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The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production

The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production Lowest new price: $5.96
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Author: Anthony Q. Artis

So you want to make a documentary, but think you don't have a lot of time, money, or experience? It's time to get down and dirty! Down and dirty is a filmmaking mindset. It's the mentality that forces you to be creative with your resources. It's about doing more with less. Get started NOW with this book and DVD set, a one-stop shop written by a guerrilla filmmaker, for guerrilla filmmakers. You will learn how to make your project better, faster, and cheaper. The pages are crammed with 500 full-color pictures, tips from the pros, resources, checklists and charts, making it easy to find what you need fast.

The DVD includes:
* Video and audio tutorials, useful forms, and interviews with leading documentary filmmakers like Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Sam Pollard (4 Little Girls), and others
* 50+ Crazy Phat Bonus pages with jump start charts, online resources, releases, storyboards, checklists, equipment guides, and shooting procedures

Here's just a small sampling of what's inside the book:
* Putting together a crew
* Choosing a camera
* New HDV and 24P cameras
* Shooting in rough neighborhoods
* Interview skills and techniques
* 10 ways to lower your budget
* Common production forms

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Distant Signals

Distant Signals Lowest new price: $114.72
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Author: Thomas P. Southwick
Brand: Brand: Primedia Publishing

This historical book explains how the cable industry started, who the key companies and leaders were how shaped it and what changes are occurring in the industry at the beginning of the 21st century. If you are involved or getting involved in the cable or television industry, this book is the perfect solution for making you an industry expert by giving you the history, technology overview and future projections for the cable and television industry. This book tells the story of how cable grew from small mom-and-pop business that brought TV signals to small towns into a giant $40-billion-a-year industry providing service to some 65 million American homes and millions more around the world. Distant Signals is the first work to comprehensively examine the evolution of the cable business from its small beginnings to the powerful communications medium of today. The book covers the changes in technology, including the development of satellites, fiber optics, and digital signal transmission, that enabled the industry to grow. It also deals with the many attempts of government to regulate the industry and the innovative financial devices developed to fund the construction of cable systems. Southwick is a special correspondent with Cable World magazine, a magazine he helped found and for which he served as publisher. Before founding Cable World, he was managing editor of Multichannel News. Southwick, a cum laude history graduate from Harvard, began his foray into journalism as executive editor fo the Harvard Crimson. During his career, he's been a reporter and editorial writer at the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, Mass; a reporter at Congressional Quarterly magazine, Washington, D.C.; and press secretary to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) from 197701981.


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Power Filmmaking Kit

Power Filmmaking Kit Lowest new price: $19.92
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Author: Jason Tomaric

Think big, spend little! Everything you need to make your movie is in this complete resource kit.

The Power Filmmaking Kit is a comprehensive, multimedia book and DVD package that empowers you to produce your own Hollywood-quality movie. Emmy-award winning director Jason Tomaric produced an independent film using only local resources for under $2,000 that not only got picked up for distribution, but is also used as a case study in top film schools. This book shows you how to do the same, regardless of your budget or location. You'll learn how to achieve professional quality on a microbudget, using the resources you have at hand.

The book includes:
* Coverage of the entire filmmaking process. It's all here, from writing and directing to cinematography, acting, editing, and distribution.
* Step-by-step instructions, tips, diagrams, charts, and illustrations show you how to make a Hollywood-caliber movie on a next-to-nothing budget with little upfront money and access only to local resources.

The DVD includes:
* Time and Again, the profitable, award-winning, internationally distributed, independent film made for under $2,000
* One hour of video tutorials unveiling how the movie was made...interviews and behind-the-scenes case studies on directing, producting, and editing
* Complete rough footage from a scene for editing practice
* Forms, contracts, and more resources
*The Producer's Notebook includes scripts, storyboards, schedules, call sheets, contracts, letters from the producer, camera logs and press kits from "Time and Again." See how the production was scheduled and organized, read the script, follow the storyboards and watch the production unfold from beginning to end.
* Blank contracts and forms that you can print out to use on your own film

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John Hedgecoe's Complete Guide to Video

John Hedgecoe's Complete Guide to Video Lowest new price: $21.99
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Author: John Hedgecoe

By using sequences of images, this book offers step-by-step advice on skills and techniques which can be applied to video subjects such as holidays, children and the family, weddings and other special occasions, indoor and outdoor sports, mini-drama productions and information videos. The reader is led through each stage, from picking up a camcorder for the first time and mastering the controls, to planning a shoot, post-production editing, adding soundtracks and voice-overs and preparing title sequences. The language of moving pictures is also explored, with a view to encouraging readers to develop their own creativity. The author's previous books include "The Book of Photography", "The Photographer's Handbook" and "The Complete Guide to Photography".

Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Home Videos

Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Home Videos Lowest new price: $20.00
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Author: Steven Beal

The Home Theater Companion: Buying, Installing, and Using Today's Audio-Visual Equipment

The Home Theater Companion: Buying, Installing, and Using Today's Audio-Visual Equipment Lowest new price: $74.79
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Author: Howard Ferstler

A Companion to Television

A Companion to Television Lowest new price: $79.99
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Brand: Brand: Wiley-Blackwell

A Companion to Television is a magisterial collection of 31 original essays that charter the field of television studies over the past century

  • Explores a diverse range of topics and theories that have led to television’s current incarnation, and predict its likely future
  • Covers technology and aesthetics, television’s relationship to the state, televisual commerce; texts, representation, genre, internationalism, and audience reception and effects
  • Essays are by an international group of first-rate scholars

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Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors

Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors Lowest new price: $71.14
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Author: Diana Weynand

It used to be that you had to know Avid Media Composer to edit Hollywood-style film and videos. Now, thanks to Apple's low-cost, high-end video editing software, you need to know Media Composer and Apple's Final Cut Pro to stay marketable. If you're an editor experienced in Media Composer who needs to learn Final Cut Pro fast, you need Final Cut Pro for Avid Editors: A Guide for Editors Making the Switch. It's the only book that teaches Final Cut Pro from an Avid Media Composer user's perspective, using Avid images and terminology as references to guide you through the program's features and functions. This task-based book doesn't waste time going over editing basics that you already know, but rather explains how you can get the same job done in Final Cut Pro as you did in Media Composer with detailed feature comparisons, practical conversion tips, and instructions on how to use Final Cut Pro features that aren't available in Media Composer.

Timecode: A User's Guide

Timecode: A User's Guide Lowest new price: $79.96
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Author: John Ratcliff

This text covers the many aspects of timecode, whether in-house or on location. It gives a brief overview of essential theory and then examines the technical standards of time-and-control codes for film and videotape applications.

Digital Video Compression

Digital Video Compression Lowest used price: $924.44
Author: Peter Symes

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