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DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish: Film Artistry for Beginners and Pros

December 21, 2005

Sebastopol, CA--Thanks to the digital revolution, filmmaking is more accessible than ever before. Film artists now have a spectacular array of powerful, new, inexpensive tools for creative expression through digital film. Everyone from film students to grandmothers can learn the art of filmmaking through DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish (Aronson, O'Reilly, $39.95 US). This book covers all aspects of digital video filmmaking--from the nuts and bolts of timecode and aspect ratio, to framing, lighting, and sound recording, as well as editing, special effects creation, and distribution.

DV Filmmaking provides a solid foundation of tremendous value to a beginner, while addressing the fine points of filmmaking with a level of sophistication, detail, and insight that even the most worldly director or educator can appreciate. Ian David Aronson, the book's author, draws upon his years of experience teaching at the college and graduate level, his extensive professional background as a media producer, and his unmistakable love of cinema to create a text that's educational and fun to read.

"My book is written for filmmakers at varying experience levels and takes an integrated approach to media production," said Aronson. "By emphasizing the ways different aspects of production work together to create a vital work of digital art, you actually develop a better understanding of the entire filmmaking process."

Written for both Mac and PC users, DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish covers advanced uses of both Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects and also includes:

  • Hands-on detailed examination of the artistic aspects of film and video production
  • Extensive examples and step-by-step exercises for advanced editing techniques
  • Scenes from successful films that illustrate techniques used by professionals
  • A collection of professionally shot video clips, so the user can read and follow along with sets of structured exercises
  • DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish also features advice for developing a highly refined repertoire of advanced skills in editing, effects creation, title design, and encourages advanced readers to experiment with new ideas.

    Additional Resources:

    DV Filmmaking: From Start to Finish
    Ian David Aronson
    ISBN: 0-596-00848-1, 310 pages, $39.95 US
    1-800-998-9938; 1-707-827-7000

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