Best Book on Film Directing, "The Visual Story" By Bruce Block

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Once students have mastered the basics of directing films, they often turn their attention to visual style. The problem is, visual style is such a broad topic. Where should one start in devising a “look” that’s specific and, more importantly, supportive of their story. The best book I’ve ever read on the subject is Bruce Block’s, “The Visual Story.” Bruce breaks the image into 8 categories common to all images, and instructs the reader on how to match visual intensity with dramatic intensity. I highly recommend it.

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By Claude Kerven, Chair of The New York Film Academy Filmmaking Program

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Published on: February 10, 2009

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