Within just the last few years, it's become possible for anyone with a personal computer and an inexpensive camcorder to shoot, edit, and publish a movie or music video. Knowing the secret tricks of the Hollywood pros enables readers to reproduce many of the shots and effects you've seen in blockbuster movies. Not yet fully realized, the "democratization of video" may well be one of the most significant social phenomena of the early 21st century. For example, more video footage exists for the morning of 9/11 than for any event in human history-not because of the news crews, but because of the prevalence of consumer DV camcorders on the scene. This book educates and encourages the young generation on how to be both capable and fearless about publishing their personal videos. There is a glut of digital video books aimed at the adult market, but the teen space is much less exploited. Most of the books available are either too technical or too application-oriented. Teens will learn that they don't need a studio full of old-fashioned multimillion-dollar film gear to get impressive results. With a solid foundation of and focus on the basics, readers also touch upon some advanced topics as well. Additionally, the final chapter of the book takes a look at "Going to the Next Level", which will be of significant use to teens who are looking to submit their work to the film festival and to colleges during the application process.
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Pete Shaner is a motion-picture write-director who has written and directed two independent features: Lover's Knot (starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Grey, and Tim Curry) and Nicolas, a supernatural thriller (the first independent feature ever shot in 24P HD). In addition, he co-wrote and directed the second unit for the action movies Shootfighter and Shootfighter II. He also has written for the TV series JAG and worked as the on-set technical advisor for A Few Good Men. He teaches DV production and techniques at UCLA Extension.
Gerald Everett Jones has written more than 20 books on computer and business topics. His screenplay Ballpoint was accepted into the Screenwriter’s Lab of the Independent Feature Project/West. He is a past director of the Independent Writers of Southern California and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America. Jones has professional expertise in computer graphics, industrial video, and Web site development and served as writer and executive producer of the InnRoom Shopping Network.From School Library Journal:
Grade 7 Up–The highlight of this guide is the DVD included in the package with which one can watch some films made by teens in a workshop in New York. One of the first pieces of advice is that the majority of filmmaking time will be spent editing. Knowing this information makes the film samples even more fascinating and the contents are given perspective, for only 2 of the 10 chapters are specifically about shooting the film. The other sections describe equipment, storyboarding, lighting, planning, editing, adding music, and releasing the film. Chapters are organized into a series of how-to instructions embedded with definitions, tips, and notes. Images and components seem contradictorily static and colorless for a catalyst for creativity; however, the instructions and suggestions are meticulously documented and easy to follow. This book is for novices and for filmmakers who wish to learn a bit more, and could serve as a superb guide for filmmaking at home or as a text for a class. Teens are the target audience, though this title will be useful to all who wish to produce their own digital movies.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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