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Film, TV & radio

See below for a selection of the latest books from Film, TV & radio category. Presented with a red border are the Film, TV & radio books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Film, TV & radio books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

Essential Knowledge for the Aspiring Media Professional

Essential Knowledge for the Aspiring Media Professional

Author: John Stephen Zaffuto Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2020

Essential Knowledge for the Aspiring Media Professional provides readers with the skillset needed to produce professional, high-quality video content in today's competitive media landscape. The author draws on over two decades of industry experience to offer strategies for how to develop a sense of design, adopt a holistic approach to the media production process, and craft a distinct idea for a project's intent and form. In five in-depth chapters, the book delves into topics ranging from pre-production and planning processes to technical considerations and post-production methods. It concludes with an overview of career opportunities for aspiring media-makers. This book is an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike looking to hone creative production techniques within a broad range of formats and environments, particularly those requiring effective marketing and advertising-oriented content.

Essential Knowledge for the Aspiring Media Professional

Essential Knowledge for the Aspiring Media Professional

Author: John Stephen Zaffuto Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/05/2020

Essential Knowledge for the Aspiring Media Professional provides readers with the skillset needed to produce professional, high-quality video content in today's competitive media landscape. The author draws on over two decades of industry experience to offer strategies for how to develop a sense of design, adopt a holistic approach to the media production process, and craft a distinct idea for a project's intent and form. In five in-depth chapters, the book delves into topics ranging from pre-production and planning processes to technical considerations and post-production methods. It concludes with an overview of career opportunities for aspiring media-makers. This book is an invaluable resource for students and professionals alike looking to hone creative production techniques within a broad range of formats and environments, particularly those requiring effective marketing and advertising-oriented content.

Directing the Documentary

Directing the Documentary

Directing the Documentary is the definitive book on the documentary form, that will allow you to master the craft of documentary filmmaking. Focusing on the hands-on work needed to make your concept a reality, Michael Rabiger covers the documentary filmmaking process from top to bottom, providing in-depth lessons on every aspect of preproduction, production, and postproduction. The book includes dozens of projects, practical exercises, and thought-provoking questions, and offers best practices for researching and honing your documentary idea, developing a crew, guiding your team, and much more. This fully revised and updated 7th edition also includes brand new content on the rise of the documentary series, the impact of video on demand and content aggregators, updated information on prosumer and professional video (including 4K+), coverage of new audio & lighting solutions and trends in post-production, coverage of the immersive documentary, and provides practical sets of solutions for low, medium, and high budget documentary film productions throughout. The companion website has also been fully updated to include interviews with current documentary filmmakers, additional project ideas, and student film examples. By combining expert advice on the storytelling process, the technical aspects of filmmaking and commentary on the philosophical underpinnings of the art, this book provides the practical and holistic understanding you need to become a highly-regarded, original, and ethical contributor to the genre. Ideal for both aspiring and established documentary filmmakers, this book has it all.

Directing the Documentary

Directing the Documentary

Author: Michael (Professor Emeritus, Columbia College, Chicago, IL, USA) Rabiger, Courtney Hermann Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2020

Directing the Documentary is the definitive book on the documentary form, that will allow you to master the craft of documentary filmmaking. Focusing on the hands-on work needed to make your concept a reality, Michael Rabiger covers the documentary filmmaking process from top to bottom, providing in-depth lessons on every aspect of preproduction, production, and postproduction. The book includes dozens of projects, practical exercises, and thought-provoking questions, and offers best practices for researching and honing your documentary idea, developing a crew, guiding your team, and much more. This fully revised and updated 7th edition also includes brand new content on the rise of the documentary series, the impact of video on demand and content aggregators, updated information on prosumer and professional video (including 4K+), coverage of new audio & lighting solutions and trends in post-production, coverage of the immersive documentary, and provides practical sets of solutions for low, medium, and high budget documentary film productions throughout. The companion website has also been fully updated to include interviews with current documentary filmmakers, additional project ideas, and student film examples. By combining expert advice on the storytelling process, the technical aspects of filmmaking and commentary on the philosophical underpinnings of the art, this book provides the practical and holistic understanding you need to become a highly-regarded, original, and ethical contributor to the genre. Ideal for both aspiring and established documentary filmmakers, this book has it all.

