The Fundamentals of Film Making / Edition 1 available in Paperback
The Fundamentals of Film-Making provides an overview of the collaborative process of film-making.
The book maps out the practical, technical and creative aspects involved, sets out the division of labour, and explains how each individual role combines to influence the final piece. The three primary stages of film production – pre-production, production and post-production – are covered through chapters dealing with each of the major departments: script; production; direction; production design; cinematography; sound and post-production.
The book concludes with an examination of film analysis, providing context and connections between film theory and practice.
About the Author
Jane Barnwell is Senior Lecturer at London Metropolitan University. After graduating from Leeds University and the Northern School of Film and Television, she began her career at the BBC and has since worked extensively as a designer for film, television and theatre. Jane published a book entitled Production Design: Architects of the Screen in 2004 and was awarded an Arts and Humanities Research Council grant this year for her project London at Home. Jane continues to work in film production and has also branched into exhibition work.
Table of Contents
How to get the most out of this book. Introduction. The team: Overview of the crew; Departments and job descriptions; Collaborating and working as a team. Scriptwriting: Treatments; Screenplay - format and layout; Narrative structures; Protagonists and antagonists; Adaptation; Genre; Loglines. Producing: Production planning for documentary and drama; Documentary proposals; Budgeting; Schedules; Locations; Equipment; Distribution and exhibition. Directing: Shot sizes - meaning and motivation; Camera movements - methods and meaning; Master shots, cutaways, inserts and reactions; Parallel action; Shooting scripts; Storyboards; Working with actors. Production design: Visualising and breaking down the script; Concepts - the look; Space; Light and colour; Period; Process; Special effects; Costume. Cinematography: Format; Picture composition and framing; Lighting; Colour; Lenses. Sound: Audio field production; Microphones; Post-production sound; Music; Sound effects. Post-production: Editing; Continuity; Manipulating time; Montage; Continuous shot. Making meaning: Documentary; Representation; Realism; Genre; Ideology; Auteur theory. Appendix: Essential viewing; Essential resources; Mini interviews. Index. Acknowledgements and credits.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Before reading this book I was unsure of what film production was actually about, but now I am all the wiser. The book covers the practical, technical and creative aspects of film-making from pre-production to post-production. The author covered a variety of diverse films always emphasising how the fundamental practical processes remain the same even with a variety of financial budgets. Although covering a vast topic at a fast (enough) pace the text is easy to understand. The layout and organisation of the topics means it is a pleasure to read, with the author providing us with insight into the actualities of film-making. I found this an interesting and enlightening read, with a useful index and excellent images. The images reinforced themes covered in the book, making the content easy to follow and the themes easier to visualise. A great read!