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Jewish Comedy - A Serious History (Paperback): Jeremy Dauber Jewish Comedy - A Serious History (Paperback)
Jeremy Dauber
R372 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In a work of scholarship both erudite and funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from biblical times to the age of Twitter. Organising his book thematically into what he calls the seven strands of Jewish comedy (including the Satirical, the Witty and the Vulgar), Dauber explores the ways Jewish comedy has dealt with persecution, assimilation and diaspora through the ages. He explains the rise and fall of popular comic archetypes such as the Jewish mother, the JAP, and the schlemiel and schlimazel. He also explores a range of comic masterpieces, from the Book of Esther, Talmudic rabbi jokes, Yiddish satires, Borscht Belt skits and Seinfeld to the work of such masters as Sholem Aleichem, Franz Kafka, the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Philip Roth, Sarah Silverman and Jon Stewart.

3D Motion Graphics for 2D Artists - Conquering the Third Dimension (Hardcover): Bill Byrne 3D Motion Graphics for 2D Artists - Conquering the Third Dimension (Hardcover)
Bill Byrne
R4,049 Discovery Miles 40 490 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Add 3D to your mograph skillset! For the experienced 2D artist, this lavishly illustrated, 4 color book presents the essentials to building and compositing 3D elements into your 2D world of film and broadcast. Concepts and techniques are presented in concise, step-by-step tutorials, hundreds of which are featured throughout. Featured applications include Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Cinema 4D.Lessons include exploring the expanded 3D functionality of the Adobe Creative Suite applications (After Effects, Photoshop, and Illustrator) through a series of practical tutorials. More advanced lessons then follow, with tutorials and insight provided in specifically geared lessons for 2D artists working in Cinema 4D, 3ds Max, and ZBrush.4-color presentation is further enhanced by various sidebars, tips, and "gotchas" to watch for through-out the book. The DVD contains hours of project files with which you can work along the tutorials in the book.

The Art and Technique of Matchmoving - Solutions for the VFX Artist (Hardcover): Erica Hornung The Art and Technique of Matchmoving - Solutions for the VFX Artist (Hardcover)
Erica Hornung
R4,066 Discovery Miles 40 660 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Matchmoving has become a standard visual effects procedure for almost every situation where live action materials and CG get combined. It allows virtual and real scenes that have been composited together to seamlessly appear as though they are from the same perspective. This authoritative step-by-step guide from one of the best matchmovers in the business allows you to master this technique that has been called the foundation upon which all VFX work stands. Author Erica Hornung (sr. matchmover for Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Matrix: Revolutions, and more) imparts her techniques, tips, and wisdom from the trenches that will have you matchmoving like a true professional in no time. Lessons in the most popular matchmoving software (Maya, Boujou, and others) are included, as well as tips and techniques for surveying on set, dolly moves, and operating nodal cameras. Individual chapters dedicated to object and character matchmoves show you how to matchmove for shadow casting, adding weapons and other objects, focusing on center of gravity, as well as complete CG character support.The companion DVD includes Quicktime examples of techniques shown in the book, as well as project files that allow you to master these techniques yourself by working alongside the lessons featured in the text.

You're Not Special - A (Sort-of) Memoir (Hardcover): Meghan Rienks You're Not Special - A (Sort-of) Memoir (Hardcover)
Meghan Rienks
R569 R466 Discovery Miles 4 660 Save R103 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

As an only child raised in a town of less than 8,000 people and without a Starbucks in sight, Meghan Rienks has always been pretty good at entertaining herself. Then one day-cue the dramatic voiceover-her life changed forever. On June 12th, 2010, Meghan was diagnosed with mononucleosis. Mono is basically just a really bad case of the flu, right? Wrong. To a party crazed sixteen-year-old, mono is social suicide. More than anything, it's just plain boring. So, Meghan opened up her MacBook and recorded her first YouTube video. Since then, Meghan has shared the ups and downs of her life with the internet, documenting her teenage years for the whole world to see. Now that she's (mostly) through her awkward stage, Meghan's here to tell you that it gets better. Despite what you've been told, your problems are not unique, your struggles have taken form in everybody else's life too, and somebody else has felt the way you feel right at this very moment. You're not special. But you're also not alone on the bumpy road to adulthood.

