Digital Filmmaking for Beginners A Practical Guide to Video Production

Discover how to create professional-quality digital videos–faster than you can say “lights, camera, action”

Digital video cameras are everywhere–even on our phones! But cameras don’t make great movies; filmmakers do. Written by a seasoned pro with 40 years of teaching experience, Digital Filmmaking for Beginners is your fully illustrated introduction to all technical aspects of digital filmmaking.

Featuring clear, concise instruction–accompanied by online video demonstrations–this comprehensive guide covers the best methods and techniques to plan and script projects; set up lighting, microphones, and cameras; and shoot, edit, and apply postproduction effects and other finishing touches. Whether you’re an amateur film buff or an aspiring professional videographer, this is the source for everything you need to bring your ideas from the page to the screen.

Coverage includes:

  • Best practices to ensure smooth operations in all project phases, from planning to post production
  • Recommendations on selecting and purchasing cameras, filming gear, and the best editing and effects software to fit your budget and needs
  • Advice on planning, shooting, editing, and other technical elements
  • Fully illustrated tutorials on composition, framing, and other visual storytelling techniques
  • Exclusive bonus online content, including finished video demonstrations of key filmmaking techniques and informative articles

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2 thoughts on “Digital Filmmaking for Beginners A Practical Guide to Video Production”

  1. Misleading title and outdated contents Whenever I order a book on a fast-evolving topic (e.g. “Digital Filmmaking”) I always check the publication date to make sure I am not buying an outdated text. Unfortunately, with this book I got cheated anyway.The author has a friendly style and is undoubtedly knowledgeable on the topic of television and film production, with long experience. However he offers an an overview of analog and television equipment and stops at digital tape based formats such as DVCPRO and Digi Beta…

  2. Digital Filmmaking for Beginners I am writing regarding Mike’s Digital Video Production for Beginners. I have read his book and found it to be very clear and easy to understand. He covers every detail in the production process and I anxiously anticipated his personal sense of humour, making this book easy to read.The book covers everything from the creative side of scripting, technical details, shooting formats, and editing. Mike leaves nothing out!I especially liked the pictures and the numbered…

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