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Books for Advanced Learners

Art of the Documentary, The: Ten Conversations with Leading Directors, Cinematographers, Editors, and Producers

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In The Art of the Documentary, the directors, editors, cinematographers, and producers behind today's most thought-provoking nonfiction films reveal the thought processes, methods, and collaborations that have guided their efforts- from project conception to developing, producing, shooting, editing, and releasing some of the finest documentary films of recent decades.

This richly illustrated volume, which will appeal to professional and aspiring filmmakers, as well as documentary enthusiasts, features conversations with director Ken Burns (The Civil War, Jazz, Baseball), director/cinematographer D A Pennebaker (Dont Look Back, The War Room), director/cinematographer Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), director Errol Morris (The Fog of War, The Thin Blue Line), director Chris Hegedus (Startup.com, Down from the Mountain), editor Larry Silk (Pumping Iron, Wild Man Blues), cinematographer Buddy Squires (The Civil War, Ram Dass, Fierce Grace), director/producer Lauren Lazin (Tupac: Resurrection, Journey of Dr. Dre), editor/director Paula Heredia (The Vagina Monologues, In Memoriam: New York City, 9/11/01), director/cinematographer Kirsten Johnson (Fahrenheit 9/11, Innocent Until Proven Guilty), and editor Geof Bartz (Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth, He's Having a Baby). And with contributions by: Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentaries and HBO Family, Carol Dysinger, film editor and professor, NYU Film School, and Haskell Wexler, cinematographer.
Megan Cunningham

2005

New Riders

ISBN 0-32131-623-1

368 pages

Art of the Storyboard, The: Storyboarding for Film, TV, and Animation
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The Art of the Storyboard shows beginners how to conceptualize and render the drawings that will communicate continuity to the cinematographer, set designer, and special effects supervisor, or to create the skeletal outline around which an animated program is developed.

Using sketches of shots from classic films, from silents to the present, The Art of the Storyboard covers the history and evolution of this craft and discusses the essentials of translating one's vision onto paper, from the rough sketch to the finished storyboard. Over 100 illustrations from the author's and other storyboard artists' work illuminate the text throughout. Exercises at the end of each chapter help students to develop essential drawing and visualizing skills.

The Art of the Storyboard teaches basic drawing techniques and illustrates the use of perspective, light and shade, and depth of field needed in order to render the human figure in motion. In this book students are introduced to essential components of storyboarding, such as framing, placement of figures, and use of camera angles.

Contents

The Storyboard's Beginnings;
The Storyboard Artist:
Team Player;
Drawing the Basic Storyboard;
How the Storyboard Meets the Needs of Each Member of the Production Team;
Drawing the Components of the Storyboard; More Basic Drawing Techniques;
Giving Order and Increased Reality To the Visuals Within the Storyboard;
Depth of Field/Manipulating Light;
Perspective and Depth of Field/More on Receding Planes;
The Shot Part I;
The Shot Part II;
Appendix 1: A Word About Cartoons, Commercials and Multimedia;
Appendix 2: Interviews

John Hart

Dec 1998

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0-240-80329-6

240 pages

Art of Voice Acting, The: The Craft and Business of Performing Voiceover
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Are you just starting in Voiceover? Do you have some experience, but aren't getting booked? Are you a working pro who wants to expand to new areas of VO work?   Packed with basic acting techniques in The Art of Voice Acting, you will discover

  • Scripts 
  • A chapter of studio stories and 'tricks-of-the-trade' from professional voiceover talent around the world
  • Updated information for voiceover demos and marketing 
  • A comprehensive index that makes it easy to find what you're looking for 
  • Voice and acting techniques 
  • Contributions from some of the top voice talent in the world 
  • An audio CD with the actual audio for every script in the book, 
  • PLUS: exercises, demos and more!

Written in an accessible and engaging style Alburger shares his experience as a performer, producer, director and performance coach to give you a clear no nonsense introduction to the business and art of voice acting.

James Alburger

August 2010

Focal Press

ISBN: 9780240812113

412 pages

Better Location Shooting: Techniques for Video Production
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Location filming is growing in popularity with the abundance of affordable cameras. You don't need a studio, a broadcast truck, or even extensive knowledge of how to use a 16mm film camera--all you need is a digital camera, and you can take your job on the road and shoot wherever action is happening! This book will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to take your on-location shooting skills to the next level.

Better Location Filming is packed with the things you will need to know to have great results while shooting your documentary, interview, sporting event, fashion or glamour event, or current affairs/news show. Beyond introductory techniques, the author will tell you how to plan, troubleshoot, handle legal requirements and issues, and of course - he'll teach you all about location filming equipment. Practical and filled with hands-on pointers, this book is perfect for working and aspiring film & video professionals seeking a leg up in their careers.

As a bonus, advanced tips are included for novices who are ready to take shooting techniques to the next level.
Paul Martingell

September 2008

Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780240810034

288 pages

Cinematography
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The first in the FilmCraft Series, this beautiful book covers the complex craft of cinematography through discussions with notable cinematographers, like Vittorio Storaro and Christopher Doyle. With stills, photos from the sets, and in-depth exploration of both iconic and contemporary projects, from Psycho and the French New Wave classic The Week End to Chicago and Zhang Yimou's saga Hero. Get access to lauded professionals, who provide you with the perspective to think like the pros and create compelling visual stories. Apply the perspective you'll gain to your own work with practical tips, or just sit back and coast along this thoughtful, behind-the-scenes road.
Tim Grierson and Mike Goodridge
November 2011

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240818627

192 pages

Cinematography: Theory and Practice: Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors
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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.

Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production.

Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography. Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the classic tried and true methods.

New! A DVD and website features hours of video footage, offering key instruction in topics such as camera basics and essentials, lighting, shooting methods, and much more.

