DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 10/26/2012
  • Publisher: Focal Press
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Video-capable DSLR cameras give filmmakers a quality previously impossible without high-end cinema cameras. Exploring the cinematic quality and features offered by hybrid DSLRs, this book empowers the filmmaker to craft visually stunning images inexpensively. Learn to think more like a cinematographer than a videographer, whether shooting for a feature, short fiction, documentary, video journalism, or even a wedding. DSLR Cinema offers insight into different shooting styles, real-world tips and techniques, and advice on postproduction workflow as it guides you in crafting a film-like look. Case studies feature an international cast of cutting edge DSLR shooters today, including Philip Bloom (England), Bernardo Uzeda (Brazil), Rii Schroer (Germany), Jeremy Ian Thomas (United States), Shane Hurlbut, ASC (United States), and Po Chan (Hong Kong). Their films are examined in detail, exploring how each exemplifies great storytelling, exceptional visual character, and how you can push the limits of your DSLR. * Inside perspective from a master class of DSLR shooters * Emphasis on visual technique related to great stories * Progression from the fundamental tools needed by DSLR shooters to advanced techniques * Wide array of technical information: composition, lighting, camera movement, lenses, audio, postproduction workflow, and more * Lavish, full-color illustrations showcase real world examples from real DSLR videos * Companion Web site shows you the films discussed in the book, and more

Author Biography

Kurt Lancaster, who earned his PhD from New York University, has shot documentaries that have screened nationally and internationally. He has also consulted for the Pulitzer Prize winning newspaper, The Christian. Science Monitor, training some of their print journalists in video journalism, as well as shooting and editing documentary journalism pieces. He is an associate professor of digital media in. the School of Communication at Northern Arizona University, where he teaches courses on documentary multimedia production, scriptwriting, and production techniques. His students have gone on to earn video journalism awards, screen documentaries at film festivals, as well as create independent video companies.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
About the Websitep. xi
Introduction: The HDSLR Cinema Revolutionp. xiii
DSLR Shooter's Toolkit
Composition, Blocking, and Camera Movementp. 5
Lighting Your DSLR Shootp. 23
Exposing Your Shots with DSLRsp. 39
Using DSLR Picture Stylesp. 65
Recording Quality Audio with DSLRs: Yes, It's Possible!p. 85
DSLR Postproduction Workflow and Techniquesp. 105
Telling Better Stories with Your DSLRp. 137
Master DSLR Shooters at Work: Case Studies
Crafting the Film Look with Postproductionp. 161
Crafting the Film Look by Building a Rapport with Charactersp. 177
Crafting the Film Look with Cinema Lensesp. 185
Crafting the Film Look with Location and CGI Artp. 195
Crafting the Film Look with Light; Composition, and Blockingp. 207
Crafting the Film Look with Sound Designp. 229
Crafting the Film Look with Puppets and Miniature Setsp. 241
Getting the Gear
DSLR Cinema Gear for Low Budget Shootersp. 253
Conclusionp. 267
Image Resolutionp. 273
ISO Tests for the Canon 5D Mark II and 7Dp. 279
Exposure and Dynamic Rangep. 281
Luminance and Chrominance Compressionp. 283
Story Treatment to The Last 3 Minutes by Po Chanp. 285
Twelve Steps for HDSLR Shootingp. 291
Indexp. 293
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