Location Shooting and Editing, 6th Edition
Portable Video presents students with the techniques and technology of single camera electronic news gathering and electronic field production. Covering everything from creative and technical recording and editing techniques to budgets and copyright issues, this book shows best practices in shooting news, and narrative production, developing the story, writing the script, current methods to capturing audio and video, working with light, and more. Updates feature the latest advances in techniques and equipment. New coverage includes digital workflow techniques, digital cameras (including DSLRs), lighting, audio, and mobile.... [more]
Field-proven techniques and best-practices on everything students need to know about the tools and tricks of television production, tellingthem how, as well as why and when to employ these techniques and practices.
This new edition of Television Production offers students a very practical guide to professional TV and video production techniques. Straightforward descriptions and explanations of the equipment used demystify the technology,leading to lessons onhow to anticipate and quickly overcome commonly-encountered problems in television production. Major features of television production are explained in detail, including learning the secrets of top-grade camerawork, persuasive lighting techniques, effective sound treatment, as well as the subtle processes of scenic design and the art of video editing.
The book features chapter opening terms, pull-quotes from pros in the field, chapter ending review questions, a glossary, and an array of tables and charts. The comprehensive instructor's manual has also been updated for this new edtition... [more]
Foundations of Sound and Image Production,
Are you looking for a way to teach media production and aesthetics that reflects the realities of the converging media industry? "Making Media: Foundations of Sound and Image Production" is a unique book that looks at all different types of media and their core components and finds the common concepts that apply to all. This text introduces a new way to teach theory and techniques at this introductory level. It is widely used in beginning media and video production courses, as well as classes on media theory and aesthetics.
"Making Media" takes the media production process and deconstructs it into its most basic components. By using this book you can teach the basic concepts of media production: frame, sound, light, time, movement, structure, etc., and how to apply these concepts to your medium of choice, whether it's film, video, still images, or interactive media. Although the emphasis is on the shared concepts, the application of these concepts to the different media and the distinctive characteristics of the separate media are covered as well.This text will help to ground students in the digital work environment, and learn what tools are required to produce media in the digital age.
Focusing on the building blocks that transcend the boundaries between film, television, multimedia, and the Internet, this highly illustrated and interactive text stresses the commonalities of various types of media in order to prepare the future media professional for success within a range of disciplines. The book's companion website provides interactive exercises to illustrate key concepts, allowing students to explore the process of media production in a hands-on fashion... [more]
Avid Editing: A Guide for Beginning and Intermediate Users
Geared toward novice Avid editors, this book provides step-by-step instructions for hundreds of editing tasks and concepts within the Avid software applications. The chapters guide you through an editing project, while the accompanying DVD provides footage to edit, allowing for a hands-on experience.
More than just a software manual, the book weaves editing principles with the Avid workflow, delving into general editing techniques, principles, and pitfalls, helping you master the Avid as well as improve your overall editing technique and skillset.... [more]
The value of the editor's craft to a finished film cannot be underestimated, and it's no surprise that directors rely heavily on the same editor again and again. It is said an editor can create acting performances in the editing suite—and looking at a film like The Hurt Locker, you can see that the editor has whittled down many hours of coverage into the nail-biting bomb disposal scenes. This book employs stills and screenshots to show how an editor created a scene with the filmmaker and explores the complex relationship between a director who has just shot a movie and the editor who must complete the director's vision. Includes perspectives from Bob Murawski, Oscar-winning editor for The Hurt Locker who also cut the Spiderman trilogy for Sam Raimi; Dylan Tichenor, who has worked on Boogie Nights, Brokeback Mountain, There Will Be Blood, and many others; and Pietro Scalia, the great editor whose partners include Bertolucci, Van San, and Ridley Scott.... [more]
- Discussions with the world’s most notable filmmakers, giving insights into professional practice, working relationships, and influences
- Sidebars featuring practical advice on topics that filmmakers can apply to their own work
- ''Legacy Sections'' focusing on the work of past filmmaking greats
Screenwriter's Compass: Character As True North
What makes a bad movie? We've all experienced it. Fine production values, fantastic action sequences, stellar cast—and still it sucked. Not worth the popcorn. You come out saying, ";I didn't buy it."; What's that mean? And how can it apply to such wildly different failures? Because ";buying it,"; being compelled by the characters, lies at the heart of our experience of film, indeed of all storytelling. If we don't believe the choices the characters make are important and meaningful, we will not be compelled, we will not care.
Most screenwriting books analyze examples of what has worked in the past, extracting formulas and templates, pointing to great movies and saying, in effect, ";See? That's how you do that."; But these examples don't help fill the blank page. It's as if such books think past success can stand as a guiding map toward future creativity.
