Developing Digital Short Films

ISBN-10: 073571231X

ISBN-13: 9780735712317

Edition: 2004

Authors: Sherri Sheridan

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The film market is shifting toward traditional desktop technology to create productions...digitally. Unlike traditional film production, though, digital films require producers to employ a different pre-production process. Developing Digital Short Films explores how unique character and set designs, bluescreen ideas, special effects, and simple 2D character animation techniques can be used as narrative devices for telling stories. Part One focuses on generating visual ideas that are ideal for digital production and creating a short film script. Part Two focuses on the visual pre-production of a short film and the issues that go through a filmmaker's mind as they struggle with how best to present their stories; this includes topics like 101 camera shots, frame composition, developing a visual look and feel, color maps, and creating storyboards and animatics. Part Three explores the different production environments of DV, 2D and 3D, and how they shape the telling of stories based upon the technological strengths of each style.The CD-ROM includes sample scripts, screenwriting software, color map templates, storyboard templates and examples of short films and camera shots. Also on the CD are DV clips to experiment with for Part 2 exercises, and sound files and animation clips to illustrate ideas presented. A web site with links to example films, which are not on the CD, and new films that come out after the book is published will also be available.
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 4/12/2004
Binding: Mixed Media
Pages: 448
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Getting the Most Out of This Book
Becoming a Better Digital Filmmaker
Do Not Let Anything Stop You from Making Your Film
Digital Storytelling
Generating Ideas for Digital Short Films
Beginning the Story Concept Process
Using Digital Tools to Create Original Films
Generating Original Ideas for Digital Short Films
Brainstorming for Software Capabilities
Incorporating Plot Goals
Final Story Concept Sentence to Pitch
Final Story Idea
Creating Original Characters, Themes, and Visual Metaphors
Creating Powerfully Original Characters
Developing Themes In Films
Using Metaphors and Symbols to Tell Stories
Developing Plot Points
Aristotelian Dramas
Creating Character Arcs
Short Film Plot Points
Plot Points for Feature Films
Writing a Short Treatment
Writing Scenes, Conflict, and a Short Script
The Joy of Index Cards
Three-Act Structure for Developing Scenes
Constructing Individual Scenes
Moving the Story Forward Through Conflict
Adding Subtext to Scenes
Writing Dialogue
Writing a Short Script
visualizing Your Script
Shot Visualization
Producing the Final Storyboards
Determining the Organizational Structure
101 Camera Shots for Storyboarding
Designing Camera Shots
Sketching Rough Overheads
Composing Your Shots
Creating Depth in Your Camera Shots
Creating Storyboards
Mise En Scegrave;ne for the Twenty-First Century
Developing Visual Styles
Developing Digital Production Styles
Creating Visually Expressive Characters
Developing Set Designs
Conceptual Lighting Design
Developing a Color Palette
Narrative Sound Design
The Importance of Good Sound
Viewing-Room Speakers
Sound in the Script
Breaking Down Your Scripts for Sound
Creating a Sound Ambiance for Each Scene
Utilizing Different Sound Sources
Creating Original Sound Effects
Utilizing Offscreen Sound
Creating Sound Space for the Audience
Sound as POV
Designing Dialogue Styles
Matching Sound to Camera Shots
Mindspace Sound Design
Shooting Without Sound
Sound Problems
Preproduction Story-Editing Choices
Editing Information Is Natural to Storytelling
Juxtaposition as the Core of Editing
Print Out a Still of Each Shot
Miscellaneous Editing Tips
Final Thoughts on Nonlinear Editing
Creating Digital Short Films for Different Production Styles
Digitally Enhanced Storytelling Techniques
Using Digital Video Techniques to Tell Visual Stories
What Are Some Advantages of Using DV to Tell Stories? How to Combine Layers Using Transparent Areas
Creating Camera Shots Digitally in Post
Animating Still Photographs with Video Layers
DV Character Design Ideas
Digitally Enhanced Character Design Techniques
Creating Virtual Sets
Using Text and Motion Graphics to Tell a Story
Creating Simple Narrative Digital Effects
Defining a Visual Style for Your Film
Adding a 2D Animated Look to DV Footage
Using Color Manipulation to Develop Narrative Ideas
Other Digital Techniques
Using Modern 2D
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