Video Production Resource Guide

A resource page of video production resources for beginning and intermediate documentary makers and video artists. This is in the middle of being revised  and will not be complete until March 18, 2014 — David.

Camera

  • The HPX Book by Barry Green, an excellent reference with clear, concise explanations covering the Panasonic AG-HPX170 and the newer AG-HPX250 camcorders. Unfortunately out of print, so you’ll have to go searching for a used copy if you want one.

Editing

  • Final Cut Pro X Cook Book by Jason Cox (Packt Publishing, 2012), an excellent reference to have on-hand while editing with Final Cut Pro X, conveniently structured in bite-sized sections showing you, step-by-step, how to perform individual procedures, available as an e-book.
  • The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice by Ken 
Dancyger (5th ed., Focal Press, 2010)
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Sound

  • Randy Thom’s articles available at filmsound.org provide valuable insights on the use of sound in narrative filmmaking
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Lighting

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Visual Storytelling fundamentals

  • Visual Storytelling by Nancy Kalow (Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 2011), provides a good introduction to making short documentary films, PDF Link

Recommended viewing

  • Speaking Parts (1989, Atom Egoyan, feature film)
  • Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola), a landmark that pushed forward the state-of-the art of cinema sound design
  • Limitless (2011, Neil Burger), good example of contemporary sound design
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