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

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

The Independent
THE BIBLE, UPDATED. The Filmmaker's Handbook was first published in 1984 and has been a production bible ever since... Starting with the most fundamental functions of the camera, The Filmmaker's Handbook outlines the processes that create both film and video images and guides the reader through every stage of production—from assembling a crew to delivering a print or broadcast master. Encyclopedic in scope, the book breaks every subject down to its component elements, resulting in a reference work for students and working filmmakers alike.... Provides an invaluable course in both technology and technique.... As independent filmmakers often wear many hats (say, producing, shooting, and editing their own project), The Filmmaker's Handbook is a valuable tool that can prepare them for the problems and challenges unique to every stage of production-digital or analog.
From The Critics
STEVEN ASCHER has taught filmmaking at Harvard and MIT. His awards include Sundance Grand Jury Prize, a George Foster Peabody Award, and the Prix Italia. He has been nominated for an Oscar.
EDWARD PINCUS founded the film section at MIT and later taught filmmaking at Harvard. His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, and he is the author of the widely used Guide to Filmmaking.
Boston Globe
Gold-standard technical reference book for filmmakers.
Self-Reliant Filmmaking
This is an essential book.
A comprehensive guide for commercial and independent filmmakers, students, and teachers of film and video, updated from the 1984 edition to include recent technology, methods, and examples. Explains such aspects as shooting with film and video cameras, editing with computer-based nonlinear systems, digital and analog recording, and business aspects of producing and distributing movies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452286788
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 832
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 1.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven Ascher is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who has taught film at Harvard and MIT.

Edward Pincus has taught film courses at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to Film and Video Systems 1
2 The Film Camera 45
3 The Lens 76
4 The Film Image 111
5 Color and Filters 151
6 The Video Camcorder 168
7 The Video Image 188
8 Shooting 208
9 Sound Recording Systems 245
10 Sound Recording Techniques 274
11 Lighting 304
12 Picture and Dialogue Editing 346
13 Editing Film 361
14 Editing Video 398
15 Sound Editing 446
16 The Film Laboratory 472
17 Film-Video Transfers 510
18 Producing and Distributing the Movie 534
App. A Adjusting a Video Monitor 567
App. B Depth of Field Tables 571
App. C Hyperfocal Distance Table 575
App. D Lens Angle/Focal Length Tables 577
App. E A Comparison of Running Times and Formats of 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm Motion Picture Films 579
App. F A Technique for Synchronizing the Rushes 583
App. G Splitting 16mm and 35mm Mag Tracks Prior to the Mix 585
App. H Cement Splicing 587
App. I Conforming Film Original 591
Bibliography 593
Index 599
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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    So you want to make a movie?

    This is one reference you will need. <BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>From perspective techniques, to industry lingo, to specifics about how cameras work, this book borders on encyclopedic. <BR/><BR/>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.<BR/><BR/>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. <BR/><BR/>The recently updated version is worth twice the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    Extensive and modern

    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).

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Indispensable Tool

    I own an earlier edition, but I can say exceptional in educating yourself in the art of Filmmaking.

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