Preface: Fifth Edition

Since the fourth edition, the range of options available for the beginning filmmaker has multiplied tenfold. High definition (HD) has integrated itself firmly into production, distribution, and exhibition. Professional postproduction software once linked to an editing system that filled a room can now be loaded onto a laptop. Essentially, anyone with a digital camera and a laptop is able to create a film that has the look and feel of a professional product.

Equally noteworthy, social networking channels such as YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Vimeo, Twitter, etc. have altered the communication landscape. Broadband has helped usher in a true “Convergence of Media.”

While film as a capture medium is still valid in today’s market, ...

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