Action!: Professor Know-It-All's Illustrated Guide to Film & Video Making

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Focusing on necessary lessons and skills to make watchable films, this profusely illustrated volume provides budding directors with vital information they can use. Featuring a wealth of definitions and concise, jargon-free explanations, this handy guide also explores many questions, such as Why do movies move? What is the best way to light and expose shots for excellent results? What is the ideal method to create an eye-pleasing composition within the frame? and What is the optimal procedure for recording ...

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Overview

Focusing on necessary lessons and skills to make watchable films, this profusely illustrated volume provides budding directors with vital information they can use. Featuring a wealth of definitions and concise, jargon-free explanations, this handy guide also explores many questions, such as Why do movies move? What is the best way to light and expose shots for excellent results? What is the ideal method to create an eye-pleasing composition within the frame? and What is the optimal procedure for recording crystal clear sounds? Armed with this do-it-yourself resource, film and video makers of all ages and experience levels can stride confidently into multimedia projects of any size.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I use Action! in my intro to digital media class because it covers all the basics of still and motion picture shooting and editing. No one else makes aspect ratios and depth of field more fun to learn. I'm also thankful for the section on microphones and audio. The drawings in this book communicate particularly well to visually minded students. Many of my students read it cover-to-cover even when I only assign one chapter!"  —Sabine Gruffat, professor, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

"Brown brings the ease and warmth of his movie narration and Dream Whip writings and drawings to the nuts and bolts of working with movie film. . . . Bill acts as your generous guide and fellow traveler, keeping things straight forward and practical."  —Thomas Comerford, professor of film, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

"Who needs film school when there's a manual simultaneously erudite and approachable, leavened with wit and charm aplenty; a wealth of practical knowledge presented in a concise manner without unnecessary academic obfuscation."  —Brent Coughenour, professor of film and video, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

"For anyone tired of taking all the wrong shots or just trying to figure things out, this is a great learner’s permit."  —Jamais Jochim, www.portlandbookreview.com

"For anyone tired of taking all the wrong shots or just trying to figure things out, this is a great learner’s permit." —Jamais Jochim, The Portland Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621060307
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/26/2012
  • Series: DIY Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 642,141
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Brown is a filmmaker, a photographer, and an author who has produced the films Buffalo Common, Confederation Park, Hub City, Mountain State, The Other Side, and Roswell. He is the author of all 14 issues of the zine Dream Whip, and the book Saugus to the Sea. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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