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Unravel the mystique surrounding filmmaking through simple, well-thought-out exercises and practical tips. This book can be used quickly by any filmmaker regardless of level. For those that are established film professionals, there are a variety of exercises that can help you build skills in your weaker areas.
Over thirty practical filmmaking exercises. Focus on writing, production, directing, and post-production. Students and professionals alike will find exercises that hone their skills substantially. A great addition to any video production library.
Whether you are in video production, screenwriting, sound, cinematography, short films, feature-length movie production, advertising, or animation, you will learn something new in this exciting new film workbook.
Find exercises and inspire your students to create. Feel free to adjust the level and difficulty of the exercises or add your own unique talents to their execution. Over thirty exercises for beginners to adult learners to seasoned professional filmmakers.
Chapter 1 Inspiration
Chapter 2 Screenwriting and Storyboarding
Chapter 3 Directing and Producing a Film
Chapter 4 The Art Department: Sets, Costumes, Makeup
Chapter 5 Lighting and Cinematography Basics
Chapter 6 Sound and Film Music
Chapter 7 Post Production
Chapter 8 That's a Wrap
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Break down these “writer’s block” issues by giving very direct instructions to prompt composition.
Before you can have a good film, you need to have a good script. And while the talent can improvise decent lines now and again, a film can go over budget and topsy-turvy without a solid script to hold it together.
Practice the basics of storyboarding and basic techniques to help with overall pacing and rhythm of your film.
DIRECTING A FILM
Directing a film is more than simply shouting out directions from the director’s chair. A director needs to truly know the craft.
WHAT IS CINEMATOGRAPHY?
Learn the importance of composition, lighting, and movement in your film. Practice color theory, using a color palette, how to color grade, and how different shots affect the psychology of your film. Develop a stunning visual vocabulary.
SHOOTING YOUR FILM
Learn the practical side of shooting a film, from different types of shots, movement in film, continuity, montage, and other aspects of filmmaking technique.
What is the role of light and shadow in film? How does digital editing impact lighting? Learn basic techniques to successful filmmaking.
LOCATION, COSTUMING AND SET DESIGN
How can you choose the best location for your film? Discover how costuming, makeup, and other aspects of design can affect your production, including period piece productions. Tips for the budget filmmaker.
A practical guide to professional audio editing. Learn what equipment you will need for production, how to get the best sound that you can afford, and learn how to speak the sound of the audio engineer to make take your film production to the next level.
Finding talent is not as complicated as it used to be. Today with the Internet you can find talented actors in your area or around the world. Practical tips and exercises to interact with actors and direct them to do their best for your film.
Video editing, special fx, sound design, music, software, and more are all integral to making your vision a reality. Exercises focus on editing the best video possible.
WHY SOUND DESIGN AND MUSIC ARE IMPORTANT
What is Foley? Does sound design matter? What role does music play in your film? Learn about the psychology of sound in film, audio editing, panning, recording Foley sounds, and how to choose the right composer.
Written by award-winning composer and filmmaker Sabrina Peña Young.