The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age / Edition 3

The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age / Edition 3

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by Steven Ascher, Edward Pincus
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0452286786

ISBN-13: 9780452286788

Pub. Date: 09/04/2007

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated

2008 Edition The authoritative guide to funding, preparing, shooting, lighting, editing, finishing and distributing your film or video

Widely acknowledged as the "bible" of film and video production and used in courses around the world, this indispensable guide to making movies is now updated with the latest advances in high- definition

Overview

2008 Edition The authoritative guide to funding, preparing, shooting, lighting, editing, finishing and distributing your film or video

Widely acknowledged as the "bible" of film and video production and used in courses around the world, this indispensable guide to making movies is now updated with the latest advances in high- definition formats. For students and teachers, the professional and the novice filmmaker, this clear and comprehensive handbook remains the reliable reference to all aspects of moviemaking.

  • Techniques for making narrative, documentary, corporate, experimental and feature films.
  • Working with high-definition and standard-definition digital video formats, including DV, HD, and HDV.
  • Extensive coverage of video editing with the latest nonlinear editing systems.
  • Thorough grounding in lenses, lighting, sound recording, and sound editing.
  • The business aspects of financing and producing movies
Written by filmmakers for filmmakers, this book will give you the skills you need to take your dreams from script to screen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452286788
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
09/04/2007
Pages:
832
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.92(h) x 1.75(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface xi

1 Introduction to Digital and Film Systems 1

Digital Videos Systems

The Video Format

What Is Compression?

Comparing Videos Formats

High Definition Digital Formats

Digital Cinematography Systems

Standard Definition Digital Formats

Standard Definition Analog Formats

Recording to Memory Cards, Drives, and Discs

Sound Recording for Video

Video Editing

Film Systems

Comparing Film Formats

Sounds Recording for Film

Film Editing

Shooting Digital Versus Shooting Film

2 Before You Begin Production 53

Getting Your Movie Off the Ground

Formats for the Big Screen and the Small(er) Screen

The "Look" of the Movie

The Impact of Sensor Size and Film Gauge

Color and Sensitivity to Light

Sharpness and Focus

Aspect Ratio Choices

Frame Rate and Scanning Choices

Choosing a Camera

Planning Your Workflow

Managing Data in Production and Post

The Importance of Sound

Coping with Technology

3 The Video Camcorder 102

Initial Settings

Viewfinder and Monitor Setup

Picture Controls

Recording to Cards, Drives, and Optical Discs

Types of Media

Managing Data on the Shoot

Recording to Digital Tape

Operating the Camcorder

Batteries and Power Supplies

Camera Sensitivity

Other Camera Features

4 The Lens 141

Focal Length and Perspective

The Light-Gathering Power of the Lens

Focusing the Image

Choosing a Zoom Lens

Prime Lenses

Close Focusing

Lens Quality and Condition

The Lens Mount

Lens Seating Problems

Care of the Lens

5 The Video Image 185

Forming the Videos Image

The Digital Video Camera's Response to Light

Understanding and Controlling Contrast

What is Gamma?

