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The Digital Filmmaking Handbook, Fifth Edition

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THE DIGITAL FILMMAKING HANDBOOK, FIFTH EDITION is the one-stop resource to guide you in taking your digital film project from initial concept to finished project. Covering everything from writing and pre-production planning to shooting and post-production editing and effects, the book has been thoroughly updated to cover the latest hardware, software, and production processes. It also now includes coverage of the latest filmmaking-related apps and the shift toward digital distribution. You'll learn the ins and outs of the craft and you'll pick up techniques for creating shots and effects that transcend typical low-budget productions. Whether your goal is to create an industrial project, a short subject for a website, or a feature-length movie for a film festival, THE DIGITAL FILMMAKING HANDBOOK, FIFTH EDITION will guide you every step of the way.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
  4. ABOUT THE AUTHORS
  5. CONTENTS
  6. INTRODUCTION
  7. 1 Getting Started
    1. What Kind of Digital Film Should You Make?
  8. 2 Writing, Scheduling, and Producing
    1. Screenwriting
    2. Scheduling
    3. The Business of Filmmaking
  9. 3 Digital Video Primer
    1. HD or Digital Cinema?
    2. Components of Digital Video
    3. Working with Analog or SD Video
    4. Digital Image Quality
    5. Understanding Digital Media Files
    6. Acquisition Formats
    7. Intermediate Formats
    8. Finishing Formats
    9. Unscientific Answers to Highly Technical Questions
  10. 4 Choosing a Camera
    1. Evaluating a Camera
    2. Image Quality
    3. Lenses
    4. Never Mind the Reasons, How Does It Look?
    5. Camera Features
    6. DSLRs
    7. Use Your Director of Photography
    8. Accessorizing
    9. What You Should Choose
  11. 5 Planning Your Shoot
    1. Storyboarding
    2. Camera Diagrams and Shot Lists
    3. Location Scouting
    4. Production Design
    5. Visual Planning for Documentaries
    6. Effects Planning
  12. 6 Lighting
    1. Lighting Your Film
    2. The Art of Lighting
    3. Types of Light
    4. Controlling the Quality of Light
    5. Lighting Your Actors
    6. Interior Lighting
    7. Exterior Lighting
    8. Getting Rid of Light
    9. Special Lighting Situations
  13. 7 Using the Camera
    1. Setting Focus
    2. Using the Zoom Lens
    3. Working with Interchangeable Lenses
    4. Exposure
    5. White Balancing
    6. Lens Filters
    7. Shooting Raw
    8. Composition
    9. Camera Movement
    10. Shooting Checklist
  14. 8 Production Sound
    1. What You Want to Record
    2. Microphones
    3. Setting Up
    4. Recording Your Sound
    5. Gear Checklist
  15. 9 Directing
    1. The Shooting Script
    2. Directing
    3. Rehearsals
    4. Managing the Set
    5. Putting Plans into Action
    6. Organization on the Set
  16. 10 Advanced Shooting Situations
    1. What’s Different with a DSLR?
    2. DSLR Camera Settings for Video
    3. Measuring and Pulling Focus
    4. Advanced Camera Rigging and Supports
    5. Viewing Video on the Set
    6. Double-System Audio Recording
    7. Multi-Cam Shooting
    8. Managing Media on the Set
    9. Shooting Green-Screen Effects
  17. 11 Getting Started in Post
    1. Setting Up a Workstation
    2. Networked Systems
    3. Audio Equipment
    4. Digital Video Cables and Connectors
    5. Know What You Need
  18. 12 Editing Software
    1. The Interface
    2. Editing Tools
    3. Advanced Features
    4. Organizational Tools
    5. Importing Media
    6. Effects and Titles
    7. Audio Tools
    8. Finishing Tools
    9. Our Software Recommendations
    10. Know What You Need
  19. 13 Preparing to Edit
    1. Organizing Your Media
    2. Getting Media into Your Project
    3. Sorting Media After Ingest
    4. Synchronizing Double-System Sound and Picture
    5. Preparing Multi-Camera Media
    6. Troubleshooting
  20. 14 Editing
    1. Editing Basics
    2. Building a Rough Cut
    3. Editing Techniques
    4. Transitions Between Scenes
    5. Solving Technical Problems
    6. Multi-Cam Editing
    7. Fine Cutting
  21. 15 Sound Editing
    1. Sounding Off
    2. Setting Up
    3. Temp Mixes
    4. Audio Levels Metering
    5. Using Your Editing App for Sound
    6. Dedicated Sound Editing Apps
    7. Moving Your Audio
    8. Editing Sound
    9. Dialogue Editing
    10. EQ Is Your Friend
    11. Sound Effects
    12. Music
    13. Fix It in the Mix
  22. 16 Color Grading
    1. Color Basics
    2. Seeing Color
    3. Brightening Dark Video
    4. Compensating for Overexposure
    5. Correcting Bad White Balance
    6. Matching Footage from Different Cameras and Shoots
    7. Black-and-White Effects
    8. Making Your Video Look Like Film
    9. High Dynamic Range Video
    10. One More Thing
  23. 17 Titles and Effects
    1. Titles
    2. Motion Effects
    3. Integrating Still Images and Video
    4. Special Effects Workflow
    5. Compositing 101
    6. Using Effects to Fix Problems
    7. Moving On
  24. 18 Getting Ready to Screen
    1. DIY File-Based Masters
    2. Web Video
    3. DVD Screeners
    4. Preparing for Film Festivals
    5. Generating Interest in Your Film
  25. 19 Finishing
    1. What Do You Need?
    2. Make a Textless Master
    3. DVD and Blu-Ray Discs
    4. High-End Finishing
    5. Types of Audio Mixes
    6. Digital Cinema Masters
    7. Digital Videotape Masters
    8. Archiving Your Project
  26. GLOSSARY
  27. INDEX