Higher Education

Film Production Technique: Creating the Accomplished Image, 6th Edition

  • Bruce Mamer
  • ISBN-10: 0840030916  |  ISBN-13: 9780840030917
  • 528 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2006, 2003
  • © 2014 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $191.50
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About

Overview

FILM PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE (FPT): CREATING THE ACCOMPLISHED IMAGE, 6e, is aimed at the basic production course taken by radio/tv/film majors. FPT, 6e, delivers a technical and aesthetic introduction to media production that couples video production techniques with strong emphasis on incorporating motion picture film into a project's workflow. The text serves as a primer for all students, but is especially valuable to those students with limited background in the field of media production. FPT, 6e explores cutting-edge technologies as well as traditional Hollywood techniques, covering lighting, cameras, editing, crew organization, and the production process. It also lays out the basic, conventional approach to scene structure in a straightforward and methodical manner.

Features and Benefits

  • The sixth edition continues to explore the relationship of film and video during preproduction, production, and production.
  • Emphasizing the Hollywood style of filmmaking, FILM PRODUCTION TECHNIQUE: CREATING THE ACCOMPLISHED IMAGE, Sixth Edition, is organized around five sections that focus on producing a film from start to finish: Blocking for the Camera, The Camera, Video and Sound, Lighting and Exposure, and Editing.
  • The text focuses on film and explores current digital camera technologies.
  • Offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of film production techniques, the text addresses both tradition/conventional film edit and film-to-video transfer and digital nonlinear editing.
  • Drawing from the author's vast experience in the professional filmmaking market, the text includes up-to-the-minute coverage of the current technologies.

Table of Contents

PART I: BLOCKING FOR THE CAMERA.
1. Creating the Shots.
2. Constructing the Scene.
3. Crew Organization.
4. Previsualization.
PART II: THE CAMERA.
5. The Camera Body.
6. The Lens.
7. Capturing the Film Image.
8. The Video Camera.
PART III: SOUND.
9. Video Origination and Film Transfer.
10. Sound.
11. Composition.
PART IV: LIGHTING AND EXPOSURE.
12. Concepts and Equipment.
13. Exposure and Latitude.
14. Planning the Lighting.
15. Executing the Lighting.
PART V: EDITING.
16. Principles, Procedures, and Equipment.
17. Cutting Picture and Sound.
18. Finishing Film/Finishing Video.

What's New

  • In order to reflect the impact of the recent DSLR revolution, more digital camera technologies are discussed, including high end cameras such as the Red and the Alexa, as well as some of the Sony models.
  • A new chapter entirely devoted to digital video provides students insight into the changing industry.
  • Chapter 10 has been extensively reworked to include updated information on digital audio information in order to reflect the current realities of the industry.
  • A revised Chapter 18 includes discussions of workflows and expanded coverage of the digital intermediate process.
  • Chapters have been reorganized to follow a more natural flow of film production.
  • Chapters on the technical characteristics of video will fully address transferring film to video, further considerations of matchback information, and the possible pitfalls of transferring video into nonlinear editing systems.
  • Explanations of workflows and the integration of films and video have been updated.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Bruce Mamer

Bruce Mamer's experience stretches across academia and the professional filmmaking market. Over the last 30 years, Mamer has freelanced with various lighting, shooting, and sound crews. In addition, he has directed many social service, documentary, and fictional film and video projects. Mamer taught film and video production for more than 25 years and is currently writing freelance on film and video topics, as well as rekindling an old love affair with still photography--working in both film and digital formats (http://jmlfoto.com). Up to date with the technology in his field, Mamer is very good at boiling down complex technical concepts and communicating them in a way that students can fully understand.