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DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish (O'Reilly Digital Studio) Paperback – January 21, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0596008482 ISBN-10: 0596008481 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: O'Reilly Digital Studio
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596008481
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596008482
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,903,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Learn the nuts and bolts of planning, production, post-production and distribution for your own DV film project.

About the Author

Ian David Aronson is a media producer and scholar who lives in New York City. He is a 1997 graduate of the Stanford University Master's Program in Documentary Film and Video, and author of O'Reilly's DV Fillmaking: From Start to Finish. Aronson is also the director/producer of digitaldocumentary.org, which produces social issue documentary and educational media in a variety of electronic formats. His current production, Mi Querida America, follows a group of immigrant teens through their first year of high school in Manhattan and is intended for distribution via DVD and broadband Internet. From 2001 to 2004 Aronson served as Assistant Professor of Digital Media at Ramapo College. He is currently earning a doctorate in the highly selective Educational Communication and Technology program at New York University. Before attending Stanford he worked as a public radio producer and a stringer for The New York Times.


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I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in digital video.
Twombly
DV Filmmaking for Ian David Aronson gives you in 18 chapter a coverage for the production, post-production and distribution process of the digital film making.
Rafiq Elmansy
I was very impressed with the depth and breadth of content in this book.
ueberhund

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Finn Gregory on June 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
Up front: I liked this book. However, I don't think the blurb or other reviews give a very accurate picture of it.

Good points:

- The book gives a very good general overview of all the steps involved in a DV production.

- It goes into quite a lot of detail on the editing and post-production side, especially for green/bluescreen projects.

- It's recent (pretty much current at the time of writing this review).

- Great layout, easy to read, good included materials.

On the down side:

- On the production side, it's too general for anyone but the absolute beginner.

Personally, I was more interested in the hands-on aspects of production. Things like setting up good three-point lighting, framing, camera and boom handling, shock-mounting and wind-gagging mics, balancing a tripod head, and so on. The type of things that pro's learn with experience, and would be valuable to hand down to relative beginners. Things like essential gear lists for different types of shooting, and what to look for in tripods, mics, filters, etc. specifically for DV cameras, would have also been very useful to me. You will find very little of the above in this book.

As I result, I think the "From Start to Finish" subtitle is a bit of a misnomer (hence only 3 stars). The "Start" and "Finish" parts are fine - it's the middle that is lacking depth. If you're coming to the field absolutely cold, or are more interested in editing (especially with alpha-channels), this book is very good.

However, if your needs sound similar to mine, you may want to investigate more production-oriented titles.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ueberhund VINE VOICE on April 21, 2006
Format: Paperback
Are you an aspiring filmmaker? Do you want to create films, but aren't sure where to start? Are you currently an amateur filmmaker, but need to tune some of your skills? This book doesn't just show you how to be a filmmaker, it lets you follow along with sample projects on the included CD.

Most of the book concentrates on producing good video. The author discuss topics including lighting, special effects, sound and sound editing, nonlinear editing, compositing images, and color correction. I was most impressed with the examples in the book, which illustrate many of the concepts with a sample movie project (which can be found on the accompanying CD-ROM), or discuss how a familiar movie utilized the concept (e.g. color matching in Open Water). These types of illustrations really make the filmmaking concepts come alive.

The last section of the book discusses how to release your finished product. Once the film editing is complete, the book discusses how to distribute your film-perhaps on DVD, perhaps with 5.1 sound-and what some of the ins and outs of each option are. Finally, the author discusses the basics of negotiating a distribution deal for your film.

I was very impressed with the depth and breadth of content in this book. I would highly recommend it to any aspiring DV filmmaker.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jack D. Herrington on March 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is unusual in that it's not linked to any hardware or software, per se. With the exception that it's about digital video. That leaves a lot of room for putting in information about general practices for creating good video for setup, lighting, angles, shooting and more. The information on post production and editing is also excellent.

This is an good resource for anyone looking to create movies with digital video technologies.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Viriam S. Khalsa on April 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I am a novice filmmaker doing training and educational videos and have been reading several magazines for about a year or so, slowly expanding my skills and knowledge base. Ian Aronson's book DV Filmmaking was perfect for presenting the wide range of essential topics in an easy to read and understandable whole. The book really is start to finish. I particularely liked Ian's inclusion of source materials to experiment on with the techniques being taught. I have read several video books and this is by far the best I have had the pleasure to read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Taylor on June 22, 2006
Format: Paperback
A great book!

"DV Filmmaking" is an excellent book for anyone who wants to go beyond the basics of digital video.

I recently completed a video-based project for my M.A. thesis, and used this book as my guide. Each time I encountered problems, this book gave me the answer. For example, after I shot, I noticed some severe lighting trouble in a few very important interviews and I started to panic because I didn't have enough time to shoot them again. I had more than three hours of interview footage that looked pale, shady, and just plain depressing. Frustrated, I opened this book. The solution was there, in the section on color correction!!! I could fix my footage so that it was not only usable but looked really good.

I also relied on the section on compression and encoding to make

professional quality video for the Internet (something I would not have been able to do otherwise).

This book covers all aspects of the video production process, from planning, to production, and distribution. I'd like to

recommend it to anyone who is new to the world of digital video, as well as people who want to take their work beyond the level of

point-and-shoot to make something really creative.
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