The Barnes & Noble Review
This is one serious guide to digital filmmaking. It brings together virtually all the knowledge and skills you’d need to make a full-fledged indie video. And if your aspirations are less lofty (say you’re creating a training film or trade show presentation), well -- piece of cake.
This new Second Edition hasn’t just been thoroughly updated; it’s also been reorganized to closely reflect professional workflow. Ben Long and Sonja Schenk cover it all: DV technology fundamentals, choosing DV cameras, writing, planning, scheduling, lighting, shooting, sound, post-production workstations, editing, color correction, titling, compositing, output, and a whole lot more.
Never written a script? The authors explain everything from classic Hollywood three-act structure to screenplay formatting and script breakdowns. Never shot anything more than a kid’s birthday party? Read this book and learn the fundamentals of production design, effects planning, camera angles, shot coverage, and composition. Never prepared footage for editing? The authors walk you through logging, timecodes, numbering, adjusting audio levels, even figuring out where that annoying hum is coming from.
You’ll find loads of tutorials, step-by-step checklists, and exercises. You’ll also find an entire DVD full of goodies, including demo versions of Adobe Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop for Windows and Mac, 1.5 GB of media and project files, and 100-plus pages of extra content, covering essentials like budgeting, financing, and pitching your story. This is DV complete: just add talent. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.