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Thanks to the rise of digital video technology, millions of people now have the tools to create their own films. But without an infusion of movie studio capital, how can you make effective videos on a low budget -- without making them look low budget? Enter McGraw-Hill's No-Budget Digital Filmmaking. Written with insight by a veteran director, producer, and videographer, No-Budget Digital Filmmaking offers detailed instructions on every step in the creative process: from script writing and storyboarding to ...
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Overview

Thanks to the rise of digital video technology, millions of people now have the tools to create their own films. But without an infusion of movie studio capital, how can you make effective videos on a low budget -- without making them look low budget? Enter McGraw-Hill's No-Budget Digital Filmmaking. Written with insight by a veteran director, producer, and videographer, No-Budget Digital Filmmaking offers detailed instructions on every step in the creative process: from script writing and storyboarding to casting, shooting, editing, and postproduction. book provides comprehensive discussion on the gamut of distribution methods -- such as the Web, the festival circuit, or public exhibition -- to help you get your work in front of the right audience. So no matter if you're a student, a hobbyist, or a professional with years of seasoning under your belt, No-Budget Digital Filmmaking can help you realize your next masterwork -- without breaking the bank!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071412322
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 11/1/2002
  • Series: Digital Video and Audio Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xv
Chapter 1 What Kind of Videos Can I Make? 1
The Ever-Changing Tape Formats 2
Equipment: One Chip Versus Three 7
Weddings 7
What's Out There and How Do I Get Involved? 10
Reading Makes the Heart Grow Fonder (Book Learning) 11
Get Back to School (Class Learning) 12
Just Do It 14
How Cheap Is Cheap? 15
What's Involved? 16
You Want It When? 17
How Long Is It? 17
What's the Budget? 18
Event Videos: Avoiding Pigeonholing 21
Legal Videos 25
The Deposition 25
Day in the Life 28
Mock Trial 30
Legal Documentary 32
The Most Uninteresting Video: Documentation Video 33
Legal Video 33
Insurance Video 34
Real Estate Video 35
Police Related Video 35
Medical Video 37
Reality TV 38
Chapter 2 In the Beginning: Preproduction 41
Getting Contacts 42
Advertising: Always the Best Medicine 42
Referrals 44
Business Cards 46
Word of Mouth, or Watch What You Say 47
Seeing is Believing 47
Approaching New Clients on Your Own 48
Letting Your Fingers Do the Walking 49
Come into My Chamber 49
The World Wide Web 50
All the News That's Fit to Print 50
All the World's a Job Fair 50
Boy, It's Cold in Here 51
Is It Safe? 51
The Big Example 51
How to Get Ideas for Videos 55
Reverse Psychology 56
Review: The Nine Most Important Ways to Get Ideas for Videos 57
How to Write Low-Budget Productions 58
No Class Today, There's a Substitute 59
Read My Lips 59
It's All in the Eyes 61
Is It Real or Plastic? 62
An Imagination Is a Wonderful Thing Not to Waste 62
Using People 63
Never Mind, I'll Do It Myself 65
Are Storyboards Really Necessary? 65
Review: The 10 Most Important Things to Remember When Storyboarding 67
How to Find the Right Location: Free Ones 68
Life's a Beach 69
Let the Fiasco Begin 71
Review: The 12 Most Important Things to Remember When Looking for the Best Location 75
Shooting with Nonprofessional Actors (The Client's Relatives) 76
Review: The 10 Most Important Things to Remember When Working with Nonprofessionals 79
Do I Buy, Rent, or Steal (Borrow)? 80
Cameras Are the Eyes of the Soul 80
I Want My Own Toys 82
Rent-a-Thing 83
Chapter 3 The TV Commercial 85
How to Make a Commercial with No Camera and No Budget 89
Holiday Spot 89
Web Site 91
My First Time in Jewelry 92
Review: Five Things You Can Do with No Money 93
I've Got the Chroma Key Blues 94
Review: Five Things to Remember When Trying to be Blue 96
Don't Call Us, We'll Call You 97
Review: Ten Reasons to Prove You're in Charge 103
How to Make a 35mm Commercial on a Video Budget 105
Review: Five Reasons Why Film Is Worth the Expense 108
Making a Car Commercial with Someone Else's Footage 108
Apple Pie and Chevrolet 111
Review: Five Reasons Why Someone Else's Footage Works for You 111
How to Write a Car Commercial 112
The World's a Car Commercial 114
Review: The Ten Most Important Things to Remember When Writing a Commercial about Cars 115
Shooting on Location: Expecting the Worst 116
Amused at an Amusement Park 116
A Really Big Shoe 117
Review: How to Better Expect the Unexpected 123
Chapter 4 The Corporate Video 127
Creating Nonboring Corporate Videos 128
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 128
Review: Six Steps to Keep Your Corporate Videos Exciting 133
Making the Most of What You Have to Work With 134
Easy Editing Made Difficult 134
