The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production (2nd New edition)

The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production (2nd New edition)

By: Anthony Q. Artis (author)Paperback

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To anyone who wants to make a doc but doesn't have a lot of time, money, or experience, Anthony Artis says: "It's time to get down and dirty!"-a filmmaking mentality that teaches you how to be creative with your resources and do more with less. Written by a guerrilla filmmaker for guerrilla filmmakers, this all new edition of a bestselling classic doesn't just tell you, it shows you how to make your projects better, faster, and cheaper and has been updated to include: Fresh coverage of DSLR cameras, new lighting gear, visual storytelling, postproduction techniques, and distribution in an online era. 500+ full color illustration, timesaving tips, and practical input from filmmakers that you can immediately apply to your own projects New sections on fundraising, choosing lenses, shooting internationally, the 4K format, shooting on iPhones, previsualization, wireless microphones, dolly and slider shots, staging remote interviews, transcripts, and more This bonus website ( features video and audio tutorials, storyboards, releases, equipment guides, and checklists. Hustle up a winning documentary crew and choose the right equipment for the job. Learn to shoot more polished, professional-looking footage and interviews on any budget, any camera, any time. Plan through all the obstacles, avoid common filmmaking pitfalls and tighten your lighting, audio, and visual storytelling skills before you hit the streets. The hotly anticipated second edition of The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide will help you do all this and more!

About Author

Anthony Q. Artis is a 20-year veteran of the film and TV industry whose features and TV shows have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the IFP Market, Slamdance, and Cinequest, as well as on MTV and the Independent Film Channel. He has worked professionally in positions as diverse as producer, gaffer, and cinematographer, and survived more low-budget shoots than he cares to admit. He remains an active filmmaker, Adjunct Professor of film and TV at NYU and is the author of the bestselling Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide (2007), The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide (2010) and numerous filmmaking courses on


