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Film Making


Film Making



HOW HOLLYWOOD DOES IT - FILM HISTORY & TECHNIQUES: DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING

Documentary talks about some of the different styles of documentary filmmaking from the birth of cinema to the present day. It is a multi-part look at the history, techniques, movements, and people who create the magic that we call motion pictures. Todays program will talk about a style of filmmaking outside of the normal fiction or narrative films that we as audience members are used to seeing, that is, documentary filmmaking. With the birth of cinema in the 1890s, spearheaded by America's Thomas Edison and Frances Louis and Auguste Lumiere, filmmaking progressed in two directions. Edison brought his subjects before a stationary camera to his tarpaper-covered studio called the Black Maria built at West Orange, New Jersey partly because the camera required multiple people to move it. While Edison was bringing people to the Black Maria to have a pie, the Lumiere brothers created the cinematographe. The resulting camera mobility allowed people to go out into the world and both document events and project films. Included are a number of clips from classic documentary films. Features the 1934 documentary Song of Ceylon, 1935 British film Housing Problems, the 1936 film The Plow that Broke the Plainsand, 1938's film The River, 'Why We Fight' and the 1944 film, The Battle of San Pietro.

DVD / 2013 / () / 28 minutes

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HOW HOLLYWOOD DOES IT - FILM HISTORY & TECHNIQUES: EDITING

This program focus on editing and how this process helps tell the story in a motion picture. The editing process follows some simple steps: takes the raw footage from the camera after it is developed, select the shots and combines them into sequences which will themselves be combined to create an entire motion picture. Completing these steps sounds easy enough, but in reality, editing a film extends beyond arranging shots into a completed project. Deciding which shots to use and their length requires creativity and discernment. Editing is sometimes described as an invisible art, because if the editor performs their job well, the audience, never notice the cuts. We are simply engaged in the story. Editing discusses how a film is cut to create the story we see on the screen. This program features a long take, from the 1950 film Cyrano de Bergerac, Establishing shot, from the 1937 film A Star is Born, A point of view shot, when the camera replaces the eye of the character and we see exactly what the character sees - the opening of Naked Kiss from 1964 and cutting on action, from John Houston's 1954 film Beat the Devil.

DVD / 2013 / () / 28 minutes

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HOW HOLLYWOOD DOES IT - FILM HISTORY & TECHNIQUES: LIGHTING

This program focus on lighting and how a cinematographer and lighting engineer work together to showcase what is put before the camera. Lighting is a crucial component to filmmaking because it enables the director to say, Look here, not there, or to light up an entire scene so we can peruse what's in the film's frame. Without light we are left with this 'LIGHTS OFF' nothing. We need light to see the film and we need lighting engineers to handle and control the lighting so the director can attain the look they want. Quite often what makes an average production exceptional is the lighting. This program discusses what tools are used to create different lighting set-ups and uses a number of examples to illustrate how this important element is decided. Lighting design falls into two categories, High-Key lighting and Low-Key lighting. High-Key lighting provides relatively bright, even illumination of the film frame or scene, the kind the director and producer of a big-scale musical productions may choose to showcase 60 dancers and 20 chorus singers and their elaborate costumes. Low-key lighting is focused lighting with strong contrast. Low-key lighting creates fast fall-off, which means that the image goes from light to dark very quickly, falling off into shadows or darkness. Low-key lighting works well in horror films, or any film in which a director wishes to create suspense or keep you guessing what is in the dark, inky shadows on the outskirts of the frame. This program discusses the following films and the lighting of each Royal Wedding (musical) the scene is brightly lit throughout in both, wide and medium shots. Night of the Living Dead (horror) to enhance the suspense, the lighting creates shadows which heighten the mystery. Flying Deuces (comedy) like a musical, relies on a high-key lighting set-up, eliminating almost all shadows.

DVD / 2013 / () / 27 minutes

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HOW HOLLYWOOD DOES IT - FILM HISTORY & TECHNIQUES: MISE-EN-SCENE

Mise-en-scene looks at how filmmakers make decisions about what is put before the camera. It includes costumes, props, set design, positioning of actors and much more. Mise en scene is a term that refers to all visual elements that appear within each frame of a motion picture. Without various features of mise en scene, a moving picture would consist of only a series of flickering black or light-infused frames, since even a colored screen would provide visual information that some might consider an element of mise en scene. A French phrase which translates roughly as ?placed on stage, Mise-en-scene is a broad concept often difficult to define for film because it only exists when considering a combination of elements within the frame or camera's eye. Basically, anything to be filmed the setting, the costumes and make-up, the movement, facial expression, and position of actors on screen, and some elements of lighting is considered mise en scene. The concept of mise en scene for film shares a lot with theater production in that props, sets and blocking of actors are all deliberately chosen for particular effects, although the physical space of the stage and theater often limit or dictate how mise en scene is perceived by an audience. Features the Western, Angel and the Badman, silent film, Caligari, costuming Cyrano de Bergerac and lighting (an air of mystery) Film Noir.

