This comprehensive manual has inspired tens of thousands of readers worldwide to realize their artistic vision and produce well-constructed films. Filled with practical advice on every stage of production, this is the book you will return to throughout your career.
Directing covers the methods, technologies, thought processes, and judgments that a director must use throughout the fascinating process of making a film. The core of the book is the human, psychological, and technical knowledge that every director needs, the enduring elements of the craft that remain vital.
Directing also provides an unusually clear view of the artistic process, particularly in working with actors and principle crew to achieve personally expressive storytelling and professionalism on any budget.
Directing explores in detailed and applicable terms how to engage with the conceptual and authorial sides of filmmaking. Its eminently practical tools and exercises show how to: discover your artistic identity; develop credible and compelling stories with your cast and crew; and become a storyteller with a distinctive voice and style.
The companion website includes teaching notes, dozens of practical hands-on projects and film study activities to help you master technical and conceptual skills, film analysis questionnaires, and all the essential production forms and logs.
New to the fifth edition
* Virtually every chapter has been revised, updated, and re-organized for a streamlined and integrated approach.
* Expanded sections on the basics of drama, including thorough analyses of recent films
* Discussions of the director’s approach to script analysis and development
* New discussion exploring the elements of naturalistic and stylistic aesthetic approaches.
* New discussion on the narrative power of lighting and the lens – including many recent film examples for shot size, perspective, focus and exposure
* Greater emphasis on the implications of composition, mise-en-scène, continuity shooting and editing, long take shooting, point-of-view sequences, and camera handling
* Expanded discussion of collaboration between the director and principle creative crew
* Updated coverage of workflow and comparative advantages to digital or film acquisition
* New section on film production safety, set protocol and etiquette
Develop the tools you will need to succeed before, during, and after your film school education.
Film School: A Practical Guide to an Impractical Decision is a specific, straightforward guide to applying, getting into, and thriving in film school and in the industry in general. Not only does this book appeal to both prospective and current film students, it also features an in depth discussion of the application process, both from the graduate and undergraduate perspectives. You will learn how to choose between different schools and programs, avoid debt, succeed at festivals, and transition out of film school and into the work world. Author Jason Kohl offers:
- Tips on how to develop your voice before attending film school
- A chronological layout that allows you to continually refer to the book throughout your film school process
- Advice on how to gauge the cost of attending film school
Whether you are a recent film school graduate, or just starting the application process, Film School gives important advice and insider knowledge that will help you learn and grow in the film industry. Film School is a must-have for anyone who wants to know what it takes to succeed in film school and beyond.
How Video Works raises the curtain on how video is created, scanned, transmitted, stored, compressed, encoded, delivered and streamed to its multitude of destinations. In today’s digital world, every content creator?individual as well as network or corporation?must understand the process of how video works in order to deliver not only the best quality video, but a digital video file with the most appropriate specifications for each particular use. This complete guide covers key stages of video development, from image capture, to the final stages of delivery and archiving, as well as workflows and new technologies, including Ultra High Definition, metadata, signal monitoring, streaming and managing video files – all presented in an easy to understand way. Whether you are a professional or new video technician discovering the ins and outs of digital distribution, this book is has the information you need to succeed. The updated third edition contains:
• New sections on image capture as well as streaming and video workflows
• A hands-on approach to using digital scopes and monitoring the video signal
• Thorough explanations of managing video files, including codecs and wrappers
• In-depth coverage of compression, encoding, and metadata
• A complete explanation of video and audio standards, including Ultra HD
• An overview of video recording and storage formats
• A complete glossary of terms for video, audio and broadcast
You have the camera, time, money (or credit card), so why don’t you just start shooting? Preparing for Takeoff will give you the tools you need to fully prepare for your independent film.
This book features:
- Vital preproduction tips on scheduling, previsualization, script analysis, location scouting, budgeting, hiring vendors, and clearing permits
- A detailed analysis of the role both producers and directors play in the preproduction process
- Crucial advice on how to prepare for postproduction and distribution while still in the early stages of making a film
- Lessons from the field in how to avoid mid-shoot changes, unhappy actors, fostering a resentful crew, wasted days and dwindling finances
- An accompanying website that includes sample script analyses, storyboards, beat sheets, editable budget forms, and more
Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, Fifth Edition is the definitive book on the subject for the serious film student or beginning filmmaker. Its unique two-fold approach looks at filmmaking from the perspectives of both the producer and director, and clearly explains how their separate roles must work together to create a successful short film or video. Through extensive examples from award-winning shorts and insightful interviews, you will learn about common challenges the filmmakers encountered during each step of filmmaking process?from preproduction to production, postproduction, and distribution?and the techniques they used to overcome them.
