Higher Education

Digital Moviemaking, 7th Edition

  • Lynne S. Gross California State University, Fullerton
  • ISBN-10: 0495570508  |  ISBN-13: 9780495570509
  • 304 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2000
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $197.25



DIGITAL MOVIEMAKING guides students of any level through the technical and aesthetic aspects of moviemaking by highlighting the decisions that are made throughout the creative process as well as the strategies filmmakers develop to bring their vision to life. Throughout the text, author Lynn S. Gross emphasizes the directorial and storytelling functions of narrative film and beyond—from the forethought and care required for each facet of production to the technical information that anyone engaged in making movies should know. This edition reflects the rapidly-evolving nature of digital cinema, with new information on cutting-edge equipment, techniques, and formats that places students at the forefront of moviemaking today.

Features and Benefits

  • The text's organization balances the duality of the moviemaking process through the alternating presentation of a technical chapter followed by an aesthetic chapter.
  • A four-page, full-color insert illustrates the role of color in moviemaking, including example shots from modern movies that effectively use color and light.
  • Reflecting the most current technological trends in the field, DIGITAL MOVIEMAKING presents sections on authoring DVDs, using high-definition television equipment, and inexpensively creating visual effects.
  • A chapter on digital cinema titled "The Final Stages of Moviemaking" offers students suggestions for the distribution and exhibition of their movies, as well as information on how filters, color correction, and compositing are utilized in postproduction.
  • More than 15 downloadable forms useful for movie production are available on the Book Companion Website.

Table of Contents

1. Overview of Moviemaking.
2. Planning the Movie.
3. Cameras.
4. Approaches to Image Capturing.
5. Lighting.
6. Approaches to Lighting.
7. Microphones and Recorders.
8. Approaches to Sound Recording.
9. Directing.
10. Editing.
11. Approaches to Editing.
12. Enhanced Sound and Picture.
13. Approaches to Enhanced Sound and Picture.
14. The Final Stages of Moviemaking.

What's New

  • Discussions of new equipment such as the Red One camera, more efficient lights, and software for image stabilization and scene synching are incorporated throughout the text, offering students up-to-the minute information on the possibilities of modern moviemaking.
  • The authors have increased their focus on the aesthetic and practical considerations of every aspect of moviemaking, from multi-camera and fast camera shooting to high-definition television and editing visual effects.
  • This edition includes more information on modern forms of editing beyond typical Hollywood continuity editing, such as the increasing use of digital sound techniques.
  • The section on visual effects has been reorganized to reflect their importance in modern movies.
  • Students will discover updated information from the quickly-evolving area of digital cinema, as well as new considerations for mobile media.


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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495571334 | ISBN-13: 9780495571339)

Available through the companion website or your local sales rep, the Instructor's Manual provides chapter by chapter summaries, as well as an array of useful multiple choice and true/false test questions.

Instructor's Edition  (ISBN-10: 0495571369 | ISBN-13: 9780495571360)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Lynne S. Gross

Lynne Gross has taught radio-television production and theory courses at California State University, Fullerton (where she was Vice Chair of the Communications Department), Pepperdine University, Loyola Marymount University, UCLA, USC, and Long Beach City College. She is currently Associate Producer for the instructional video series "Journeys Below the Line" and in the past was Program Director for Valley Cable TV. She has served as Producer for several hundred television programs, including the series "From Chant to Chance" for public television, "Effective Living" for KABC, and "Surveying the Universe" for KHJ-TV. Her consulting work includes projects for Children's Broadcasting Corporation, RKO, KCET, CBS, the Olympics, Visa, and the Iowa State Board of Regents. In addition to her teaching and production work, Professor Gross has written eleven other books, as well as numerous journal and magazine articles, while remaining active in many professional organizations—including terms as a Governor of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and President of the Broadcast Education Association. She has received numerous professional awards, including the Rosebud Award for Outstanding Media Arts Professor in the California State University System, the Frank Stanton Fellow for Distinguished Contribution to Electronic Media Education from the International Radio and Television Society, and the Distinguished Education Service Award from the BEA.