In his book, Blain Brown talks about how the required knowledge of cinematographers and directors often overlap and both need to know basics of each other’s profession in order to collaborate better and maximise the results of their efforts, as they are both tasked with telling the story through visual communication.
Blain browns book explains the various techniques, practiced by cinematographer to communicate stories through the use of a camera. The book covers such aspects as, how to lead the eyes of your audience through a frame or scene, using tools such as composition, lighting, colour, and contrast. How symbolism can be used to reveal important plot points of the story and give deeper meaning to a frame, as well as, conveying character emotion and messages without the use of any words or dialog.
Cinematography seems to be all about how to communicate a story without the use of anything nonvisual, thus it fits perfectly into my research. However, the focus of cinematography seems to be film and does not completely cover the full extent of more artistic elements that would be more prevalent in animation such as colour or shape languages.
Looking at some top books on cinematography, this book was top of a few lists and was said to be a must have for those who were only beginning to dabble in cinematography. The book, was published not too long ago and is written for the purpose of education, thus more apt for this study than Benjamin Bergery’s book, ‘Reflections’, which seemed to be targeted at cinematographers that have some experience. A more recently published book is Vittorio Storar’s book, ‘Storaro: Writing with Light’, however this book is quite expensive and, according to reviews, difficult to read and therefore it would be pointless to read a book that I cannot understand.
Although reading Blaine Brown’s book has shown me that cinematograph is almost all about visual communication, although not completely about visual communication. There is also a lot of information about the technical aspects of cameras and other tools that cinematographers have at their disposal, including, how to capture the desired image, shooting methods, continuity, and the rules that govern and aid cinematography.