensable. There is only one Vittorio Storaro, the poet of cinematography. Readers of this book will gain unusual insights into the mind of the man who has stunned us with his film images and picked up three Academy Awards for his work along the way.

What people say:

"He's the supreme master of color. He also invents tools. He goes far beyond where cinematographers are expected to go." — Allen Daviau, cinematographer

"It's a race keeping up with him. All of us tend to develop a style, and then eventually run into a dead end. Vittorio has a restless desire to reinvent himself." — John Bailey, cinematographer

"Vittorio is highly overqualified to shoot a movie. Certainly, he could direct. He brings a level of meticulousness to making a movie that radiates out to every other department, and it causes everyone else to be at the top of their game." — Warren Beatty, who has made three films as a director with Storaro over 20 years

About the Author:

Ray Zone (1947–2012) was an American film historian, author, artist, and pioneer in methods of converting flat images like comic books into stereoscopic images. He produced 3D adaptations of art for more than 150 comic books, helping to earn him the nickname “The 3D King of Hollywood.” He also wrote and edited several books, including Writer of Light: The Cinematography of Vittorio Storaro.

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