Gamma Options When Shooting

Video Color Systems

Some Image Manipulations and Artifacts

Video Monitors and Projectors

Timecode

Digital Video Recording-How It Works

Pixels and Resolution

Working with Digital Data

Digital Connections

Hard Drive Storage

RAIDs

File Formats and Data Exchange

Digital Compression

Compression Methods

A Few Common Codecs

6 The Film Camera 253

The Film Gate and Shutter

Camera Speed and Motors

Viewing Systems

The Reflex Viewfinder

Camera Film Capacity

Other Camera Features

Camera Tests and Maintenance

7 The Film Image 271

Properties of the Film Stock

Contrast of the Image

Sharpness

Choosing a Raw Stock

Packaging, Handling, and Purchasing

The Light Meter and Exposure Control

Light Meters

Taking Readings

Exposure and Film Stocks

The Film Lab During Production

Screening the Rushes

8 Color and Filters 304

Color

Color Temperature

Filters

Matte Boxes and Lens Shades

9 Shooting the Movie 321

The Goals of Production

Composition and Shot Selection

The Moving Camera

Style and Direction

Dramatic Films

Documentaries

Preparing for Production

Preparing the Script and Approach

Scheduling and Planning

Organizing the Production

The Equipment Package

In Production

Logging

Supporting the Camera

Slow Motion, Fast Motion, and Judder

Slow Motion

Fast Motion

Judder or Storbing

Shooting TVs and Video Monitors

Shooting in 3D

10 Sound Recording Systems 402

Sound

How Audio Is Recorded

Analog Audio Recording

Digital Audio Recording

Types of Audio Recorders

Digital Audio Recorders

Audio in the Video Camera

The Analog Tape Recorder

The Microphone

Audio Connections

11 Sound Recording Techniques 435

Preparing for a Shoot

Gathering Gear

The Sound Recordist's Role

Recording Technique

Setting the Recording Level

Music, Narration, and Effects

Other Recording Issues

Recording Double System for Video and Film

Syncing Audio and Picture

Operating a Double-System Recorder

12 Lighting 471

Light

Lighting Equipment

Bulbs

Types of Lighting Instruments

Lighting Technique

Lighting Styles

Positioning Lights

Controlling Lighting Contrast

Lighting and Color

Special Lighting Effects

Location Lighting

13 Picture and Dialogue Editing 521

Some Film Theory

Approaches to Editing

Dialogue Editing

The Editing Process

Titles

14 Editing Digital Videos 544

Components of a Nonlinear Editing System

How the NLE Plays and Edits Media

Postproduction Workflow

What Format or Resolution to Edit In?

Importing and Organizing Your Material

Importing Files

Capturing from Tape

Creating and Editing Sequences

Basic Sound Editing

Working with Double-Systems Sound

Basic Video Effects

Titles, Graphics, and Stills

Mixing and Converting Formats

Working with 24p and Pulldown

Editing 24p Footage

Finishing and Output

Managing Media

Exporting a File

Output to Tape

Creating a DVD or Blu-ray

Creating a Digital Cinema Package

Color Correction

Tape Editing

The EDL and Online Editing

15 Sound Editing and Mixing 635

The Sound Editing Process

Sound Editing Tools

Sound Editing Technique

Music

Some Sound Editing Issues

Preparing for the Mix

The Sound Mix

Level and Dynamic Range

Frequency Range and EQ

Other Sound Processing

Mix Formats

Deliverables

16 Working with Film in Postproduction 675

Overview of Film-Video Transfers

Some Film-Digital Workflows

Film-to-Digital Transfer Devices

Telecine Options and Controls

Recording Format and Scanning Options

Image Control

Audio Options

Film Transfer Data

Booking a Transfer

Editing Film Digitally

Preparing to Edit

Editing Considerations for Traditional Film Finish

When You're Done with the Offline Edit

From Digital to Film

Preparing for the Digital-to-Film Transfer

Traditional Film Conforming and Blowups

Preparing the Original for Printing

Blowups

Making Film Prints

Printing Basics

Answer Prints

Intermediates

Release Prints

Sound for Film Prints

Analog Optical Tracks

Digital Sound Tracks

Film Projection

17 Producting and Distributing the Move 718

Developing the Project

Funding Sources

Budgets

Business Arrangements

Legal and Copyright Issues

Protecting Your Work

Releases for Real People, Places, and Things

Using Copyrighted Material

Distribution and Marketing

A Last Word

Appendices 767

A Adjusting a Video Monitor

B Data Rates and Storage Needs for Various Digital Formats

C Depth of Field Tables

D Hyperfocal Distance Table

E Angle of View in Different Formats

Bibliography 791

Websites 794

Index 797

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The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DrGuam More than 1 year ago
This is one reference you will need.

There is some technical information not in this book, but I'd be hard pressed to find much that was left out that doesn't border on the esoteric or specialized.

A hand book for techniques in use at the time of publication plus an assortment of data on historic and legacy gear. The student filmaker, a budding TV engineer, to experienced working professional or other individual in need of reference about the actual work that goes into creating an image on film to the latest digital HD product will find a wealth of usable detailed reference information.

From perspective techniques, to industry lingo, to specifics about how cameras work, this book borders on encyclopedic.

This won't solve your special effects questions, but it can point you in certain directions, it won't make your script writing skills better, but you may find you'll rethink certain shots or setups in the script, and it will provide details you may wonder how you got by without knowing.

Some organization in the book is a bit scattered. There may be a bit too much time spent on older equipment such as 16mm film cameras. I'd like to see more details on current broadcast gear for full digital encoding.

The recently updated version is worth twice the price.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was a bit skeptical about this book being too out-of- date to discuss modern digital video and HD, but I was wrong. It covers, in great detail, all aspects of modern DV and HD including 24p, modern codecs, tape vs. solid- state recording vs. film, current editing workflows and software, etc. There are chapters covering how digital video camera technologies work, how film cameras work, film and video workflows, discussion of all film/video accessories including tripods, moving supports, lighting, extensive coverage of audio recording and mic info, also covers all aspects of traditional film (most of which I skipped). Overall this is one of the best and most informative books on video/film I've been able to find. Most are way too basic covering only consumer-level technologies and filming techniques (like filming a birthday party... boring).
DanOH More than 1 year ago
I own an earlier edition, but I can say exceptional in educating yourself in the art of Filmmaking.
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