Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts / Edition 2

Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts / Edition 2

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by Troy Lanier, Clay Nichols
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1932907688

ISBN-13: 9781932907681

Pub. Date: 02/01/2010

Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions

Dreaming of the silver screen during Algebra? Composing your Academy Award acceptance speech instead of your English essay? Now you have a guidebook that can help those dreams become a reality.

This funny and irreverent how-to guide takes young filmmakers from the moment of inspiration to a finished short film and beyond. Young auteurs-in-training learn everything

Overview

Dreaming of the silver screen during Algebra? Composing your Academy Award acceptance speech instead of your English essay? Now you have a guidebook that can help those dreams become a reality.

This funny and irreverent how-to guide takes young filmmakers from the moment of inspiration to a finished short film and beyond. Young auteurs-in-training learn everything they need to do to become the writer/producer/director of their first short film. With tips and techniques on brainstorming, screenwriting, scheduling, shooting, editing, and marketing, this accessible, hip, and complete guide will nurture and inspire a new generation of filmmakers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781932907681
Publisher:
Wiese, Michael Productions
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Filmmaking for Teens Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
268,757
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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Table of Contents

(Fast) Forewordxix
Introductionxxi
Roll Creditsxxi
Chapter 1The Keychain1
Key 1Five-minute Rule1
Key 2Scripted in Advance2
Key 3Slash and Burn2
Key 4Go Digital4
Key 5The Three-Day Shoot4
Key 6Cut Off for Cutting5
Reshoot6
Chapter 2Honey, I Shrunk the Concept7
Picking a Subject for Your Film: Shelving Godfather IV7
Brainshowers8
Subject Yourself9
The Real World11
Be Adaptable12
Culling the Herd13
Get Into Treatment14
Put It to Bed15
Reshoot16
Chapter 3Screenplay-The Every Other Daily Grind17
Why You Script17
But Before You Start...18
Screenplay Format19
A Note on Screenwriting Software19
Stage Directions20
Slug Lines20
Dialogue21
The Story, A Couple Ideas23
Start Late23
Staying Ahead of the Crowd: Reversals24
The Writing Process: Three Weeks Later25
Your Writing Calendar26
Schedule a Reading27
Screenwriting Unplugged27
Don't Interrogate the Draft28
Readings: Getting Something for Nothing Listen Carefully29
Quiz Show30
Do Over31
Revision: Hello Old Friend31
Overtime32
Reshoot33
Chapter 4The Producers35
You're Not a Cheeseball35
Your Peeps36
The Superfriends36
Raise Your Hand37
Superfriends: Personality Profiles and Job Descriptions38
Really Good But Not Quite Super Friends40
How to Ask a Really Big Favor41
Screen Test42
The Audition43
The Audition Room44
Casting46
Locations: Scout Then Schedule47
When Pulling Off Your Shorts, Remember Your PANTs47
Shooting on Private Property-The Fine Art of the Mooch48
Props/Costumes-Finding Continuity49
Giving Everyone Their Props49
Rags50
Ask First, Spend Later51
The Rehearsal51
Reshoot53
Chapter 5Time and Money-The Schedule and the (Non-Equipment) Budget55
Timetable56
Six Easy Pieces57
Call Sheets58
Moolah60
Food/Drink60
Other Expenses62
The Bill: What's the Damage?62
Asking for Money63
Reshoot64
Chapter 6Director's Preparation65
Font to Film-A Shotboard Approach65
Watch and Learn66
Three Exercises67
Creating the Shotboard69
Reshoot72
Chapter 7Ringmaster - The Eye on the Monitor73
It's All About You73
The Director on the Set73
The AP and AD74
The Huddle76
Action!76
Shooting Shouting77
How You Know You've Got It77
Getting the Performance - Coaching Actors78
Go Small Yet Again79
Don't Do It Like I Do79
Squash the Improv Bug80
Moving Violations80
Check the Gate80
Collateral Damage81
Personal Damage82
Worst-Case Scenarios82
That's a Wrap84
Reshoot84
Chapter 8Equipment85
The Camera86
What Kind of Camera to Get87
How to Buy a Camera89
How to Borrow a Camera90
How to Rent a Camera91
The Tripod: Rock, Rock, Steady, Steady91
Microphone92
Mic Hunting92
Hey Mike, Can I Borrow a Mic?93
XLR Cables94
XLR Adapter94
Boom Pole94
Wind Eliminator95
Headphones95
Clear UV Filter95
Digital Videotape95
Batteries96
Reflectors96
Lights96
Black Foil98
Electrical Cord98
Surge Protector98
Gloves98
White Balance Card98
Monitor99
Gaffer Tape99
Diffusion99
Stabilizer99
Dolly100
Sandbags100
Stands100
Extra Lenses100
Digital Still Cameras101
Jib Arm101
The Lists101
Low Budget List
Big Budget List
Reshoot102
Chapter 9Getting Pretty Pictures103
U-G-L-Y, Do You Have an Alibi?103
Part 1Lighting104
Before You Plug in the Lights, or What To Do If You Don't Plug in the Lights104
Monitors105
The Dark Side106
The Lighter Side of Things107
Healthy Avoidance107
From Automatic to Five Speed109
First Gear: Zebra Bars109
Second Gear: Shutter Speed109
Third Gear: Aperture, F-Stop, Iris110
Fourth Gear: White Balance111
Fifth Gear: Progressive Scan113
Plugging in the Lights113
Start with Your Action114
Throw Your Light Around114
Diffusion115
Use Light to Create Depth: Three-Point Lighting116
Setting the Mood117
Get Creative117
Part 2Framing118
Framing Uglies118
No Shaky Shaky118
No Zoom Zoom119
Just Say No to Autofocus119
A Conversation about Conversations120
Framing: The Art122
Camera Angles122
Moving Shots122
Tripod Head Movement123
The Dolly123
Handheld124
The Jib Arm125
Some Final Hints125
Reshoot126
Chapter 10Getting Good Sound127
Wanted: Sound Engineer127
Shotguns and Grips128
Location Wrap, Almost130
Do the Right Thing131
Reshoot131
Chapter 11Editing133
Ready133
Aim133
Edit133
The Editing Studio134
The Computer136
Mac vs. PC136
The Software136
Downloading Your Footage137
The Concept of Editing - Nonlinear and Non-Destructive Editing138
Nonlinear138
Non-Destructive139
The Downside: Editing Zombies140
The Craft140
Cuts141
Dissolves142
Fades142
Be Precise142
Telling the Story143
Be Cruel, Be Kind144
Sound145
Audio Fades147
Audio as Transition147
Soundtracks147
Final Soundtrack149
Putting It in the Can149
Reshoot150
Chapter 12Getting Noticed151
Wow! You've Finished151
One Festival, For Now151
Then Go Local152
Location152
Big, Dark, and Loud: AV153
The Hook Up153
Promotion154
Posters and Postcards154
Tickets156
Website157
Press157
The Big Night161
What to Say161
Festivals162
Beyond Festivals164
The Web164
Television164
The Digital Bake Sale: A Way to Fund Your Next Film166
Production and Reproduction167
Reshoot168
Conclusion - Final Credits169
About the Authors171
Index172

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