In celebrating this book’s twentieth anniversary, this edition has been updated to include:
- Two all-new, in-depth cases studies of esteemed short films?Memory Lane and the Academy Award-winning God of Love
- A revised chapter progression that reinforces the significance of the actor – director relationship
- Interviews with the filmmakers integrated alongside the text, as well as new images and behind-the-scenes coverage of production processes
- Revamped sections on current financing strategies, postproduction workflows, and the wide variety of distribution platforms now available to filmmakers
- A “Where are They Now” appendix featuring updates on the original filmmakers covered in the first edition
- An expanded companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/rea) containing useful forms and information on distributors, grants and financing sources, film and video festivals, film schools, internet sources for short works, and professional associations
Stand-Out Shorts, 1st Edition
Shooting and Sharing Your Films Online
Stand-Out Shorts covers:
- How to make movies: all the technical and practical stuff you need to know
- How to share movies online: prep your film for the web, develop a promotional strategy, and create a buzz
- What movie to make: tips and tools for documentaries, short films, sports videos, sci-fi, and more!
- How to make sure your movie happens: schedules for 48-hour, one-week, and one-month projects
The book’s companion website, http://booksite.focalpress.com/companion/, includes bonus content not available in the book!
Making movies is no different than any other creative work – don’t wait to be told you’re good enough, just pick up a camera and start! Use this book to find out the essentials that work for most people, then go ahead and add your own ideas.
Stand-Out Shorts is a distillation of the basics you need to know, packed into a small space. Road-tested by emerging filmmakers like you, this book offers real experience, real interviews and tried and tested ideas and techniques to offer the simplest, most direct way to get started making movies. Loaded with check lists, tools, handy reference charts, this book covers just what you need to know to start: nothing more, nothing less.
DV beginners; students; amateurs
Master the fundamentals of studio production procedure and become an effective leader on set. Gain fluency in essential studio terms and technology and acquire the skills you need to make it in the industry. Elegant, accessible, and to the point, the second edition of Andrew H. Utterback’s Studio Television Production and Directing is your back-to-the-basics guide to studio-based lighting, set design, camera operations, floor direction, technical direction, audio capture, graphics, prompting, and assistant directing. Whether you are an established studio professional or a student looking to enter the field, this book provides you with the technical expertise you need to successfully coordinate live or taped studio television in the digital age.
This new edition has been updated to include:
- A UK/Euro focused appendix, enhancing the book’s accessibility to students and professionals of television production around the world
- An advanced discussion of the job of the Director and the Command Cue Language
- Fresh discussion of tapeless protocols in the control room, Media Object Server newsroom control software (iNews), editing systems, switcher embedded image store, and DPM (DVE)
- Brand new sections on UHDTV (4K), set design, lighting design, microphones, multiviewers, media asset management, clip-servers, and the use of 2D and 3D animation
- Expanded coverage of clip types used in ENG and video journalism (VO, VO/SOT, and PKG)
- An all new companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/utterback) with pre-recorded lectures by the author, sample video clips, an expanded full color image archive, vocabulary flashcards, and more
Note: the companion website is still under development, but in the meantime the author’s filmed lectures are all freely available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRp_aSpO0y8cDqLjFGZ2s9A
Gain the skills you need to succeed in the television industry and master the production process, from shooting and producing, to editing and distribution. This new and updated 16th edition of Television Production offers a thorough and practical guide to professional TV and video production techniques. You will learn how to anticipate and quickly overcome commonly-encountered problems in television production, as Jim Owens details all the major features of television production, including the secrets of top-grade camerawork, persuasive lighting techniques, effective sound treatment, as well as the subtle processes of scenic design, and the art of video editing. The 16th edition of this classic text now explores the changing television landscape, the effects of the “second screen” on viewer experience, 4K and 8K shooting and the real implications it has for your production, and much more. This new edition also includes:
- Discussions on the changing definition of “television” and how new technology effects veiwers and their viewing habits
- Updated interviews with professionals in the industry, such as noted documentary filmmaker, Sarah Leckie, about the challenges they face during the production process and the advice they would give to those trying to break in to the production and television industries
- Thorough definitions of television and production terminology as well as information on LED lighting and other technologies used on set
- A comprehensive resource page for instructors, containing slides and testing materials to aid in the learning process can be found at www.focalpress.com/cw/owens.