Attack of the Cybermen - Alternative Doctor Who DVD Commentaries (CD): Toby Hadoke Attack of the Cybermen - Alternative Doctor Who DVD Commentaries (CD)
Toby Hadoke; Interview of Sarah Berger
R354 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Photoshop for Video (Hardcover, 3rd New edition): Richard Harrington Photoshop for Video (Hardcover, 3rd New edition)
Richard Harrington
R4,076 Discovery Miles 40 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Master the graphic design and production skills required of today's video editors and motion graphic professionals with this comprehensive guide to the video tools in Adobe Photoshop CS3 Extended. Every page is filled with techniques to help the video professional make graphics for use in television, video, the Internet, and DVD. Lively discourse, full-color presentations, and hands-on tutorials demonstrate everything you need to know about how to combine still and moving images. Fundamental concepts such as transparency, pixel aspect ratio, and alpha channels are made precisely clear, and advanced techniques show how to use Photoshop as a character generator, color corrector, and animation tool.This edition features expanded coverage of DVD and motion graphics design, as well as addressing recent developments in High Definition video, 3D models, and 32-bit imaging. This indispensable reference includes: real-world solutions for making graphics for video introduction to third party plug-ins automation and shortcut methods that cut production time profiles of notable editors and motion graphic artists that include their favorite tips and tricksThe DVD offers a hands-on multimedia experience with hundreds of images to work on, tutorials to complete and 2 hours of video training to watch.Authored in CS3, CS4 updates are provided to readers by the publisher.

Bluescreen Compositing - A Practical Guide for Video & Moviemaking (Hardcover): John Jackman Bluescreen Compositing - A Practical Guide for Video & Moviemaking (Hardcover)
John Jackman
R4,034 Discovery Miles 40 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Master the art and technique of blue and greenscreen compositing with this comprehensive how-to course in creating effective and realistic composited scenes in video formats. You get clear, understandable explanations of the different types of keying techniques and how they work, including real-world examples and tutorials. Topics include setting up a greenscreen studio, how to light the screen effectively, how to light the talent or foreground material, and matching lighting to the composited background plate. Complete tutorials of each of the major software keyers walk you through the process for creating a clean and accurate composite.

Animal Life and the Moving Image (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015): Michael Lawrence, Laura McMahon Animal Life and the Moving Image (Hardcover, 1st ed. 2015)
Michael Lawrence, Laura McMahon
R2,076 Discovery Miles 20 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

From the proto-cinematic sequencing of animal motion in the nineteenth century to the ubiquity of animal videos online, the histories of animal life and the moving image are enigmatically interlocked. Animal Life and the Moving Image is the first collection of essays to offer a sustained focus on the relations between screen cultures and non-human animals. The volume brings together some of the most important and influential writers working on the non-human animal's significance for cultures and theories of the moving image. It offers innovative analyses of the representation of animals across a wide range of documentary, fiction, mainstream and avant-garde practices, from early cinema to contemporary user-generated media. Individual chapters consider King Kong, The Birds, The Misfits, The Cove, Grizzly Man and Microcosmos, the work of Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Bresson, Malcolm Le Grice, Peter Greenaway, Carolee Schneemann and Isabella Rossellini, and YouTube stars Christian the lion and Maru the cat.

Hooded Eagle (Hardcover): Peter Bauland Hooded Eagle (Hardcover)
Peter Bauland
R716 Discovery Miles 7 160 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Friends - A Reading of the Sitcom (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019): Simone Knox, Kai Hanno Schwind Friends - A Reading of the Sitcom (Paperback, 1st ed. 2019)
Simone Knox, Kai Hanno Schwind
R602 R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Save R113 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book offers a long overdue, extensive study of one of the most beloved television shows: Friends. Why has this sitcom become the seminal success that it is? And how does it continue to engage viewers around the world a quarter century after its first broadcast? Featuring original interviews with key creative personnel (including co-creator Marta Kauffman and executive producer Kevin S. Bright), the book provides answers by identifying a strategy of intimacy that informs Friends' use of humour, performance, style and set design. The authors provide fascinating analyses of some of the most well-remembered scenes-the one where Ross can't get his leather pants back on, and Ross and Rachel's break-up, to name just a couple-and reflect on how and why A-list guest performances sometimes fell short of the standards set by the ensemble cast. Also considered are the iconic look of Monica's apartment as well as the programme's much discussed politics of representation and the critical backlash it has received in recent years. An exploration of Joey, the infamous spin-off, and several attempts to adapt Friends' successful formula across the globe, round out the discussion, with insights into mistranslated jokes and much more. For students, scholars, creative industry practitioners and fans alike, this is a compelling read that lets us glimpse behind the scenes of what has become a cultural phenomenon and semi-permanent fixture in many of our homes.

