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Digital Filmmaking for Teens Paperback – December 8, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1592006038 ISBN-10: 1592006035 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: For Teens
  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (December 8, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592006035
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592006038
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,661,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–The highlight of this guide is the DVD included in the package with which one can watch some films made by teens in a workshop in New York. One of the first pieces of advice is that the majority of filmmaking time will be spent editing. Knowing this information makes the film samples even more fascinating and the contents are given perspective, for only 2 of the 10 chapters are specifically about shooting the film. The other sections describe equipment, storyboarding, lighting, planning, editing, adding music, and releasing the film. Chapters are organized into a series of how-to instructions embedded with definitions, tips, and notes. Images and components seem contradictorily static and colorless for a catalyst for creativity; however, the instructions and suggestions are meticulously documented and easy to follow. This book is for novices and for filmmakers who wish to learn a bit more, and could serve as a superb guide for filmmaking at home or as a text for a class. Teens are the target audience, though this title will be useful to all who wish to produce their own digital movies.–Jodi Kearns, University of Akron, OH
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About the Author

Pete Shaner is a motion-picture write-director who has written and directed two independent features: Lover's Knot (starring Billy Campbell, Jennifer Grey, and Tim Curry) and Nicolas, a supernatural thriller (the first independent feature ever shot in 24P HD). In addition, he co-wrote and directed the second unit for the action movies Shootfighter and Shootfighter II. He also has written for the TV series JAG and worked as the on-set technical advisor for A Few Good Men. He teaches DV production and techniques at UCLA Extension.

Gerald Everett Jones has written more than 20 books on computer and business topics. His screenplay Ballpoint was accepted into the Screenwriter’s Lab of the Independent Feature Project/West. He is a past director of the Independent Writers of Southern California and is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writers Guild of America. Jones has professional expertise in computer graphics, industrial video, and Web site development and served as writer and executive producer of the InnRoom Shopping Network.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John Matlock on February 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
The technology has changed so that producing a movie is not (quite) the daunting task that it once was. Modern cameras and video editing software make the production of a movie far different than it was in the days of film. In fact, the authors recommend that you start with a quite basic camers. They are much easier to use, while the professional level cameras have so many controls and adjustments that using them becomes a task in itself.

The video editing software package that the authors use is based on the Apple computer (don't tell me you're surprised at this), but they also list several packages that run on Windows and which do a perfectly acceptable job of editing.

The CD that comes with the book contains a movie, the script and directors comments on that movie and video clips that you can use for practice editing. There are also several sound files suitable for editing. The demo software included on the disk is mostly Apple oriented.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By maximum verbosity TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 4, 2009
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I bought this for my son who loves to make movies for YouTube, etc. thinking he might find some fun tips to add a little something extra to his movies. Unfortunately, he wasn't impressed with this book. It would have been nicer if it had more quick to find tips that would peak his interest enough to read the "boring" technical text, but it didn't. This book would be better for kids taking a formal class in film making or something, not for kids who just want to add some cool effects to their fun movies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Akop Plavdjian on September 12, 2005
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I found the information in this book useful to me as an amateur filmmaker, but I believe that it would be just as useful to a starter. It's has both basic information as well as detailed explanations for the (amateur) teen filmmaker.
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