Topics include:   . Concepts of filmmaking . Language of the lens . Cinematic continuity . Lighting for film, digital, and HD . Exposure . HD cinematography and shooting . Shooting in HD . Image control and filters . Bleach bypass processes . Lighting as storytelling . Shooting special effects . Set procedures and other issues

Blain Brown
July 2011

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240812090

384 pages

Color Correction for Video, 2nd Edition
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Use color to improve your storytelling, deliver critical emotional cues, and add impact to you videos. This book shows you how to analyze color correction problems and solve them- whatever NLE or plugin you use.

Experienced editors and colorists in their own right, the authors also include the wisdom of top colorists, directors of photography, and color scientists to deliver this insightful and authoritative presentation of the theory and practice of color correction.

The book provides technical insight into how to effectively color correct your video, also delving into how color can impact storytelling and deliver critical emotional cues. The new edition also includes 2 new "Quickstart Tutorials", a new chapter on how color impacts storytelling, information on the impact HD has had on the correcting process, and updated application specifications. The companion DVD features new and more robust tutorial media.
  • QuickStart Guide to Primary Color Correction;
  • QuickStart Guide to Secondary Color Correction;
  • Setting up your monitor and viewing environment;
  • Creative use of Waveform and Vectorscopes;
  • Analyzing video using alternative methods;
  • Introduction to Primary Color Correction - (with multiple apps);
  • An advanced look at Primary Color Correction;
  • Introduction to Secondary Color Correction - (with multiple apps);
  • An advanced look at Secondary Color Correction;
  • Telling the story with Color Correction;
  • Matching shots;
  • Giving video a Look;
  • Color Theory;
  • A Brief history of color correction;
  • Index of color correction hardware, applications and plugins
Steve Hullfish and Jamie Fowler

November 10, 2008

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240810782

296  pages
Complete Guide to Digital Video, The
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"Complete Guide to Digital Video" will walk you from beginner to expert, whatever your level of ambition. It's the shooting script for aspiring Spielbergs, both young and old, covering the basic techniques of shooting, lighting, editing, and publishing, all the way through to expert insider views of the video-maker's art. Whether spicing up home movies or preparing professional presentations, this book will give you the tools to create great-looking movies.
Ed Gaskell

2003

Muska & Lipman Publishing

ISBN 1-59200-103-3

192 pages
Continuity Supervisor, 4th Edition
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The Continuity Supervisor is a practical guide to the basics of continuity, designed to be of use both to the newcomer and those more experienced. Formerly titled 'The Continuity Handbook: a guide for single-camera shooting, this new edition covers the latest technological changes which affect the Continuity Supervisor.


Avril Rowlands worked at the BBC for any years as a PA. She has been involved in specialised training for the television industry and major film and television colleges. Her highly acclaimed residential courses attract students from major television companies worldwide. She is also a writer and independent television producer.

Benefit from the inside knowledge and expertise of an highly acclaimed teacher and independent producer Up date yourself on the latest developments in post-production Discover the various way to lay out a film script
Avril Rowlands

July 2000

Focal Press

ISBN 9780240516134

193 pages
Creative Motion Graphic Titling for Film, Video and the Web
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The book features genre-based tutorial sections, with step by step instructions for creating effective horror, comedy, drama, and suspense titling sequences. Tutorials for creating some of the most popular title sequences in blockbuster movies are included (Se7en, The Sopranos, 24, The Matrix). Other tutorials teach you how to effectively use sound and VFX in your titles, and also included is instruction on editing your title sequence. These techniques, as well as chapters on the essentials of typography allow you to apply these lessons to your title sequence regardless of whether it's for TV, the web, or digital signage.

Also included is a DVD with sample clips, as well as project files that allow you to refine the techniques you learned in the book. As an added bonus we've included 3 titling chapters from other Focal books, with specific instructions on titling within certain software applications.

Yael Braha

September 2010

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240814193

416 pages
Digital Non-Linear Desktop Editing
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Written for beginning and experienced filmmakers and video producers, this book is a complete guide to the concepts and tools of digital non-linear editing. The hands-on guide-lines explain the concepts of editing and teach filmmakers working in postproduction how to use their traditional editing skills with the new digital technology. Using a series of editing tutorials and raw footage of actual productions, readers work through every step of the editing process from digitizing and structuring, to adding titles and compositing. These hands-on tutorials use popular editing tools including Speed Razor, Final Cut Pro, Avid Products, ProTools, AfterEffects, and Ultimate; demos of many of these products are included on the companion CD-ROM and DVD-ROM.
Sonja Schenk

2001

Charles River Media

ISBN 1-58450-016-6

401 pages

Digital Video Hacks: Tips & Tools for Shooting, Editing, and Sharing
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Since the dawn of film, novices and experts have used quick-and-dirty workarounds and audiovisual tricks to improve their motion pictures, from home movies to feature films. Today, the tools have certainly changed, as have the quality and scope of the results. With digital video, the hacking possibilities are now limitless, for both amateurs and professional artists. From acquiring footage, mixing, editing, and adding effects to final distribution, Digital Video Hacks provides unique tips, tools, and techniques for every stage of video production. You'll learn how to:

  • Get your projects started right using creative preparation tools and techniques,
    from making your own steadicam, boom, or dolly to effective storyboarding, timecoding, and tape labeling
  • Troubleshoot common shooting problems, including using stop-motion and time-lapse techniques, lighting effects, colored screens and gels, and household objects to establish mood or otherwise wow an audience
  • Create stunning visual effects, such as satellite zooming, surreal scenes, Matrix-like bullet-time, and green screen illusions
  • Fool your audience with audio tricks, replacing flubbed dialogue, smoothing over cuts, and covering missing audio with room tone
  • Add professional features with post-production tricks, including color correction, soundtrack cleanup, opening sequences, and DVD bookmarks
  • Distribute final content in a variety of creative ways, from exporting to basic videotape or DVD to streaming over the internet or even via cell phone
  • Use the web to provide interactivity and dynamic content, attend a remote conference, or vlog your life.
Joshua Paul

May 2005

O'Reilly Media Inc.