Screenwriter's Compass: Character As True North will not give you a map. Rather it will give you a compass. It will lay out a set of tools, ways of thinking, practical ideas and applicable concepts to help you discover the particular geography of your imagination, help you navigate the unique problems posed by the struggle to articulate vision, agenda, and story. This book will help you build your own compass to orient yourself in your unique fictional landscape... [more]
The hardest job in the industry, directing demands powerful personalities with determined visions. Get access to the processes of directors including US legends Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, and Woody Allen, cerebral Canadian iconoclast David Cronenberg, the genius Coen Brothers, first female Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, French masters Bertrand Tavernier and Olivier Assayas, and brilliant Asian stylists Wong Kar-wai and Johnnie To. Whether a director writes their films (like Mike Leigh or Allen, employing unique styles of dialogue and characterization) or creates inimitable visual and tonal styles which unmistakably mark his films (like Pedro Almodovar, David Lynch, or Tim Burton), see how directing requires an unwavering creative vision. This book gives you a view into the director's psyche.... [more]
Filmcraft: Costume Design
Actors often say they only really assume the identity of a character when they have donned the costumes painstakingly tailored by their costume designer. Colleen Atwood, one of the subjects of this volume, went into unbelievable detail to effect authenticity on her costumes for Public Enemies, right down to using vintage clothes and recreating hats from 1930s Chicago. In Nine, she moved to mid-sixties Italy and the world of a Fellini-style film director. That's not to mention the more fantastical designs for Tim Burton films like Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow. The attention to detail, imagination, flair and range of these designers will be explored in this volume along with the more practical elements of working with budgets, costume teams, production designers, actors and directors. As well as Atwood, other designers that will be featured include multiple Oscar winner Sandy Powell, Albert Wolsky, Jacqueline Durran, Catherine Martin, Milena Cananero, Alexandra Byrne and Ann Roth... [more]
The Makeup Artist Handbook:
Techniques for Film, Television, Photography, and Theatre, 2nd Edition
Get professional techniques usually known only by Hollywood makeup artists in this full-color, comprehensive book from accomplished makeup pros Gretchen Davis and Mindy Hall. The two come to you with impressive backgrounds in film and television industries—their projects have included Pearl Harbor, Rent, Stuart Little, and The Nanny Diaries, and Mindy Hall is fresh off her Academy Award win for her work on 2009's Star Trek. This new edition of The Makeup Artist Handbook offers even more illustrations to demonstrate techniques visually; fundamentals on topics such as beauty, time periods, black and white film; and up-to-date information on cutting-edge techniques like air brushing makeup for computer-generated movies, makeup effects, mold-making, lighting, and lots of information on how to work effectively in HD.... [more]
The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Questions to Building a Successful Screenplay
Finally, a GPS system for screenwriters!
The potentially long and arduous journey of writing a screenplay was just made easier to navigate with The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Questions to Building a Successful Screenplay. Avoid the wrong turns, dead ends, gaping p(l)otholes, and other obstacles that result in frustration, wasted time, and wasted energy. The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Questions to Building a Successful Screenplay keeps you on track and helps you reach your destination- a finished, professional quality screenplay.
Neil Landau, a successful Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor with over 2 decades of experience, provides you with 21 Guideposts, that if implemented, will help you nail down your screenplay's story structure, deepen its character arcs, bolster stakes, heighten suspense, and diagnose and repair its potential weaknesses. These Guideposts are based on field-tested, in-the-trenches experiences that have been proven to work. ... [more]
The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide:
A Down & Dirty DV Production
The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide is an easy-read crash course in the ins and outs and hundred little details of creating video works for hire. This ultra-friendly visual field guide for freelance videographers picks up where The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide leaves off and gives you more detailed practical production strategies and solutions not found anywhere else on:
- Marketing videos
- Music videos
- Wedding videos
- Music performance videos
- Live event videos
- Corporate videos...and more!
Covering everything from dealing with clients, production strategies and step-by-step guidance on planning, shooting, lighting and recording the most common video-for-hire genres this book sets out to help you rise above the competition and make more money by doing quality work... [more]
Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film: A Panic-Free Guide
On time and on budget: the Holy Grail for filmmakers.
Budgeting and scheduling are easy in principle but hard in practice. The successful producer has a solid plan for juggling dozens of activities and costs while retaining the flexibility to cope with those inevitable last-minute changes and stay on course.
Other resources look at budgeting and scheduling in isolation; this book is unique in covering the two closely intertwined activities in a single volume. Readers get both topics for the price of one book; competitors cover each topic separately. All the fundamentals of line producing are covered in a quick-reference format and the tips apply no matter what kind of scheduling or budgeting software you're using... [more]
Screenwriting Tips, You Hack: 150 Practical Pointers for Becoming a Better Screenwriter
Confused at the outline stage? Stuck in the swamp of Act Two? Don't know who your protagonist is or where she's going?
You might feel like a hack. But don't worry-you're not alone. Even the most experienced writers feel like this at times. Sometimes we just need a few short pointers and reminders to set us on the path again.
Xander Bennett worked as a script reader in the trenches of Hollywood, reading and covering hundreds of mediocre screenplays. After months of reading about heroic Sea World trainers, transgendered circus detectives and crime-fighting chupacabras, he couldn't take it any more. Xander started a blog called 'Screenwriting Tips, You Hack', a place designed to provide short, witty tips on screenwriting for amateur writers all the way up to journeymen scribes.
This book is the evolution of that blog. Dozens of the best scripts (along with many brand-new ones) have been expanded into bite-sized chapters full of funny, insightful, highly usable advice. Let Xander's pain be your gain as you learn about the differences between film and television structure, how to force yourself to write when you really don't want to, and why you probably shouldn't base your first spec script around an alien invasion... [more]
Video Production Handbook,
Video Production Handbook shows the full production process, from inception of idea to final distribution. The book focuses especially on why each step occurs as it does and provides guidance in choosing the simplest methods of creating the shots your students want in their video projects. Concentrating on the techniques and concepts behind the latest equipment, this book demonstrates the fundamental principles needed to create good video content on any kind of budget. Suitable for students and beginning videographers, the new edition of this classic text retains its clarity and directness but has been completely revised and updated... [more]
Cinematography: Theory and Practice
Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors,
There's more to being a DP than holding a light meter! With this book as your guide, you are on your way to learning not only about the equipment and technology, but also about the concepts and thought processes that will enable you to shoot professionally, efficiently, and with artistic mastery. A leading book in the field, Cinematography has been translated into many languages and is a staple at the world's top film schools. Lavishly produced and illustrated, it covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography... [more]
Directors Tell the Story:
Master the Craft of Television and Film Directing
Directors Tell the Story offers rare insight and advice straight from two A-list television directors whose credits include Monk, Grey's Anatomy, Desperate Housewives, Weeds, and more. They direct dramas and comedies using the same process that Steven Spielberg (or any other movie director uses)—just with less money and time.