DVD / 2013 / () / 28 minutes

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HOW HOLLYWOOD DOES IT - FILM HISTORY & TECHNIQUES: SOUND

Sound investigates the various types of sound, how they are recorded, and how they are incorporated in a film. Besides the visuals in moving pictures, sound also contributes to part of those magical effects. This program will focus on sound design and how life can be breathed into a project through the use of carefully selected and carefully placed sounds. When we think about or talk about them, we can categorize all sounds into one of three categories: dialogue or voice, music, and sound effects. Sound effects can be sounds that occur naturally within the film itself or sounds that add to the overall impact that the film presents. Music is quite often not part of the film itself, but a musical track that adds to the mood of the film. Both music and sound effects are usually classified as either diegetic or non-diegetic sounds. Simply put, non-diegetic sounds are those which do not occur within the film, while diegetic sounds occur inside of the film's action. This program features diegetic and non-diegetic music in the 1950 film D-O-A Atmospheric sound known as foleying in Meet John Doe and manufactured sound elements (suspenseful mood music, a ray gun emission, the whirling of flying spaceships) in the 1953 Killers From Outer Space.

DVD / 2013 / () / 27 minutes

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VIDEOMAKER: ADVANCED LIGHTING FOR VIDEO

This program gives you tips on setting up a studio, how to cleverly light products, how to light car interiors, ways to get over the challenge of lighting at night, and how to hide your fixtures when shooting a wide shot. Using this knowledge, you should be able to light scenes that look as good as those in the movies! Lighting controls the way we see the world. It can also cause the difference between a great looking image and a mediocre one. Teaches: Setting up a Studio, Studio Lighting, Product Lighting, Lighting Car Interiors, Lighting Night Scenes, Lighting Wide Shots.

DVD / 2012 / () / 31minutes

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VIDEOMAKER: DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION - THE SHOOT

The shoot is an important part to any documentary. It's where all your hard work in the planning stage pays off. To make your project better, we show you how to get location access, prepare and direct great interviews, set up a good lighting scene, and follow good policies for capturing B-roll and sound. These tips will help you make your documentary both compelling and professional. Teaches: Getting Location Access, Preparing for Interviews, Directing Interviews, Capturing B-roll, Common Lighting Setups, Field Sound Recording.

DVD / 2012 / () / 34 minutes

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VIDEOMAKER: HOW TO - FIX IT IN POST

We've all had to work with footage that was far from perfect. Most video can use a bit of help in post production, especially if a shoot didn't go quite right. Learn how to give your footage a continuous look by color correcting, deinterlacing, and converting frame rates. Find out how to fix shaky footage and bad audio, and even remove objects from a scene. Use these tricks and every shot can live up to its potential you imagined. This training DVD demonstrates techniques that can be achieved using most any mid/high range editing software. Teaches How To: Color Correct Video, Deinterlace Footage, Fix Shaky Footage, Get Rid of Hiss and Hum in Audio, Convert Frame Rates, Get Rid of Unwanted Objects in Footage.

DVD / 2012 / () / 44 minutes

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VIDEOMAKER: SPECIAL EFFECTS BASIC TRAINING

Making movie-like special effects doesn't have to be difficult. Our experts show you how easy it is to make your own using 6 step-by-step training tutorials! Learn how to make realistic blood, design elements, light sabers, and more. Teaches: Basic Movie Effects, Creating Fake Blood, Design Elements: Ink Drops and Spreads, Stop-Motion Light Painting, Light Saber FX, Simple Special FX (realistic looking rain, shoot during the day to make it look like night).