ISBN 0-596-00946-1

426 pages

Digital Video Production Cookbook: 100 Professional Techniques for Independent and Amateur Filmmakers
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Have you ever watched a big-budget Hollywood movie and wondered "How did they do that?" or, perhaps, "How can I do that?" While digital technology greatly simplifies the filmmaking process, there are many tried-and-true production tricks that only those lucky enough to work in the world of high-budget professional film production get to know. The truth is that setting up a car chase, making a realistic-looking alien, staging a fistfight, creating atmospheric lighting, and using special effects are often not as difficult to master as you might think.

Digital Video Production Cookbook will show you how to create sophisticated-looking visual effects, dramatic shots, and powerful sequences using low-cost methods adapted from high-end professional techniques. Author and award-winning filmmaker Chris Kenworthy explains how you can use a digital video camera and basic editing software, to create high-end production values with household equipment and a little imagination.

The book includes easy-to-follow recipes for:

  • Creating bluescreen effects
  • Simulating rain, snow, and other natural phenomena
  • Working with backlighting, simulated candlelight, and special lighting effects
  • Shooting day for night
  • Staging safe stunts, chase scenes, and fistfights
  • Makeup techniques for aging, bruises, and serious injuries
  • Shooting at night
  • Working with camera movement
  • Adding special effects such as laser bolts, holograms, and explosions
Chris Kenworthy

November 2005

O'Reilly Media Inc.

ISBN 0-596-10031-0

192 pages

Directing
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Ultimately responsible for the creative content on screen, directors are the captains of the ship on every film. All actors and heads of department report to them. Some directors are also writers, employing unique styles of dialogue. Others,
like Pedro Almodóvar, create inimitable visual and tonal styles that set their films apart from the crowd. Unlike the other volumes in the series, Directing covers all disciplines of film art that pass through the director's hands, from development and writing, to working with actors, designers and cinematographers, to post-production and distribution.
Mike Goodridge

October 2012

Focal Press

ISBN 978-1907579547

192 pages

DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video
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Large sensor video cameras (DSLRs) offer filmmakers an affordable, high-quality image previously impossible without high-end cinema cameras. These video-capable DSLR cameras have revolutionized filmmaking, documentary production, journalism, television, and even Hollywood cinema. This book empowers the filmmaker to craft visually stunning images inexpensively.

DSLR Cinema presents insight into different shooting styles and real-world tips and techniques indispensable to any DSLR filmmaker. This updated and expanded edition includes new workflows for Adobe Premier and Final Cut X-from syncing external audio settings to using the right settings. It also covers the workflow for using Technicolor's picture style, CineStyle, designed on consultation with Canon scientists.

DSLR Cinema features case studies of an international cast of cutting edge DSLR shooters, including Philip Bloom, Shane Hurlbut, Bernardo Uzeda, Rii Schroer, Danfun Dennis, and many more. The films are examined in detail, exploring how each exemplifies great storytelling, exceptional visual character, and how you can push the limits of your DSLR.

* Inside perspective from a master class of DSLR shooters * Emphasis on visual technique related to great stories * Progression from the fundamental tools needed by DSLR shooters to advanced techniques * Wide array of technical information: composition, lighting, camera movement, lenses, audio, postproduction workflow, and more * Lavish, full-color illustrations showcase real world examples from real DSLR videos * Companion Web site shows you the films discussed in the book, and more

Kurt Lancaster

October 2012

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240823737

352 pages

DV Filmmaking: From start to finish

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Thanks to the digital revolution, film artists now have a spectacular array of powerful, new, inexpensive tools for creative expression through digital film. The once powerful studios can no longer stifle an artist's creativity. With the power of the Internet, film artists are finding once unimaginable ways to distribute their creations worldwide.

DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish covers all aspects of the new digital video frontier, for amateurs and professionals alike--from the nuts and bolts of timecode and aspect ratio; to framing, lighting, and sound recording; as well as editing, special effects creation, and distribution.

The book is written for filmmakers at varying experience levels--taking an integrated approach to media production, and emphasizing the ways different aspects of the process work together to create a vital work of digital art:

  • Hands-on detailed examination of the artistic aspects of film and video production
  • Extensive examples use comprehensive step-by-step exercises for advanced editing techniques
  • Scenes from successful films illustrate techniques used by professionals
  • Includes a collection of professionally shot video clips, so the user can read and follow along with sets of structured exercises
  • Develops a highly refined repertoire of advanced skills in editing, effects creation, title design, and more
  • Inspires advanced readers to work with the included clips on their own and experiment with new ideas
  • Written for both Mac and PC users and covers advanced uses of both Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects

Written in an engaging, accessible style, DV Filmmaking provides a solid foundation of tremendous value to a beginner, while addressing the fine points of filmmaking with a level of sophistication, detail, and insight that even the most worldly director or educator can appreciate. The author draws upon his years of experience teaching at the college and graduate level, his extensive professional background as a media producer, and his unmistakable love of cinema to create a text that's not only easy to learn from, but also fun to read.

Ian David Aronson

2006

O'Reilly Media Inc.

ISBN 0-596-00848-1

310 pages

Documentary Storytelling: Making Stronger and More Dramatic Nonfiction Films
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Documentary Storytelling offers a unique in-depth look at story and structure as applied not to Hollywood fiction, but to films and videos based on factual material and the drama of real life. With the growing popularity of documentaries in today's global media marketplace, demand for powerful and memorable storytelling has never been greater. This practical guide offers advice for every stage of production, from research and proposal writing to shooting and editing, and applies it to diverse subjects and film styles, from vérité and personal narrative to archival histories and more.