Students will learn what it takes to become a director: how to master the technical aspects, appreciate the aesthetic qualities, and practice leadership, all while exuding that "X" factor that distinguishes the excellent director from the merely good one. Covering everything from prep, the shoot, and post, the authors emphasize how aspiring directors can develop a creative vision—because without it, they are just technicians... [more]
Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot: Becoming a Cinematographer
Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot is the book for all those film enthusiasts who can't get on a professional set or can't undertake studies at an expensive film school. The book approaches the subject of cinematography from a "hands-on, in the trenches" viewpoint, as though the reader were an apprentice on the set. It's a book about learning to shoot a film without making an idiot of yourself and wasting lots of time and money. It's a book about how to take artistic inspiration and make it a reality.
A breezy writing style mixed with practical, interactive exercises geared for both film and video give filmmakers the experience they need to take their work to the next level. Beginning with fundamental techniques and concepts of cinematography, the author shares his many years of experience with the reader, imparting invaluable advice and guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls, and more importantly, learn from mistakes... [more]
Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach to Narrative Film and DV
Production, 2nd Edition
Voice and Vision is a comprehensive manual for the independent filmmakers and film students who want a solid grounding in the tools, techniques, and processes of narrative film in order to achieve their artistic vision. This book includes essential and detailed information on relevant film and digital video tools, a thorough overview of the filmmaking stages, and the aesthetic considerations for telling a visual story.
The ultimate goal of this book is to help you develop your creative voice while acquiring the solid practical skills and confidence to use it. Unlike many books that privilege raw technical information or the line-producing aspects of production, Voice and Vision places creativity, visual expression, and cinematic ideas front and center. After all, every practical decision a filmmaker makes, like choosing a location, an actor, a film stock, a focal length, a lighting set-up, an edit point, or a sound effect is also an expressive one and should serve the filmmaker's vision. Every decision, from the largest conceptual choices to the smallest practical solutions, has a profound impact on what appears on the screen and how it moves an audience... [more]
Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound,
Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound, 4th Edition relies on the professional experience of the author and other top sound craftspeople to provide a comprehensive explanation of film sound, including mixing, dubbing, workflow, budgeting, and digital audio techniques. Practically grounded with real-world stories from the trenches throughout, the book also provides relevant technical data, as well as an appreciation of all the processes involved in creating optimal motion picture sound.
New to this edition are exclusive sound artist lessons from the field (including 2 new production cases studies), including insight from craftspeople who have worked on the latest Harry Potter and Batman films. All technological changes have been updated to reflect the most current systems... [more]
Corporate Video Production:
Beyond the Board Room (And OUT of the Bored Room)
Go beyond the bland talking-head and PowerPoint slide style of most corporate videos and learn how to land coveted corporate contracts with these comprehensive techniques from an industry veteran. Stuart Sweetow teaches you how to make imaginative corporate videos with eye-catching design, rhythmic editing tricks, and essential scriptwriting and interview techniques. Learn how to shoot on location or in a studio and how to work with employees-turned-actors. Also, discover how to get contracts and produce online videos and podcasts for corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations...[more]
3D TV and 3D Cinema: Tools and Processes for Creative Stereoscopy
Master the unique technical requirements of shooting 3D stereoscopic images. Experts that have spearheaded the digital 3D revolution by designing a new generation of 3D camera systems, making it possible to produce ground-breaking movies like "U2-3D" reveal secrets of 3D. Armed with the foundational understanding of 3D perception and image reading you will learn how to work with the complex hardware and software systems as well as the essential staging, lighting, set dressing, framing, and camera movement techniques...[more]
Shoot on Location: The Logistics of Filming on Location, Whatever Your Budget or Experience
You have a strong vision for how your movie should look, but how do they find the perfect spot to shoot and how do they organize the complex logistics of such a shoot once they find that perfect location? In this comprehensive guide, industry veteran Kathy M. McCurdy provides everything needed to get out on location-from how to break down the script, public relations tips for successful location scouting, negotiating with property owners, permitting on public property, how to handle complaints, and even where to put the very unattractive port-a-potties. It also includes samples of all the different necessary forms and contracts and breaks down everything from where to park the trucks to when filmmakers need police on the set. Filled with real-life examples and actual filming situations, Shoot on Location provides everything you need to know from scouting through the wrap...[more]
The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers:
A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers,
Get fast legal answers written in plain English with no law degree required. It is designed to reduce your legal costs by providing the vital information you need to make informed decisions on the legal aspects of your film, video, and TV productions. The format is carefully designed for quick reference, so you get the answers you need—and quickly. Learn what you need to do if you want to safeguard your intellectual property, clear the rights to a song or soundtrack, or if an actor gets hurt on set. Big-budget producers have lawyers on retainer, but you are left legally exposed. This book arms you with the practical advice of a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer...[more]
Filmmaking: Direct Your Movie From Script to Screen Using Proven Hollywood Techniques
Filmmaking, the definitive resource for filmmakers, blows the doors off the secretive film industry and shows you how to adapt the Hollywood-system for the low-budget production. Full of thousands of tips, tricks, and techniques from Emmy-winning director Jason Tomaric, Filmmaking systematically walks you through every step of how to produce a successful movie - from developing a marketable idea through selling the completed movie. Whatever your movie's budget might be, Filmmaking reveals some of Hollywood's best-kept secrets. Make your movie and do it right...[more]
The Producer's Business Handbook: A Roadmap for the Balanced Film Producer, 3rd Edition
Gain a comprehensive understanding of the business of entertainment and learn to successfully engage in all related aspects of global production and exploitation with this revised and updated handbook.
With The Producer's Business Handbook as a guide, you'll learn to create the relationships that the most successful producers have with the various participants in the motion picture industry-this guide provides a global view of how producers direct their relationships with domestic and foreign studios, agencies, attorneys, talent, completion guarantors, banks, and private investors...[more]
DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look With Video
Video-capable DSLR cameras give filmmakers a previously unheard of possibility: capturing superior video footage with a "film"-like quality-and on a budget. DSLR Cinema explores the cinematic quality and features offered by hybrid DSLR cameras in order to help you achieve the film look. This book shows you how to utilize the groundbreaking features of these cameras to craft visually stunning images for your films-always with an eye towards how the visuals impact your story.
