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Announcing The Best Training Series on Digital Cinema Ever! Nearly 45 hours of comprehensive instruction on film making by hands-on experts. Truly a complete "Film School in a Box!"

• The most revolutionary training course you will ever own presented by people who work in Hollywood day in and day out.
• Students will learn basic production all the way through a finished film & all the techniques and gear needed to get there.
• Each course builds on the last until students are truly proficient and ready to make that movie or video a success.
• All DVDs feature Motion Menus & Instant-Access Chapter buttons.

Available as complete courses or individual modules for educational use. Includes license for classroom use. Both The Command Course Basic series and Command Plus series courses include additional student resource materials for classroom and field use. They are also available for purchase separately for additional students taking the course.

Series Teaches: Scriptwriting, Formatting, Editing, Camera Operation, Lighting, Exposure, Audio, & Directing, all focused on Digital Movies.


Nearly 27 Hours of Learning on 20 DVD's! Start with The Command Course Basic – that teaches Filmmaking from writing to post & all the gear use that enables students to produce a film or video successfully

SAVE $227 20 DVD Set: FDCT-CBS $749.00

Includes 5 copies of the Student Course Materials – Extra & Accessories
75 page Field Manual, Production Check list, Tech Field Guide, Pre-Production CD, Rugged Use Pen

(The Digital Cinema Basic Course includes DCT-BP, DCT-MP, DCT-LS, DCT-GG & DCT-REF).

The Digital Cinema Course is a multi module course that starts with the screenplay. Includes detailed instructions on proper structure and creating solid characters using a dramatic short film, teaching writers the how to overcome screenwriting traps, obstacles and disasters and how to write clearly. Categorizing specific writing methods and tools, it inspires writers who may have given up on dramatic storytelling. Computer graphics show how to physically construct a screenplay, content format, paper and binding to use. The section on film editing starts with a history of editing and digital nonlinear editing basics. It abides by the rule that the best cinematographer or director is first a competent editor. The equipment use sections show equipment and gear from the basic C-stand to the intricate use of color gels and corrective filtration, preparing filmmakers for making movies with HMI, tungsten, and fluorescent lighting. Explore basic production in a controlled studio environment with lighting, lenses, shots, depth of field, composition and axes of movement. The next section, movie production (10 hours), puts all this learning to the test on a real movie set, complete with variables that assault filmmakers while digital film making. Because movies are primarily a visual art, the lighting section goes deep into lighting a film set with faith to the script's intention. Whether to mimic candlelight, firelight, or fluorescent warehouse lighting, this section discusses the most difficult situations that a cinematographer may confront. The Gear Guide module is an 11 program set (also available as individual programs) covering lighting and camera packages and component use in detail for field and studio use (also includes mic booms).

20 DVD Set: $749.00

Basic Production Module

Teaches 10-Point lighting, the jargon and motive behind each light source, as well as balancing them together with Quality, Quantity, Direction, and Color, Composition, like Law of Thirds, Screen Mass, Triangular Dominance, Color Harmony, and Planar Separation, as well as the psychological lighting impact of each. Covers Lenses, Depth of Field, Shots, Axes of Motion, Background lighting, Male & Female Makeup, Steadicam use.

2 DVD Set: FDCT-BP 3 hr 39 min. $159.00

2 DVD Set: $159.00

Movie Production Module

Screenwriting, Directing, Acting. Add foreground detail and make a dolly move really count, block your actors to match their eyelines, compose your shots to set the audience at ease (or not), and light the set with a minimum of fixtures. Then move onto the set and experience working through 13 different set layouts in detail.

6 DVD Set: FDCT-MP 10 hr 6 min. $259.00

6 DVD Set: $259.00

Lighting Module

10 complete sections devoted to Pro lighting. Matching your lighting to fire-light, Christmas lights, uncorrected fluorescents, flashlights, candles with light and dark skin tones, work lamps, window lights, office interview, lighting chrome weapons, keying and groups of actors at a card table scene. When you finish the last DVD of this series you will never watch movies the same way again, knowing that the "Natural Sunset" light inside an apartment is actually tungsten light off a gold reflector and that there is a reason why directors move the actors in specific axes.

4 DVD Set: FDCT-LS 4hr 18 min. $179.00

4 DVD Set: $179.00

Gear Guide Module

This module teaches how to use all the Camera and Lighting gear to make movies successfully and get the most out of the gear you already own. Each program focuses on specific gear and techniques. 11 Program Components.

8 DVD Set: FDCT-GG 8 hr 37 min. $179.00

Each individual module in the Gear Guide set can be purchased separately.

8 DVD Set: $179.00

Tungsten & H.M.I Fresnels

Focuses on Tungsten and H.M.I Fresnels, with John Gresch from Arri Lighting. Learn how to sculpt your frame, light the actors properly and dramatically and throw shadows on parts of the background that you don't like. The information applies to most lighting systems, not just the featured Arri. Teaches: Changing lenses, changing bulbs, attaching Softboxes, using snoots, safety, spotting/flooding & selecting the proper light kit.

FDCT-TGHM 46 min. $49.95


Diopters & Filters

Focuses on Diopters, and Filters with Bill Turner from Schneider Optics. Learn how to modify a fixed-lens camera with a wider wide angle and a deeper telephoto. Teaches how to use Wide Angle Adapters and Converters, as well as Telephoto Converters and their differences. Learn how to film just one part of a face, like lips or eyes and how to make a penny fill the frame. Plus how to protect your camera from misuse of large converters. Using filters, learn how to darken a bright sky to get it within the dynamic range of HDV, but not affect the rest of the scene, how to see through reflections, how to darken the overall scene to allow a wider aperture for shallower depth of field.

Teaches: Wide and TeleConverters, Adapters, 4x4 Filters Polarizers, Graduated ND Filters, Color Filters and much more.

FDCT-LENS 35 min. $49.95


Tripods, Bags & Reflectors

Focuses on Tripods, Bags and Reflectors with Mark Bender from Bogen Imaging. The more you use your pro camera, the more you find that it deserves a pro camera bags, specifically designed to safely and lightly carry cameras and accessories. Learn to pick the right type, and how to make it work for your projects. Also, learn how to setup and operate light and heavy tripods, the difference between friction and fluid heads and how to pick the right tripod to do the job. An added bonus is a section on reflector types, what uses they have and how to get the most out of them.

Teaches: Teaches Light Duty Tripods, Medium Duty Tripods, Heavy Capacity Tripods, Camera Bags, Reflectors and much more.

FDCT-PODS 85 min. $49.95


Follow Focus Devices

Focuses on Follow Focus Devices with Karl Horn from Cinetech. Experienced shooters of Pro HD or SD Digital Cinema Camera rely on the focusing dial to create more dramatic transitions into actors or objects. Forget your wrist, learn to use follow focus wheels that reorient the direction of the focus dial to one that more easily fits the movement of the human body. They give you focus stops, so that you don't have to guess where your subject is. Just set up the A and B stops and go from A to B. No guess work. This comes in very handy in cameras that do not have numerical readouts for focus marks. Learn use of whips and extensions for focus pulling devices allowing you or a crew "focus puller" to pull focus from behind the camera so that you can just concentrate on panning and tilting the camera with the actor.

Teaches: Focus Pulling Techniques, Follow Focus Types, Single/Double Wheel, Whips and Extensions, Speed Cranks, Rear-Firing Configurations and much more.

FDCT-FF 11 min. $49.95


Focuses on Fluoresecents

Focuses on Fluoresecents with Frieder Hocheim and Tom Jacob from KinoFlo. Pros rely on Fluorescent lighting being perfectly tungsten or daylight balanced, soft, emitting almost no heat, and dimmable with very little shift in color temperature. But it's also complex. This program answers the following questions. Which instruments to use? Which color temperature? Do you match with the window or other tungsten instruments? How about DMX dimming and networking? How do you safely replace bulbs? What about color options? How do you safely regulate power output of DC supplies?

Teaches: Fluorescent Fixtures, Studio and Portable Models, Diffusion Techniques, Dimming, DMX Controls, Daylight/Interior Bulbs, Special Effects, 12V Car Models and much more.

FDCT-FLUO 70 min. $49.95


Grip Gear

Focuses on Grip Gear with Ed Phillips from MSE (Matthews Studio Equipment). Professional grip equipment lasts longer, looks more professional, holds weight more securely and helps you sculpt precision-lit sets with flags and scrim. Which light stands do you use? Which clamps for which lights? How do you safely equip, mount and weight-balance a C-stand? How do cheaply made roller stands differ from professional ones? What is the difference between a preemie, a HiHi and a combo stand? What is the difference between a half-apple and a pancake?

Teaches: C-Stands, Light Stands, Combo Stands, Flags, Black Net, Silks and Diffusers, Cucaloris Modifiers, Cutters, Dots and Fingers and much more.

DCT-GRIP 36 min. $49.95


Gels & Lighting Modifiers

Focuses on Gels and Lighting Modifiers with Joel Svendsen from Rosco Gels. Pro crew rely on color gels for correcting instruments or creating a mood. But it's complex. Which type of gel do you use? How much color temperature correction is necessary? Do you match an HMI instrument with the window or the other tungsten instruments? How does gelling an instrument differ from Digital HD to Film? How do you safely use gels? What options are there in color and and mood? Both Straw and Amber gels cause a mathematical warming shift in the color temperature, so why are there two different types?

Teaches: Correction Gels, Film vs. Video Intensities, Color Effect Gels, Modifiers for Stage Lights, Daylight Balance Gels, Tungsten Balance Gels and much more.

FDCT-GELS 43 min. $49.95


Heavy Dollies

Focuses on Heavy Dollies with 35-year Veteran Hollywood Key Grip Chet Spinney. Sometimes compact dollies work but you'll always need to know how to set up or operate a heavy dolly. Learn the principles of balancing a dolly track, pushing techniques, proper movement and braking. Steve Schuneman shares his extensive experience operating Pro Mic Booms on multi-million dollar TV shows. Learn how to operate a Pro Mic boom and communicate with your boom operator. This program will help get familiar with gear in a generally ignored part of the industry that doesn't get the glitz of body-mounted camera systems, but has been a mainstay of every indie and studio film for 60 years.

Teaches: Heavy Studio Dollies, Balancing Dolly Track, Proper Dollying Methods, Dolly & Jib Moves, Pro Mic Booms.

FDCT-HDL 26 min. $49.95


Matteboxes & Zoom Controllers

Focuses on Matteboxes & Zoom Controllers with James Lee from 16x9inc. (Chrosziel and Bebob). Learn how to achieve that crisp, contrast look in films, when shooting into the sun and avoiding a milky or hazy shot by using a mattebox to shoot into the sun. It gives great highlights everywhere, the actors are naturally backlit, the sun isn't in their eyes and the scene looks more dynamic. Learn how to protect the camera lens from haze and the major culprit, flare. Matteboxes allow you to mount 4x4 and sometimes 4x5.65 filters (demonstrated in the DCT-LENS DVD) and shade wide angle lens adapters that do not have lens hoods. Learn the essential zoom controller used to easily change the focal length of your lens without moving your hand away from the pan handle. If zooming for an industrial or how-to video or for effect, the zoom controller is indispensable for providing a smooth focal length change without unnecessary jitter on the camera body. Learn all about electronic zoom and focus controllers.

Teaches: Mounting Matteboxes, Using French Flags, Side Flags, Baseplates and Rods, Sunshades, Filter Holders, Camera Design Issues, Zoom Controllers, Electronic Focus and much more.

FDCT-MB 57 min. $49.95


Gear Rental

Focuses on Gear Rental with Steve Tobenkin from Birns & Sawyer in Hollywood. It does not make sense to own four different cameras for four different types of shoots. Enter the rental house. You can get a great camera package, lights, grip gear and stay within budget. Just rent the gear, use it, then return it. Makes sense, sounds easy. It's not. It is a very complicated process that invites expensive disaster. This program teaches you all the ins and outs of safely renting gear, as well as avoiding common horrors of discovering that "mysterious disappearances" are not covered by insurance companies and can leave you penniless for years. Learn every line of a common rental contract, every term and real street-advice every step of the way.

Teaches: Safe Renting Practices, Rental Contracts, Insurance Types, Negotiating Travel Days, 3-Day Weeks, Building Relationships, Trust and Credit, Economies of Scale insurance tips and much more.

FDCT-GRDR 71 min. $49.95


Pedestals, Jibs & Camera Lights

Focuses on Pedestals, Jibs, and Camera Lights with David Butler from Ste-Man (Cartoni and PAG). Dollies get you closer to the subject in a more dynamic smooth manner. But a jib maintains that movement vertically when you need to rise up with an actor getting out of a chair or car, or going upstairs. Learn about jibs, axes of motion and use techniques. Teaches use of on-camera battery operated lights in low interior illumination situations when you can't raise ambient light level or use studio lights. Learn filter accessories and battery systems and chemistries to match. Covers the ease of use of a studio pedestal with a vertical pneumatic lift. Learn bleeding excess pressure, maneuvering and operation. In an underwater or part water shot, learn how to use an underwater bag. Finally, with the use of body-mounted camera support offering a full range of motion when you don't need or can't afford a full steadicam, learn how to mount and operate the popular PAG Orbitor body mounted system.

Teaches: Studio Pedestals, Compact Jibs, On-Camera Lights, Dichroic Filters, Diffusing Eye-Lights, 3-Wheel Dollies, Battery Chemistry, Underwater Bags, Body mounted systems and much more.

FDCT-ONCM 37 min. $49.95



Nearly 50 Hours of Learning – 35 DVD's! For filmmakers and students who want to go a step further and learn advanced movie production techniques, compositing & intermediate audio, The Command Plus course includes the Basic Course PLUS 21 more hours of instruction in 4 instruction modules

SAVE $460 35 DVD Set: FDCT-CPL $1,572.00

(The Digital Cinema Plus Course includes DCT-AMP, DCT-COMP, DCT-A102, DCT-BP, DCT-MP, DCT-LS, DCT-GG & DCT-REF, DTC-ATG).

Includes 10 copies of the Student Course Materials – Extra & Accessories
75 page Field Manual, Production Check list, Tech Field Guide, Pre-Production CD, Rugged Use Pen

35 DVD Set: $1,572.00

Actor Training Guide

Explores the process of discovering and preparing a character for film with acting instructor and coach, Stephen Heu. Students will prepare, rehearse and perform a scene from the script titled "THE CAMERA". Teaches the Audition; the Sides; the Look; the Script; exploring the Character; Empathy; Honing our craft; The actor's goals and the audience's goals; Loaning emotions to a character; Catharsis; Stage and Film acting differences and a detailed performance section including the process of rehearsal and abandoning the script.
(Available as a combo pack (1080p HD Blu-ray Disc and 480p SD DVD disc) with 2 hours of instructions and bonus materials.)

2 DVD Set: FDCT-ATG $99.00


Advanced Movie Production Module

This is movie making in action, teaching set etiquette, communication, decision-making, and real-life production, all while watching a full feature film being made. For 12 days, the crew of this film worked hard alongside motivated cast, a passionate director and a jovial producer. Watch this 19 section set for almost 13 hours of serious education, movie set stress and fun. You'll learn from series creator Rush Hamden as a cinematographer on the set, taking orders, getting the film made despite fatigue, illness and shortage of crew. This volume took two full years to complete. The AMP course includes a 65 page manual with scene by scene details for all the backup to make this module the cornerstone of your actual moviemaking success.

Includes: Prelight and Day One through Day 12, Pick Up Shots, Wrap & interviews with the Director and Producer. Plus invaluable 65 page scene by scene manual.

8 DVD Set: FDCT-AMP 13 hr $329.00


Intermediate Audio Module

The Intermediate Audio Guide is a special focus on Microphones, Mixers, Recorders, Cables, and Wireless Systems. You may already know from the MP Command Course the basic principles of Audio, but this 5 part module goes much further using pro audio gear. Learn about Electret Mics, Dynamic Mics, Condenser Mics, Mixers, Lowcut and Pads, Hard Disk Recorders, Mic Suspension Mounts, Audio Snake Cables, Wireless Systems and much more. Pro Audio gear performs better, lasts longer, is more robust, generates less noise in the audio stream and offers much greater flexibility in controlling your sound. Learn the principles of recording "safe audio", from selecting the right location, to using the right mic for the job, to recording on CF cards or Hard Disk. All these points plus many more are addressed in this module.

Includes: Mics: Dynamic, Electret, Condenser , Dynamic Mics, Interview Mics, Interference Tube, Gaining Up Off-Axis Rejection, Mic Patterns, Cardioid Condenser Mics, Low-Cut Filter, -10dB Pad Accessories and General Usage such as Locations, Shock Mounts, Boom Poles, Handling Noise,"Fix it in Post", A.D.R, Foley, Wind Screens, Zeppelin Covers and Configurations, Pop Screens, Mixers and Media Recorders, I.F.B.: Internal Fold Back, Backing Up Audio Tracks, Mixers: Safe Audio,Multi-Pin Connectors (Beta Snakes), Mixer Types and Price Points, Mdia Recorders, Wireless and Wired Lavoliers, Wireless Systems, Multi-Channel Systems, Finding Open Frequencies, Driving a Transmitter "Hot", Headphones and Summary.

1 DVD: FDCT-A102 60 min. $99.00

1 DVD : FDCT-A102

Compositing Module - Including Full HD Editing File

This 23 part Digital Keying Guide teaches how to create believable Compositing images. It concentrates on Lighting the Green or Blue Screen Background, Lighting Foreground Plate and Subject, Matching Fore-to-Background, Camera Settings, Using Keying Hardware, Directing Actors, Keying in Post, Using Keying Software and more. Often you will be called upon to film a scene that is to be composited over a background requiring you to film the against a color (green or blue) screen, then remove that color in post and composite the scene onto the desired background. It sounds simple but is a very complicated procedure that goes beyond setting up actors against a green paper background. Covers planning, scripting, charting, accurate lighting, specific direction of actors and color-matched post compositing. This module will teach you lighting to post, how to set the height and angle of the background camera, match it to the foreground camera; teaches matching the color, direction and intensity of the subject's instruments with the background natural light; delves deeper with an action scene that teaches you how to blend action elements with proper direction for actor eyelines. The final part of the module teaches post production compositing and also contains a 3.5 GB full HD 1080i file with all the elements needed to build an action scene for practice by copying to a PC or MAC and dropping it into a compositing program.

4 DVD Set: FDCT-COMP 3hr 5 min. $329.00

The 4 DVD Set of the Compositing Module includes the following components.

COMP1: Opening (2 min.) Pre-Light (15 min.) Introduction to Compositing (2 min.) Edges/Spill (3 min.) Screen/Room Size (3 min.) Garbage Mattes (2 min.) Real-World Issues (1 min.) Matching Bkgrd (3 min.) Bkgrd Plate Prep (3 min.) General Lighting (4 min.)Aesthetics (3 min.) Specific Lighting (5 min.) Metal-Halide & Sodium Vapor Sources (2 min.) Video Noise (1 min.) Camera Angles (1 min.) Camera Settings (12 min.) 62 min.

COMP2: Lighting the Foreground Step by Step (18 min.) Quick Lighting Summary (3 min.) Analyzing Lighting in Detail (5 min.) Analyzing Each Light Source (5 min.) Filming the Action (3 min.) Coordinating Secondary Action (13 min.)Final Note (1 min.) 48 min.

COMP3: Diagrams (3 min.Screen Prep (3 min.) Spot Meter (4 min.)Zebra Control (4 min.) Waveform (6 min.) Vectorscope (5 min.) Polarizers (2 min.)Scene Prep (4 min.) Ultimatte DV (5 min.) Lighting Control through Hardware Keyer (2 min.) Lighting Summary (2 min.) Specific Lighting (3 min.) Creating Atmosphere to Mimic Background (3 min.) Filming the Shot (3 min.) Final Note (1 min.) 50 min.

