Master low-budget filmmaking principles with easy step-by-step techniques and practical projects
Develop a real world perspective through case studies and interviews with successful filmmakers
Combine technical know-how with stylistic approaches to filmmaking.
'...A very useful book that....features extensive technical information, but is concerned with aesthetics as well.'
- American Cinematographer
A guide for the complete beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking provides a practical guide to the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. Whilst the technical tools you need are fully explained, the book concentrates on filmmaking principles throughout, illustrating how these tools can be used to achieve stylistic approaches for innovative filmmaking.
The book assumes no background knowledge in either technology or filmmaking and is divided into four key areas:
DEVELOPMENT: turn your idea into a workable script, storyboard and schedule.
PRODUCTION: develop skills to shoot original short films and turn a zero-to-low budget to your advantage.
POST-PRODUCTION: learn basic editing techniques to enhance your original idea using iMovie, Premiere and Director. Free tryout software is included on the accompanying CD-ROM.
DISTRIBUTION: set up a website and use the internet to promote your film. Includes numerous links to useful websites. Plus top tips for how to enter a film festival.
Projects enable you to master each step of the process taking you through different aspects of filmmaking today. Gradually you will find out where your strengths lie and how to make the most of them. The book also encourages stylistic development by introducing theoretical approaches to filmmaking as well as a summary of 100 must-see films that demonstrate the principles of filmmaking. A glossary of terms plus an appendix of resources make this guide a one-stop essential handbook to DV filmmaking practice for beginners and students filmmakers.
Actively encouraging you to further your career the book investigates how to apply for entrance for film festivals, while the CD-Rom offers 3 different tryout versions of editing software; comprehensive lists of international film courses and festivals; information on promotion and publicity and how to build a website; a film budgeting template and interviews with some of the key figures in the industry today.
. An overview of filmmaking: Think big; The filmmaking process; Low-budget filmmaking. 2. Choosing what to make:
Forms and genres; Looking at your preferences; Investigating other filmmakers. 3. Inside video: What is digital technology?; How video works; Choosing a camcorder; Operating a camcorder; Videotape and camcorder safety. 4. Pre-production: Working out a budget; Using the internet to build a team; Working with other people; Script and Structure, Visualising a film, Project 1: In-cam edit. Storyboards and further development, Making a schedule. 5. Production:
General guidelines for shooting; Better looking films, Project 2: Composition. Continuity; Narrative movies, Project 3: Close-up movie. Working in non-narrative, Project 4: Non-narrative. Getting your ideas across, Project 5: Portrait. Sound recording; Lighting, project 6: Shadows and light. 6. Post-production: Basic guide to editing. Project 7: Compressed film. Editing on paper; Starting to work in DV editing; Sound in editing, Project 8: Original sound. Montage, Project 9: Montage sequence. Timecode; Using DVD; Real-time editing; Working with text, Project 10: Text movie. 7. Using the internet: promotion and profile. Film on the internet; Video compression; Shooting for the web; Using broadcasting sites; Building a promotional website. 8. Distributing and promoting your movie: Distribution; Promotion: strategies; Promotion: the press pack; Festivals, competitions and other agencies.
9. Understanding film: Introduction; Basic debates in film theory; How films work, Types of film. 10. 100 films useful for learning about film. Glossary: terms used in digital video.
Readership: Film and video production students. Complete beginners using low-cost DV filmmaking equipment.