Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies

Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies

by Nick Willoughby


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Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies by Nick Willoughby

The easy way for kids to get started with filmmaking

If you've been bitten by the filmmaking bug—even if youdon't have a background in video or access to fancyequipment—Digital Filmmaking For Kids makes it easy toget up and running with digital filmmaking! This fun and friendlyguide walks you through a ton of cool projects that introduce youto all stages of filmmaking. Packed with full-color photos,easy-to-follow instruction, and simple examples, it shows you howto write a script, create a storyboard, pick a set, light a scene,master top-quality sound, frame and shoot, edit, add specialeffects, and share your finished product with friends or a globalaudience.

Anyone can take a selfie or upload a silly video toYouTube—but it takes practice and skill to shootprofessional-looking frames and make your own short film. Writtenby a film and video professional who has taught hundreds ofstudents, this kid-accessible guide provides you with hands-onprojects that make it fun to learn all aspects of video production,from planning to scripting to filming to editing. Plus, it includesaccess to videos that highlight and demonstrate skills covered inthe book, making learning even easier and less intimidating tograsp.

  • Create a film using the tools at hand
  • Plan, script, light and shoot your video
  • Edit and share your film
  • Plan a video project from start to finish

If you're a student aged 7–16 with an interest in creatingand sharing your self-made video, this friendly guide lights theway for your start in digital filmmaking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781119027409
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/04/2015
Series: For Kids For Dummies Series
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 492,318
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

About the Author

Nick Willoughby heads Filmmaking For Kids and Film Future, a pair of programs designed to teach kids aged 7-16 the various aspects of filmmaking. Nick is also a writer and director for 7 Stream Media, a video and media production firm based in the UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Week 1: The Basic Digital Filmmaking Process 7

Project 0: Getting Started with Digital Filmmaking 9

Project 1: Getting to Know Your Camera 19

Project 2: Framing a Great Shot 40

Project 3: Making Your Film Sound Good 56

Project 4: Getting the Best Lighting 68

Project 5: Adding Magic by Editing 82

Week 2: Making a 60-Second Film Trailer 103

Project 6: Planning Your Film Trailer 105

Project 7: Shooting Your Trailer 116

Project 8: Setting the Pace and Mood with Editing 126

Week 3: Making a Documentary 155

Project 9: What Makes a Good Documentary? 157

Project 10: Shooting Your Documentary 165

Project 11: Overlaying and Underlaying in Editing 173

Week 4: Creating Your First Short Narrative Film 193

Project 12: Assembling Your Film Crew 195

Project 13: Telling Your Story 202

Project 14: Location Hunting and Props 212

Project 15: Choosing Actors For Your Film 219

Project 16: Planning Your Shots with a Storyboard 227

Project 17: Enhancing Your Shots 233

Project 18: Making It Sound Even Better 244

Project 19: Adding Mood with Lighting 252

Project 20: Time to Film 260

Project 21: Getting the Film Look with Editing 268

Project 22: Getting a Film Review 289

Index 296

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Digital Filmmaking For Kids For Dummies 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Have you ever wondered how to make your own movie, or mini-film? Have you ever tried to get a movie crew started with your friends but didn’t know how? Well, is this the book for you! Mr. Willoughby-filmmaker, teacher, and self-proclaimed film geek-gives you the step-by-step process of making your movie, from trailer to editing, all in one book! Are you up to the task? This book includes areas on learning the basics, making a film trailer, making a documentary, your first short narrative film, and much more! What I Thought- Mr. Willoughby has written a pretty nifty book. It teaches you how to do all of the cool stuff mentioned in the summary. The book gives good sound advice (literally and figuratively ;) ). Mr. Willoughby put in several fun projects to try out and use as a starting point for your film-making career. There were easy-to-understand diagrams, and well-organized chapters. There was a wide assortment of topics covered so the reader gets a good understanding of the basics. There were a few parts of the book I thought could have been explained a bit more (remember the book is for “Dummies”). For example, Mr. Willoughby used iMovie to edit his film, and he mentioned, amongst others, Microsoft Movie Maker for an alternate program, but it didn’t explain benefits or drawbacks with either program. I would have liked even just a small photo of a Movie Maker screen, with labels for the important objects. The majority of the content was very helpful and interesting to read. I really liked this book. I would recommend this book to a kid in your life you wants to gt into movie/video making. *NOTE I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review