Practices of Projection Histories and Technologies

Practices of Projection Histories and Technologies

To many, the technological aspects of projection often go unnoticed, only brought to attention during moments of crisis or malfunction. For example, when a movie theater projector falters, the audience suddenly looks toward the back of the theater to see a sign of mechanical failure. The history of cinema similarly shows that the attention to projection has been most focused when the whole medium is hanging in suspension. During Hollywood's economic consolidation in the '30s, projection defined the ways that sync-sound technologies could be deployed within the medium. Most recently, the digitization of cinema repeated this process as technology was reworked to facilitate mobility. These examples show how projection continually speaks to the rearrangement of media technology. Projection therefore needs to be examined as a pivotal element in the future of visual media's technological transition. In Practices of Projection: Histories and Technologies, volume editors Gabriel Menotti and Virginia Crisp address the cultural and technological significance of projection. Throughout the volume, chapters reiterate that projection cannot, and must not, be reduced to its cinematic functions alone. Borrowing media theorist Siegfried Zielinksi's definition, Menotti and Crisp refer to projection as the heterogeneous array of artefacts, technical systems, and particularly visual praxes of experimentation and of culture. From this, readers can understand the performative character of the moving image and the labor of the different actors involved in the utterance of the film text. Projection is not the same everywhere, nor equal all the time. Its systems are in permanent interaction with environmental circumstances, neighboring structures, local cultures, and social economies. Thus the idea of projection as a universal, fully autonomous operation cannot hold. Each occurrence of projection adds nuance to a wider understanding of film screening technologies.

Practices of Projection Histories and Technologies

Practices of Projection Histories and Technologies

To many, the technological aspects of projection often go unnoticed, only brought to attention during moments of crisis or malfunction. For example, when a movie theater projector falters, the audience suddenly looks toward the back of the theater to see a sign of mechanical failure. The history of cinema similarly shows that the attention to projection has been most focused when the whole medium is hanging in suspension. During Hollywood's economic consolidation in the '30s, projection defined the ways that sync-sound technologies could be deployed within the medium. Most recently, the digitization of cinema repeated this process as technology was reworked to facilitate mobility. These examples show how projection continually speaks to the rearrangement of media technology. Projection therefore needs to be examined as a pivotal element in the future of visual media's technological transition. In Practices of Projection: Histories and Technologies, volume editors Gabriel Menotti and Virginia Crisp address the cultural and technological significance of projection. Throughout the volume, chapters reiterate that projection cannot, and must not, be reduced to its cinematic functions alone. Borrowing media theorist Siegfried Zielinksi's definition, Menotti and Crisp refer to projection as the heterogeneous array of artefacts, technical systems, and particularly visual praxes of experimentation and of culture. From this, readers can understand the performative character of the moving image and the labor of the different actors involved in the utterance of the film text. Projection is not the same everywhere, nor equal all the time. Its systems are in permanent interaction with environmental circumstances, neighboring structures, local cultures, and social economies. Thus the idea of projection as a universal, fully autonomous operation cannot hold. Each occurrence of projection adds nuance to a wider understanding of film screening technologies.

Clueless: Lessons on Love, Fashion, and Friendship

Clueless: Lessons on Love, Fashion, and Friendship

Author: Lauren Mancuso Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2020

Quick tips, quotes, and full-color photos highlight this fabulous gift book inspired by the classic teen comedy Clueless (1995). Learn how to navigate the world with life lessons inspired by the most glamorous high-schooler in Beverly Hills, Cher Horowitz, her BFF Dionne, new pal Tai, and the entire crew from the greatest teen comedy of the '90s, Clueless. This mini book is filled with advice, quick tips, and quotes on dating, fashion, friendship, giving back, and so much more -- all illustrated with full-color photos from the movie throughout.

Acting Is Action

Acting Is Action

Author: Hugh O'Gorman, Hugh O'Gorman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/04/2020

What is it that we re doing, when we re acting well? What is it that great actors are actually doing when they re practicing their craft at the highest level? This is the question famously posed by Earle Gister, the legendary head of the acting department at Yale School of Drama from 1979 to 1999. In Acting Action, actor, director, and teaching artist Hugh O Gorman invites readers to explore the question in detail. Focusing on playing action one of the essential components of acting passed on to Earle Gister and Lloyd Richards by Paul Mann Acting Action is divided into two parts: Context and Practice. The Context section provides a thorough examination of the theory behind the core elements of playing action. The Practice section provides a step-by-step rehearsal guide for actors to integrate playing action into their preparation process. Acting Action is a place to begin for actors: a foundation, a ground plan for how to get started and how to build the core of a performance. More precisely, it provides a practical guide for actors, directors, and teachers in the technique of playing action, addressing a void in the world of actor training by illuminating what exactly to do in the moment-to-moment act of acting. It also serves as an artistic instructional manual for either the stage or camera.