Review: Ten Great Things to Do When Using Multiple Crews and an NLE System 136
Getting Light Where It Normally Isn't 137
The Grannies Have It 138
How to Be a Bouncer 140
Review: Six Ways to Use Lighting in a Pinch 144
What's so Swell about Gels? 144
How It's Done 145
Color Correction 146
Being a Good Model 147
Review: Four Ways of Making the Beautiful More Attractive 149
Lighting Ceilings 149
How to Soften the Blow 149
Working on the Set or on Location 152
Play Indoors: The Indoor Set 153
Reaching New Heights (Without Falling) 155
The Outdoor Set: Location 155
Review: Using Scaffolding Effectively 159
Chapter 5 How-to Videos 161
Becoming an Expert in Something You Know Nothing About 162
Full of Hot Air 162
Review: Five Tips for Shooting in the Air 165
Lower than Your Feet 165
Review: Five Tips for Shooting on the Ground 169
Reaching the Entire Audience 170
Don't Be Afraid of Make-up 170
Stop Whining 173
Review: Ten Things to Do When Snorkeling 175
Fierce Competition: Is It Really? 176
Shoot Golf In or Out of Season 176
Review: Five Golf Shooting Tips the Pros Don't Know 179
Two for the Price of One 179
Review: Six Reasons Why Two Is Better Than One 183
Making a Video Your Mom Would Be Proud of 183
Having Your Car Mounted 184
Don't Try This at Home 186
I Can See Myself 187
Review: Ten Things to Watch Out for When Using Car Mounts 190
Special Effects on a Low Budget 192
Honey, I Blew Up the Camera 192
May I Have the Condoms Please? 194
Review: Ten Things to Remember when Creating Blood Squibs 197
Chapter 6 Documentaries 199
Getting Funding from Strange Places 200
Shooting High Definition Without Getting Railroaded 200
Please Don't Shoot, We're Amish 204
Review: Ten Things to Do when Working with the Amish 206
Who Pays for All This? 207
Working with Cooked Vegetables 207
Wandering Aimlessly 212
You Can't Please People Some of the Time 213
Good Thing I Was Ready 214
More Ideas for the Frugal 215
Back to the Vegetables 216
Review: Twelve Things to Document when Shooting a Documentary 216
Choosing the Right Market for Your Documentary 218
Poor Little Me 219
Take Two 219
Who Me? 220
Other Avenues 225
Review: Sixteen Things You'll Need when Shooting from a Helicopter 226
Chapter 7 Training Videos 227
Training the Untrainable 228
Tractors, Tractors Everywhere 228
Modulator Flow 230
That Retiring Feeling 230
Review: Ten Ways to Train the Not-So-Trainable 233
A Second Life for Your Videos 234
Working Without a Net 235
Gooey 237
My, What a Long Lens You Have 237
The Fun House 237
Bits and Pieces 238
Review: Seven Ways to Make Your Training Video Unique 239
Don't Forget the Government 240
Your Pad or Mine? 240
If the Water's Green, Don't Go In 242
Review: Ten Reasons Why Smaller Is Better at a Live News-Type Training Event 247
When Do I Join Forces with Others? 248
Summer Help, Some Aren't 248
Don't Get Sick on Me 249
Swap Meet 252
Review: Six Tips for Traveling with Equipment 254
Chapter 8 Interactive Programming: DVDs 255
DVDs: The Sordid History 256
Smile, You're Being Recorded 256
New Business Ventures 257
Examples Are More Fun 258
Encode Me 260
Review: Five Reasons Why DVD Authoring Is the Wave of the Future 261
How Not to Get Involved 261
In a Class by Itself 262
Free Is In 262
Review: Five Steps to Successful DVD Authoring 263
Reaching Millions by Spending Thousands 264
How It's Done 264
How Much Is It Going to Cost Me? 265
Chapter 9 Features 269
Creating Features on Digital Video 270
The Secret Ingredient 270
One Step at a Time 270
It Almost Worked 271
Finding People 274
The World Is Not a Stage 274
The Best You Can't Afford 275
Whatever It Takes to Get the Shot 275
Review: Thirteen Ways to be Featured in a Feature 275
Marketing a Long Movie 278
Going to the Market 278
The Movie Poster 279
Newspaper Advertisement 280
To DVD or Not to DVD 281
When to Have a Big Mouth 282
Let's Make a Distribution Deal 283
Review: Eight Nifty Ways to Market Your Video 283
Advertising--Inexpensively 284
Coming Attractions 285
Catching the Wave 286
Creating a Stir 287
The Press Junket 288
Review: Five Ways to Advertise While Wearing a Shirt 288
Chapter 10 Streaming Video on the Web 291
Selling Yourself, Then Your Work 292
The Internet and You 293
Streaming Live 293
I Want to Convert 294
It's a State of Design 295
Review: Five Ways to Sell Yourself on the Internet 295
Is the Internet Really Ready for Me? 296
Multicasting 297
DCTV Makes History 297
Enter GlobalStreams 298
The Present and the Future 299
Review: Two Ways to Make Better Streams Without Water 299
Making Choppy Video Work for You 300
Great After Effects 300
Popcorn Optional 300
History in the Making 302
Just the Beginning 304
Appendix 305
Glossary 309
Index 313
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    I found this book to be extremely helpful in teaching the basics of 'no budget' video production. The author's experience, insight, and sense of humor made this volume easy to read and enjoyable. This book is a must for anyone wanting to break into the 'business.'

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