Filled with real-world examples drawn from the author's career and the experiences of some of today's top documentarians, Documentary Storytelling includes special interview chapters with Ric Burns, Jon Else, Nick Fraser, Susan Froemke, Sam Pollard, Onyekachi Wambu and other film professionals. This second edition has been brought up to date with a more international focus, a look at lower-budget independent filmmaking, and consideration of newer films including Super Size Me, Murderball, So Much So Fast, and When the Levees Broke.
Sheila Curran Bernard

January 2007

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240808758

400 pages

Essential Digital Video Handbook: A comprehensive guide to making videos that make money
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The digital video revolution has blurred the lines between professional and amateur equipment, with some Hollywood movies being shot and edited using the same technology that families use for their vacation footage. With sales of digital video cameras and computer-based editing systems skyrocketing, more and more people are seeing the potential and are anxious to advance their own personal video production skills to a higher level. The Essential Digital Video Handbook will help you, the beginner and budding professional become a better writer, producer, director, photographer, and editor. Author Pete May’s sound advice and no-nonsense approach will help you achieve results that will wow audiences whether they’re gathered in the family room or the corporate boardroom.

The Essential Digital Video Handbook takes the you through every step of the process, from buying the right equipment to editing footage. This book shares tips on achieving professional quality results by understanding and exploiting visual language, both by initially following the rules and then by breaking them with style and confidence. Videographers will also learn to sound like professionals by understanding and speaking the language of the business.

Instead of narrowly focusing on just the latest equipment and technology, May uses lessons he learned during twenty-five years in the television business to drill down to the most important stuff: the principles that don’t change, and the tricks behind making videos that document, entertain, train, motivate, persuade, satisfy, and even have the ability to make money.

Pete May

August 2005

Focal Press

ISBN 0-240-80781-2

192 pages

Film Directing Fundamentals: See Your Film Before Shooting 2nd Edition
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Unique among directing books, Film Directing Fundamentals provides a clear-cut methodology for translating a script to the screen. Using the script as a blueprint, Proferes leads the reader through specific techniques to analyze and translate its components into a visual story.

A sample screenplay is included that explicates the techniques. The book assumes no knowledge and thus introduces basic concepts and terminology.

  • Introduction to Film Language and Grammar;
  • Introduction to the Narrative Dramatic Elements of Cinematic Storytelling;
  • Organizing Action in a Dramatic Scene;
  • Staging;
  • Camera;
  • Previsualization:
  • A Methodolgy;
  • Detective Work on Apple Pie Screenplay;
  • Staging Camera For Apple Pie;
  • Marking Shooting Script with Camera Setups;
  • Working with Actors;
  • Managerial Responsibilities of the Director;
  • Postproduction;
  • Writing Your Feature;
  • Conclusion.
Nicholas Proferes

October 2004

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0-240-80562-7

296 pages

Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know
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Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know makes the invisible art of editing visible by using nearly 600 colorful frames from popular, recent films. The frames, accompanied by brisk descriptions, make it perfectly suited for quick study readers who like to 'gaze' rather than 'graze' and don't want to read a book. Written by an editor and the author of Cut by Cut: How to Edit your Film or Video, it shows how editors can make or break a movie.

Gael Chandler

October 2009

Michael Wiese Prod

ISBN 9781932907629

193 pages

Filmmaker's Eye, The: Learning (and Breaking) the Rules of Cinematic Composition
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This 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.

Loaded with hundreds of full-color examples, "The Filmmaker's Eye" is a focused, easy-to-reference guide that shows you how to become a strong visual storyteller through smart, effective choices for your shots. This book has struck a chord worldwide and is being translated into several languages

After a short introduction to basic principles, a variety of shots are deconstructed in the following format:

  • Why It Works: an introduction to a particular type of shot
  •  How It Works: callouts point out exactly how the shot works the way it does--the visual rules and technical aspects in action
  • Technical Considerations: the equipment and techniques needed to get the shot.
  • Breaking the Rules: examples where the "rules" are brilliant subverted

    * Make smart visual choices with this quick, focused, and visual guide to cinematic composition.
    * Shows you how to master the rules, then break them.
    * Includes examples and discussions from a range of international films.
Gustavo Mercado

September 2010

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240812175

208 pages

Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web
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Equal parts inspiration, instruction, and personal essay, Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web offers an intimate look into the author’s personal filmmaking process: from the ideas and influences that drive the concept and theme of the piece, through the setup, shoot, and assembly of a rough cut, to the final edit. Hillman explains how his flexible, often spontaneous filmmaking style is guided by certain principles—the value of leaving room for serendipity, the freedom found within self-imposed limitations, the importance of collaborating with others, and the possibilities for discovery and revision when reacting to unforeseen accidents.
Hillman Curtis

2005

New Riders

ISBN 0-32127-891-7

224 pages

Make the Cut, A Guide to Becoming a Successful Assistant Editor in Film and TV
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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 EMMY and academy award-winning directors and editors who share their project notes and give insight to award-winning techniques.


* Platform-agnostic techniques with a review and comparison of a available tools
* Actual broadcast TV show & feature film projects are dissected to reveal a step-by-step approach to managing multi-camera programs
* 'Insider' procedures are revealed for large-scale productions and upcoming 3D editing
* DVD with an array of multi-cam footage allows you to practice your technique
Lori Coleman

July 2010

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240813981

246 pages

Mastering MultiCamera Techniques: From Preproduction to Editing and Deliverables
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Being a successful editor is about more than just knowing how to operate a certain piece of software, or when to make a certain transition. On the contrary, there are many unwritten laws and a sense of propriety that are never discussed or taught in film schools or in other books.