Multiverse - Art, Dance, Design, Technology - The Emergent Creation (Hardcover): Anna Yudina Multiverse - Art, Dance, Design, Technology - The Emergent Creation (Hardcover)
Anna Yudina
R1,356 R1,091 Discovery Miles 10 910 Save R265 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Featuring visionary creators from various fields, from art and contemporary dance to architecture and robotics, this lavishly illustrated book reports from the forefront of the crossdisciplinary synthesis that creates new forms of art. The project was initiated by Diana Vishneva, principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater in New York (2005-2017) and the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, and a tireless experimenter known for collaborations that have redefined the future of dance. The book presents interviews with choreographers William Forsythe and Carolyn Carlson; photographer Nick Knight; artists Bill Viola and Olafur Eliasson; architects Toyo Ito and Santiago Calatrava; robotics inventor Raffaello d'Andrea, and other creators who actively stretch the conventional limits of their fields. Included in the volume is a DVD of a film created for this project using state-of-the-art technologies to translate the language of dance into that of cinema.

Much Ado About Nothing (Paperback, Annotated edition): William Shakespeare Much Ado About Nothing (Paperback, Annotated edition)
William Shakespeare
R158 R132 Discovery Miles 1 320 Save R26 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Folger Shakespeare Library
The world's leading center for Shakespeare studies
Each edition includes:
- Freshly edited text based on the best early printed version of the play
- Full explanatory notes conveniently placed on pages facing the text of the play
- Scene-by-scene plot summaries
- A key to famous lines and phrases
- An introduction to reading Shakespeare's language
- An essay by an outstanding scholar providing a modern perspective on the play
- Illustrations from the Folger Shakespeare Library's vast holdings of rare books
Essay by Gail Kern Paster
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is home to the world's largest collection of Shakespeare's printed works, and a magnet for Shakespeare scholars from around the globe. In addition to exhibitions open to the public throughout the year, the Folger offers a full calendar of performances and programs.

The Pyramids of Mars - Alternative Doctor Who DVD Commentaries (CD): Toby Hadoke The Pyramids of Mars - Alternative Doctor Who DVD Commentaries (CD)
Toby Hadoke; Interview of Philip Hinchcliffe
R354 R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Save R56 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Memory Joggers - Entertainers (Cards, New Ed): Ian Franklin, Speechmark Memory Joggers - Entertainers (Cards, New Ed)
Ian Franklin, Speechmark
R861 Discovery Miles 8 610 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Discussion around well-produced flashcards is a wonderful way of animating any group and we have produced two sets on popular topics that are bound to trigger treasured memories, create interaction and help stories flow. These sets are notable for their quality of production and also for the recent memories they introduce. The two titles in this series, Royality and Entertainers, introduce one card for each year from 1940 to 1989. Some cards are in black and white, and some are in colour. The cards introduce people like Bill Hayley, a young Frank Sinatra, the Goons, the Beatles and other favourites such as Violet Carson, Morecambe Wise, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Each card includes brief biographical notes and ideas for use. It contains 50 laminated cards.

Victoria Wood - Comedy Genius - Her Life and Work (Paperback): Chris Foote-Wood Victoria Wood - Comedy Genius - Her Life and Work (Paperback)
Chris Foote-Wood
R326 R274 Discovery Miles 2 740 Save R52 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Audition 3: The Competition (Paperback): Maddie Ziegler Audition 3: The Competition (Paperback)
Maddie Ziegler 1
R170 R136 Discovery Miles 1 360 Save R34 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Harper and her fellow Dance Starz are headed to New York City for the big national competition! Not only will they be up against their arch-rivals, the Belles, but Harper will also face off against her old dance team. Does Harper have what it takes to finally prove that she belongs on the big stage?

The Competition, written in collaboration with Julia Devillers, is the third and final book in the glittering trilogy from international dance superstar Maddie Ziegler.

