The Digital Filmmaking Handbook, 4th Edition

  • Sonja Schenk
  • Ben Long
  • ISBN-10: 1435459113  |  ISBN-13: 9781435459113
  • 608 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006, 2002, 2000
  • © 2012 | Published
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THE DIGITAL FILMMAKING HANDBOOK, FOURTH EDITION is a comprehensive digital filmmaking resource for everyone--from beginners to professionals. This book guides you through the modern digital filmmaking workflow from initial concept to finished project and shows you all the tools that will make the process run smoothly and easily. Organized into three parts, just like a film shoot, the book covers preproduction, production, and postproduction. In the preproduction section, you'll go through the decisions necessary to start shooting: writing, technology basics, planning, scheduling, storyboarding, set design, and choosing a camera. Production covers the principal shoot of your project: lighting, using the camera, shooting, and recording production sound. And postproduction wraps up with workstations and equipment, organizing and media management, editing, sound design, color correction, titles, special effects, and delivery of the finished product. Completely revised to cover all the latest digital video technology and innovations, this fourth edition includes information on HD video, shooting with digital SLR cameras, workflows for tapeless recording, and much more. THE DIGITAL FILMMAKING HANDBOOK, FOURTH EDITION will help you navigate the ever-changing developments of new filmmaking technology while keeping the big picture in mind: storytelling.

Features and Benefits

  • Includes coverage of all the latest digital video technology and advances, including HD video, shooting with digital SLR cameras, workflows for direct-to-disc recording, and shooting and editing multi-camera projects.
  • Provides comprehensive coverage of all aspects of digital filmmaking, from initial concept to post-production.
  • End-of-chapter exercises and summaries help reinforce new material as it is learned.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Writing and Scheduling.
3. Video Technology Basics.
4. Choosing a Camera.
5. Planning Your Shoot.
6. Lighting.
7. Video Cameras.
8. Digital Still Cameras (DSLRs).
9. Shooting.
10. Production Sound.
11. Workstations and Hardware for Editing.
12. Editing Software.
13. Preparing to Edit.
14. Editing.
15. Sound Editing.
16. Color Correction.
17. Titling and Motion Graphics.
18. Output.
About the DVD.

What's New

  • Perfect for beginning and aspiring filmmakers.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sonja Schenk

Sonja Schenk is a director, producer, and writer based in Los Angeles. She directed the comedic feature film “The Olivia Experiment,” which will be released in theaters in 2014. She has been an executive producer of several popular television shows including “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” and “High School Reunion.” She began her career as a video artist and exhibited early works at the AFI Festival, Artists Space in New York, and New Langton Arts in San Francisco. After completing her MFA at USC in film, she edited documentaries for HBO, the BBC, Channel 4, Canal Plus and FX and also the indie feature “Britney Baby One More Time,” which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, the Rotterdam Film Festival, Outfest, Frameline and many others. She is currently developing a second narrative feature film and is also in preproduction on a documentary feature. She is also the author of Digital Non-Linear Desktop Editing and co-author of the earlier editions of The Digital Filmmaking Handbook.

Ben Long

Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer, writer, and teacher. The author of more than two dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he is also a senior contributing editor to Macworld magazine, a contributing editor at, and the author of several best-selling photography courses. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world, including workshops at the Santa Reparata International School of the Arts in Florence and a class for imaging engineers at Apple, Inc. He occasionally dabbles in computer programming and has written image editing utilities that are used by National Geographic, the British Museum, and the White House.