The Green Screen Handbook, Second Edition is a comprehensive how-to manual that walks you through the many integral techniques required in preproduction, production, and postproduction to use green screen effectively. Step-by-step instruction and time-saving tips cover matting and keying basics; lighting and digital camera essentials; setups using fabric, portable background panels, and paint; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multi-colored screen composites; directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more.
Additionally, this new edition has been updated to include:
- Coverage of the latest digital camera technologies, lighting gear, and compositing and editing software
- Advice on using apps for portable devices that will help you light and shoot better green screen
- Examples and case studies of real-world green screen and compositing projects in film and television productions
- An extensive companion website (www.focalpress.com/cw/foster) featuring downloadadble project files and streaming video tutorials
You can’t afford to miss out! The Green Screen Handbook, Second Edition is a one-stop shop for all of your green screen solutions.
From the editors of Videomaker Magazine comes this new edition that you have been waiting for. The Videomaker Guide Digital Video, fifth edition, provides information on all of the latest cutting edge tools and techniques necessary to help you shoot and edit video like the pro’s.
Learn about equipment, lighting, editing, audio, high definition, and all aspects of video from the leading experts on videography!
“Show me a world I haven’t seen before!” These words from veteran cinematographer Barry Braverman will resonate as you read (and re-read) this revamped edition of Video Shooter. The third edition takes you beyond the technicalities of sensors, lenses, and tripods, to instill a practical and inspired appreciation for the craft of both the camera and the stories you choose to tell. Braverman draws from decades of personal experience on high-profile documentaries and feature films to explain the makings of a compelling visual storyteller.
This is no ordinary dull-as-dishwater camera book! With wit and humor Video Shooter, Third Edition explores the discipline of the 2D and 3D imagemaker, from the need to maintain a clear point of view and eyeline, to the emotional impact of lens choice and color palette. You’ll learn to avoid generic shots and angles, and apply the principle of exclusion to maintain rigorous control of the frame. You’ll understand how close-ups can drive a story and how composition, selective focus, and simple lighting direct the viewer’s eye inside the frame. Most of all you’ll learn not to make it too easy ? by challenging your viewers, you’ll elevate the value of your work and your reputation as a craftsman.
Whether you shoot with a sophisticated 4K camcorder, large-sensor DSLR, or an iPhone, the lessons of Video Shooter, Third Edition will enhance your storytelling skills by helping you exploit a camera’s capabilities to the maximum.
New to Video Shooter, Third Edition:
* 3D storytelling and techniques fundamentals of image capture and stereo production with an emphasis on simple integrated one-piece 3D camcorders
* Video storytelling with DSLRs how to get the best look out of these large sensor cameras despite the compromises
* Post-camera imaging, filtering, stabilizing
* Outputting your show to the Web or DVD
* Insights into the working life of a video shooter ? how to identify and land your ideal job, and work successfully with ego-crazed collaborators
* End of chapter study guides with review questions for educators
A companion website provides supplemental materials, including video tutorials based on the lessons in the book
Over the past few years, HDV has burst onto the professional video production landscape and is changing the world of high-definition acquisition. Are you ready to make the transition to HDV? Let this book, with its clear, unbiased overview of HDV, be your guide. More than a catalog of HDV products, this book provides you with perspective on the driving forces behind high-definition, technical information about digital video technologies that’s easy to follow, and real-world tips for getting the most out of your HDV investment. The book also includes a tear-out focusing chart, HDV resource guide, and detailed glossary for quick reference, making it a timely and valuable resource for video professionals and students.
Working with HDV provides the answers to some of the big questions surrounding this exciting format:
– Why has HDV become so popular so quickly?
– Is HDV right for your next project?
– What are your HDV camcorder/equipment options?
– How does HDV differ from other video formats?
– Why is shooting with HDV similar to shooting with a film camera?
– How will you manage your HDV post production workflow?
– Does HDV make good business sense for your operation?
– What are the alternatives to HDV on the market?
Don’t get left behind as HDV momentum continues to build–get up and running quickly with this handy guide that demystifies what to use and how to use it.