Digital Filmmaking An Introduction Pete Shaner

Mixed media product
1st March 2011
Mercury Learning & Information
300 pages: 229 x 178 x 33mm
Computer Science

This first book in the series is designed to introduce the techniques used in digital filmmaking. It is aimed at anyone who has an interest in telling stories with pictures and sound, and it won't assume any familiarity with equipment or concepts. In addition to the basics of shooting and editing, different story forms will be introduced from documentary and live events through fictional narratives. Each of the topics will be covered in enough depth to allow someone with a camera and a computer to begin creating visual projects they can be proud of. This book is applicable to all novices or as an introduction to digital filmmaking classes. The book should also be a gateway to the series of books designed to impart greater sophistication in all areas of filmmaking. It doesn't assume any familiarity with equipment or concepts on the part of the reader. DVD includes projects and award winning shorts. It includes solutions to projects, Microsoft PP slides for use as a textbook.

Part I: Planning.; 1. What's Your Story? Working Backward to Visualize the Result.; Part II: Shooting; 2. Operating a Guerilla Camcorder.; 3. Artful Lighting with Minimal Gear.; 4. Capturing High-Quality Audio without a Sound Crew.; Part III: Editing and Post; 5. Cafe-Style Editing on a Notebook.; 6. Adding Finishing Touches.; Part IV: Distributing; 7. Underground Releasing and Garage-Band-Style Promotion.; 8. Project 1: Doing an Interview - Personal Oral History; 9. Project 2: Covering an Event - Family Reunion.; 10. Project 3: Capturing a Performance - Music Video; 11. Project 4: Shooting Action - Volleyball on the Beach; 12. Project 5: Narrative Short Subject - A Mobisode.; Part V: Planning Revisited; 13. Fast Rewind: Thinking Like McGyver. Resources. What's on the DVD.

Pete Shaner, lead author and series editor, is a film/video instructor at the UCLA Extension and curriculum developer on the school's recently launched distance-learning project. A motion-picture writer-director, Shaner's credits include several independent features, award-winning short subjects, and narrative films. He has written for the TV series, JAG, and worked as the on-set technical advisor for A Few Good Men.

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