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Practical DV Filmmaking

Practical DV Filmmaking [Kindle Edition]

Russell Evans
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"...A very useful book that....features extensive technical information, but is concerned with aesthetics as well. - American Cinematographer 'Practical DV Filmmaking will be of interest to many people I feel but especially those who find themselves asking questions like; Where do I start?; Whats a storyboard?; What is DV?; How does the Camcorder work; and what sort of movie can I put together? Practical DV Filmmaking does an excellent job of answering these questions and maybe a couple of thousand others (I kid you not).' - Des Owen, Creative Cow

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Written for the beginner, Practical DV Filmmaking guides you thorough the process of making a film with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production, post-production and distribution. While 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 other popular tools.
*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 and a new chapter on developing a career.

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 intruding theoretical approaches to 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 student filmmakers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6494 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (20 Jun 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty impressive first book 3 Feb 2004
Got this book recently from Amazon and was impressed from the start. It guides the reader through all the major aspects of DV production with plenty of project examples to get stuck into.
Only downside is that the technology reviewed in the booked is already out of date, which I suppose is always the way with this kind of thing, and also I would have rated the Sony PD150 as a camera worth having if your budget can stretch that far. Apart from that, the basic principals behind the film making process outlined in the book are the same regardless of what technology is employed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let this book be your DV-bible 3 Nov 2004
I have been making small documentary projects for a few years now, and eventually came to the point where I realised that learning by doing only gets you so far. This book has become my constant companion. It contains useful info for the beginning film maker who wants to get better and learn about technology as well as film style. The author includes lots of references to websites for more reading, projects to get you out of the armchair and behind the camera, tips on how to move forward and get out of a rut...
All in all I can highly recommend this book to anyone who lives too far from film school or can't afford courses. This book really gets you hyped up to make films.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
There are so many books to choose from on the subject of DV filmmaking that it can a complete nighmare for new filmmakers.

Practical DV filmmaking is perfect for amateur filmmakers working on producing their own work with low or no budget.

The author is clearly experienced in presenting information in an engaging and informative manner, you learn something new everytime either by flicking through the pages or focussing on one specific chapter. Each section is complemented by real life examples, pictures and mini-projects to help the amateur acquire sufficient know-how.

I am very impressed with the simplicity of the language and practical advice. Information is presenting in a logical format from creating the story, pre-production, shooting the movie, post-production and getting your movie seen.

The aim of the book and to explain how to make your amateur movie feel like a professional production and it does just that.

I have been working on our movie [...] and the book is always by side.

Get it, you will not regret it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Nov 2006
By methos
This book as an absolutely excellent course in practical film-making. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The absolute best introduction to the field 15 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on
This book should be the first on every aspiring filmmakers shelf, and should be the next addition for every filmmaker who is already hard at work. Evans presents the information in a practical, well thought out format and supplies plenty of examples, sources of further information, and a ton of helpful internet links. If this book doesn't have enough depth for you, it will certainly point you in the right direction. The examples used are familiar films, both current and clasic (and of every genre), as well as examples from low budget and student films. All of these elements form the best book I've read about filmmaking aimed at the industrious DV pioneer. This book was actually more helpful than 4 years of film school classes. Buy this book, read it, and go make some movies.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 25 Aug 2004
By Stephen L. Noe - Published on
The book itself is excellent and answered most of my questions. The depth of the book is in the supporting material. So many internet links to great content can take you months to read if you wanted to spend the time. Very intelligent in the layout. It gives you exercises to complete before you go to the next step and the exercises are designed to get you to know yourself as film maker and to get to know your equipment and tools (ie limitations). This book goes a long way in helping you realize yourself as a DV film maker.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells you Everything you know!!! 4 Jan 2006
By White Shark - Published on
This book is fantastic. Evans outlines everything from the direction that audio waves are received depending on which external mic is used, to the compression rate for web movies. The book is incredibly up to date, as it should be considering it just came out. The set up of the book is very much like the 'for dummies' series, considering that there are projects along the way for you to undertake to sharpen your skills, along with info and ww link boxes. Most other books out there just outline what you need to do but don't tell you how to do things. This book really tells you what is going on when your making a film, and just doesn't say, if you do this then the picture will look pretty. He gets technical, and that's what needs to be said to give people getting into this a better understanding of what they are doing . He starts off with a great intro, for those who are just getting into digital filmmaking it really outlines what needs to be done to succeed. He identifies each technical aspect that he is going to cover, and then goes on to explain how you need to get to know your camera. Its obvious that a ton of research has been put into this book, as it really tells you everything you could possibly need to know. If you buy this book first then there really is no need for any other book out there. I've read this book cover to cover 1 time so far, and plan on reading it 2 more times.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent, must have book ! 1 April 2005
By Leo - Published on
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This book is just filled with great advice for newcomers to video/film making.

It fully meet my needs as a starting point to clearly layout basics that one needs to take into consideration not start out blind, it really saves you time by focusing on the esential quickly.

It also helps by defining many concepts one perceptivelly understands or thinks one does.

I have bought several of the cinematography/videography books on top of the "must have" lists and by far, this is the one I can hardly stop reading.

Highly recomended, go for it, you will not regret it.

The CD included is of very little value, trial versions of software and transcripts in Word format instead of a nice multimedia just sucks.

Next time Mr Evans, have your editors work harder if they want to "include" something.

Include printable forms like storyboards and frames with the thirds rule and alike with real practical value for begginers.

Maybe spreadsheets with basic creative, the files included are very boring, more so after going through such an entertaining and educational book.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book of Good Information That Doesn't Change. 15 Nov 2013
By Nathyn Masters - Published on
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I forgot about this book and am surprised I hadn't reviewed it. With technology changing all the time this book offers up just what it says, practical knowledge of making films with video cameras. Because the information is practical a lot of it will always be useful. This the kind of book that everyone getting into filmmaking should have because it will be very helpful, especially to beginners.
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