When shooting with an HDSLR camera, you need to think more like a cinematographer than a videographer. Hybrid DSLRs come closer than any other video camera today to achieving a film look, and at a fraction of the cost. Whether you're shooting for a feature, short fiction, documentary, videojournalism, or even a wedding, DSLR Cinema offers insights on different shooting styles, real-world tips and techniques, and advice on postproduction workflow...[more]
The Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook, 2nd Edition
Now in full color, this guide helps the lighting designer with all of the many creative and operational challenges you face. Providing respected and clear coverage of the process of programming automated lighting fixtures, Brad Schiller brings you from basic principles to pre-production preparations. Concepts, procedures, and guidelines to ensure a successful production are covered as well as troubleshooting, much needed information on work relationships, and of course all of the fun technology including LED lighting, console networking, digital lighting, and more. The final chapter brings the creative thinking of some of the heaviest hitting lighting designers of today, featuring Butch Allen, Jason Badger, Mike Baldassari, Richard Belliveau, Allen Branton, John Broderick, Dall Brown, Mark Butts, David Chance, Christian Choi, Vickie Claiborne, David Davidian, Patrick Dierson, C. Andrew Dunning, Mike Falconer, John Featherstone, Cory Fitzgerald, Laura Frank, Demfis Fyssicopulos, Craig Gaff, Steve Garner, Jon Griffin, Tim Grivas, Rob Halliday, Bryan Hartley, Bud Horowitz, Steve Irwin, Seth Jackson, Mark "Junior" Jacobson, Shannon January, David "Gurn" Kaniski, Mats Karlson, Eric Kennedy, Tom Kenny, Hillary Knox, Marcus Krömer, Jim Lenahan, Steve Lieberman, Esteban Lima, Heath Marrinan, Michael Nevitt, Adrian Ngieng, Paul Normandale, Jim Ohrberg, Steve Owens, Mitch Peebles, Paul Pelletier, John Rayment, Benoit Richard, Scott Riley, Larry "Uncle Fester" Robbins, Timothy F. Rogers, Susan Rose, Arnold Serame, Marsha Stern, Henry M. Sume, Howard Ungerleider, Lawrence Upton, Jon "Hillbilly" Weir, and Ross Williams...[more]
Directing and Producing for Television: A Format Approach, 4th Edition
Directing and Producing for Television is based on the author's years of experience working in television and academia. Finding that many newcomers were adept at handling equipment but often lacking in actual production technique, this guide addresses what outlines are needed by whom and why; how to mark a script; what a rehearsal agenda ought to be; and more. This approach to television production, which outlines the demands of each format, gives readers the tools they need to help them direct and produce efficiently in a variety of settings. Written with both the director and producer in mind, but particularly relevant for the television director, Directing and Producing for Television gives a comprehensive overview of the facility (studio, control room, and/or support areas) and provides who's who information covering the various jobs and personnel involved in creating television programs.
It addresses critical production techniques for popular television formats including reality television, panel programs, demonstrations, scripted productions, music, commercials, PSAs, news, documentaries, remote broadcasting, and sports...[more]
Mastering MultiCamera Techniques: From Preproduction to Editing and Deliverables
From a basic two-camera interview to an elaborate 26 camera HD concert film, this comprehensive guide presents a platform-agnostic approach to the essential techniques required to set up and edit a multi-camera project. Actual case studies are used to examine specific usages of multi-camera editing and include a variety of genres including concerts, talk shows, reality programming, sit-coms, documentaries for television, event videography and feature films. Other features include:
- Advanced multi-camera techniques and specialty work-flows are examined for tapeless & large scale productions with examples from network TV shows, corporate media projects, event videography, and feature films.
- New techniques for 3D projects, 2k/4k media management and color correction are revealed.
- Technical breakdowns analyze system requirements for monitoring, hard drives & RAIDs, RAM, codecs and computer platforms.
- Apple Final Cut Pro, Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere Pro and several other software programs are detailed.
- Tables, charts, screen-grabs, photos, web-links, blogs, tech school lists and other resource tools for further study.
- Unique interviews with the “'Masters of Multi-Cam'” including EMMYmmy- and aAcademy aAward-winning directors and editors who share their project notes and give insight to award-winning techniques...[more]
The Filmmaker's Eye: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition
Destined to become a classic in film book publishing, The Filmmaker's Eye is a colorful, highly visual reference that breaks down each type of film shot such as the close-up or long shot, and covers how it works, why it works, technical considerations, and how to break the rules. It is the only book that combines conceptual and practical instruction on creating polished and eloquent images for film and video with the technical know-how to achieve them. Filmmakers will learn how to make smart visual choices with this quick, focused, and visual guide to cinematic composition...[more]
Documentary Storytelling: Creative Nonfiction on Screen, 3rd Edition
Documentary Storytelling has reached filmmakers and filmgoers worldwide with its unique focus on the single most important aspect of documentary media-making: storytelling. Drawing on the narrative tools of the creative writer, the unique strengths of a visual and aural media, and the power of real-world content truthfully presented, Documentary Storytelling offers advice for producers, directors, editors, and cinematographers seeking to make ethical and effective nonfiction films, and for those who use these films to educate, inform, and inspire. Special interview chapters explore storytelling as practiced by renowned producers, directors, and editors. This third edition has been updated and expanded, with discussion of newer films including Waltz with Bashir and Why We Fight...[more]
Freelancer's Guide to Corporate Event Design: From Technology Fundamentals to Scenic and Environmental Design
The Freelancer's Guide to Corporate Event Design is the only book that will get the reader up to speed on the ever-changing and growing industry of corporate production. Written by one of the industry's leading designers, this book uses a candid and straightforward style to illustrate the process of designing a successful event.
