Practical DV Filmmaking / Edition 2

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Written for the beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking guides you thorough the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. While the technical tools you need are fully explained, the book concentrates on filmmaking principles throughout, illustrating how these tools can be used to achieve stylistic approaches for innovative filmmaking.

The book assumes no background knowledge in either technology or filmmaking and is divided into four key areas:
*DEVELOPMENT: turn your idea into a workable script, storyboard and schedule.
*PRODUCTION: develop skills to shoot original short films and turn a zero-to-low budget to your advantage.
*POST-PRODUCTION: learn basic editing techniques to enhance your original idea using iMovie, Premiere and other popular tools.
*DISTRIBUTION: set up a website and use the internet to promote your film. Includes numerous links to useful websites. Plus, top tips for how to enter a film festival and a new chapter on developing a career.

Projects enable you to master each step of the process taking you through different aspects of filmmaking today. Gradually you will find out where your strengths lie and how to make the most of them. The book also encourages stylistic development by intruding theoretical approaches to filmmaking. A glossary of terms plus an appendix of resources make this guide a one-stop essential handbook to DV filmmaking practice for beginners and student filmmakers.

Audience: Film and video production students. Complete beginners using low-cost DV filmmaking equipment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780240807386
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/19/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Russ Evans is a Film, Video and Multimedia Lecturer, internet broadcasting advisor and freelance writer on video production. Previously a graphic designer, Russ has a degree in fine art and multimedia. Currently he is involved in setting up an internet video site for students to broadcast their work.

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Table of Contents

An Overview of Filmmaking; Choosing What to Make; Inside Video; Pre-production; Production Tools; Production Forms; Post-Production; Careers; Distributing and Promoting your Movie; Understanding Film

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    Posted December 16, 2014


    What happened at the end? It was a little longer, but make it longer still.

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    Posted December 14, 2014


    It seemed to be done in last minute. Three stars...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2014

    Chapter 1 Doveheart's Battle

    -----*Six Moons Later*----- Dovekit and Darkkit pounce onto Skyflurry giggling. "We got you mom!!!!!" They run off to play with Bluekit and Riverkit the other kits in their clan. Lionstar, Dovekit's father, jumps onto the Highrock. "Let all cats that can catch prey gather!!!!" He yowls. "Today four kits have come of age. Dovekit step forward." Dovekit steps forward. "Dovekit, from now until you earn your warrior name you will be known as Dovepaw. Dapplelight will be your mentor. Dapplelight, your peacefulness and courage are honored. Pass that onto Dovepaw. Darkkit step forward." Darkkit steps forward excitedly. "Darkkit, from now until you become a warrior you will be known as Darkpaw. Mudflower will be your mentor. Mudflower, your strenth and agility are needed. Pass this off to Darkpaw." He smiles. "Bluekit step forward." She does. "Bluekit, until you are a warrior you shall be known as Bluepaw. Falconstream will be your mentor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    This will tell you everything you need to know!

    This book is fantastic. Evans outlines everything from the direction that audio waves are received depending on which external mic is used, to the compression rate for web movies. The book is incredibly up to date, as it should be considering it just came out. The set up of the book is very much like the 'for dummies' series, considering that there are projects along the way for you to undertake to sharpen your skills, along with info and ww link boxes. Most other books out there just outline what you need to do but don¿t tell you how to do things. This book really tells you what is going on when your making a film, and just doesn¿t say, if you do this then the picture will look pretty. He gets technical, and that¿s what needs to be said to give people getting into this a better understanding of what they are doing . He starts off with a great intro, for those who are just getting into digital filmmaking it really outlines what needs to be done to succeed. He identifies each technical aspect that he is going to cover, and then goes on to explain how you need to get to know your camera. Its obvious that a ton of research has been put into this book, as it really tells you everything you could possibly need to know. If you buy this book first then there really is no need for any other book out there. I¿ve read this book cover to cover 1 time so far, and plan on reading it 2 more times.

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