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iMovie® '09 & iDVD® '09® For Dummies® by Michael Cohen, Dennis Cohen

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Chapter 2. Creating and Assembling Your Source Material

If you don't have a script or a plan and aren't shooting your own video, but are just assembling existing material from other sources, feel free to skip over this chapter. However, if you're planning the next dramatic blockbuster or comedy tour-de-farce (pun intended), or just an organized event that has yet to occur (such as a sporting event, birthday party, or wedding), you can find material here to help you ensure that you don't forget something. In addition, we offer tips for taking better footage. The following discussions cover as many bases as possible, without delving into a complete rehash of Filmmaking For Dummies (Bryan Michael Stoller, Wiley Publishing). You might not need to heed all the advice, but you should at least consider each suggestion before dismissing it as overkill for your project.

In This Chapter

Planning Your Shoot

You might think that planning your shoot just involves giving your actors their scripts, stage directions, and a chance to rehearse, but that's just the tip of the iceberg!

Arranging the venue

Suppose that you're chronicling the nuptials of someone you really wish to please with your effort: Maybe they're paying you, or maybe you're giving them this effort as your wedding gift. The first things you need to consider are where you can set up, whether ...

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