Learn the fundamentals of venue selection, rigging, lighting, audio, video, and scenic design with informative diagrams and detailed illustrations. This guide will show how to plan, design, and execute events of any size. Additionally, the designer will be armed with a strong knowledge of common mistakes, tips and tricks, and industry standards that will build and train a production team prepared for just about anything...[more]
Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build: How to Build Your Own Camera Cranes, Car Mounts, Stabilizers, Dollies, and More!
"The singular beauty of this book is that Mr. Selakovich has successfully dedicated himself to producing clarity with every page."—Michael Ferris, Camera Operator/DP (Die Hard)
"For filmmakers who like to shoot their films with a mobile camera withough spending a fortune on equipment rentals, this book is a great gift indeed. I highly recommend it for its clarity and common sense."—Kris Malkiewica, Cinematographer/Author
Don't buy or rent your fillm equipment-build it! Construct professional-quality camera rigs on your own with this comprehensive, step-by-step guide and stop wasting your money on overpriced equipment rentals and purchases! Dan Selakovich guides you through the creation of jibs, dollies, cranes, car-mounts, sandbags, tripods, and more...[more]
Lighting for Digital Video and Television, 3rd Edition
Enhance the visual quality of your motion pictures and digital videos with a solid understanding of lighting fundamentals. This complete course in digital video lighting begins with how the human eye and the camera process light and color, progresses through the basics of equipment and setups, and finishes with practical lessons on how to solve common problems. Filled with clear illustrations and real-world examples that demonstrate proper equipment use, safety issues, and staging techniques, Lighting for Digital Video and Television presents readers with all they need to create their own visual masterpieces...[more]
Set Lighting Technician's Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution, 4th Edition
Comprehensive. Detailed. Practical.
Set Lighting Technician's Handbook, Fourth Edition is a
friendly, hands-on manual covering the day-to-day practices, equipment,
and tricks of the trade essential to anyone doing motion picture
lighting. This handbook offers a wealth of practical technical
information, useful techniques, as well as aesthetic discussions... [more]
The Complete Film Production Handbook, 4th Edition
The Complete Film Production
Handbook is a comprehensive step-by-step guide covering
the essentials of the business, from checklists and sample pre-production
and post production schedules to contracts and company policies
relating to insurance, talent management, and even customs and
immigration details. The book contains all of the many necessary
forms including SAG, DGA, and WGA forms, together with standard
production forms, deal memos, and release forms which are found
both in the book and on the companion CD... [more]
Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, 4th Edition
Producing and Directing the Short Film and
Video is the definitive
book on the subject for beginning filmmakers and students. The
book clearly illustrates all of the steps involved in preproduction,
production, postproduction, and distribution. Its unique two-fold
approach looks at filmmaking from the perspectives of both producer
and director, and explains how their separate energies must combine
to create a successful short film or video, from script to final
White Space Is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner's Guide to Communicating Visually Through Graphic, Web and Multimedia Design
Designing a brochure or website without an art background? Step away from the computer and read this breezy introduction to visual communications first. Written for non-designers, White Space Is Not Your Enemy is a practical graphic design and layout text introducing the concepts and practices necessary for producing effective visual communications across a variety of formats, from print to Web.
This beautifully illustrated, full-color book covers the basics to help you develop your eye and produce attractive work...[more]
Writing for Visual Media, 3rd Edition
This book looks at the fundamental problems a writer faces as a beginner learning to create content for media that is to be seen rather than read. It takes students from basic concepts to a first level of practice through explicit methods that train students to consistently identify a communications problem, think it through, and find a resolution before beginning to write.
Through successive exercises, Writing for Visual Media helps students acquire the basic skills and confidence they need to write effective films, corporate and training videos, documentaries, ads, PSAs, TV series, and other types of visual narrative. A new chapter looks at adaptation as a specific script writing problem. Writing for Visual Media also lays a foundation for understanding interactive media and writing for non-linear content with new chapters that cover writing for the web, interactive corporate communication, instructional media, and video games...[more]
Sound for Film and Television, 3rd Edition
Sound for Film and Television, Third Edition provides a thorough introduction to the fascinating field of recording, editing, mixing, and exhibiting film and television sound. It strikes a fine balance between aesthetic and technical content, combining theory and practice to approach sound as both an art and a science, as no other text has before. Sound for film and television is an aural experience constructed to tell a story, and this book shows you how to blend it seamlessly in your production.
Written by one of Hollywood’s leading sound experts, Sound for Film and Television provides a solid grounding in all aspects of the sound process. Basic principles are presented with illustrations demonstrating how they affect day-to-day activities on a film or television set, in the editing room, or in the mix room...[more]
Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents, 6th Edition
The first, most crucial step in making a film is finding the funds to do it. Let Louise Levison, who wrote the innovative business plan for The Blair Witch Project, show you how. Whether you're planning a feature, short, documentary, or large format film, this unique guide teaches you not only how to create a business plan, but also how to avoid common business plan mistakes, so that you can attract and secure an investor. In jargon-free terms, the author leads you through every step. Each chapter concentrates on a different section of the business plan, including the industry, marketing, financing, and distribution. The included companion website features supplementary exercises and spreadsheets so that you get comfortable crunching the numbers—no math degree required!
The sixth edition contains completely revised and updated industry data, updated information on distribution including online and foreign markets, and interviews and case studies with industry veterans...[more]
The Grip Book, 4th Edition
The Grip Book, Fourth Edition has been updated and revised to be even more valuable to professional grips—the "jack-of-all-trades and master of all" on a film or video set. Grips install, set up, maintain, and ensure the safety of all equipment needed on a set, such as lighting stands, cameras, and any specialty equipment needed for a shoot. ...[more]
Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect, 3rd Edition
Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect introduces the essential element of human connection—the ability to touch the reader or observer - to the screenwriting and story creation process for short films. Claudia Hunter Johnson teaches the craft of short screenplay writing by guiding students through carefully focused writing exercises of increasing length and complexity. Your students will learn how to think more deeply about the screenwriter's purposes, craft an effective pattern of human change, and hone their vision and process for their short screenplays... [more]
The Technique of Film Editing, Reissue of 2nd Edition
This enhanced version of the seminal text on editing includes a new foreword, a new afterword, a revamped cover and layout, as well as a lower price!
