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The filmmaker's handbook : a comprehensive guide for the digital age
Ascher, Steven.
Personal Author:
Completely revised and updated / by Steven Ascher.
Publication Information:
New York : Plume, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 614 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Pincus' name appears first on the previous edition.
Added Author:

Format :


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TR850 .P54 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Originally published in 1984, this classic guide has now been completely revised and updated. written by filmmakers for filmmakers, this essential text now includes the latest information on digital age filmmaking, where shifting boundaries between film, video and computer sytems have introduced a wide range of methods and equipment every filmmaker must master to be competitive.

Author Notes

Edward Pincus has taught film courses at both Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
1. Introduction to Film and Video Systemsp. 1
2. The Film Camerap. 45
3. The Lensp. 76
4. The Film Imagep. 111
5. Color and Filtersp. 151
6. The Video Camcorderp. 168
7. The Video Imagep. 188
8. Shootingp. 208
9. Sound Recording Systemsp. 245
10. Sound Recording Techniquesp. 274
11. Lightingp. 304
12. Picture and Dialogue Editingp. 346
13. Editing Filmp. 361
14. Editing Videop. 398
15. Sound Editingp. 446
16. The Film Laboratoryp. 472
17. Film-Video Transfersp. 510
18. Producing and Distributing the Moviep. 534
Appendix A. Adjusting a Video Monitorp. 567
Appendix B. Depth of Field Tablesp. 571
Appendix C. Hyperfocal Distance Tablep. 575
Appendix D. Lens Angle/Focal Length Tablesp. 577
Appendix E. A Comparison of Running Times and Formats of 8mm, Super 8, 16mm and 35mm Motion Picture Filmsp. 579
Appendix F. A Technique for Synchronizing the Rushesp. 583
Appendix G. Splitting 16mm and 35mm Mag Tracks Prior to the Mixp. 585
Appendix H. Cement Splicingp. 587
Appendix I. Conforming Film Originalp. 591
Bibliographyp. 593
Indexp. 599