CRAZY MAD THANX PREFACE INTRODUCTION 1-PREPRODUCTION GETTING STARTED . Learning the Filmmaking Process Film Books DVD Extras Podcasts Workshops Cable TV Instructional DVDs Web Sites Crewing Doing . Been There, Done That: Why Make a Documentary?-Albert Maysles . Doc Preproduction Introduction Documentary Goal GETTING THE IDEA . Brainstorming Your Idea . The Importance of Research . Been There, Done That: Research and Fact Checking-Safi ya Mcclinton . Interview Subjects . Approach and Storytelling . Been There, Done That: Concept and Storytelling-Sam Pollard . The Production Plan GETTING THE MONEY . Been There, Done That: How to Raise Money-Michelle Coe . Budgeting Your Doc Budgeting Forms Budgeting Software Estimating Costs . Hot Tip: 4 Common Budgeting Mistakes . Been There, Done That: Raising the M-O-N-E-Y-Rose Rosenblatt & Marion Lipschutz . Hot Tip: 10 Ways to Lower Your Budget . Where to Find Prices . Budgeting-A Final Word GETTING THE GEAR . Choosing an Equipment Package . Been There, Done That: Using and Learning the Tools of the Trade-Susan Buice and Arin Crumley . Video Formats 101 What's Up with High Def? . A Quick Lesson in Tech Video What Are Pixels? What Is Resolution? Progressive vs. Interlaced HDV Image Size and Resolution . Hot Tip: What to Look for in a Camera . The Guide to the Camera Guide . Camera Guide Key Canon 3-Chip Mini-DV Camera Guide JVC and Panasonic 3-Chip Mini-DV Camera Guide Sony 3-Chip Mini-DV Camera Guide . Buying vs. Renting . Hot Tip: Educational Equipment Access . Doc Equipment Packages . Hot Tip: 5 Tips for Traveling with Equipment . Before You Shoot Be Practical GETTING THE CREW . The Doc Crew . Good Crew, Bad Crew Introduction Good Crew Members Bad Crew Members . Been There, Done That: The Producer-Director Relationship-Christina Dehaven . Assembling a Crew . The Crew Meeting . Feeding the Crew . Hot Tip: 5 Down and Dirty Food Ideas 2-LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION MANAGING LOCATIONS . Shooting on Location Managing Arrangements with Your Subjects Interview Locations . Location Management 101 Introduction . Sensitive Location Overview . PR Reps and Media Liaisons LOCATION LOGISTICS . Hot Tip: How Not to Get Your Camera Jacked Dealing with PR Reps and Other Media Liaisons Doc Location Ethics The Exception to the Rule . Been There, Done That: Being Prepared for Remote Locations-Alrick Brown and Micah Schaffer . Transportation Considerations . Hot Tip: Stealth Shooting Tactics 101 OTHER LOCATION ISSUES . Location Releases and Insurance Location Releases Location Insurance . Insurance Issues Do You Really Need Insurance? Shooting Without Insurance . Hot Tip: Shooting in Da 'Hood 3-IMAGE CONTROL AND CAMERA WORK IMAGE BASICS . Basics of Image Control Introduction . Focus Hallmark of the Pros Common Focus Hazards . Exposure Light Is Good Aperture and F-Stops . Zebra Stripes and Gain Your Friend the Zebra Stripes Using Gain to Boost Exposure . Color Temperature Color Temperature Basics (Very Basic) . White Balance When to White Balance White Balance Special Effects Mixed Sun and Indoor Lighting . Shutter Speed Basics Motion and Shutter Speed . Shutter Speed and Movement BEYOND THE BASICS . Hot Tip: Creating a "Film Look" . Manual vs. Auto Functions Use Manual Controls . When to Use Auto Functions Auto Zoom vs. Manual Zoom Surprises and Panics Run-and-Gun Shooting . Been There, Done That: Capturing Truth-Albert Maysles . Using the Zoom Control Adjusting Your Shot Using the "Digital Zoom" Function . Handheld Secrets of the Pros Forget the Tripod and Go Handheld Handheld Editing Considerations Motivation and Style . Handheld Camera Positions OTHER CAMERA CONSIDERATIONS . Using Tripods Introduction General Tripod Tips . Pre-Roll and End-Roll Pre-Roll and End-Roll for Each Shot . Set Recording Protocol . Color Bars Why You Should Use Color Bars How to Adjust NTSC Color Bars . Labeling Tapes Pre-Labeling Blank Tapes Record Tabs . Hot Tip: Cleaning Your Lens 4-LIGHTING SAFETY AND TOOLS . Electricity and Safety Electricity Considerations Safety Considerations . Lighting Safety Tip Sheet . How Not to Blow A Circuit . Lighting Tools of the Trade 3- AND 4-POINT LIGHTING . Interview Lighting Setups Introduction Learning and Mastering the Craft . The Key Light Light Setting Up Your Key Light . Hair Light and Backlight Hair Light Background Light The Cookie Effect . The Fill Light Fill Light Alternatives . Controlling Light Intensity . Down and Dirty DV Gel Guide . Anatomy of an Interview Kit . Hot Tip: 3 Tips for Shooting in Low Light . Miscellaneous Lighting Tips . Setting Up Lights in 5 Easy Steps . Lighting Cookbook Practical Lighting Setup 4-Point Lighting Setup Simple Lighting Setup Window Lighting Setup Anonymous Lighting Setup 2-Subject Light Setup Blacklight Setup 5-SOUND RECORDING SOUND TOOLS OF THE TRADE . Basic Sound Package . Intermediate Sound Package . Microphones-Boom Mics Introduction Boom Mics . 