Digital Filmmaking for Beginners A Practical Guide to Video Production

Digital Filmmaking for Beginners A Practical Guide to Video Production

Discover how to create professional-quality digital videos--faster than you can say "lights, camera, action" Digital video cameras are everywhere--even on our phones! But cameras don't make great movies; filmmakers do. Written by a seasoned pro with 40 years of teaching experience, Digital Filmmaking for Beginners is your fully illustrated introduction to all technical aspects of digital filmmaking. Featuring clear, concise instruction--accompanied by online video demonstrations--this comprehensive guide covers the best methods and techniques to plan and script projects; set up lighting, microphones, and cameras; and shoot, edit, and apply postproduction effects and other finishing touches. Whether you're an amateur film buff or an aspiring professional videographer, this is the source for everything you need to bring your ideas from the page to the screen. Coverage includes: Best practices to ensure smooth operations in all project phases, from planning to post production Recommendations on selecting and purchasing cameras, filming gear, and the best editing and effects software to fit your budget and needs Advice on planning, shooting, editing, and other technical elements Fully illustrated tutorials on composition, framing, and other visual storytelling techniques Exclusive bonus online content, including finished video demonstrations of key filmmaking techniques and informative articles

Video Marketing for Libraries

A Practical Guide for Librarians

Video Marketing for Libraries

Today’s libraries need to market their resources and services more than ever. Libraries can strengthen their relationships with their users and gain new audiences by creating their own promotional videos. However, creating marketing videos can be intimidating for beginners and challenging for even seasoned pros. Video Marketing for Libraries provides step-by-step instructions on how to produce videos designed to market your library and strategies to assess their impact. You too can increase awareness of your library’s resources & services by producing your own videos. This book will guide you through: ·gaining internal support ·crafting a clear message ·building the library’s audience ·writing storyboards and scripts ·casting and rehearsing actors ·filming and recording voiceover, editing, publishing, promoting ·using online tools & animation software ·and assessing impact

Participating in Plays, Skits, and Debates with Cool New Digital Tools

Participating in Plays, Skits, and Debates with Cool New Digital Tools

Many teens enjoy theater arts and debate and grow intellectually, creatively, and socially from their experiences in these areas. Today technological tools offer exciting options for play, skit, and debate participation. Readers learn how to use digital tools to help them research, plan, write, and present their own theater and debate material. The author presents easy-to-use, inexpensive apps and tools they can use throughout the process, from brainstorming ideas to tracking audience responses. Further, digitally savvy actors and debaters fulfill the Common Core Standard of using technology to interact and collaborate with others and to produce and publish their writing.

Practical DV Filmmaking

A Step-by-step Guide for Beginners

Practical DV Filmmaking

A guide for the complete beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking provides a practical guide to the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. Whilst 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 Director. Free tryout software is included on the accompanying CD-ROM. 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. 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 introducing theoretical approaches to filmmaking as well as a summary of 100 must-see films that demonstrate the principles of 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 students filmmakers. Actively encouraging you to further your career the book investigates how to apply for entrance for film festivals, while the CD-Rom offers 3 different tryout versions of editing software; comprehensive lists of international film courses and festivals; information on promotion and publicity and how to build a website; a film budgeting template and interviews with some of the key figures in the industry today. * 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.

The Camera Assistant's Manual

The Camera Assistant's Manual

Excel as a Cameraman in today’s evolving film industry with this updated classic. Learn what to do – and what NOT to do – during production and get the job done right the first time. This seventh edition covers the basics of cinematography and provides you with the multi-skill set needed to maintain and transport a camera, troubleshoot common problems on location, prepare for job interviews, and work with both film and digital technologies. Illustrations, checklists, and tables accompany each chapter and highlight the daily workflow of an Assistant Cameraman (AC), with expanded sections on problems and troubleshooting, updated formulas, tables, and checklists, as well as new information on the differences between working in the United States and UK and additional information on working with digital technology. This is a must-have for anyone looking to succeed in this highly technical and ever-changing profession. This book features a comprehensive companion web site that offers plenty of useful resources, including online tutorials that ACs can easily access while on location and supplementary downloadable forms and checklists.

A Beginner's Guide to Digital Video

A Beginner's Guide to Digital Video

Discusses all aspects of digital video production, from shooting and editing to creating finished movies on disc or tape and streaming on the Web.

