Practical DV Filmmaking

ISBN-10: 0240807383
ISBN-13: 9780240807386
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
Authors: Russell Evans
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Description: Written for the beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking guides you thorough the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. While the technical tools you need are  More...

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List price: $29.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/19/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

Written for the beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking guides you thorough the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. While the technical tools you need are fully explained, the book concentrates on filmmaking principles throughout, illustrating how these tools can be used to achieve stylistic approaches for innovative filmmaking. The book assumes no background knowledge in either technology or filmmaking and is divided into four key areas: *DEVELOPMENT: turn your idea into a workable script, storyboard and schedule. *PRODUCTION: develop skills to shoot original short films and turn a zero-to-low budget to your advantage. *POST-PRODUCTION: learn basic editing techniques to enhance your original idea using iMovie, Premiere and other popular tools. *DISTRIBUTION: set up a website and use the internet to promote your film. Includes numerous links to useful websites. Plus, top tips for how to enter a film festival and a new chapter on developing a career. Projects enable you to master each step of the process taking you through different aspects of filmmaking today. Gradually you will find out where your strengths lie and how to make the most of them. The book also encourages stylistic development by intruding theoretical approaches to filmmaking. A glossary of terms plus an appendix of resources make this guide a one-stop essential handbook to DV filmmaking practice for beginners and student filmmakers. * Master low-budget filmmaking principles with easy step-by-step techniques and practical projects * Develop a real world perspective through case studies and interviews with successful filmmakers * Combine technical know-how with stylistic approaches to filmmaking.

Acknowledgements
Introduction to the second edition
How to use this book
Overview
Think big
The filmmaking process
Low-budget filmmaking
Inside video
What is digital technology?
How the camcorder works
Operating the camcorder
In-camera edit: hand-made movie
Video safety and good practice
Video compression
Films and how they work
Types of film and filmmakers
In-camera edit
How films work
Film language and how to speak it
Pre-production
Logistics and crew
Working out a budget
Collaboration and you
Scene description
Collaboration
Developing stories
Making a schedule
Scriptwriting
Story and structure
Core scenes
Silent movie remake
Alternative script structure
New movie structures
Devising stories for low budgets
Revealing subtext in your movie
Symbolism in the movies
Visuals
Visualizing your film
Storyboards and visual tools
Production tools
A condensed guide to shooting
Lighting
Sound recording
The chase
Sound environment
Real world guide to location shooting
Shooting for compression
New format movie
Production aesthetics
Better looking films
Close-ups
Continuity
Urban legends
Documentary
My obituary
Music video and the VJ
Music video
Post-production tools
Condensed guide to editing
Starting to work in digital editing
Preparing to edit
Editing with sound
Understanding timecode
Working with text
Post-production aesthetics
Editing aesthetics: editing for genre
Editing aesthetics: non-narrative
Polymedia movie
Montage editing
Movie spell
Careers and distribution
Where am I going?
What's a career?
Careers: essential knowledge
Essential qualities
Three stages of a career
The career map
Career troubleshooting
How do I get there?
Where to get your movies seen
Guide to distribution
Strategies for promotion
Showreel: who am I?
Film festivals
Using Internet broadcast sites
Your rights: protecting your movie on the web
Mapping the industry
State of the art: mapping the film industry
State of the art: expansion and convergence
Trends affecting film
Glossary of film and video terms
Bibliography
Index

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