Based on their own experiences, first as upcoming assistant editors, then as successful Hollywood editors, the authors guide you through the ins and outs of establishing yourself as a respected film and video editor.

Insight is included on an array of technical issues such as script breakdown, prepping for sound effects, organizing camera and sound reports, comparison timings, assemply footages and more. In addition, they also provide first-hand insight into industry protocol, providing tips on interviewing, etiquette, career planning and more, information you simply won't find in any other book.

The book concludes with a chapter featuring Q+A sessions with various established Hollywood editors about what they expect from their assistant editors.

Mitch Jacobson

May 2010

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240811765

472 pages

Motion Picture and Video Lighting, 2nd Edition
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Motion Picture and Video Lighting, Second Edition, is your 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 a professional in the field, this comprehensive book explores light and color theory; equipment; and techniques to make every scene look its best.

Now in full color, Motion Picture and Video Lighting is heavily illustrated with photos and diagrams throughout.

This new edition also includes the ultimate 'behind the scenes' DVD that takes you directly on a professional shoot and demonstrates technical procedures and equipment. In addition, 20 video clips include: lighting demonstrations, technical tests, fundamentals of lighting demos, and short scenes illustrating different styles of lighting.

  • A Brief History of Lighting;
  • Physical Light and Perception;
  • Exposure; Color;
  • Lighting Sources;
  • The Elements of Lighting;
  • The Lighting Process;
  • Basic Scene Lighting;
  • The Team; Electricity;
  • Lamps and Sockets;
  • Basic Gripology;
  • Video Lighting;
  • Image Control;
  • Technical Issues.
Nicholas Proferes

October 2004

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0-240-80562-7

296 pages

Picture Composition, 2nd Edition
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Behind each shot there lies an idea or purpose. When setting up a shot, the camera operator can employ a range of visual techniques that will clearly communicate the idea to an audience. Composition is the bedrock of the operator's craft, yet is seldom taught in training courses in the belief that it is an intuitive, personal skill. Peter Ward shows how composition can be learned, to enhance the quality of your work.

Based on the author's own practical experience, the book deals with the methods available for resolving practical production questions such as:

Does the shot composition accurately reflect the idea that initiated the shot?
Will the content and method of presenting the subject accurately convey the idea?

Major innovations in television and film production since the previous edition have affected the styles of composition, such as wide-screen and the use of mini DV cameras. These new technologies and their implications for picture composition are addressed in this new edition. A new colour plate section is also being included to update the section on colour.

If you are a practising camera operator, trainee camera operator, student or lecturer on a television or film production course, or simply a video enthusiast wishing to progress to a more professional standard you will find this book essential in enhancing the quality of your work.

  • Invisible technique;
  • Alternative technique;
  • The lens, the eye and perception;
  • The lens and perspective;
  • Visual design;
  • Frame;
  • The shape of the screen;
  • Widescreen composition and film;
  • Widescreen composition and television;
  • Past influences;
  • News and documentary;
  • Composition styles;
  • Lighting and composition;
  • Colour;
  • Staging;
  • Movement;
  • Shooting for editing.
Peter Ward

Dec 2002

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0-240-51681-3

288 pages

Portable Video: News and Field Production 6th Ed.
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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.

Features information on: . News gathering . Field Production . Scriptwriting and storyboards . Preproduction, production, postproduction . Budgeting and pricing . Framing and composition . Capturing Audio . Ethics and legal considerations

  • Includes special focus on TV news production and field production
  • Suitable for complete beginners
Norman Medoff and Edward J. Fink

March 2012

Focal Press

ISBN 978-0240814995

400 pages

Practical DV Filmmaking, 2nd Edition

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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.
    • An Overview of Filmmaking;
    • Choosing What to Make;
    • Inside Video;
    • Pre-production;
    • Production Tools;
    • Production Forms;
    • Post-Production;
    • Careers;
    • Distributing and Promoting your Movie;
    • Understanding Film
    Russell Evans

    Dec 2005

    Focal Press

    ISBN 978-0-240-80738-6

    400 pages

    Producing Great Sound for Film and Video, 3rd Edition

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    Make your film or video project sound as good as it looks with this complete training course by audio guru Jay Rose. You get hundreds of professional, real-world techniques that you can employ from preproduction through the final mix. This is a solution-oriented guide with FAQs, how-tos, tips, and time savers.

    You'll get a primer on how sound and digital audio work as well as technical setups, guidelines, and real solutions for:

    • budgeting, scheduling, and preproduction planning
    • microphones and room acoustics
    • recording dialog, voice-overs, ADR, and effects
    • postproduction hardware
    • levels and digitizing
    • working with music and sound effects
    • producing the final mix

    New to this edition:

    • information on the latest cameras and field recorders
    • choices between single- and double-system, and digital workflows
    • the differences between traditional video soundtracks and dialog-driven storytelling.

    Please visit the author's website for additional resources: http://www.dplay.com/book/pgs3e

    Jay Rose

    March 17, 2008

    Focal Press

    ISBN 978-0-240-809700

    464 pages

    Real World Digital Video, 2nd Edition (DVD incl.)

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    You never thought you'd be shooting a corporate training video as part of your job as HR manager, but, well here you are--with a camcorder, a directive, and not a clue how to begin! You--and the many people who find themselves in similar situations--need this volume! Realizing that you're expected to provide professional results regardless, the authors of this volume dig deep into every phase of the DV production process: from capturing images and sound to editing, post-processing, adding special effects, and distributing the final product. Special emphasis is placed on the industrial-strength techniques that will get you up to speed quickly on the hardware and software advances that have occurred since the last edition. You'll find new sections on shooting and post-processing film-look (24p) and HDTV video, as well as special coverage of the latest eye-popping special effects. A companion DVD includes demo video clips, award-winning short films, interviews with DV pros, and lots more goodies.
    Pete Shaner

    2004

    PeachPit Press

    ISBN 0-32123-833-8

    536 pages

    Shooting Movies Without Shooting Yourself In The Foot
    Becoming a Cinematographer
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    Shooting Movies 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.