DVD / 2012 / () / 26 minutes

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FILMMAKING STUDIES - FILMMAKING 101: STAGELINE CROSSING

By Mark Morris

Good filmmaking is no accident. Everyone involved in the making of a good film, in front of and behind the camera, needs to follow certain basic steps in order to be sure the story being told is captured properly. One important step to understand and to avoid is crossing the 180 degree or stage line, which is the main purpose of this visual how-to. Here the producer uses a film-within-a-film style, the setting of a U.S. Civil War surrender with a battalion of re-enactment actors, a quality ante-bellum location, a steadicam, a flash pot, an authentic soundtrack, animation, graphics, some magical effects, and a tongue-in-cheek editing "angel" to stop a fight between the writer and the director of the film to deliver a fun lesson in camera placement, camera movement, actor blocking, cutaways, and 4 tricks to avoiding jump cuts.


DVD / 2011 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 14 minutes

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VIDEO PRODUCTION: CREATING ACTION VIDEOS

From shooting fight scenes to perfecting your action scene transitions, this program demonstrates many ways to help you create and improve your Action Videos.

Teaches:
~ Shooting Fight Scenes
~ Gun Muzzle Flashes
~ Action Scene Transitions
~ The 24p Film-Look Effect
~ Compositing Sets with Images & Video
~ Camera Angles & Techniques


DVD / 2010 / () / 28 minutes

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VIDEO PRODUCTION: FIELD AUDIO

Essential techniques on capturing audio for video. Learn how to place microphones for interviews and events. Tips on using wireless lavaliere microphones, hidden microphones, boom microphones and digital video recorders. From mic placement to understanding wireless technology, this collection combines many techniques to get you started with capturing Field Audio!

Teaches:
~ Interview Miking
~ Live Event Miking
~ Using a Boom Mic
~ Using a Filed Mixer
~ Lavaliere Mic Placement
~ Camera Audi Control
~ Wireless Mic Technology
~ Headphone Tips
~ Best Mic Cheats
~ Foley Sound Effects


DVD / 2010 / () / 43 minutes

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VIDEO PRODUCTION: ONLINE VIDEO

Online Video Production gives you new insight into creating video projects for online video sharing sites. As an extra bonus, the DVD comes with several of Videomaker's best articles (in .pdf format) with specific interest to creators of online video, including compression techniques, shooting video for the web and online video marketing advice. This DVD will help you get the best out of internet video!

Teaches:
~ History of Online Video
~ Capturing Video For The Web
~ Online Video
~ Equipment, Web Cams
~ Video Compression For The Web
~ Uploading Videos
~ Video Marketing Strategies


DVD / 2010 / () / 32 minutes

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VIDEO PRODUCTION: SPECIAL EFFECTS

Learn classic special effects used by Hollywood FX creators. From glitter FX to making bullet holes, fake fire and safely running your actor down by a car, this DVD takes your special effects skills to a higher level. With creativity & knowledge you can incorporate some big budget Hollywood techniques using low budget camera tricks and editing software. Discover how to use green screen effects to put your characters in any setting. As a special bonus we have included step-by-step screen recorded presentations of how we produced some of these special effects using Adobe premiere, Adobe Photoshop, and Particle Illusion.

Teaches:
~ Natural Transition FX
~ Creating Sound FX - Foley Style
~ Green Screen Magic Glitter FX
~ Earthquake FX
~ Creating Fire with Software
~ Hit By A Car
~ Gunshot Special FX
~ The Bullet Hole FX


DVD / 2010 / () / 25 minutes

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DIGITAL CINEMA FILMMAKERS TRAINING COURSE: DIOPTERS & FILTERS

Focuses on Diopters, and Filters with Bill Turner from Schneider Optics. Learn how to modify a fixed-lens camera with a wider wide angle and a deeper telephoto. Teaches how to use Wide Angle Adapters and Converters, as well as Telephoto Converters and their differences. Learn how to film just one part of a face, like lips or eyes and how to make a penny fill the frame. Plus how to protect your camera from misuse of large converters. Using filters, learn how to darken a bright sky to get it within the dynamic range of HDV, but not affect the rest of the scene, how to see through reflections, how to darken the overall scene to allow a wider aperture for shallower depth of field.

Teaches: Wide and TeleConverters, Adapters, 4x4 Filters Polarizers, Graduated ND Filters, Color Filters and much more.


DVD / 2006 / () / 35 minutes

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DIGITAL CINEMA FILMMAKERS TRAINING COURSE: GELS & LIGHTING MODIFIERS

Focuses on Gels and Lighting Modifiers with Joel Svendsen from Rosco Gels. Pro crew rely on color gels for correcting instruments or creating a mood. But it's complex. Which type of gel do you use? How much color temperature correction is necessary? Do you match an HMI instrument with the window or the other tungsten instruments? How does gelling an instrument differ from Digital HD to Film? How do you safely use gels? What options are there in color and and mood? Both Straw and Amber gels cause a mathematical warming shift in the color temperature, so why are there two different types?