Bluescreen Compositing

A Practical Guide for Video & Moviemaking

Bluescreen Compositing

Master the art and technique of blue and greenscreen compositing with this comprehensive how-to course in creating effective and realistic composited scenes in video formats. You get clear, understandable explanations of the different types of keying techniques and how they work, including real-world examples and tutorials. Topics include setting up a greenscreen studio, how to light the screen effectively, how to light the talent or foreground material, and matching lighting to the composited background plate. Complete tutorials of each of the major software keyers walk you through the process for creating a clean and accurate composite.

The Filmmaker's Handbook

A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age: Fifth Edition

The Filmmaker's Handbook

The fifth edition of the authoritative guide to producing, directing, shooting, editing, and distributing your video or film. Whether you aspire to be a great filmmaker yourself or are looking for movie gifts, this comprehensive guide to filmmaking is the first step in turning a hobby into a career. Widely acknowledged as the “bible” of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now updated with the latest advances in HD and digital formats. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making. • Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, corporate, broadcast, and experimental videos and films • Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras • In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording, editing, and mixing • Understanding HDR, RAW, Log, 4K, UHD, and other formats • The business aspects of funding and producing your project • Getting your movie shown in theaters, on television, streaming services, and online

Filmmaking Crash Course

30 Exercises for Educators, Students, and Filmmakers

Filmmaking Crash Course

Unravel the mystique surrounding filmmaking through simple, well-thought-out exercises and practical tips. This book can be used quickly by any filmmaker regardless of level. For those that are established film professionals, there are a variety of exercises that can help you build skills in your weaker areas. Over thirty practical filmmaking exercises. Focus on writing, production, directing, and post-production. Students and professionals alike will find exercises that hone their skills substantially. A great addition to any video production library. Whether you are in video production, screenwriting, sound, cinematography, short films, feature-length movie production, advertising, or animation, you will learn something new in this exciting new film workbook. FOR EDUCATORS Find exercises and inspire your students to create. Feel free to adjust the level and difficulty of the exercises or add your own unique talents to their execution. Over thirty exercises for beginners to adult learners to seasoned professional filmmakers. Chapter 1 Inspiration Chapter 2 Screenwriting and Storyboarding Chapter 3 Directing and Producing a Film Chapter 4 The Art Department: Sets, Costumes, Makeup Chapter 5 Lighting and Cinematography Basics Chapter 6 Sound and Film Music Chapter 7 Post Production Chapter 8 That's a Wrap INSPIRATION Break down these "writer's block" issues by giving very direct instructions to prompt composition. SCREENWRITING Before you can have a good film, you need to have a good script. And while the talent can improvise decent lines now and again, a film can go over budget and topsy-turvy without a solid script to hold it together. STORYBOARDING Practice the basics of storyboarding and basic techniques to help with overall pacing and rhythm of your film. DIRECTING A FILM Directing a film is more than simply shouting out directions from the director's chair. A director needs to truly know the craft. WHAT IS CINEMATOGRAPHY? Learn the importance of composition, lighting, and movement in your film. Practice color theory, using a color palette, how to color grade, and how different shots affect the psychology of your film. Develop a stunning visual vocabulary. SHOOTING YOUR FILM Learn the practical side of shooting a film, from different types of shots, movement in film, continuity, montage, and other aspects of filmmaking technique. LIGHTING BASICS What is the role of light and shadow in film? How does digital editing impact lighting? Learn basic techniques to successful filmmaking. LOCATION, COSTUMING AND SET DESIGN How can you choose the best location for your film? Discover how costuming, makeup, and other aspects of design can affect your production, including period piece productions. Tips for the budget filmmaker. SOUND A practical guide to professional audio editing. Learn what equipment you will need for production, how to get the best sound that you can afford, and learn how to speak the sound of the audio engineer to make take your film production to the next level. FINDING TALENT Finding talent is not as complicated as it used to be. Today with the Internet you can find talented actors in your area or around the world. Practical tips and exercises to interact with actors and direct them to do their best for your film. POST PRODUCTION Video editing, special fx, sound design, music, software, and more are all integral to making your vision a reality. Exercises focus on editing the best video possible. WHY SOUND DESIGN AND MUSIC ARE IMPORTANT What is Foley? Does sound design matter? What role does music play in your film? Learn about the psychology of sound in film, audio editing, panning, recording Foley sounds, and how to choose the right composer. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES The appendix includes additional resources like a movie list, sample budget, book list, and a quick look at film genres, as well as other helpful resources. Written by award-winning composer and filmmaker Sabrina Peña Young.