The single most comprehensive and engaging volume on film editing. Reisz and Millar introduce readers to every aspect of the editor’s craft, providing a concise history of editing and describing editing style as it applies to every genre of moviemaking, including many types of narrative and documentary films. The particular demands of wide-screen filmmaking, cinema verite, and the avant-garde are also covered.
Reisz and Millar’s account of the differences between smooth and abrupt editing and their remarkable sense of editing for dramatic effect rather than for realism make this book essential for apprentice editors, as well as those who want to know how filmmakers understand their work...[more]
Grammar of the Edit, 2nd Edition
Teach students how to use the basic “grammar” of editing films and videos in Grammar of the Edit! A writer pens the story, a director coaches the actors, a cinematographer creates the visual style of each shot, and an editor puts all those pieces together. This book shows students in no uncertain terms (and independently of software) what they absolutely need to know to edit their film & video production. Whether the student is a novice editor or just needs a refresher, this book gives a basic toolkit to understand the basic terms and the common practices of editing to help create a coherent and meaningful story or visual presentation... [more]
The Camera Assistant's Manual, 5th Edition
The Fifth Edition of The Camera Assistant's Manual has been completely updated to reflect the technology of today, providing crucial guidance to student filmmakers as they prepare to enter the professional world and work as camera assistants.
David Elkins has the technical know-how to provide students with easy to follow advice about how to act on set, what a camera assistant is expected to do, and all the tips and tricks that will make a first or second camera assistant ready to advance to the next level. Readers will learn how the skill sets of a 1st or 2nd AC (Camera Assistant) in film and digital (HD) intertwine, how they differ, and all they need to know to do both jobs well. The advancements in HD and digital video are only adding to an already demanding job, and this fifth edition of The Camera Assistant's Manual provides Camera Assistant novices and experienced ACs alike with valuable knowledge that they need to work in both formats... [more]
Directing the Documentary, 5th Edition
Directing the Documentary is the definitive and comprehensive book on the form of documentary, offering timeless principles that will improve students' work. Ideal for documentary courses as well as for aspiring and current directors, Directing the Documentary covers all phases of preproduction and production. The emphasis is on the hands-on work needed to make the concept a reality, and to that end dozens of projects, exercises, and idea-provoking questionnaires are included. Covering both the fundamental basics and advanced issues in documentary production, the book includes researching and honing a documentary idea, developing a crew, directing the team, and maintaining control through shooting... [more]
Grammar of the Shot, 2nd Edition
Students learn how to use the basic “grammar” of making films and videos in Grammar of the Shot. This book shows students in no uncertain terms what they absolutely need to know to put together their own films or videos, shot by shot. Whether they are just learning how to frame a shot or if a refresher is needed, this book gives students a basic toolkit of how to build a successful visual story that flows smoothly... [more]
Cutting Rhythms: Shaping the Film Edit
Cutting Rhythms is about rhythm in film editing. It begins with the question, "What can be said about the shaping of a film’s rhythm in editing beyond ‘it’s intuitive’?" This question leads to an in-depth study of editors’ rhythmic creativity and intuition, the processes and tools editors work through to shape rhythms, and the functions of rhythm in film. Through this research, Cutting Rhythms has carved out a number of theories about rhythm in film editing—what it is, how it is shaped, and what it is for. Case studies about creating rhythm in films edited by the author, and examples of rhythm in a range of other films describe and illustrate practical applications of these theories.
Faced with hundreds of hours of raw footage, a film editor must craft the pieces into a coherent whole. Rhythm is a fundamental tool of the film editor: when a filmmaker adjusts the length of shots in relation to one another, he or she affects the entire pace, structure, and mood of the film. Until this book, rhythm was considered a matter of intuition; good editors should just “know” when to make a cut ...[more]
Introduction to Media Production: The Path to Digital Media Production,
Introduction to Media Production is a primary source for students of media. Students learn about various forms of media, how to make the best use of them, why one would choose one form of media over another, and finally, about all of the techniques used to create a media project. The digital revolution has exploded all the former techniques used in digital media production, and this book covers the now restructured and formalized digital workflows that make all production processes by necessity, digital.
This text concentrates on offering students and newcomers to the field the means to become aware of the critical importance of understanding the end destination of their production as a part of pre-production, not the last portion of post production... [more]
Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen: Making and Applying Prosthetics
In the world of film and theatre, character transformation takes a lot of work, skill, and creativity. Dedicated solely to special effects makeup, this book gives students tips and techniques from a seasoned artist with years of film, TV, and theatrical experience. Special Effects Makeup for Stage and Screen begins with a full discussion of how human anatomy relates to sculpture and continues to show students how various effects are achieved, and takes you through the many genres that need an SFX makeup artist... [more]
Producing for TV and New Media: A Real-World Approach for Producers, 2nd Edition
Producing for TV and New Media provides a comprehensive look at the role of the “Producer” in television and new media. At the core of every media project there is a Producer who provides a wide array of creative, technical, financial, and interpersonal skills. Written especially for new and aspiring producers, this book looks at both the Big Picture and the essential details of this demanding and exhilarating profession…[more]
Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, 3rd Edition
This solutions-style guidebook to creating great sound for film and video is a one-stop resource for students trying to develop a high quality soundtrack for their projects. Amply illustrated and written by a sound-guru, this book demystifies complex topics for students who are not yet audio experts. This book is the industry standard to designing sound for digital projects by offering time-tested and real-world tips, techniques, time-savers, and problem-solving solutions that readers can employ from pre-production through the final mix. A full set of FAQs helps students to quickly solve audio dilemmas and helps them to develop solid action plans to make great sound... [more]
Audio Postproduction for Film and Video, 2nd Edition
Make your soundtracks as good as your pictures with this compendium of professional audio techniques that can be adapted to desktop post. Specializing in sound after the shoot, this book features many practical examples, cookbook recipes, and tutorials. Audio theory, when necessary, is presented in plain English with plenty of visual analogies.
