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Digital Filmmaking Handbook / Edition 3

Digital Filmmaking Handbook / Edition 3

by Ben Long
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With the advent of digital video and desktop editing software, scores of independent producers have found themselves equipped to make their own movies. Because filmmaking involves much more than just buying a camera and a computer, there’s The Digital Filmmaking Handbook. This one-stop digital filmmaking resource guides aspiring filmmakers from initial conception to getting a finished project "in the can." From writing and preproduction planning to shooting and post-production editing and effects, this book will serve as the single-volume film school. Completely updated and revised, this third edition includes thorough information on a number of important new DV technologies including HDV, a very affordable new standard that lets even low-budget producers work in high-definition video.

The expanded lighting and shooting chapters include new technical information as well as a wealth of new theory. New exercises offer help with everything from writing to special effects, while all of the chapters have been revised to cover the very latest hardware, software, and production workflows. This book will help filmmakers understand the questions to ask so that they can better prepare for and solve the myriad problems throughout the production process. The companion DVD includes project files, film clips, support material for tutorials in the book, and additional video tutorials and essays.

* Provides completely updated coverage of digital technology, software, and techniques
* Teaches digital filmmaking from start to finish-storyboarding and budgeting, to casting, shooting, and finishing
* Details the best hardware and software tools to use
* Details new output methods, including coverage of DVD authoring
* Includes a companion DVD with project files, film clips, and all support material for tutorials in the book. Also includes additional video tutorials and essays

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2901584504381
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Publication date: 12/01/2005
Series: Charles River Media Digital Filmmaking Series
Edition description: 3RD BK&DVD
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

About the Author

Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of more than two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, a contributing editor at, and the author of several best-selling photography courses. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House.

Sonja Schenk is a director, producer, and writer based in Los Angeles. She directed the comedic feature film "The Olivia Experiment," which will be released in theaters in 2014. She has been an executive producer of several popular television shows including "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette," and "High School Reunion." She began her career as a video artist and exhibited early works at the AFI Festival, Artists Space in New York, and New Langton Arts in San Francisco. After completing her MFA at USC in film, she edited documentaries for HBO, the BBC, Channel 4, Canal Plus and FX and also the indie feature "Britney Baby One More Time," which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline and many others. She is currently developing a second narrative feature film and is also in preproduction on a documentary feature. She is also the author of Digital Non-Linear Desktop Editing and co-author of the earlier editions of The Digital Filmmaking Handbook.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Introduction
Chapter 2:  Preproduction
Chapter 3:  Choosing a Format
Chapter 4:  Building a Workstation
Chapter 5:  Choosing a Camera
Chapter 6:  Non-linear Editing Software
Chapter 7:  Lighting and Art Directing
Chapter 8:  Previsualization
Chapter 9:  Shooting Digital Video
Chapter 10:  Production Sound
Chapter 11:  Editing Hardware
Chapter 12:  Preparing to Edit
Chapter 13:  Editing
Chapter 14:  Sound Editing
Chapter 15:  Color Correction
Chapter 16:  Titling and Simple Composing
Chapter 17:  Rotoscoping and More Compositing
Chapter 18:  Outputs
Chapter 19:  Shooting for Film
Appendix A:  Calibrating your NTSC Monitors
Appendix B:  About the DVD-ROM
Appendix C:  Suggested Reading

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just had the "pleasure" of working on a movie with one of these authors and I was astonished at how little they knew about digital filmmaking. Not even a shotlist. It was pathetic. Don't buy this book, seriously. What amateurs.