Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide

2nd Edition, May 6, 2014

Shut Up And Shoot
Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide
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  1. printed book The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide 400 pages

Don’t just talk about making movies, start shooting. This book will get you going. It’s the leading film book for amateur filmmakers. The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide shows you how to do more with less.

Discover How to:

Avoid common filmmaker mistakes.
Give your videos that professional look and sound.
Jump way ahead of your competition.

In a few hours, you will learn more than film school courses teach in a whole semester. In fact many film schools use this book as an assigned textbook. The proven strategies will stretch your budget and better control your production.

A few of the things you’ll learn:

  • What film gear you need to get started
  • What to look for when hiring crew
  • How to work remotely w/ an editor
  • When and how to use lighting accessories like colored gels
  • Which microphone to use and How to hook up a mixer
  • Which boom position to use and when
  • How to mount a lav mic
  • Interview preparation and warm-up
  • Interviewing celebrities
  • How to shoot a live event
  • How to shoot in rough neighborhoods
  • How to get the most out of shooting with a cellphone
  • How to shoot a remote video interview
  • How to shoot handheld
  • How to avoid getting your equipment ripped off
  • How to hustle money back into your budget
  • The most common budgeting mistakes to avoid
  • When to use camera auto-functions
  • How to successfully start a Kickstarter Campaign
  • How and why to adjust video color bars
  • Who does what on the crew
  • Popular camera specs and prices
  • How and when to manipulate your shutter speed
  • How to feed your crew well on a budget
  • How to get shallow depth of field in 5 different ways
  • How to work a film festival
  • How to steal locations and not get busted
  • Five different ways to get a film look from video
  • How to raise the money and approach investors
  • 8 Lighting set-ups including diagrams and photos

“As my teacher, Anthony Artis taught me how to cut production down to the bare essentials to get it done… Without this foundation I would never have been able to keep up at the White House.”
– Arun Chaudhary, First Official White House Videographer and author of First Cameraman.

“Extremely helpful for the newborn documentary filmmaker.”
– Albert Maysles, Grey Gardens, Salesman, Gimme Shelter

“The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide is a good primer for the entry-level documentary filmmaker, presented in a breezy, down-to-earth vernacular style.”
-Thomas White, Editor of Documentary Magazine, a publication of the International Documentary Association

“Anthony Artis’ book is the best, most informative and entertaining book about making documentaries that I have come across.”
– Lloyd Kaufman, President of Troma Entertainment and creator of The Toxic Avenger

“Plain and simple, nuts and bolts on making documentary films. It’s told in a conversational manner with no wasted or minced words and, most importantly, no BS! Few books of this type would mention how important it is to take care of your crew and how that can dramatically improve the outcome of your film. Definitely told from an insider’s point of view with useful and practical info that won’t go over your head.” -Cliff Charles, DP, When the Levees Broke, ThePeoplesDP.com

This is a practical guide with 370 Glossy Full-Color Pages and over 700 Illustrations And Photos.

Contents

CRAZY MAD THANX
PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
1-PREPRODUCTION
GETTING STARTED
. Learning the Filmmaking Process
Film Books
DVD Extras
Podcasts
Workshops
Cable TV
Instructional DVDs
Web Sites
Crewing
Doing
. Been There, Done That: Why Make a Documentary?-Albert Maysles
. Doc Preproduction
Introduction
Documentary Goal

GETTING THE IDEA
. Brainstorming Your Idea
. The Importance of Research
. Been There, Done That: Research and Fact Checking-Sa? ya Mcclinton
. Interview Subjects
. Approach and Storytelling
. Been There, Done That: Concept and Storytelling-Sam Pollard
. The Production Plan
GETTING THE MONEY
. Been There, Done That: How to Raise Money-Michelle Coe
. Budgeting Your Doc
Budgeting Forms
Budgeting Software
Estimating Costs
. Hot Tip: 4 Common Budgeting Mistakes
. Been There, Done That: Raising the M-O-N-E-Y-Rose Rosenblatt & Marion Lipschutz
. Hot Tip: 10 Ways to Lower Your Budget
. Where to Find Prices
. Budgeting-A Final Word
GETTING THE GEAR
. Choosing an Equipment Package
. Been There, Done That: Using and Learning the Tools of the Trade-Susan Buice and Arin Crumley
. Video Formats 101
What’s Up with High Def?
. A Quick Lesson in Tech Video
What Are Pixels?
What Is Resolution?
Progressive vs. Interlaced
HDV Image Size and Resolution
. Hot Tip: What to Look for in a Camera
. The Guide to the Camera Guide
. Camera Guide Key
Canon 3-Chip Mini-DV Camera Guide
JVC and Panasonic 3-Chip Mini-DV Camera Guide
Sony 3-Chip Mini-DV Camera Guide
. Buying vs. Renting
. Hot Tip: Educational Equipment Access
. Doc Equipment Packages
. Hot Tip: 5 Tips for Traveling with Equipment
. Before You Shoot
Be Practical
GETTING THE CREW
. The Doc Crew
. Good Crew, Bad Crew
Introduction
Good Crew Members
Bad Crew Members
. Been There, Done That: The Producer-Director Relationship-Christina Dehaven
. Assembling a Crew
. The Crew Meeting
. Feeding the Crew
. Hot Tip: 5 Down and Dirty Food Ideas

