ACTION! CAMERA! Super 8 Cassette Film Making for Beginners by Rick & David Carroll Carrier

ACTION! CAMERA! Super 8 Cassette Film Making for Beginners

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The authors believe that film making is best learned by guided direct experience, so that their method of teaching is to present annotated stills from four sample films -- a playground ""documentary,"" a simple one-actor directed film, a ""family film"" of two toddlers at play, and a sound dramatization of a scene from Tom Sawyer. All four illustrate the suggested practice of ""editing in the camera,"" and the preplanning this approach requires is emphasized, as is timing, to insure that the total ""story"" balances out to fit a three minute, twenty second reel. The annotations give suggestions for angles, panning, ""establishing"" shots, continuity, etc. (all terms which have already been defined in the text) and there is also some rudimentary advice on preparation (with a story board), trouble shooting, and observation of technique from TV movies. There is nothing very advanced or theoretical here; the very simplicity of the approach could be a confidence booaster for beginners who are without access to live instructors, but Larson and Meade's Young Filmmakers, which covers all this and more, is still first choice.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1972
Publisher: Scribners