    Jack Anderson

    August 2011

    Focal Press

    ISBN 9780240814933

    352 pages

    Shut Up and Shoot Documentary, The 4th Edition
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    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.

    The DVD includes:

    • Video and audio tutorials, useful forms, and interviews with leading documentary filmmakers like Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Sam Pollard (4 Little Girls), and others
    • 50+ Crazy Phat Bonus pages with jump start charts, online resources, releases, storyboards, checklists, equipment guides, and shooting procedures
    Anthony Q. Artis

    September 24, 2007

    Focal Press

    ISBN 978-024-0809359

    296 pages

    Single-Camera Video Production, 5th Edition
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    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.

    This new edition expands the concentration on digital equipment and production techniques applicable to single camera video production. Field production is accentuated without ignoring studio single camera production. There is also detailed coverage of digital non-linear editing, digital audio, and lighting for digital productions. A new section is included on production workflow designed to carry out the importance of advanced and consistent planning of a production from audience analysis to format choices and eventual distribution methods that must start during the preproduction stage.

    Presented in an easy to follow, two-page spread layout, the topics are concise and clear. More than 100 new illustrations show the latest equipment and techniques. An expanded production bibliography and glossary complete the additions to this book.

    Robert B. Musburger, PhD

    February 2010

    Focal Press

    ISBN 9780240812649

    316 pages

    Sound Effects: Tips and Tricks
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    Clear easy to understand explanations Diagrams, graphs and charts Covers reverb, delay, chorus, phase, flange, distortion 'Before' and 'after' audio examples Creative uses of multi-effects Audio files available for download

    Audio effects have been a much misunderstood subject, yet there isn't a single commercial film, video or music release, in any genre, that doesn't utilize them.

    Sound Effects Tips and Tricks is a clear, concise and detailed guide to all aspects of audio effects. It explains what sound effects are, how they work and how best to use them. Using audio and visual exercises this book explains how best to slot bread and butter effects naturally into a project, as well as exploring many of the more 'creative' possibilities for adding the icing to your audio cake.

    Eddie Bazil has designed more sound effects than many people have had hot dinners, and his production skills have featured on many chart hits. Now he's letting you into the secrets of his trade. He uses easily understandable language to lead the beginner or advanced user through the subject. Each effect is looked at in detail, and the book closes with an examination of the creative use of multi-effects.

    Throughout the book, 'before' and 'after' audio and visual examples, taken from actual projects, are provided to help you to understand the content both visually and aurally.

    Eddie Bazil

    August 2011

    PC Publishing

    ISBN 978-1906005160

    160 pages

    Sound Mixing: Tips and Tricks
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    Sound Mixing Tips and Tricks is a clear, concise and detailed guide to sound mixing. Written in laymen's terms, the book contains mixing tips, secrets and techniques to help you become a better producer, walking you through the essential aspects of exactly what makes a good stereo mix.

    Throughout the book, 'before' and 'after' audio examples are provided from an actual multi-track recording to explain all the principles contained in the book, along with screenshots from music sequencing software.

    Topics covered include preparing both yourself and your studio environment, the tools you will need, mixing with dynamics and effects, compression, EQ, levels and panning. There's also a glossary listing terminology and descriptions commonly used in the production industry.

    If you are struggling with the concepts of mixing and just can't seem to get a good sounding mix, this book will give you the foundations you need, quickly and effectively.

    Eddie Bazil

    January 2008

    PC Publishing

    ISBN 978-1906005047

    96 pages

    Stand-Out Shorts: Shooting and Sharing your Films Online
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    Making movies is no different than any other creative work - don't wait to be told you're good enough, just pick up a camera and start! Use this book to find out the essentials that work for most people, then go ahead and add your own ideas.

    Stand-Out Shorts is a distillation of the basics you need to know, packed into a small space. Road-tested by emerging filmmakers like you, this book offers real experience, real interviews and tried and tested ideas and techniques to offer the simplest, most direct way to get started making movies. Loaded with check lists, tools, handy reference charts, this book covers just what you need to know to start: nothing more, nothing less.

    Russell Evans

    March 2010

    Focal Press

    ISBN 9780240812106

    303 pages

    Title Design Essentials for Film and Video
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    Whether you're an experienced video editor, an indie filmmaker, or a dedicated amateur, this cookbook-style guide from bestselling author Mary Plummer will teach you how to create effective titles for your projects, no matter what your genre and subject matter may be.

    In addition to a wide array of clear, appealing, and appropriate recipes you can adapt for your own work, Mary provides a kind of "elements of style," explaining essential design principles such as size, color, speed, placement, and font choice.

    The book is beautifully illustrated, and the accompanying DVD has QuickTime movies showing examples constructed using After Effects, Motion, LiveType, Photoshop, and Flash.

