360 pp. A guide for the complete beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking provides a practical guide to the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. Whilst the technical tools you need are fully explained, the book concentrates on filmmaking principles throughout, illustrating how these tools can be used to achieve stylistic approaches for innovative filmmaking.
The book assumes no background knowledge in either technology or filmmaking and is divided into four key areas:
DEVELOPMENT: turn your idea into a workable script, storyboard and schedule.
PRODUCTION: develop skills to shoot original short films and turn a zero-to-low budget to your advantage.
POST-PRODUCTION: learn basic editing techniques to enhance your original idea using iMovie, Premiere and Director. Free tryout software is included on the accompanying CD-ROM.
DISTRIBUTION: set up a website and use the internet to promote your film. Includes numerous links to useful websites. Plus top tips for how to enter a film festival.
Projects enable you to master each step of the process taking you through different aspects of filmmaking today. Gradually you will find out where your strengths lie and how to make the most of them. The book also encourages stylistic development by introducing theoretical approaches to filmmaking as well as a summary of 100 must-see films that demonstrate the principles of filmmaking. A glossary of terms plus an appendix of resources make this guide a one-stop essential handbook to DV filmmaking practice for beginners and students filmmakers.
Actively encouraging you to further your career the book investigates how to apply for entrance for film festivals, while the CD-Rom offers 3 different tryout versions of editing software; comprehensive lists of international film courses and festivals; information on promotion and publicity and how to build a website; a film budgeting template and interviews with some of the key figures in the industry today.