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Photocine: Digital Filmmaking with DSLRS

Book Description

The advent of the inclusion of high-definition video capabilities in SLR cameras has resulted in a radical leap forward for the photography industry. This simple innovation is bringing photographers to the gates of Hollywood with the potential to create influential commercials and short films without having to secure a studio movie deal. This book offers photographers the definitive guide to confidently move forward into this awesome new genre as they retool their skill set to meet the industry demand for DSLR video, From the technical aspects of setting up your camera, to getting the right gear, to learning to write a treatment, this book is here to demystify DSLR filmmaking. The book includes interviews with some of Hollywood's best-known names, such as cinematographer Gale Tattersall, writer Craig Titley, Executive Producer Greg Yaitanes of TV's House M.D., and rock-and-roll photographer Greg Watermann, as well as tips from Shane Hurlbut, ASC. Welcome to filmmaking for photographers, and anyone else who wants to shoot DSLR video.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. About the Authors
  3. Introduction
  4. 1. HDSLR Camera History
    1. The Short That Started It All
    2. Panasonic Enters the Ring
    3. And the Market Followed
    4. Canon Didn’t Know What It Had
    5. Yeah, but Where’s the Story?
  5. 2. Achieving the Film Look
    1. Shallow Depth of Field
    2. 180-Degree Shutter
    3. 24fps
  6. 3. Limitations of Using HDSLRs in Filmmaking
    1. Form Factor
    2. Fine Focus Control
    3. Limited Recording Time
    4. HDMI Output
    5. Compression
    6. Audio Limitations
  7. 4. Lenses
    1. Cinema Lenses
    2. Lens Modifications
  8. 5. Monitor Overview
    1. LCD Viewfinder Loupe
    2. Battery-Powered External LCD Monitors
    3. Wireless Monitoring
    4. Ethernet Bridge
  9. 6. Support Systems
    1. Beanbags
    2. Support Rigs and Rails
    3. GunCam
    4. Sliders, Gliders, and Dollies
  10. 7. Sound
    1. Definition of XLR Cable and Photo
    2. Dual Sound
      1. Editing Your Sounds
      2. Adding a Microphone
      3. Using Headphones
  11. 8. Understanding Formats and Codecs
    1. H.264 Tastes like Chicken
    2. Transcoding Your Video Files
    3. The Video Workflow Chain
      1. Workflow for the Everyman
      2. Finding the Best Approach
      3. The Takeaway
  12. 9. Camera Setup: Canon 5D Mark II for Video
    1. Native ISO
    2. Camera Menu Items from Left to Right
      1. Quality
      2. White Balance
      3. Picture Style
      4. Auto Power
      5. Format
      6. LCD Brightness
      7. Live View/Movie Functions
      8. AF Mode
      9. Movie Rec Size
      10. Sound Recording
      11. Star Menu
  13. 10. On-Set File Handling
  14. 11. Getting into the Edit
    1. Converting Your DSLR Footage to Editable Files
      1. Using the Canon EOS Plug-In
      2. Using Apple Compressor
    2. Editing Your Files
  15. 12. Transcoding and Encoding for Ingestion and Output
    1. Picking the Best Tool for the Job
    2. Uploading Dailies
  16. 13. Video Editing
    1. Modern Editing
    2. Understanding the Editing Process
    3. Editing and Synching the Sound
      1. Manually Lining Up Your Audio
      2. Lining Up Your Audio Using Software
  17. 14. Finishing Work
    1. Finishing Is a Creative Process
      1. Using Magic Bullet Looks
      2. Using Adobe After Effects
      3. Mixing Sound and Music
  18. 15. Crafting the Story
    1. Stories Are Everywhere
    2. The Hero with a Thousand Faces
      1. The Road of Trials and Tribulations
      2. Achieving the Goal and Returning Home
    3. It’s Not Just the Writer and Director Who Care About Story Arc
    4. Is Story Everything?
  19. 16. Writing a Great Treatment
    1. Writing a Treatment
      1. Guideline One: Don’t Panic
      2. Guideline Two: Too Long Is as Bad as Too Short
      3. Guideline Three: Your Words Are the Right Words
      4. Guideline Four: Break It Up
      5. Guideline Five: Tone It Up
  20. 17. Writing a Screenplay
    1. So What’s Your Movie About?
    2. So How Do You Write a Screenplay?
    3. Maybe You’re Not a Writer
  21. 18. Directing
    1. Separation Anxiety
    2. Directing Styles
    3. Watching the Pros
    4. The Military Style of the Set
    5. Let Me Give That a Try
    6. Wanna Talk About It
    7. Let Me Tell You Why I’ve Asked You All Here Today
    8. Hire Good Captains
    9. Hire Good Lieutenants
    10. One Voice to Rule Them All
    11. Sometimes You Have to Be a Jerk
    12. I Want to Be Alone
  22. 19. Breaking into Motion Photography
    1. Getting Started Without Breaking the Bank
    2. Shooting Motion Magazines
    3. Getting Inspired by Others
    4. Creating Digital Signs
    5. Using Time Lapse Photography
  23. 20. One Man, One Camera, and the Video That Started a Paradigm Shift
    1. Going Beyond the Norm, and on a Budget
    2. Making Something Unique
    3. A New Paradigm
    4. Working with the New Norm
    5. What’s His Secret?
  24. 21. Avoiding Overproduction and Clichés
    1. Experience Your Topic First-Hand
      1. Adjusting for Time
      2. People Skills Do Help
    2. Avoiding Clichés, or Please Take Your Finger Out of Your Ear Because Hackers Aren’t That Fast
      1. Exceptions
    3. Experimentation Is Important
    4. A Last Word to Photographers