DV Rebel's Guide An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap

ISBN-10: 0321413644
ISBN-13: 9780321413642
Edition: 2007
Authors: Stu Maschwitz
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Description: This book offers a do-it-yourself, all-digital approach to making killer action movies on the cheap. Written by Stu Maschwitz, co-founder of the Orphanage (the legendary guerrilla visual effects studio responsible for amazing and award-winning  More...

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List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Publication date: 12/22/2006
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

This book offers a do-it-yourself, all-digital approach to making killer action movies on the cheap. Written by Stu Maschwitz, co-founder of the Orphanage (the legendary guerrilla visual effects studio responsible for amazing and award-winning effects in such movies as Sin City, The Day After Tomorrow, andHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), this book is a must-have for all those budding filmmakers and students who want to produce action movies with visual effects but don't have Hollywood budgets. The Orphanage was created by three twenty-something visual effects veterans who wanted to make their own feature films and discovered they could do this by utilizing home computers, off the shelf software, and approaching things artistically. This guide details exactly how to do this: from planning and selecting the necessary cameras, software, and equipment, to creating specific special effects (including gunfire, Kung Fu fighting, car chases, dismemberment, and more) to editing and mixing sound and music. Its mantra is that the best, low-budget action moviemakers must visualize the end product first in order to reverse-engineer the least expensive way to get there. Readers will learn how to integrate visual effects into every aspect of filmmaking-before filming, during filming and with "in camera" shots, and with computers in postproduction. Throughout the book, the author makes specific references to and uses popular action movies (both low and big-budget) as detailed examples-includingEl Mariachi, La Femme Nikita, Die Hard, and Terminator 3.

Introduction
The Approach
Work Backward, Not Forward
Mis en Scene, Dans la Cuisine
Break It Down
Build It Up
What Is Production Value?
Image Quality
Sound Quality
Locations
Lighting
Effects
Stars
But Seriously, What Is Production Value?
Don't Make Shots, Make a Movie
Planning
Looking for a Producer?
I Have Bad News for You
Resources
A Uniquely Rebel Plan
Your Script
Make Waves
Authenticity
I Am But a Shadowy Refl ection of You
Your Storyboards
Learn to Draw Badly
Eyelines
Drawing Through a Lens
Shoot it, Nerd it, Steal it
Lines of Action (Big Red Arrows)
Animatics
Turning a Storyboard into a Schedule
Cut 'em and Code 'em
Binder the Universe Together
Putting the "Guer" in Guerrilla
On Asking Permission
The Pickup Truck Loophole
Be a Rebel, Not a Jerk
The Camera on the included DVD Selecting a Camera
24p
HD vs. tSD
Widescreen
Wider Screen
Electronic 16:9 vs. The Real Thing
16:9 Adaptor Lenses
Settings
Crafting the Digital Negative
Flatten It Out
Cinegamma
Detail, Schmetail!
Accessories
Lenses
Tchotchkes
Manual Everything!
Exposure
White Balance
Focus
Shooting
Making Memorable Shots
Slow Down
Think in Thirds
Make Triangles
Free Your Mind and Your Camera Will Follow
Tell the Story
Moving the Camera
Sticks
Dollies
Slider
Wheelchairs
Steady That Cam
Cranes & Jibs
Found Cranes
Playing with Time
Slow Motion for Me
Speed Ramping
Undercranking
Narrow Shutter
Hand-Cranking
Reverse It
Lighting
God Is Your Gaffer
Bounce It or Block It
Eventually You May Need, Er, Lights
Effects
Special Effects vs. Visual Effects
Realism, Schmealism
Keep 'em Guessing
Treat the Fake Like It's Real
Some Effects Basics
Reference Is God
Matching Cameras
Matching Lighting
The Blue Screen of Death
Miniatures
Scale
Speed
Hanging Foreground Miniatures
Cleveland for Paris
Matte Paintings for Nonpainters
Copy Paste
Virtual Worlds
POV Shots
Guns Guns Guns!
A Little About Real Guns
The Electric Gun On the included DVD What Guns Do
Blank-Firing Replicas
Toys & BB Guns
Digital Ordnance
Handling the Guns, Handling the Gun Handlers
Guns Shoot Things
Light Fuse and Get Away
BB Guns
Blood Hits
Squib That Which Is Squibable
52 Card Pickup
Digital Squibs
Tinfoil Bullet Hits
The (Nearly) Free Blood Hit
Splitsville
Stunts
Avoid Killing Your Friends
What Professionals?
Cars
Editing
Cut Like a Pro
Who Shaves the Barber?
Kill Your Babies
Manufacturing Reality
Everything Is Fair Game
Invisible Cuts
Pacing
Do Over
Sound and Music
Locking Your Cut
Prep the Effects
The Top Ten Percent
Getting a Handle
Accounting
Onlining
The Rules
No Mastering in the NLE
No Recompression
No 8-Bit Processing
Be a Pixel Purist
Getting Your Movie into After Effects
Color Correction
Grade in Layers
Not So Secondary Corrections
Order of Operations
Tools of the Trade
Color Theory
A Sample Sequence
Output
The Digital Master On the included DVD Boom
Index

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