FAQs, full explanations, and from-the-trenches tips address the complete range of processes from wiring and hardware to testing the final mix. The one-hour audio CD features platform-independent diagnostics, demonstrations, and tutorial tracks. Novices will learn how to improve their soundtrack—even after the actors have gone home. Experienced producers will learn how to solve technical and creative problems quickly…[more]
Archival Storytelling: A Filmmaker's Guide to Finding, Using, and Licensing Third-Party Visuals and Music
Filmmakers, especially those making documentaries, need to draw upon archival material: pictures, footage, music and sound that others have created. For example, George Clooney's Good Night and Good Luck interweaves historic footage of Joseph McCarthy into the narrative. Ken Burns makes extensive use of photos and music clips in his documentaries on the Civil War, jazz, and baseball. Yet due to increasingly restrictive copyright laws, difficulty in finding material, and fear of legal reprisal, many important stories are going untold by filmmakers.
Enter "Archival Storytelling," a much-needed and lively series of conversations with historians, archivists, intellectual property experts, and filmmakers. It's a comprehensive guide to the practical, effective and ethical use of non-original source materials and is written by an author dream team...[more]
Film Directing Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting, 3rd
Film Directing Fundamentals is a step-by-step guide for aspiring filmmakers and directors on developing a methodology for translating a screenplay to the screen. Using the script as a blueprint, readers are lead through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story…[more]
An Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media: Scriptwriting Essentials Across the Genres
The call for quality and knowledgeable multi-platform writing is always
in high demand. Author Robert Musburger’s An Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media presents students with a survey of the many types of electronic media writing and explains how to do it.
Musburger focuses on the qualifications needed to write for animation versus radio or television, and news versus corporate training. Sample scripts help the student learn by example while modeling their own scripts. Production files illustrate the integral role writers play in the production process. Individual movie frames allow instructors and
students to compare these to the real scripts... [more]
The Visual Story: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV, and Digital Media, 2nd Edition
"I've not read a more clear, aptly illustrated book on
visual aesthetics for the moving image arts...The author has
a keen sense of how these principles have been applied in notable
films, and that is key to engaging the reader." –
Brad Chisholm, St. Cloud State University... [more]
The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide:
A Down & Dirty DV Production
So you want to make a documentary, but think you don't have a lot of time, money, or experience? It's time to get down and dirty! Down and dirty is a filmmaking mindset. It's the mentality that forces you to be creative with your resources. It's about doing more with less. Get started NOW with this book and DVD set, a one-stop shop written by a guerrilla filmmaker, for guerrilla filmmakers. You will learn how to make your project better, faster, and cheaper. The pages are crammed with 500 full-color pictures, tips from the pros, resources, checklists and charts, making it easy to find what you need fast.... [more]
Motion Picture and Video Lighting, 2nd Edition
Lighting is at the heart of
filmmaking. The image, the mood, and the visual impact of a film
are, to a great extent, determined by the skill and sensitivity
of the cameraman, director of photography, and gaffer. Motion
Picture and Video Lighting, Second Edition, is the indispensable guide
to film and video lighting. Written by the author of the industry
bible Cinematography, this book explores technical, aesthetic,
and practical aspects of lighting for film and video. It will show
you not only how to light, but why. Written by an experienced professional,
this comprehensive book explores light and color theory; equipment,
and techniques to make every scene look its best... [more]
Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics, 4th Edition
The updated fourth edition
of this best-selling classic is a must for film students. This
is the book they will turn to again and again throughout their
career. Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics is
a comprehensive manual that goes to the heart of what makes a director
and outlines the practical work needed to achieve professional
standards of expression and control. There is an emphasis throughout
on the connection between knowing and doing; every concept is made
accessible and realizable through the dozens of hands-on projects
and exercises. The book begins with a discussion of discovering
artistic identity and honing it through story development and writing
exercises, as well as discussion of aesthetics... [more]
Television Sports Production, 4th Edition
Television sports production
is difficult, and producing a remote sports event is arguably the
most complicated to orchestrate. Many factors can adversely affect
your production, including weather, lighting, and natural sound.
A successful production is dependent on extensive planning, from
budgets, technology and location to the intricacies of the sport
itself. With so much at stake, why not learn from the experts?... [more]
The Director's Idea:
The Path to Great Directing
As a director, you must have a concept, a "director's idea",
to shape your approach to the actors, the camera, and the script.
With this clear idea your film will be deeper and more effective,
and you will be able to differentiate—and therefore make the choice—between
competent directing and great directing. Using case studies of
famous directors as real-world examples of "director's ideas",
the author has provided the theory and the practice to help directors
immediately improve their work and for students that aspire to
be great directors!... [more]
Changing Direction: A Practical Approach to Directing Actors in
Film and Theatre
The approach presented in
this book, honed after years of on-set experience and teaching
at UCLA, NYU, and Columbia, and endorsed by many in the industry,
including director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger,
Hidden Dragon) and producer/actor Edward Asner, aims to provide
a helpful reference and resource for directors and actors alike.
It combines underlying theory with dozens of exercises designed
to reveal the actor’s craft.