2-LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
MANAGING LOCATIONS
. Shooting on Location
Managing Arrangements with Your Subjects
Interview Locations
. Location Management 101
Introduction
. Sensitive Location Overview
. PR Reps and Media Liaisons
LOCATION LOGISTICS
. Hot Tip: How Not to Get Your Camera Jacked
Dealing with PR Reps and Other Media Liaisons
Doc Location Ethics
The Exception to the Rule
. Been There, Done That: Being Prepared for Remote Locations-Alrick Brown and Micah Schaffer
. Transportation Considerations
. Hot Tip: Stealth Shooting Tactics 101
OTHER LOCATION ISSUES
. Location Releases and Insurance
Location Releases
Location Insurance
. Insurance Issues
Do You Really Need Insurance?
Shooting Without Insurance
. Hot Tip: Shooting in Da ‘Hood

3-IMAGE CONTROL AND CAMERA WORK
IMAGE BASICS
. Basics of Image Control
Introduction
. Focus
Hallmark of the Pros
Common Focus Hazards
. Exposure
Light Is Good
Aperture and F-Stops
. Zebra Stripes and Gain
Your Friend the Zebra Stripes
Using Gain to Boost Exposure
. Color Temperature
Color Temperature Basics (Very Basic)
. White Balance
When to White Balance
White Balance Special Effects
Mixed Sun and Indoor Lighting
. Shutter Speed Basics
Motion and Shutter Speed
. Shutter Speed and Movement
BEYOND THE BASICS
. Hot Tip: Creating a “Film Look?
. Manual vs. Auto Functions
Use Manual Controls
. When to Use Auto Functions
Auto Zoom vs. Manual Zoom
Surprises and Panics
Run-and-Gun Shooting
. Been There, Done That: Capturing Truth-Albert Maysles
. Using the Zoom Control
Adjusting Your Shot
Using the “Digital Zoom? Function
. Handheld Secrets of the Pros
Forget the Tripod and Go Handheld
Handheld Editing Considerations
Motivation and Style
. Handheld Camera Positions
OTHER CAMERA CONSIDERATIONS
. Using Tripods
Introduction
General Tripod Tips
. Pre-Roll and End-Roll
Pre-Roll and End-Roll for Each Shot
. Set Recording Protocol
. Color Bars
Why You Should Use Color Bars
How to Adjust NTSC Color Bars
. Labeling Tapes
Pre-Labeling Blank Tapes
Record Tabs
. Hot Tip: Cleaning Your Lens

4-LIGHTING
SAFETY AND TOOLS
. Electricity and Safety
Electricity Considerations
Safety Considerations
. Lighting Safety Tip Sheet
. How Not to Blow A Circuit
. Lighting Tools of the Trade
3- AND 4-POINT LIGHTING
. Interview Lighting Setups
Introduction
Learning and Mastering the Craft
. The Key Light Light
Setting Up Your Key Light
. Hair Light and Backlight
Hair Light
Background Light
The Cookie Effect
. The Fill Light
Fill Light Alternatives
. Controlling Light Intensity
. Down and Dirty DV Gel Guide
. Anatomy of an Interview Kit
. Hot Tip: 3 Tips for Shooting in Low Light
. Miscellaneous Lighting Tips
. Setting Up Lights in 5 Easy Steps
. Lighting Cookbook
Practical Lighting Setup
4-Point Lighting Setup
Simple Lighting Setup
Window Lighting Setup
Anonymous Lighting Setup
2-Subject Light Setup
Blacklight Setup

5-SOUND RECORDING
SOUND TOOLS OF THE TRADE
. Basic Sound Package
. Intermediate Sound Package
. Microphones-Boom Mics
Introduction
Boom Mics
. 8 Quick Tips aor Better Booming
. Good Boom, Bad Boom
. Booming Technique
. Microphones-Lavs and Handhelds
Lavalier Mics
Handheld Mics
Wireless Mics
. Mounting a Lav Mic
Handling Subjects
RECORDING TECHNIQUES
. Hot Tip: 2 Subjects, but only 1 Lav Mic
. The Right Mic for the Job
. Recording Sound Levels
Riding Levels
Where Should Your Needle Peak?
Beware of Prosumer Camera Audio Meters
. Why Use a Mixer?
. Using a Field Mixer
. Other Mixer Features
Limiter
Lo-Cut Filter
Pan Knob
Monitor In
Tone Generator
Slate
. 5 Sound Rules to Live By
. Location Sound Recording
Don’t Just Look, Listen to Your Location
. Location Sound Hazards
OTHER SOUND TYPE STUFF
. Down and Dirty DV Cable Guide
. Miscellaneous Sound Tips
Breakaway Cables
Coiling Cables
Hiding Mics
. How to Use Sound Blankets
Shooting in Rooms with Echo
How to Eggroll a Sound Blanket