    Mary Plummer

    February 2007

    Peachpit Press

    ISBN 978-0-321-44576-6

    192 pages

    Video Production Handbook 4th Ed.
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    Techniques matter! Great ideas don't automatically translate into great programs. It's not enough simply to show what is going on. The way you present your subject will influence how your audience responds. You need to choose your picture and sound carefully, to convey your ideas in an interesting, persuasive way. This book will show you how. 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 you want in your video project. 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. This practical sourcebook has been specially prepared to give you an at-a-glance guide to quality video program-making on a modest budget. Emphasis throughout is on excellence with economy; whether you are working alone or with a small multi-camera group. The well-tried techniques detailed here will steer you through the hazards of production, helping you to avoid those frustrating, time-wasting problems, and to create an effective video program. * Highly visual: more than 450 full color photos and illustrations demonstrate techniques * Modern: Revised by Jim Owens, who brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the text; up-to-date information on current equipment, techniques, and new distribution outlets such as the Web and mobile phones * A complete resource: Detailed teaching ancillaries are available for instructors, including instructor's manual, test bank, sample syllabi, image collection, video content, and more * Brand new coverage of contemporary distribution methods * Interviews featuring industry professionals provide students with inside knowledge of the industry * Sidebars featuring new coverage of topics such as shooting for 3D, shooting with HDSLRs for video, and much more!
    Gerald Millerson & Jim Owens

    September 2008

    Focal Press

    ISBN 9780240520803

    352 pages

    Video Production Handbook 5th Ed.
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    Techniques matter! Great ideas don't automatically translate into great programs. It's not enough simply to show what is going on. The way you present your subject will influence how your audience responds. You need to choose your picture and sound carefully, to convey your ideas in an interesting, persuasive way. This book will show you how.

    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 you want in your video project. 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.

    This practical sourcebook has been specially prepared to give you an at-a-glance guide to quality video program-making on a modest budget. Emphasis throughout is on excellence with economy; whether you are working alone or with a small multi-camera group. The well-tried techniques detailed here will steer you through the hazards of production, helping you to avoid those frustrating, time-wasting problems, and to create an effective video program.

    * Highly visual: more than 450 full color photos and illustrations demonstrate techniques
    * Modern: Revised by Jim Owens, who brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the text; up-to-date information on current equipment, techniques, and new distribution outlets such as the Web and mobile phones
    * A complete resource: Detailed teaching ancillaries are available for instructors, including instructor's manual, test bank, sample syllabi, image collection, video content, and more
    * Brand new coverage of contemporary distribution methods
    * Interviews featuring industry professionals provide students with inside knowledge of the industry
    * Sidebars featuring new coverage of topics such as shooting for 3D, shooting with HDSLRs for video, and much more!

    Gerald Millerson & Jim Owens

    July 2011

    Focal Press

    ISBN 978-0240522203

    416 pages

    Video Production Workshop DMA Series
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    Video Production Workshop is the first book written to be accessible and appealing to a younger, digitally savvy audience interested in learning the full range of skills involved in planning and executing a video project.

    It introduces all the digital tools and basic techniques in sequence for readers to build proficiency and gain a well-rounded mastery of the art and craft of video production. Author Tom Wolsky begins with lessons in video editing and camera handling, and then moves on to scripting and storyboarding a production. Readers then step through a series of exercise projects.

    Separate chapters explore how to light different types of scenes as well as how to obtain well-recorded sound. The book is designed both for independent students as well as for classroom use, and it includes lessons on video journalism and its rights, responsibilities, and ethics. Related techniques for interviewing and working in a live studio are also presented. The book concludes with lessons in post-production techniques, especially motion graphics and special effects.

    The companion DVD is packed with DV footage for projects, plus demo plug-ins and free software.

    Tom Wolsky

    August 2005

    Focal Press

    ISBN 978-0-57820-268-3

    224 pages

    Video Shooter: Storytelling with HD Cameras 2nd Edition
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    Tired of the dry rudimentary guidebooks that ignore the art of telling compelling video stories? Video Shooter takes you to a new level of competence and expertise by presenting the camera as a potent storytelling tool. Sure, you will learn the basics of HD formats, the fundamentals of compression and color space, but only so much as these technical areas serve your craft, which includes more fundamentally camera placement and eyeline, choice of lens focal length and the power of the triangle in creating powerful compositions. Throughout the book you will come to understand the master shooter's guiding principle, that story is the conduit through which all creative and technical decisions flow.

    Humorous and opinionated, the author provides insightful anecdotes and tutorials that help you learn the video shooter's craft. While the book focuses primarily on how to get the most out of your entry- and mid-level P2, XDCAM, and AVCHD camcorder, the principles and lessons covered such as shooting for green screen and understanding point of view apply just as well to video shooters and storytellers of any level.

    As apprenticeships in the industry have largely disappeared, aspiring shooters and film students have had to seek alternative sources for training and guidance. In Video Shooter, you will find a master teacher offering perceptive lessons with a healthy dose of inspiration; these pages are as close to a living and breathing mentor as one can get in a printed form.

    • Hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations present the many lessons throughout the book. 
    • Engaging and informative, veteran shooter Barry Braverman shares the craft and emotion of constructing compelling visual stories with HD cameras 
    • Explores the video storyteller's window on the world, the use of perspective and choice of lens, the crafting of close-ups, control of depth of field and recommended use of cine lenses and adapters 
    • Considers the art of tweaking the HD image through proper camera setup, supplemental glass filters and postproduction software to control noise, contrast and detail level 
    • Covers the latest tapeless technologies and workflow from recording to flash memory and optical disc to outputting to DVD, Blu-ray and the Web 
    • Companion website offers tutorials, bonus illustrations, equipment reviews, tips and tricks, a reader's help line and the author's blog 
    • Hundreds of full-color photos and illustrations present the many lessons throughout the book. 
    • Engaging and informative, veteran shooter Barry Braverman shares the craft and emotion of constructing compelling visual stories with HD cameras 
    • Explores the video storyteller's window on the world, the use of perspective and choice of lens, the crafting of close-ups, control of depth of field and recommended use of cine lenses and adapters 
    • Considers the art of tweaking the HD image through proper camera setup, supplemental glass filters and postproduction software to control noise, contrast and detail level 
    • Covers the latest tapeless technologies and workflow from recording to flash memory and optical disc to outputting to DVD, Blu-ray and the Web 
    • Companion website offers tutorials, bonus illustrations, equipment reviews, tips and tricks, a reader's help line and the author's blog

     

    Barry Braverman

    February 2009

    Focal Press

    ISBN  9780080928173

    320 pages

    Video Shooter: Mastering Storytelling Techniques 3rd Edition
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    "Show me a world I haven’t seen before!" These words from veteran cinematographer Barry Braverman will resonate as you read (and re-read) this revamped edition of Video Shooter. The third edition takes you beyond the technicalities of sensors, lenses, and tripods, to instill a practical and inspired appreciation for the craft of both the camera and the stories you choose to tell. Braverman draws from decades of personal experience on high-profile documentaries and feature films to explain the makings of a compelling visual storyteller.