Female Action Heroes - A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television (Hardcover): Gladys L Knight Female Action Heroes - A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television (Hardcover)
Gladys L Knight
R2,339 Discovery Miles 23 390 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This book offers 25 profiles of some of the most popular female action heroes throughout the history of film, television, comic books, and video games. Female action heroes, like other fictional characters, not only reveal a lot about society, but greatly influence individuals in society. It is no surprise that the gradual development and increase in the number of female action heroes coincides with societal changes and social movements, such as feminism. Nor is it a surprise that characteristics of female action heroes echo the progressive toughening of women and young girls in the media. Female Action Heroes: A Guide to Women in Comics, Video Games, Film, and Television brings to the forefront the historical representation of women and girls in film, television, comic books, and video games. The book includes profiles of 25 of the most popular female action heroes, arranged in alphabetical order for easy reference. Each chapter includes sections on the hero's origins, her power suit, weapons, abilities, and the villains with whom she grapples. Most significantly, each profile offers an analysis of the hero's story-and her impact on popular culture. Comprises 25 profiles, arranged alphabetically 70 sidebars provide additional information on pertinent topics, individuals, and symbols Includes a chronology of major appearances of the 25 female action heroes in film, television, comic books, and video games, as well as women's fashion trends and major events in women's history Offers a photograph of each featured, female action hero Presents a glossary of 39 terms, including female archetypes like "femme fatale" and social movements like "third-wave feminism" Provides a selected bibliography of books and Internet sites related to the topics of female action heroes, women's history, and media studies

Judson Dance Theater - Performative Traces (Hardcover): Ramsay Burt Judson Dance Theater - Performative Traces (Hardcover)
Ramsay Burt
R3,031 Discovery Miles 30 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The Judson Dance Theatre "explores the work and legacy of one of the most influential of all dance companies, which first performed at the Judson Memorial Church in downtown Manhattan in the early 1960s. There, a group of choreographers and dancers--including future well-known artists Twyla Tharp, Carolee Schneemann, Robert Morris, Trisha Brown, Yvonne Rainier, and others--created what came to be known as" postmodern dance." Taking their cues from the experiments of Merce Cunningham, they took movements from everyday life--walking, running, gymnastics--to create dances that influenced not only future dance work but also minimalism in music and art, as well as the wedding of dance and speech in solo performance pieces.
Judson's legacy has been explored primarily in the work of dance critic Sally Banes, in a book published in the 1980s. Although the dancers from the so-called "Judson School" continue to perform and create new works--and their influence continues to grow from the US to Europe and beyond--there has not been a book-length study in the last two decades that discusses this work in a broader context of cultural trends. Burt is a highly respected dance critic and historian who brings a unique new vision to his study of the Judson dancers and their work which will undoubtedly influence the discussion of these seminal figures for decades to come
"Performative Traces: Judson" "Dance Theatre and Its Legacy "combines history, performance analysis, theory, and criticism to give a fresh view of the work of this seminal group of dancers. It will appeal to students of dance history, theory, and practice, as well as all interested in the avant-grade arts and performance practicein the 20th century.

50 Greatest James Bond Cars (Hardcover): Simon Hugo 50 Greatest James Bond Cars (Hardcover)
Simon Hugo 1
R476 R405 Discovery Miles 4 050 Save R71 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Talkin' to Myself - Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942 (Hardcover): Michael Taft Talkin' to Myself - Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942 (Hardcover)
Michael Taft
R3,055 Discovery Miles 30 550 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Talkin' to Myself, Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942 is a compendium of lyrics by the great blues recording artists of the classic blues era. It includes over 2000 songs, transcribed directly from the original recordings, making it by far the most comprehensive and accurate collection of blues lyrics available. Blues lyrics are recognized as a unique form of African-American poetry. They reflect myriad issues, well beyond the cliches of love gone wrong. The blues was a means of communicating a wide range of feelings on topics as varied as love, illness, politics, work and employment, recreation - the entire range of the African-American experience. Artists covered include many major blues performers, as well as the obscure. Some of the better known names include Kokomo Arnold, Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Lead Belly, Son House, Skip James, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and dozens more. Today, the blues is enjoying a period of popularity and study that is unparalleled in their century-plus tradition. Talkin' to Myself. African-American culture, and folk poetry - as well as the myriad blues fans around the globe. It will stand as the standard collection for decades to come.

