The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age

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Penguin, Sep 4, 2007 - Performing Arts - 832 pages
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2008 Edition The authoritative guide to funding, preparing, shooting, lighting, editing, finishing and distributing your film or video

Widely acknowledged as the "bible" of film and video production and used in courses around the world, this indispensable guide to making movies is now updated with the latest advances in high- definition formats. For students and teachers, the professional and the novice filmmaker, this clear and comprehensive handbook remains the reliable reference to all aspects of moviemaking. Techniques for making narrative, documentary, corporate, experimental and feature films. Working with high-definition and standard-definition digital video formats, including DV, HD, and HDV. Extensive coverage of video editing with the latest nonlinear editing systems. Thorough grounding in lenses, lighting, sound recording, and sound editing. The business aspects of financing and producing moviesWritten by filmmakers for filmmakers, this book will give you the skills you need to take your dreams from script to screen.
  

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Contents

Making a Movie
The Moving Image
Camera and Recorder Basics
Analog Versus Digital
Standard and High Definition
Progressive and Interlace Scanning
The Frame Rate
The Shape of the Video Frame
Lighting Wide Shots
Lighting and Exposure
Lighting Contrast in Daylight
Mixed Lighting
Color Contrast
NightforNight
DayforNight
Electric Power

How Color Is Recorded
What Do You Call That Format?
DV Digital 8 DVCAM and DVCPRO
DVCPRO50 and D9
Betacam SX and MPEG IMX D10
D1 D2 D3 D5
DVCPRO HD
D5 HD
XDCAM HD
DNxHD
AVCHD and AVCIntra
2inch Quad and 1inch TypeC
¾inch Umatic
Video8 and Hi8
Digital Nonlinear Editing
Editing on Tape
The Camera and Projector
The Film Format
Aspect Ratio and Film
Super 8
16mm and Super 16
35mm
Large Formats
Editing Film on Video
Traditional Film Editing
WORKING BACKWARD FROM DISTRIBUTION
Overview of the Digital Camcorder
Viewfinders and Monitors
Adjusting the Viewfinder
Setting the White Balance
Setting the Exposure
Setting the Focus
The Tape Path
Other Tracks
Tape Stock
AC Power Supplies
Battery Power
Battery Charging and Maintenance
Camera Sensitivity
Frame Rate and Shutter Speed
Camera Sensors
Camera Setup
Digital Signal Processing Effects and Stills
FOCAL LENGTH AND PERSPECTIVE
THE LIGHTGATHERING POWER OF THE LENS
FOCUSING THE IMAGE
CHOOSING A ZOOM LENS
PRIME LENSES FOR SPECIAL USES
CLOSE FOCUSING
LENS QUALITY AND CONDITION
THE LENS MOUNT
CARE OF THE LENS
THE VIDEO CAMERAS RESPONSE TO LIGHT
UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROLLING CONTRAST
BROADCAST STANDARDS
PIXELS AND RESOLUTION
DIGITAL CONNECTIONS
HARD DRIVE SYSTEMS
COMPRESSION METHODS
Constant and Variable Bit Rates
A FEW COMMON CODECS
An Overview of the Camera
The Film Gate
The Shutter
Standard Speed
Camera Motors
Composition in the Viewfinder
The Mirror Shutter
BeamSplitter Reflex
The Diopter Adjustment
Reflex Viewfinder Placement
Magazines
Loading Magazines
Labeling and Managing Magazines
Daylight Spools
Super 8 Cartridges
Sound Dampening
InCamera Timecode
InCamera Effects
Camera Quality
Shooters Ditty Bag
PROPERTIES OF THE FILM STOCK
CHOOSING A RAW STOCK
PACKAGING HANDLING AND PURCHASING
THE LIGHT METER AND EXPOSURE CONTROL
COLOR
FILTERS
PREPARING FOR THE SHOOT
COMPOSITION AND SHOT SELECTION
STYLE AND DIRECTION
SUPPORTING AND MOVING THE CAMERA
ZOOM LENS TECHNIQUES
SLOW MOTION FAST MOTION AND JUDDER
OTHER ASPECTS OF PRODUCTION
PREPARING FOR POSTPRODUCTION
SOUND
HOW AUDIO IS RECORDED
TYPES OF AUDIO RECORDERS
THE MICROPHONE
AUDIO CONNECTIONS
PREPARING FOR A SHOOT
RECORDING TECHNIQUE
MUSIC NARRATION AND EFFECTS
RECORDING DOUBLE SYSTEM FOR FILM AND VIDEO
The Function of Lighting
Lighting Contrast
Lighting Fixtures and Light Intensity
Household Bulbs and Photo Bulbs
HMI Bulbs
Fluorescent Bulbs
LEDs
Lensed Spotlights
OpenFaced Spotlights
Nonfocusing Lights
Practicals
Colored Filters and Gels
Mounting Lights Safely
Documentary Lighting
Lighting Faces
SOME FILM THEORY
CUTTING STYLES
DIALOGUE EDITING
THE EDITING PROCESS
TITLES
NONLINEAR EDITING SYSTEMS
THE NLE AND WORKFLOW
CAPTURING AND ORGANIZING YOUR MATERIAL
CREATING AND EDITING SEQUENCES
BASIC SOUND EDITING
BASIC VIDEO EFFECTS
FINISHING AND OUTPUT
WORKING WITH 24p SD HD AND FILM
WORKING WITH MIXED FORMATS
WORKING WITH DOUBLESYSTEM SOUND
COLOR CORRECTION
MEDIA MANAGEMENT
TAPE EDITING
TRADITIONAL FILM EDITING
EDITING FILM ON VIDEO
The Idea of Sound Editing and Mixing
Projects Shot on Video
Planning Ahead
NLE Versus DAW
The Mixing Console
Evaluating the Sound Track
Sound and Continuity
Sound Effects
Ambient Sound and Room Tone
The Score
Licensing Music
Editing Music
Splitting Tracks
Reel Breaks and Reference Tapes
Preparing and Delivering Tracks
Cue Sheets
Arranging for the Mix
Working with the Mixer
Level and Dynamic Range
Frequency Range and EQ
Other Sound Processing
Sound Formats and Audio Channels
Foreign Release
Shooting Tests
The Workprint
Timing Sheets and Lab Reports
Other Workprint Options
Troubleshooting Errors
Types of Printers
Single Strand
AB Rolls
Zero Cutting
Printing Leaders
Shooting Film Titles
Printing Superimposed Titles
Laser Subtitles
Optical Effects Between Sequences
Other Image Manipulations
16mm and Super 16 Blowups
Print Generations
Liquid Wet Gate Printing
Print Color Balance
The Answer Print
Color Negative Original
Reversal Original
Check Prints
35mm Release Prints
16mm Release Prints
Optical Tracks
Making Optical Tracks
Dolby Digital
DTS SDDS and THX
The Projector
Adjusting and Operating the Projector
FILMTOVIDEO TRANSFER
DIGITALTOFILM TRANSFERS
VIDEOTOVIDEO FORMAT CONVERSIONS
SHOOTING TVs VIDEO MONITORS AND VIDEO PROJECTORS
BUDGETS AND BUSINESS ARRANGEMENTS
FUND RAISING
LEGAL AND COPYRIGHT ISSUES
RELEASES FOR REAL PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS
USING COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL
DISTRIBUTION
A LAST WORD
The Importance of a Good Video Monitor
Color Bars
Preparing the Picture
Production and Business Aspects
Direction and Writing
Video Cameras and Other Equipment
Sound
Editing
General
Film and Festival Databases
Manufacturers and Products
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