Barry Salt (born 15 December 1933, Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian film historian.
Salt was a ballet dancer and member of the Ballet Guild Company of Melbourne in 1955 and 1956, the Western Theatre Ballet of London in 1957, and the Ballet Minerva of London in 1966.
Salt holds a Ph.D in theoretical physics and taught the subject at Sir John Cass College in London in the late 1960s. Throughout the 1970s, he taught filmmaking at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmith's College, and the Slade School. Salt became a course director at the London Film School in 1988, a position he still holds.
Slade worked throughout the late 1960s and 1970s as a freelance lighting cameraman and has directed six documentaries, but is most noted for having authored the book Film Style and Technology: History & Analysis, an exhaustively researched evaluation of the development of technical filmmaking throughout the 20th century, published in 1993. In 2006, he published Moving into Pictures: More on Film History, Style, and Analysis, a collection of essays which also includes several autobiographical sections.
Slade, who is also a computer programmer, developed the Cinemetrics movie measurement and study tool database program.
- Barry Salt at the Internet Movie Database
- Salt's website "Cinemetrics" which contains, among other material, his Cinemetrics movie shot analysis program
- Article by Salt at Cinemetrics
- Chapter from Moving into Pictures at Cinemetrics
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