Filming the Fantastic with Virtual Technology Filmmaking on the Digital Backlot

Filming the Fantastic with Virtual Technology Filmmaking on the Digital Backlot

Author: Mark Sawicki, Juniko Moody Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/04/2020

This book brings fantasy storytelling to a whole new level by providing an in-depth insight into the tools used for virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 cinema and motion capture in order to repurpose them to create a virtual studio for filmmaking. Gone are the long days and months of post before seeing your final product. Composites and CG characters can now be shot together as fast as a live action show. Using off the shelf software and tools, authors Mark Sawicki and Juniko Moody document the set up and production pipelines of the modern Virtual/MoCap studio. They reveal the procedures and secrets for making movies in virtual sets. The high-end technology that enabled the creation of films such as Lord of the Rings, Avatar and the Jungle Book, is now accessible for smaller, independent production companies. Do you want your actors to perform inside of an Unreal Game Engine set and interact with the environment? Do you want to be able to put your live action camera on a jib or dolly and move effortlessly through both a live action and virtual space together? Do you want live performers interacting with Giants, Elves and other creatures manipulated by motion capture in real time? This book discusses all of these scenarios and more, showing readers how to create high quality virtual content using alternative, cost-effective technology. Tutorials, case studies and project breakdowns provide essential tips on how to avoid and overcome common pitfalls, making this book an indispensable guide for both beginners to create virtual backlot content and more advanced VFX users wanting to adopt best practices when planning and directing Virtual productions with Reality (R) software and Performance Capture equipment such as Qualysis.

Filming the Fantastic with Virtual Technology Filmmaking on the Digital Backlot

Filming the Fantastic with Virtual Technology Filmmaking on the Digital Backlot

Author: Mark Sawicki, Juniko Moody Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/04/2020

This book brings fantasy storytelling to a whole new level by providing an in-depth insight into the tools used for virtual reality, augmented reality, 360 cinema and motion capture in order to repurpose them to create a virtual studio for filmmaking. Gone are the long days and months of post before seeing your final product. Composites and CG characters can now be shot together as fast as a live action show. Using off the shelf software and tools, authors Mark Sawicki and Juniko Moody document the set up and production pipelines of the modern Virtual/MoCap studio. They reveal the procedures and secrets for making movies in virtual sets. The high-end technology that enabled the creation of films such as Lord of the Rings, Avatar and the Jungle Book, is now accessible for smaller, independent production companies. Do you want your actors to perform inside of an Unreal Game Engine set and interact with the environment? Do you want to be able to put your live action camera on a jib or dolly and move effortlessly through both a live action and virtual space together? Do you want live performers interacting with Giants, Elves and other creatures manipulated by motion capture in real time? This book discusses all of these scenarios and more, showing readers how to create high quality virtual content using alternative, cost-effective technology. Tutorials, case studies and project breakdowns provide essential tips on how to avoid and overcome common pitfalls, making this book an indispensable guide for both beginners to create virtual backlot content and more advanced VFX users wanting to adopt best practices when planning and directing Virtual productions with Reality (R) software and Performance Capture equipment such as Qualysis.

How To Write A Horror Movie

How To Write A Horror Movie

Author: Neal (Duke University, USA) Bell Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/04/2020

How to Write a Horror Movie is a close look at an always-popular (but often disrespected) genre. It focuses on the screenplay and acts as a guide to bringing scary ideas to cinematic life using examples from great (and some not-so-great) horror movies. Author Neal Bell examines how the basic tools of the scriptwriter's trade - including structure, dialogue, humor, mood, characters, and pace - can work together to embody personal fears that will resonate strongly on screen. Screenplay examples include classic works such as 1943's I Walked With A Zombie and recent scary films that have given the genre renewed attention like writer/director Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed and financially successful Get Out. Since fear is universal, the book considers films from around the world including the 'found-footage' [REC] from Spain (2007), the Swedish vampire movie, Let The Right One In (2008) and the Persian-language film Under The Shadow (2016). The book provides insights into the economics of horror-movie making, and the possible future of this versatile genre. It is the ideal text for screenwriting students exploring genre and horror, and aspiring scriptwriters who have an interest in horror screenplays.