There is material on constructing the throughline, analyzing the
script, character needs, the casting and rehearsal processes, film
vs. theater procedures as well as the actor and the camera... [more]
Film Production Management, 3rd Edition
Film Production Management will
tell film students in step-by-step detail how to produce a screenplay
and get it onto the big screen. This book will be an indispensable
educational resource for you on a day-to-day basis. This updated
edition remains true to the practical, hands-on approach that has
made previous editions so successful, and has been updated with
revised forms, permits, and budgets applicable to all productions;
contains important information on standards and typical processes
and practices; includes the latest information available on technological
advances such as digital FX; and discusses the impact of the Internet
on filmmaking... [more]
Sound for Digital Video
The distinguishing feature
of many low-budget films and TV shows is often the poor sound quality.
Now, filmmakers shooting DV on a limited budget can learn from
Tomlinson Holman, a film sound production pioneer, how to make
their films sound like fully professional productions. Holman offers
suggestions that you can apply to your own project from preproduction
through postproduction and provides tips and solutions on production,
editing, and mixing... [more]
Single-Camera Video Production, 5th Edition
Single Camera Video Production, Fifth Edition is intended for the beginning media student and as a reference for experienced media professionals to review the rapidly changing technology and production techniques in the digital media production field.
Single Camera Video Production provides an overview of the entire video production process and is especially geared to present production techniques used in single-camera video production. Presented in a concise, easy-to-understand format, readers gain the insight they need to create their own (digital) video productions. Clear illustrations demonstrate the techniques presented in the book. An update is needed to reflect the rapid changes to the technology and industry, including nonlinear editing, digital production techniques, and high definition video production... [more]
Practical Cinematography, 2nd Edition
Filmmaking is an art, but,
like so many art forms, there are basic underlying tools and techniques
and a body theoretical knowledge that must be understood and mastered
before artistic expression can flourish. This book is an invaluable
resource for all aspiring DoPs.
Practical Cinematography can be dipped into for quick reference
—perhaps to answer a specific question or deal with practical
problems relating to a shoot—or read from cover to cover. It
discusses the principles of cinematography and the expertise which
is unique to the Director of Photography (DoP). It deals with all
the basic theory such as color temperature and sensitometry, and
all the practical things a DoP needs to know, from the make-up
of the crew to how to prepare an equipment list... [more]
Placing Shadows: Lighting Techniques for Video Production, 3rd
A mix of theory and practical
applications, Placing Shadows covers the physical properties of
light and the selection of proper instruments for the best possible
effect. For the student, advanced amateur, and pros trying to enhance
the look of their productions, this book examines the fundamentals
and is also a solid reference for tips on better performance... [more]
Writing the Short Film, 3rd Edition
The short film is a unique
narrative art form that, while lending itself to experimentation,
requires tremendous discipline in following traditional filmic
considerations. This book takes the student and novice screenwriter
through the storytelling process- from conception, to visualization,
to dramatization, to characterization and dialogue- and teaches
them how to create a dramatic narrative that is at once short (approximately
half an hour in length) and complete. Exercises, new examples of
short screenplays, and an examination of various genres round out
the discussion... [more]
Video Shooter: Storytelling With HD Cameras, 2nd Edition
Tired of the all the digital filmmaking guidebooks that only give the nuts and bolts of how to use a camera? Video Shooter 2nd Edition takes that how-to knowledge and takes it a step further by showing students how to craft a story in their video. Barry Braverman is a highly experienced shooter whose name is gold in the field. This book covers everything from framing a shot, to lighting, to the type of camera (and tripod) one should use, and perhaps most importantly—how to translate the use of all this equipment and techniques into a story... [more]
- FilmCraft: Costume Design
- The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide
- Voice & Vision
- Shoot on Location
- The Complete Film Production Handbook
- Producing and Directing the Short Film
- Video Production Handbook
- Producing and Directing
the Short Film and Video
TV/Video Production courses:
- Portable Video
- Television Production, 15e
- Video Production Handbook
- 3D TV and 3D Cinema
- Corporate Video Production
- Freelancer's Guide to Corporate Event Design
- Mastering MultiCamera Techniques
- Single Camera Video Production
- The Grip Book
- Television Sports Production
Media Production courses:
- Making Media
- White Space Is Not Your Enemy
- Introduction to Media Production
- Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide
- FilmCraft: Cinematography
- Filming the Fantastic
- Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself in the Foot
- DSLR Cinema
- The Filmmaker's Eye
- The Camera Assistant's Manual
- Grammar of the Shot
- Video Shooter
- The Visual Story
- Practical Cinematography
- The Automated Lighting Programmer's Handbook
- Set Lighting Technician's Handbook
- Lighting for Digital Video and Television
- Motion Picture and Video Lighting
- Placing Shadows
- The Screenwriter's Roadmap: 21 Questions to Building a Successful Screenplay
- Screenwriter’s Compass
- Screenwriting Tips, You Hack
- Writing for Visual Media, 3e
- Crafting Short Screenplays That Connect
- An Introduction to Writing for Electronic Media
- Writing the Short Film
- FilmCraft: Directing
- Directors Tell the Story
- Directing and Producing for Television
- Directing the Documentary
- Film Directing Fundamentals
- Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics
- The Director's Idea
- Changing Direction
- Documentary Storytelling
- Directing the Documentary
- Archival Storytelling
- The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide
- Shoot on Location
- The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers
- The Producer's Business Handbook
- Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video
- Producing for TV and New Media
- Filmmakers and Financing
- Avid Editing
- FilmCraft: Editing
- The Technique of Film Editing
- Grammar of the Edit
- Cutting Rhythms
Production Management courses:
- FilmCraft: Costume design
- The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide
- Scheduling and Budgeting Your Film
- Video Production Handbook
- Shoot on Location
- Killer Camera Rigs That You Can Build
- The Complete Film Production Handbook
- Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video
- Film Production Management
for Film and Video courses:
- Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound
- Sound for Film and Television
- Audio Postproduction for Film and Video
- Producing Great Sound for Film and Video
- Sound for Digital Video
- The Makeup Artist Handbook
- Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen