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Desktop Cinema: Feature Filmmaking On a Home Computer

Desktop Cinema: Feature Filmmaking On a Home Computer

ISBN 13: 9781592009558

ISBN 10: 1592009557

Author: Graham Robertson

Pages: 350

Published: 10/05/2005

Print Book Price: $39.99 Add to cart

Although the number of budding filmmakers and the availability of digital video technology are growing, there are currently no books that encapsulate the process of creating a feature-length film using only a video camera and a home computer. “Desktop Cinema: Feature Filmmaking on a Home Computer” shows amateur filmmakers and computer enthusiasts alike how to create a feature or short film from start to finish using only home computer technology. Using his own film, “Able Edwards,” as a model, the author illustrates step-by-step each stage of the filmmaking process, covering story, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution. This book shows readers how to explore and use the readily available software and other technology tools effectively. The author’s use of his own film makes the processes involved seem realistic and attainable and allows the reader to really see what works and what doesn’t. An accompanying CD/DVD that features both the “Able Edwards” trailer and green screen reveals make “Desktop Cinema: Feature Filmmaking on a Home Computer” a comprehensive guide to digital filmmaking.
  • Written for amateur filmmakers, computer enthusiasts, and anyone interested in making their own short or feature-length films using only their home computer, a camera, and a green screen.
  • Illustrates step-by-step how to make a feature film using only consumer technology and little to no money.
  • Author is an experienced and well-known filmmaker who created the feature-length film ?Able Edwards? using the steps and processes he covers in the book.
  • Each stage of the filmmaking process is covered and illustrated, from story creation to distribution, using ?Able Edwards? as an example.
  • Accompanying CD/DVD features both the trailer for ?Able Edwards? and green screen reveals.
Author Bio
Graham Robertson
A native of Colorado, Robertson studied film in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the past eight years, he's worked in Los Angeles as a Set Dresser and Graphic Designer for numerous motion pictures and television shows. In recent years, he was the co-creator of the popular internet short, "Superfriends: Wassup!" and the internet series, "Galaxy Defenders." The all digital, all green screen "Able Edwards" is his first feature project.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Production Equipment

Chapter 2: Able Edwards: The Story Of ...

Chapter 3: Stage 1: The Screenplay

Chapter 4: Stage 2: Background Plates

Chapter 5: Stage 3: Storyboards

Chapter 6: Stage 4: Pre-Production

Chapter 7: Stage 5: Production

Chapter 8: Stage 6: Post-Production: Editing

Chapter 9: Stage 7: Post-Production: Keying and Compositing

Chapter 10: Stage 8: Return to Final Cut Pro

Chapter 11: Stage 9: Audio Tracks and Output

Chapter 12: Stage 10: Getting It Out There