Focal Press Book: The Shut Up & Shoot Documentary Guide - A Down & Dirty DV Production (2nd Edition)

Focal Press Book: The Shut Up & Shoot Documentary Guide - A Down & Dirty DV Production (2nd Edition)

Focal Press Book: The Shut Up & Shoot Documentary Guide - A Down & Dirty DV Production (2nd Edition)

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Focal Press Book: The Shut Up & Shoot Documentary Guide - A Down & Dirty DV Production (2nd Edition)

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  • Author: Anthony Q. Artis
  • 2nd Edition
  • Paperback: 400 Pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press
  • Published: June 2014
  • ISBN: 9780240824154
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  • 1Description
The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide from Focal Press and written by Anthony Q. Artis discusses making a documentary in a low resource environment. If you have little time, money, or experience, you can learn how to be creative with your available resources and do more with less. It provides you with the following guidelines to manage your projects efficiently:

Fresh coverage of DSLR cameras, new lighting gear, visual storytelling, postproduction techniques, and distribution in an online era.
500+ full color illustrations, timesaving tips, and practical input from filmmakers that you can immediately apply to your own projects.
New sections on fundraising, lens choices, international shooting, the 4K format, shooting on iPhones, pre-visualization, wireless microphones, dolly and slider shots, staging remote interviews, transcripts, and more.
Putting together a documentary crew and choosing the right equipment for the job. Planning through all the obstacles, avoiding common film making pitfalls and improving your lighting, audio, and visual storytelling skills before you begin.

About the Author
Anthony Q. Artis is a veteran of the film and television industry, whose features and TV shows have been screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, the IFP Market, Slamdance, and Cinequest, as well as on MTV and the Independent Film Channel. He has worked professionally in positions as diverse as producer, gaffer, and cinematographer, and survived more low-budget shoots than he cares to admit. He remains an active filmmaker, Adjunct Professor of film and TV at NYU and is the author of the bestselling Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide (2007), The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide (2010) and numerous filmmaking courses on
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  • GETTING THE IDEA - Brainstorming, Research, The Production Plan
  • GETTING THE MONEY - Creating Funding & Managing a Budget
  • GETTING THE GEAR - Choosing Your Equipment, Video Format, Cameras
  • GETTING THE CREW - Assembling & managing your Crew, Good & Bad Crew Members
2-Location, Location, Location
  • MANAGING LOCATIONS - Finding & Managing Locations
  • LOCATION LOGISTICS- PR, Location Ethics, Transportation Considerations & Stealth Shooting Tactics
  • OTHER LOCATION ISSUES - Releases & Insurance
3-Image Control & Camera Work
  • IMAGE BASICS - Image Control, Focus, Exposure, Aperture, Color Management, Shutter Speed
  • BEYOND THE BASICS - Manual vs. Auto Functions, Manual vs. Auto Zoom, Tripods vs. Handheld
  • OTHER CAMERA CONSIDERATIONS - Using Tripods, Pre & End Roll, Recording Protocols, & Color Bars


  • SAFETY AND TOOLS - Electricity Safety, 3 and 4 Point Lighting, Lighting Effects, Lighting Setup
  • 3- AND 4-POINT LIGHTING - Introduction, Lighting Effects, Lighting Setup, & Lighting Positions
5-Sound Recording
  • SOUND TOOLS OF THE TRADE - Sound Packages & Microphones
  • RECORDING TECHNIQUES - Selecting a Microphone, Recording Levels, Mixers, Sound editing, Location Acoustics
  • OTHER SOUND TYPE STUFF - Cables, Hidden Microphones, Sound Blankets, Rooms with an Echo
6-Composition & Coverage

  • WHAT DOES IT LOOKS LIKE? - Aspect Ratios, Composition, Lenses & Focal Length, Shooting Angles & Positions
  • MORE VISUAL STORYTELLING TOOLS - Animation, Depth of Field, Focus
7-Interview Prep

  • BEFORE THE INTERVIEW - Introduction, Preparation, Travel & Arrival, Time Management, Props & Backgrounds
  • MAKING THEM LOOK GOOD - Positioning & Eyeline, Clothing, & Makeup
  • WORKING WITH SUBJECTS - Talent Releases, Signed & Verbal Releases, Briefing & Instructing Subjects
8-Conducting Interviews
  • INTERVIEW QUESTIONS - Asking Questions & Responding, Introduction, Logical Order of Questions
  • INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES - Working a Press Conference, Preparation & Warm Up, Listening & Responding to Subjects, Monitors & Headphones, Thank yous
9-Post Production
  • PREPARING TO EDIT - Post Production, Reviewing Footage Organizing Your Shots, Logging
  • EDITING ISSUES - Choosing & Working with Editors, Time Codes, & DV Tapes
  • GETTING IT OUT THERE - Video Sharing, Online Audiences, Business, & Film Festivals

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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
Subject Shooting documentaries with a DSLR
Author Anthony Q. Artis
Edition 2nd
Format Paperback
ISBN Number 9780240824154
Publisher Focal Press
Date Published May 2014
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.1 x 7.3 x 1.1"

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