Teaches: Correction Gels, Film vs. Video Intensities, Color Effect Gels, Modifiers for Stage Lights, Daylight Balance Gels, Tungsten Balance Gels and much more.


DVD / 2006 / () / 43 minutes

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DIGITAL CINEMA FILMMAKERS TRAINING COURSE: INTERMEDIATE AUDIO MODULE

The Intermediate Audio Guide is a special focus on Microphones, Mixers, Recorders, Cables, and Wireless Systems. You may already know from the MP Command Course the basic principles of Audio, but this 5 part module goes much further using pro audio gear. Learn about Electret Mics, Dynamic Mics, Condenser Mics, Mixers, Lowcut and Pads, Hard Disk Recorders, Mic Suspension Mounts, Audio Snake Cables, Wireless Systems and much more. Pro Audio gear performs better, lasts longer, is more robust, generates less noise in the audio stream and offers much greater flexibility in controlling your sound. Learn the principles of recording "safe audio", from selecting the right location, to using the right mic for the job, to recording on CF cards or Hard Disk. All these points plus many more are addressed in this module.

Includes: Mics: Dynamic, Electret, Condenser , Dynamic Mics, Interview Mics, Interference Tube, Gaining Up Off-Axis Rejection, Mic Patterns, Cardioid Condenser Mics, Low-Cut Filter, -10dB Pad Accessories and General Usage such as Locations, Shock Mounts, Boom Poles, Handling Noise,"Fix it in Post", A.D.R, Foley, Wind Screens, Zeppelin Covers and Configurations, Pop Screens, Mixers and Media Recorders, I.F.B.: Internal Fold Back, Backing Up Audio Tracks, Mixers: Safe Audio,Multi-Pin Connectors (Beta Snakes), Mixer Types and Price Points, Mdia Recorders, Wireless and Wired Lavoliers, Wireless Systems, Multi-Channel Systems, Finding Open Frequencies, Driving a Transmitter "Hot", Headphones and Summary.


DVD / 2006 / () / 60 minutes

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DIGITAL CINEMA FILMMAKERS TRAINING COURSE: TRIPODS, BAGS & REFLECTORS

Focuses on Tripods, Bags and Reflectors with Mark Bender from Bogen Imaging. The more you use your pro camera, the more you find that it deserves a pro camera bags, specifically designed to safely and lightly carry cameras and accessories. Learn to pick the right type, and how to make it work for your projects. Also, learn how to setup and operate light and heavy tripods, the difference between friction and fluid heads and how to pick the right tripod to do the job. An added bonus is a section on reflector types, what uses they have and how to get the most out of them.

Teaches: Teaches Light Duty Tripods, Medium Duty Tripods, Heavy Capacity Tripods, Camera Bags, Reflectors and much more.


DVD / 2006 / () / 85 minutes

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CREW, THE - GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE FILM INDUSTRY: COSTUME, CAMERA & GRIP DEPARTMENTS

Costume Designer: Designs, creates, acquires and supervises the construction and fitting of all costumes and wardrobe. Works in consultation with the production designer and the director. Camera Operator: Responsible for the actual operation of the camera. 1st Assistant Camera: Responsible for adjusting the focus of the lens while filming. Also known as the focus puller. 2nd Assistant Camera: Responsible for marking the actor's places, slating, paperwork, dealing with film stock, camera equipment and the lab. Key Grip: The head of the grip department. Responsible for overseeing the moving and set-up of cameras, lights, dolly track and other equipment as needed.

Review
~ 3 Stars - Video Librarian


DVD / 2005 / () / 22 minutes

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CREW, THE - GO BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE FILM INDUSTRY: PROPS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR & CONTINUITY DEPARTMENTS

Props Master: Head of the props department. Responsible for obtaining and providing all items that a performer picks up and uses during a production. 1st Assistant Director: The person in charge of creating the schedule, running the set and keeping a certain pace during shooting. As the director's right hand, the 1st AD operates as the conduit between the crew and the director. Script Supervisor: The person in charge of making sure that continuity is adhered to throughout the filmmaking process. Script supervisors ensure that between takes and shoots, the background, props and actors, their clothes, makeup, hair and more are in the same state that they were in previous shots for a logical progression in the finished film.

Review
~ 3 Stars - Video Librarian


DVD / 2005 / () / 22 minutes

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