6-COMPOSITION AND COVERAGE
WHAT IT LOOK LIKE?
. Aspect Ratios
Which Aspect Ration Should You Shoot?
Widescreen Options
. Shooting Widescreen DV
. Hot Tip: Down and Dirty Widescreen
. Composition Basics
Introduction
. Composition Tricks
Hiding Undesirable Backgrounds
Cheating Backgrounds
. Lens Focal Length
. Telephoto and Wide-Angle Lenses
. Don’t Just Tell ‘Em, Show ‘Em
The Audience Wants to See Your Story
POV Shots Put the Audience There
. The Visual Language of Docs
Cover Your Scene (and Your Butt)
Establishing Shots
The Establishing Sequence
Wide Shots (WS)
Medium Shots (MS)
Close Ups (CU)
1-Shots
2-Shots
Over the Shoulder Shots
Reaction/Reverse Shots
Dutch Angles
Dolly Shots
The Full Tilt Boogey
Dramatic Zooms
Executing the Move
Cutaways
. Storytelling and Cutaways
How to Shoot Cutaways
MORE VISUAL STORYTELLING TOOLS
. Your B-Roll Is Your “A? Roll
. Been There, Done That: Doc Storytelling with Animation-John Canemaker
. Depth-of-Field Demysti?ed
Racking Focus
. Hot Tip: Shallow Depth-of-Field
. 10 Tips for Shooting Live Events

7-INTERVIEW PREP
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
. All About Interviews
Introduction
Get Yourself Together
. Final Preparations
Equipment Prep
Travel
. Arriving at Location
Setup Time
Warm ‘Em Up
. Choosing Interview Backgrounds
Storytelling Through Framing
Using Props and Cheating Background
Using Depth and Busy Backgrounds
. Hot Tip: Easy Do-It-Yourself Backdrops
MAKING THEM LOOK GOOD
. Positioning and Eyeline
Subject Positioning
Interviewer Positioning and Eyeline
. How Do I Look?
Clothing
. Video Clothing Issues
. Fixing Faces
. Hot Tip: Easy Powder Makeup
WORKING WITH SUBJECTS
. Talent Releases
Get a Signed Talent Release Form
Getting Release from Major Figures
Verbal Releases
. Been There, Done That: Fair Subject Portrayal and Releases-Albert Maysles
. Brie?ng Your Subject
. Instructing Subjects
. Hot Tip: Keepin’ It “Real?
. Been There, Done That: When Subjects Want to Walk-Rose Rosenblatt & Marion Lipschutz

8-CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS
INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
. Asking Questions and Responding
Introduction
. Form of Questions
. Logical Order of Questions
INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES
. Been There, Done That: Interviewing Resistant Subjects-Sa? ya McClinton
. Hot Tip: How to Work a Press Conference
. Interview Preparation and Warm Up
Brainstorm and Write Out Your Questions
Warm ‘Em Up
. Listening Skills
. Responding to Your Subject
. Been There, Done That: The Thin Line of Exploitation-Sam Pollard
. The Soapbox Question
. Hot Tip: Interviewing Celebrities
. Monitoring Technical Issues
Interrupting Your Interview to Solve Problems
Using a Monitor and Headphones
Other Things to Look Out For
. Interview Hazards
. The Wrap Out
Before You Call a “Wrap?
Thank Everyone.Profusely
Packing Up
9-POST-PRODUCTION
PREPARING TO EDIT
. The Post-Production Process
It’s All About Post
. Viewing & Taking Notes
Viewing All Your Footage
. Logging Footage
Why We Log
Organizing Your Shots
The Log Sheet
Technological Advances in Logging
. Hot Tip: “Automatic? Tape Logging . Transcribing Interviews
EDITING ISSUES
. Who Should Edit Your Film?
. Been There, Done That: Working with Editors-Sam Pollard
. Time Code and DV Tapes
A Quick Lesson on DV Tape
Time Code Problems
. Stock Footage and Music
. Been There, Done That: 7 Commandments of Archival Footage-Rick Prelinger
GETTING IT OUT THERE
. Hot Tip: 5 Reasons to Get Down with Podcasting and Video Sharing
. Been There, Done That: Finding an Audience Online-Susan Buice and Arin Crumley
. Film Festival Strategy
. Been There, Done That: Passion, Business & Filmmaking-Adrian Belic
. 7 Ways to Work a Film Festival
. Been There, Done That: How to Hustle at Sundance-Rebekah Sindoris and Christie Pesicka

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