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1st Edition

The Film Handbook

ISBN 9780203146446
Published May 2, 2013 by Routledge
352 Pages

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Book Description

The Film Handbook examines the current state of filmmaking and how film language, technique and aesthetics are being utilised for today’s ‘digital film’ productions. It reflects on how critical analysis’ of film underpins practice and story, and how developing an autonomous ‘vision’ will best aid student creativity.

The Film Handbook offers practical guidance on a range of traditional and independent ‘guerrilla’ film production methods, from developing script ideas and the logistics of planning the shoot to cinematography, sound and directing practices. Film professionals share advice of their creative and practical experiences shooting both on digital and film forms.

The Film Handbook relates theory to the filmmaking process and includes:

• documentary, narrative and experimental forms, including deliberations on ‘reading the screen’, genre, mise-en-scène, montage, and sound design

• new technologies of film production and independent distribution, digital and multi-film formats utilised for indie filmmakers and professional dramas, sound design and music

• the short film form, theories of transgressive and independent ‘guerrilla’ filmmaking, the avant-garde and experimental as a means of creative expression

• preparing to work in the film industry, development of specialisms as director, producer, cinematographer, editor, and the presentation of creative work.

Table of Contents

Forward Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC  Introduction  Part 1: Film Language And Aesthetics  1. Renaissance of (Digital) Film  2. Developing Mise-en-Scene  3. Directing the Actor  4. Cinematography: Painting with Motion  5. Sound Underpinning Image  6. Editing: Temporality & Structure  Part 2: Film Theory In Practice  7. Reading The Screen  8. Spectatorship and Audience  9. Contemporary Cinema  10. Eisenstein and Bazin: Formalism & Realism, Two Modes of Practice  11. Genre  Part 3: Guerrilla Filmmaking: Practice As Subversion  12. Experimentation and the Short Film Format 13. Working with Non-Professional Actors  14. The Avant-garde, Subtext, & Symbolism  15. Documentary as Resistance  Part 4: Persistence Of Vision  16. Screenwriting: From Script to Screen John Brice  17. Soundtracks: Using Music in Film Paul Rutter  18. Post Film: Technology and the Digital Film  Part 5: Merging and Immerging Media: Developing a Professional Specialism  19. Post-Film: Production, Distribution and Consumption in the Digital Age  20. Mapping a Career Path

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Series Editor(s)


Dr. Mark de Valk is Senior Lecturer in Film & Television Studies at Southampton Solent University. He specialises in guerrilla/indie-filmmaking processes and continues to produce, direct and write productions in documentary, drama, and experimental formats.

Dr. Sarah Arnold is Lecturer in Film & Digital Media at University College Falmouth and is author of Maternal Horror Film: Melodrama and Motherhood (2013).