Digital Cinema Filmmakers' Training Course on HDD
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- 45 HOURS OF EDUCATIONAL TRAINING IN FILMMAKING.
- Focused on filmmaking savvy, wisdom, examples, demonstrations, tips and tricks.
- The most revolutionary training course you will ever own by people who work in Hollywood day in, day out.
- Learn Scriptwriting, Formatting, Editing, Camera Operation, Lighting, Exposure, Audio, and Directing, all focused on Digital Movies.
- Presented on an external USB Hard Disk (Specify MAC or PC)
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DCT-COMMAND/PLUS complete course on an external USB Hard Disk. Description: 45 HOURS OF EDUCATIONAL TRAINING IN FILMMAKING. Focused on filmmaking savvy, wisdom, examples, demonstrations, tips and tricks. The most revolutionary training course you will ever own by people who work in Hollywood day in, day out. Learn Scriptwriting, Formatting, Editing, Camera Operation, exposure, audio, and directing, 10-Point lighting, jargon and motive behind light sources, Quality, Quantity, Direction, and Color Composition: Thirds, Screen Mass, Triangular Dominance, Color Harmony, and Planar Separation. Lenses, Depth of Field, Shots, Axes of Motion, Makeup, Steadicam. directing, Acting, Blocking, Composition. Pro lighting. Fire-light, holiday lights, uncorrected fluorescents, flashlights, candles, lighting chrome weapons, and groups of actors at a card table scene. Digital Keying Guide teaches how to create believable Compositing images. Adv. Movie Production. Learn Set etiquette, communication, decision-making, and real-life production on a full feature film. Follow crew, cast, a passionate director, and a jovial producer. All the highs and lows, through their eyes. Share in triumphs, fatigue, illness, and shortage of hands. When you finish the last section of this series, your mind will be overloaded. You will never watch movies the same way again. Only the HDD will be provided. It contains digital media Only. No printed materials or optical CD/DVD media are included. Contents: DCT-GG Gear Guide 1-3 (11 hr) DCT-BP (4 hrs 9 mins) DCT-MP Movie Production 1-2 (4 hr 41 min) DCT-MP Movie Production 3-6 (5 hr 25min) DCT-LS Advanced Lighting Set (4 hr 20 min) DCT-Comp Digital Compositing (2 hr 50 min) DCT-A102 (60 mins) DCT-ATG (1 hr 45 mins) DCT-AMP 1-4 (6 hrs 40 mins) DCT-AMP 5-8 (5 hrs 56 mins) DCT-AMP 67-page detailed digital manual DCT-ATG Manual and transcript as pdf files DCT-PCD Prep CD as mp3 file
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The disks are laid out in an extremely effective way. What they do is teach you how to make a movie while a professional crew sets up each shot. As they work, each professional talks to you about the equipment they are setting up, why they are doing it, why that particular model/brand of equipment, how to do it safely, and so on. Each of the people setting up the various shots is an industry professional and it's amazing to see how efficiently they work. Also as they work, the narrator walks you through various practical tips and theories that help you tie everything together.
These DVDs are the closest thing to learning by working on a real set. However if you were working on a real set, nobody would have the time to keep explaining things to you. Also, you'd be stuck doing only one or two specific tasks vs. learning the entire range of skills needed on the set.
This is the best practical resource for filmmakers you'll ever find. You could literally watch these disks, skip film school, and then learn by making your own movies.
The course did cover enough material so anyone could get a good grasp of a complete shoot and it will undoubtely help. You will still need to get additional information about editing and legal to complete your shoot ready education. I have done another dvd course at 1/4 the cost of this one. I got almost nothing from that course except 4 or 5 notes to add to my book. For me the cost of this course was worth the price and I would recommend it to someone with little or basic knowledge of film that wants to cram for an business, indy or documentary shoot.
Sticking with lighting for a moments, it's amazing that in the Gear Guide they take you to the Vice Presidents of the companies who make the products and they demonstrate how to use it all. Now yes, being the vice president of the company they'll say only nice things about their products but that doesn't change the fact that they're teaching you how to use that product correctly. But really... Arri is THE lighting company in the industry, so there's a 99.9% chance you'll use em anyway - because they're great!
There is no wasted time here. They pump out the information at a brisk pace, but it was never too fast for me. And if it ever got too fast I could rewind.
They show you every conceivable angle from behind the scenes to know what they were doing. They freeze the footage of the BTS camera and use graphic overlays to point out important things, direction of light/camera/dolly etc.
I went to film school. So I am in a position to compare these DVDs to real film school. The information you get is as much as you'd get in college, no question. I can assure you. Even more so in some instances if the college you're considering doesn't have ARRI employees there to talk to you about it. I went to college in New York City and was given the gift of visiting the Arri house and the Panavision house. That was absolutely a college bonus. But this DVD series found the best way one could ever match that, and that's to take their cameras there and record it and give it to you.
One piece of advice: don't expect to watch these all the way through without stopping. It'll be information overload. Spread these DVDs out. If you can, try out the things you're learning before moving on. It's fun!
This is most certainly worth the investment. I mean come on, only $529? There is video editing software that's more expensive than that (Imagineer Systems' "Mocha" tracking software - sells for $1,495 and Adobe's Media Composer sells a download version for $2,295).
There are other training DVDs lasting only an hour that cover just a fraction of what they cover here for $99. There are 6- DVD sets like Hollywood Camera Works which I've seen in it's entirety as well that sells for a bit less ($329 on their site as of this review) that while going into MUCH greater detail on camera movements still say NOTHING about lighting, directing, writing, and the host of other things that the Digital Cinema Filmmaking DVD series teaches you.
So understand, the information in these DVDs are worth FAR more than the price they are asking. I'm not even sure how they figured out how to sell the DVD's this low.
Bottom line: If you wan't to learn a great deal on how to make movies well and can not afford film school, this is a solid, acceptable, and even encouraged alternative.
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