This is the latest edition of a book that has sold over 75,000 copies since its first printing in 1984 by producer/publisher Michael Wiese. An indispensible tool for any producer, this “industry bible” has been updated with the latest digital technologies for production and post-production — the standard for most films today. Downloadable budget templates are free and easily accessible at www.mwp.com. They can be adapted for any production and can save you tons of time and money. The templates include different budget levels for narrative features, non-fiction features, and short films. The book goes through a 14-page Master Budget template line-by-line with an explanation for every line item in any budget. As it guides you through each step, you can use this book to put together budgets for proposals, treatments, and productions. Maureen Ryan, Co-Producer, Academy Award™-winning film, MAN ON WIRE
In celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Akira Kurosawa s Seven Samurai one of cinema s most superb and influential achievements Richard D. Pepperman presents this elegant book as a master class, and illustrates, with beautiful strokes of insight, how and why this film has inspired generations of filmmakers. Here is a handbook for directors, screenwriters, and editors, and a guide for all curious lovers of cinema.”
There are many books that assist writers with their craft, structure, and formatting, all of which are important. However, there does not exist a guide for writers to understand the evolution of their genre. In order to effectively write within a transmedia environment — a marketplace that includes different groups of consumers with short attention spans across various platforms — today’s writer must master the history of their genre. By understanding where and how their genre has emerged they develop their own authentic texts and these fresh, genuine concepts will stand apart in a media landscape that is muddied with copycat material.
A first of its kind, all-in-one guide to creating short-form TV series for the Internet. Written in a hip and entertaining style in the language of the cyber generation, this book guides the aspiring videomaker from an initial series idea through writing, production, and uploading and marketing a polished pilot and successive episodes of his or her own original Internet TV series.
This text is written about the power of scene transitions as a visual storytelling tool. Make your audience feel your story on an emotional level through shifts in time, place, and character. Filmmaker, radio producer, and film scholar Jeffrey Michael Bays has taken what used to be vague instinct and turned it into the primary driving force behind connecting your audience emotionally with your story.
Alfred Hitchcock did indeed teach master classes in filmmaking, but only to a handful of fortunate colleagues and students in private settings. In this new book by one of the world’s leading Hitchcock experts, you too will learn at the side of “The Master of Suspense.”
This title is a complete guide to recording dialog on location. The topics include audio basics, microphone selection, wireless systems, recording and mixing techniques, and the Ten Location Sound Commandments, but it’s more than just cables and connectors.
Although great films begin with great scripts, crews, and actors, it’s good editing that takes a film the rest of the way.
COMPLETELY REVISED AND UPDATED FOR THE DIGITAL ERA, this second edition of one of film editing’s best-selling books teaches readers how to organize and edit footage and see their project to completion. It’s both a comprehensive guidebook and a friendly, dependable companion for anyone taking the editor’s path or wishing to better understand it.
Learn how the skilled editor turns raw footage into polished art for film, television or web. With practical project guidelines and advice on organizing digital and film cutting rooms, How to Edit Your Film or Video de-mystifies action, montage, dialogue editing, SFX and explains sound/music editing and mixing.
With over 25 information-packed tables and forms, this guide includes an up-to-date glossary, an editor’s resource guide and a section on how to land that elusive editing job.
Only a fool would enter a film set without having first read this production manual. There is no faster way up the ladder than being prepared and no faster way out the door than by screwing up. This manual was created by a working PA as a tutorial for those starting out, or a reference guide for seasoned filmmakers.
Film Production Management 101 and Patz’ previous “Surviving Production” were quickly adopted as “the” essential road map to the business and logistics of on-the-job film & television production since 1997. Originally developed from practical tools Patz created for her film and television production career, this new edition has undergone a comprehensive update to address the shifting balance between digital and film technologies and to pave the way as we progress further into the digital age. The book includes everything from budgeting, to managing the production office, to script revisions, to cost reporting, to copyright, to publicity, and much, much more. With Patz’ penchant for sharing knowledge and her knack for communicating concepts, “Film Production Management 101” continues to be the book you have to have open on your desk for every prep, shoot, and wrap day. The more than 50 useful forms and checklists which are included (and downloadable) will save you time, money, and headaches, working like a pro right from day one.
This book is like five books in one! Covering development and script breakdown to budgeting, preproduction to production, and post to sales and distribution, Producer to Producer gives you all the information you need in an easy-to-understand, chronological order.