    This is no ordinary dull-as-dishwater camera book! With wit and humor Video Shooter, Third Edition explores the discipline of the 2D and 3D imagemaker, from the need to maintain a clear point of view and eyeline, to the emotional impact of lens choice and color palette. You’ll learn to avoid generic shots and angles, and apply the principle of exclusionto maintain rigorous control of the frame. You’ll understand how close-ups can drive a story and how composition, selective focus, and simple lighting direct the viewer’s eye inside the frame. Most of all you’ll learn not to make it too easy — by challenging your viewers, you’ll elevate the value of your work and your reputation as a craftsman.

    Whether you shoot with a sophisticated 4K camcorder, large-sensor DSLR, or an iPhone, the lessons of Video Shooter, Third Edition will enhance your storytelling skills by helping you exploit a camera’s capabilities to the maximum.

    Barry Braverman

    September 2013

    Focal Press

    ISBN  978-0-240-82517-5

    334 pages

    Videomaker Guide to Video Production, The 4th Edition
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    From the editors of Videomaker Magazine comes this new edition that you have been waiting for. The Videomaker Guide Digital Video, fourth edition, provides information on all of the latest cutting edge tools and techniques necessary to help you shoot and edit video like the pro's.

    Learn about equipment, lighting, editing, audio, high definition, and all aspects of video from the leading experts on videography!
    • Now packed with high definition articles!
    • Learn how to use your skills for vidcasting (video podcasts)
    • Advice from the experts with quick solutions for video production
    Jennie Bourne, Dave Burstein

    August 2008

    Peachpit Press

    ISBN 978-0-32155296-9

    336 pages

    Visual Story, The: Creating the Visual Structure of Film, TV and Digital Media Second Edition
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    This best-seller offers a clear view of the relationship between the story/script structure and the visual structure of a film, video, animated piece, or video game. You'll learn how to structure your visuals as carefully as a writer structures a story or a composer structures music.

    Understanding visual structure allows you to communicate moods and emotions, and most importantly, reveals the critical relationship between story structure and visual structure.

    The concepts in this book will benefit writers, directors, photographers, production designers, art directors, and editors who are always confronted by the same visual problems that have faced every picture maker in the past, present, and future.

    Readership: Filmmakers and media creators who want to improve the visual structure their work; directors, cinematographers, editors, animators, art directors, video game designers, storyboard artists; students in media production or aesthetics courses.

    Bruce A. Block

    November 2007

    Focal Press

    ISBN 978-0-240-80779-9

    312 pages

    Voice and Vision: A Creative Approach To Narrative Film and DV Production
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    Voice & 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 & 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.

    "In Practice" sidebars throughout connect conceptual, aesthetic and technical issues to their application in the real world. Some provide a brief analysis of a scene or technique from easily rentable films which illustrate how a specific technology or process is used to support a conceptual, narrative, or aesthetic choice. Others recount common production challenges encountered on real student and professional shoots which will inspire you to be innovative and resourceful when you are solving your own filmmaking challenges.
     
    • Comprehensive technical information on film and digital video production with a focus on low-budget techniques and creative expression
    • Close to 600 lavish illustrations
    • A seamless integration of film and digital video. Express yourself with any camera and any format.
    • A focus on successful filmmaking within limitations, learn to work successfully with available resources (time, equipment, budget, personnel) and turn limitations into opportunities.
    • A substantial exploration of the sound tools and techniques used in film production and the creative impact of the post-production sound design
    Mike Hurbis-Cherrier

    November 2011

    Focal Press

    ISBN 978-0-240-80779-9

    552 pages

    Web Video: Making it Great, Getting it Noticed
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    With millions of viewers looking to the Web as their source of entertainment and news, high-quality Web video is in demand like never before. Whether you’re an expert in video production or are just getting started, you need to know how to produce the best video possible for the Web and then make sure it gets seen by a wide audience.

    Here to guide you on everything about planning and shooting, editing, choosing a distributor, marketing your video, and making a profit, author and producer Jennie Bourne takes you through the steps to getting your video from concept to prominence on the Web.

    Web Video gives you practical, step-by-step instruction and advice from top experts in the field, with hands-on projects and footage available for download at the author’s Web site, www.webvideobook.tv. You’ll learn everything you need to know to create great video, get it noticed, and make it pay off, including:

    • Web video production techniques for a variety of genres, including events, interviews, how-tos, video blogs, and news and dramatic shows
    • What it takes to make your video a viral hit on the Web
    • How to shoot high-quality video that stands out, with real-world tips from Web video professionals
    • Editing techniques that draw in viewers and hold their attention
    • Compression and formatting tips to make your video look great
    • Advice on creating a distribution plan that fits your needs


    How to profit from advertising or selling your video

    Author's Site: www.webvideobook.tv

    Jennie Bourne, Dave Burstein

    August 2008

    Peachpit Press

    ISBN 978-0-32155296-9

    336 pages