Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking ISBN #0240805461
The explosion in inexpensive digital video cameras and software has expanded moviemaking possibilities, but filmmakers need to have the knowledge and equipment to realize their vision. This book gives you quick and inexpensive remedies to the most common and difficult production challenges. Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking is an invaluable resource to anyone looking to make a film without a big budget.
Among other things, you will learn to: create a variety of light reflector, and flag stands with inexpensive items available at any hardware store, construct a camera dolly for crafting exciting footage for your own films, modify an inexpensive tripod to create a camera glider for smooth, professional tracking shots, use tea bags, coffee grounds, and hairspray to authentically age sets and props, tie knots and hitches regularly used by most professional grips, create a sound boom from inexpensive PVC pipe with a boom mount that eliminates bumps, and jars to the microphone, simulate tears, sweat, blood, and even a dead body, achieve underwater shots with an item available at any pet store, and use household items in place of expensive camera and light filters.
Just because you donﾒt have a huge budget doesnﾒt mean you canﾒt turn out a powerful, professional looking film. With this book in your corner, youﾒll come out a winner.
Dan Rahmel has worked on numerous films as Director, Gaffer, Electrician, Art Director, Grip, Set Decorator, Prop Master, Set Dresser, and Editor. He has worked with top industry professionals including Janusz Kaminski (Academy Award winning cinematographer of Saving Private Ryan, Jerry Maguire, and Schindlerﾒs List), served as a key production employee in the Art Department of The Orlando Jones Show, and worked on the 2002 winner of the Directors Guild of America Student Film Award. He uses many of the techniques in this book in making his own short films, and is the author of several other books.