A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting (Hardcover): Aniko Bodroghkozy A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting (Hardcover)
Aniko Bodroghkozy
R3,971 Discovery Miles 39 710 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Presented in a single volume, this engaging review reflects on the scholarship and the historical development of American broadcasting A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting comprehensively evaluates the vibrant history of American radio and television and reveals broadcasting's influence on American history in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. With contributions from leading scholars on the topic, this wide-ranging anthology explores the impact of broadcasting on American culture, politics, and society from an historical perspective as well as the effect on our economic and social structures. The text's original and accessibly-written essays offer explorations on a wealth of topics including the production of broadcast media, the evolution of various television and radio genres, the development of the broadcast ratings system, the rise of Spanish language broadcasting in the United States, broadcast activism, African Americans and broadcasting, 1950's television, and much more. This essential resource: Presents a scholarly overview of the history of radio and television broadcasting and its influence on contemporary American history Contains original essays from leading academics in the field Examines the role of radio in the television era Discusses the evolution of regulations in radio and television Offers insight into the cultural influence of radio and television Analyzes canonical texts that helped shape the field Written for students and scholars of media studies and twentieth-century history, A Companion to the History of American Broadcasting is an essential and field-defining guide to the history and historiography of American broadcasting and its many cultural, societal, and political impacts.

A Dance with Fred Astaire (Paperback): Jonas Mekas A Dance with Fred Astaire (Paperback)
Jonas Mekas
R1,187 R913 Discovery Miles 9 130 Save R274 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Dance with Fred Astaire is an extraordinary collection of anecdotes and rare ephemera featuring a dizzying cast of cultural icons both underground and mainstream, both obscure and celebrated. Memories and diary entries, conversations and insights into his work sit alongside collages of beautifully reproduced postcards, newspaper cuttings, film negatives, lists, posters and photographs, envelopes and letters, book covers, telegrams, cartoons and doodles. Mekas has kept and archived the artifacts of his life as a cultural touchstone down to the minutiae, all of which is brought together here in the form of a unique and fascinating scrapbook of a life lived with the highest artistic commitment. "Jonas is a true hero of the underground and a radical of the first degree-a shape-shifter and time-fucker... he sees things that others can't... his cinema is a cinema of memory and soul and air and fire. There is no one else like him. His films will live forever."-Harmony Korine, The Guardian

New Insights into Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility - Media for All 2 (Paperback): Jorge Diaz-Cintas, Anna... New Insights into Audiovisual Translation and Media Accessibility - Media for All 2 (Paperback)
Jorge Diaz-Cintas, Anna Matamala, Joselia Neves
R1,939 Discovery Miles 19 390 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This volume aims to take the pulse of the changes taking place in the thriving field of Audiovisual Translation and to offer new insights into both theoretical and practical issues. Academics and practitioners of proven international reputation are given voice in three distinctive sections pivoting around the main areas of subtitling and dubbing, media accessibility (subtitling for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and audio description), and didactic applications of AVT. Many countries, languages, transfer modes, audiences and genres are considered in order to provide the reader with a wide overview of the current state of the art in the field. This volume will be of interest not only for researchers, teachers and students in linguistics, translation and film studies, but also to translators and language professionals who want to expand their sphere of activity.

101 Things I Learned in Film School (Hardcover): Neil Landau, Matthew Frederick 101 Things I Learned in Film School (Hardcover)
Neil Landau, Matthew Frederick
R369 R295 Discovery Miles 2 950 Save R74 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Forget Carter: Newcastle on Film and Television (Paperback): Forget Carter: Newcastle on Film and Television (Paperback)
R299 Discovery Miles 2 990 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Many people know and associate Newcastle with TV and Film icons Get Carter, Byker Grove, The Tube and Our Friends in the North. However, do you know where Ralph Richardson stole money from in 1939? Why a den of spies were living in Jesmond in 1951? Who met Tommy Lee Jones on the High Level Bridge in 1988? Why Gateshead High Street was under siege in 2009? and which Newcastle flats seem to appear in every programme or film made in Newcastle? Media historian Chris Phipps takes us on his tour of Newcastle's film and TV covering old favourites like Payroll and Auf Wiedersehen Pet and shining light on some hidden gems such as The One and Only, Unconditional and The Clouded Yellow. With contributions from directors Ken Loach and Bryn Higgins, writers Peter Flannery, Ian La Frenais and Lee Hall and actors Melanie Hill, Victoria Elliot, Charlie Hardwick and Dave Johns, this book explores the background to the filming of many television programmes and films in Newcastle. Newcastle continues to be the perfect film set, seeing filming for Vera and Transformers: The Black Knight in 2016. Forget Carter! What could be next for this photogenic city?'

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