Make no mistake, this is the DEFINITIVE guide for low-budget, independent film producing. Filled with practical advice from over 20 years of production experience by producer Maureen A. Ryan, the coproducer of the Academy Award™-winning film, MAN ON WIRE.
This comprehensive guide to low-budget film producing for emerging and professional producers. It is designed to take to production meetings with every aspect of the film-producing process outlined in detail, including checklists to keep you on track, from 12 weeks before shooting to the first day of principal photography and through postproduction. Don’t produce your film without it!
This guide takes young would-be filmmakers from the moment of inspiration to a finished short film and beyond. Young amateurs-in-training learn everything they need to become the writer/producer/director of their first short film. It also offers information on how to make money from the online video revolution.
Never before have the means of cinematic storytelling been put into the hands of so many. Thousands of new storytellers are taking advantage of media that did not exist a decade ago. With entry-level HD recorders, even beginning students have access to low-cost, professional-quality image making. However, there’s no digital replacement for the skills needed to visualize a film and plan its execution. From Word to Image will help you master the steps of translating a written story into a sequence of moving images. This is a guidebook to creating your visual script.
New contents include:
• The Use of Color in Visual Storytelling
• New Interviews about the Use of Previsualization Techniques for Animation, New Media, and Visual Effects
• Revised and Expanded Appendices
Composing shots with your camera is one thing. Making your video rock through editing is another. This one-of-a-kind book is your “must have” cheat sheet for making the cuts that editors use to create memorable movies. Fantastic for filmmakers, students, moviegoers, or anyone who wants to discover how cuts affect the viewer and the movie’s story. YouTube filmmakers: This book will juice up your creations!
Film Editing: Great Cuts Every Filmmaker and Movie Lover Must Know makes the invisible art of editing visible by using 600 colorful frames from popular, recent films. The frames, accompanied by brisk descriptions, are perfect for readers who like to “gaze” as well as those who prefer to “graze.” Written by an editor and the author of Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video, this picture dictionary of cuts shows you how filmed frames are edited together to craft movies that zing audiences with their pacing,character connections, and enduring stories.
Through balancing interviews with working ASC cinematographers and the technical, aesthetic and historical side of cinematography, this text guides directors toward a more powerful collaboration with their closest ally, the cinematographer.
Grab a camera, make a short film. Show it at Sundance; show it on YouTube. There’s no limit to what you can achieve by starting small and dreaming big.
In easy-to-follow steps, short-film guru, Kim Adelman, shows you how to achieve your dreams by making that killer short film. Bringing together the artistic and business sides of filmmaking, this book gives filmmakers the skills to develop unique shorts that are creatively satisfying and can launch careers.
This Second Edition of the best-selling The Ultimate Filmmaker’s Guide to Short Films addresses new avenues for short filmmakers, including 48-hour filmmaking challenges, and new media opportunities such as YouTube, iTunes, and the iPhone.
If you want to make it big in short films, this is the book you need.
The book reveals how the editor like a magician manipulates his audience by using sleight of hand and seduces them by anticipating their needs and desires. Only then can he create those invisible cuts that grab them and keep them on the edge of their seats. Part One lays out the rules, strategies and techniques as well as the evolution of editing in movie history. Part Two shows the actual work of master editors by using 248 frame grabs individual frames from thirteen famous scenes.
100 simple secrets of shooting digital video that “”everyone knows”” but no one tells you. This is a “”little book”” for every first-time filmmaker’s camera bag. It is filled with practical easy-to-read how-to information. As the complexity and resolution of modern digital video cameras increases, the line between professional and consumer features is increasingly blurred. With a modern “”consumer camera”” the owner faces “”professional”” decisions every time he shoots. This book simplifies these decisions, and shows the first-time filmmaker how to get the most out of these marvelous new cameras.
According to George Lucas, “Sound is half the experience.” The Sound Effects Bible is the complete guide to recording, editing, and designing your own sound effects. If it snaps, crackles, pops, crashes, booms or bangs, it can be found somewhere in this first ever book on the black art of Foley and sound effects. Imagine how your movies will come to life by using tried-and-true sound techniques that give films like Lords of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean and There Will Be Blood deeper dimensions in storytelling.
This definitive book covers microphone selection, field recorders, the ABCs of digital audio, understanding digital audio workstations, building your own Foley stage, designing your own editing studio, sound design, and much more.
Documentary filmmaker Fadiman chronicles her more than 30 years of experience searching out practical approaches to get her productions funded, finished, and seen, balancing inspiration and commitment with financing, shooting, editing, and promotion.