Moviemaking Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: the Ultimate Guide for the Aspiring Filmmaker

Moviemaking Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: the Ultimate Guide for the Aspiring Filmmaker

by Chris Patmore
     
 

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This information-packed volume helps filmmaking students master a wide range of techniques, and then shows them how to put their skills into practice. Its main focus is on short movies, ranging in length from 15 seconds to 15 minutes, and intended for private screenings, festivals, competitions, or broadcasts on TV or the Web. All essential equipment and…  See more details below

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This information-packed volume helps filmmaking students master a wide range of techniques, and then shows them how to put their skills into practice. Its main focus is on short movies, ranging in length from 15 seconds to 15 minutes, and intended for private screenings, festivals, competitions, or broadcasts on TV or the Web. All essential equipment and techniques are clearly explained with diagrams and step-by-step photos. Novice filmmakers learn to formulate story ideas, shoot footage, edit, lay down soundtracks, and add special effects. The book presents practical projects and exercises that give students the opportunity for hands-on experience. They also get advice on putting together a showreel and getting their finished film seen. Printed in full-color throughout, this instructive volume features more than 400 how-to photos and illustrations.

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School Library Journal
Adult/High School-The stated aim of this book is to give readers the knowledge necessary to make movies with little or no money, and it lives up to its promise. Patmore targets the short (up to 15 minutes) film as a means of honing students' skills. The text is clear and concise, and the book is loaded with instructive color photographs. All aspects of the moviemaking process are covered in five sections, including preproduction considerations (types of cameras and film, script writing, and storyboarding), the logistics of the actual shoot, postproduction activities (editing, special effects), suggested projects, and how to market the final product via film festivals and the Internet. Teens will be attracted by the idea of producing their own music videos, and this book will show them how to do so. The section on producing 3-D animated videos will appeal to fans of computer-generated features. Suggestions for useful software, Web sites, and related books are included, along with sources for grants. This volume will give students the tools necessary to produce a first film with little more than an idea, a video camera, and basic word-processing software.-Debra Shumate, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764131912
Publisher:
Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.76(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

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Chris Patmore is a journalist specializing in creative technology. He has worked internationally as a photographer and graphic designer, and is the author of two previously published books on movie animation. He is also the author of The Complete Animation Course, also published by Barron's. He lives in London, England.

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