8 Quick Tips aor Better Booming . Good Boom, Bad Boom . Booming Technique . Microphones-Lavs and Handhelds Lavalier Mics Handheld Mics Wireless Mics . Mounting a Lav Mic Handling Subjects RECORDING TECHNIQUES . Hot Tip: 2 Subjects, but only 1 Lav Mic . The Right Mic for the Job . Recording Sound Levels Riding Levels Where Should Your Needle Peak? Beware of Prosumer Camera Audio Meters . Why Use a Mixer? . Using a Field Mixer . Other Mixer Features Limiter Lo-Cut Filter Pan Knob Monitor In Tone Generator Slate . 5 Sound Rules to Live By . Location Sound Recording Don't Just Look, Listen to Your Location . Location Sound Hazards OTHER SOUND TYPE STUFF . Down and Dirty DV Cable Guide . Miscellaneous Sound Tips Breakaway Cables Coiling Cables Hiding Mics . How to Use Sound Blankets Shooting in Rooms with Echo How to Eggroll a Sound Blanket 6-COMPOSITION AND COVERAGE WHAT IT LOOK LIKE? . Aspect Ratios Which Aspect Ration Should You Shoot? Widescreen Options . Shooting Widescreen DV . Hot Tip: Down and Dirty Widescreen . Composition Basics Introduction . Composition Tricks Hiding Undesirable Backgrounds Cheating Backgrounds . Lens Focal Length . Telephoto and Wide-Angle Lenses . Don't Just Tell 'Em, Show 'Em The Audience Wants to See Your Story POV Shots Put the Audience There . The Visual Language of Docs Cover Your Scene (and Your Butt) Establishing Shots The Establishing Sequence Wide Shots (WS) Medium Shots (MS) Close Ups (CU) 1-Shots 2-Shots Over the Shoulder Shots Reaction/Reverse Shots Dutch Angles Dolly Shots The Full Tilt Boogey Dramatic Zooms Executing the Move Cutaways . Storytelling and Cutaways How to Shoot Cutaways MORE VISUAL STORYTELLING TOOLS . Your B-Roll Is Your "A" Roll . Been There, Done That: Doc Storytelling with Animation-John Canemaker . Depth-of-Field Demystified Racking Focus . Hot Tip: Shallow Depth-of-Field . 10 Tips for Shooting Live Events 7-INTERVIEW PREP BEFORE THE INTERVIEW . All About Interviews Introduction Get Yourself Together . Final Preparations Equipment Prep Travel . Arriving at Location Setup Time Warm 'Em Up . Choosing Interview Backgrounds Storytelling Through Framing Using Props and Cheating Background Using Depth and Busy Backgrounds . Hot Tip: Easy Do-It-Yourself Backdrops MAKING THEM LOOK GOOD . Positioning and Eyeline Subject Positioning Interviewer Positioning and Eyeline . How Do I Look? Clothing . Video Clothing Issues . Fixing Faces . Hot Tip: Easy Powder Makeup WORKING WITH SUBJECTS . Talent Releases Get a Signed Talent Release Form Getting Release from Major Figures Verbal Releases . Been There, Done That: Fair Subject Portrayal and Releases-Albert Maysles . Briefing Your Subject . Instructing Subjects . Hot Tip: Keepin' It "Real" . Been There, Done That: When Subjects Want to Walk-Rose Rosenblatt & Marion Lipschutz 8-CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS INTERVIEW QUESTIONS . Asking Questions and Responding Introduction . Form of Questions . Logical Order of Questions INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES . Been There, Done That: Interviewing Resistant Subjects-Safi ya McClinton . Hot Tip: How to Work a Press Conference . Interview Preparation and Warm Up Brainstorm and Write Out Your Questions Warm 'Em Up . Listening Skills . Responding to Your Subject . Been There, Done That: The Thin Line of Exploitation-Sam Pollard . The Soapbox Question . Hot Tip: Interviewing Celebrities . Monitoring Technical Issues Interrupting Your Interview to Solve Problems Using a Monitor and Headphones Other Things to Look Out For . Interview Hazards . The Wrap Out Before You Call a "Wrap" Thank Everyone.Profusely Packing Up 9-POST-PRODUCTION PREPARING TO EDIT . The Post-Production Process It's All About Post . Viewing & Taking Notes Viewing All Your Footage . Logging Footage Why We Log Organizing Your Shots The Log Sheet Technological Advances in Logging . Hot Tip: "Automatic" Tape Logging . Transcribing Interviews EDITING ISSUES . Who Should Edit Your Film? . Been There, Done That: Working with Editors-Sam Pollard . Time Code and DV Tapes A Quick Lesson on DV Tape Time Code Problems . Stock Footage and Music . Been There, Done That: 7 Commandments of Archival Footage-Rick Prelinger GETTING IT OUT THERE . Hot Tip: 5 Reasons to Get Down with Podcasting and Video Sharing . Been There, Done That: Finding an Audience Online-Susan Buice and Arin Crumley . Film Festival Strategy . Been There, Done That: Passion, Business & Filmmaking-Adrian Belic . 7 Ways to Work a Film Festival . Been There, Done That: How to Hustle at Sundance-Rebekah Sindoris and Christie Pesicka ANTHONY'S RECOMMENDED READS GLOSSARY INDEX About the Author Book and DVD Credits

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  • ISBN13: 9780240824154
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 400
  • ID: 9780240824154
  • weight: 721
  • ISBN10: 0240824156
  • edition: 2nd New edition

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