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Better Location Shooting

Book Description

Location filming is growing in popularity with the abundance of affordable cameras. You don't need a studio, a broadcast truck, or even extensive knowledge of how to use a 16mm film camera--all you need is a digital camera, and you can take your job on the road and shoot wherever action is happening! This book will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to take your on-location shooting skills to the next level.

Better Location Filming is packed with the things you will need to know to have great results while shooting your documentary, interview, sporting event, fashion or glamour event, or current affairs/news show. Beyond introductory techniques, the author will tell you how to plan, troubleshoot, handle legal requirements and issues, and of course - he'll teach you all about location filming equipment. Practical and filled with hands-on pointers, this book is perfect for working and aspiring film & video professionals seeking a leg up in their careers.

As a bonus, advanced tips are included for novices who are ready to take shooting techniques to the next level.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half Title
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Contents
  6. Acknowledgements
  7. Introduction
  8. About The Author
  9. Chapter 1. Location Filming Equipment
    1. Lenses and Chips
    2. Tripods
    3. Power Sources
    4. Audio
    5. Other Points to Consider
    6. Other Supports and Mounts
    7. Steadicam
    8. Polecam
    9. Other Location Filming Equipment
  10. Chapter 2. Setting up Location Monitors and Cameras
    1. Pluge
    2. Camera Gain
    3. Setting Up Time-Code
    4. Drop Frame Time-Code
    5. Nondrop Frame Recording
  11. Chapter 3. Operating Tips and Techniques
    1. Focus Pulling Like the Pro’s
    2. Cheating the Eyeline on Reverses When You Have a Bad Background
    3. Intros and Long Pieces to Camera
    4. One Man Band…Audio…When You Only Have One Radio Mic
    5. Dealing with Unusual Problems
  12. Chapter 4. High-Definition Shooting
    1. Progressive or Interlaced?
  13. Chapter 5. Location Audio
    1. Interview Audio
    2. Automatic or Manual?
    3. Microphone Choice
    4. Microphone Positions
    5. Coping with Wind
    6. Personal Mics and Wind Noise
    7. Headphones
    8. Buzz Tracks
    9. Voice-Overs on Location
    10. Digitizing Audio into Hard Disk Units
    11. Radio Transmitters Near or on Water
  14. Chapter 6. Interview Shooting Techniques
    1. Setting Up Camera Height
    2. Distance from Subject to Lens
    3. Add Some Shallow Depth of Focus
    4. Shot Sizes
    5. Backgrounds Matter
    6. General Interior Interview Setup
  15. Chapter 7. Shooting Sequences
    1. Firstly, Where Would Sequences be Used?
    2. What is the Best Way to Shoot a Sequence?
    3. Why Do We Need Separate Takes of the Same Action from Different Angles?
    4. Why Use Different Sized Shots?
    5. Do I Need to Shoot Multiple Wide Shots?
    6. How Do I Know My Shots Will Edit?
    7. Do I Need the Audio to be Exactly the Same on Every Different Take?
    8. What Cutaways Do I Need?
    9. How Much Tape/footage Should I Shoot?
  16. Chapter 8. Shooting for the Edit
    1. Single Camera Techniques for Making the Edit Go Smoothly
    2. Edit Your Own Rushes…At Least Once
    3. Video Editor’s Forum
  17. Chapter 9. Location Lights
    1. Smaller Lights – 120 to 300W
    2. Lights from 200 to 400W
    3. 600 W to 1 kW Lamps
    4. Arri HMI Range
    5. Soft Lights for Location Work
    6. Lighting Glossary
  18. Chapter 10. Choosing Video Lights and Specialist Lights
    1. How many Lights Will I Need to Take with Me on Regular Filming Jobs?
    2. What is the Maximum Size Light and Minimum Size Light I Need?
    3. Choosing Which Wattage Light You Need
    4. Specialist Lights
    5. What Lighting Accessories Do I Need?
    6. How Bright is the Existing Location and Scene Before Putting Up Video and Film Lamps?
    7. Reflectors
    8. HMI Lights
    9. How Large an Area Hasto Be Lit and How Many People?
    10. Exterior or Interior
    11. How Many Cameras are Being Used?
    12. Direct Lights or Soft Lights?
    13. Can the Lights be Set Up Safely and Run Throughout the Day Without Causing Any Danger to Any One Working or Moving Through the Nearby Area, and Do I Have an Assistant to Help Me?
    14. Is there any Power in the Location I Can Use?
    15. Safety and Lighting
  19. Chapter 11. Location Lighting Tips and Setups
    1. Creating and Lighting Better Backgrounds
    2. Soft Light Techniques
    3. Soft Light Options for Location Work
    4. Bounced Soft Light
    5. Lighting an Interior Scene from Outside
    6. Trace Frames
    7. Matching the Existing Light
    8. How Much Light to Use?
    9. Camera Top Lights
    10. Location Lighting Health and Safety
  20. Chapter 12. Cutaways, GV’s, B Roll, Etc...
    1. Location Shoot Example
    2. What Shots Work
    3. Get Movement in the Shot
    4. Static Shots and Pack Shots
  21. Chapter 13. News and Current Affairs
    1. Day-by-Day News Gathering on Location
    2. Other Tips for Everyday News Gathering
    3. Live Hits into Scheduled Programs
  22. Chapter 14. Location Filming Abroad
    1. Flying with Your Kit
    2. Flying with Lithium Batteries
    3. Radio Microphones Abroad
  23. Chapter 15. Health and Safety for Location Shooting
    1. Personal Crew Safety on Location…
    2. Filming from Height Is Another Risk
    3. Filming in Cars Can Be a Bit Tricky as Well
    4. Carrying Kit Correctly
    5. Safety with Location Lighting
  24. Chapter 16. Staying Fit and Well on Location
    1. Exercises
  25. Index