COMP4: Intro & Software (4 min.) Cropping (2 min.) Spill Suppression (2 min.) Backgrounds (1 min.) Lighting Correlation (1 min.) Crop Marks (1 min.) Lens Settings (3 min.) Aesthetics (2 min.) Final Notes (1 min.) SD Footage for Practice (4 min.) HD Footage for Practice (4 min.) 25 min.

Student Course Materials - Extras & Accessories

Ideal for student use in the classroom & by filmmakers!
Also available for purchase separately.

Includes: 75 page Field Manual, Production Check list, Tech Field Guide, Pre-Production CD, Rugged Use Pen.
5 Sets are included in the Command Basic Course and 10 copies are included in the Command Plus Course at no extra charge.
Both The Command Course Basic series and Command Plus series courses include the student resource materials Extras & Accessories. They are also available for purchase separately for additional students taking the course.

FDCT- REF $40.00


The Crew Series - Go Behind the Scenes of the Film Industry

3 Stars - Video Librarian
Discover the Secrets of Breaking in to Film Production & the Tools Necessary to Make an Informed Career Choice Valuable for students aspiring to enter the world of Filmmaking

SAVE $30 6 DVD Set: FCREW6 $444.00

A fascinating and informative series, realistic about life in the film industry and what it takes to succeed. The Crew, not only unveils the secrets of "breaking in" to the film business but also provides the tools necessary to make an informed career choice

Young people everywhere are interested in "breaking in" to film production. However it is a business shrouded in mystique and it is very difficult to find out what it's all about or how to get started.

In this six program series, The Crew unravels the mystery and explores the various technical positions that form a film production unit. Covering 18 different departments from Grips to Costume, Lighting to Makeup, the series vividly presents the jobs and lives of film production workers and explores the technical aspects of producing a film by talking to the people who make it happen.

In each program, The Crew follows technicians from three various departments, in the milieu of a film set as they perform their jobs. The technicians talk candidly about hierarchy, job demands and the creative aspects of each position. They discuss how to get started, entry-level skills required, pay rates to expect and the personal pros and cons of working in "the business."


Costume, Camera & Grip Departments

Costume Designer: Designs, creates, acquires and supervises the construction and fitting of all costumes and wardrobe. Works in consultation with the production designer and the director. Camera Operator: Responsible for the actual operation of the camera. 1st Assistant Camera: Responsible for adjusting the focus of the lens while filming. Also known as the focus puller. 2nd Assistant Camera: Responsible for marking the actor’s places, slating, paperwork, dealing with film stock, camera equipment and the lab. Key Grip: The head of the grip department. Responsible for overseeing the moving and set-up of cameras, lights, dolly track and other equipment as needed.

F2623DVD 22 min. $79.00


Special Effects, Construction & Location Departments

Special Effects Supervisor: Also known as the Special Effects Coordinator, the sfx Supervisor is the head of the department and designs and directs all the special effects needed on the job. This position requires special skills in pyrotechnics, rigging, engineering and safety. Construction Coordinator: The head of the crew responsible for constructing all the sets in a production. Locations Manager (LM): The head of the department responsible for scouting locations, for securing permits and for making sure that each location is ready for the fi lm crew before filming and is left in a decent state after filming.

F2624DVD 22 min. $79.00


Paint, Sound & FX Make-up Departments

Lead Painter: Also known as lead scenic artist. Paints all the sets on a production, as well as backdrops as needed. On-Set Painter: The person responsible for the upkeep and continuity of paint elements during shooting. Location Sound Mixer: The person responsible for sound recording, including the selection of appropriate microphones and their placement and use. During production, this person is responsible for the recording and integrity of all sound. Special Effects Make-up Artist: Assists the designer as required. Responsible for application and “touch-ups” on set.

F2625DVD 22 min. $79.00


Hair, Production Office & Make-up Departments

Head (or Key) Hair Stylist: Styles the hair on all on-camera talent. Also supervises the fitting of any wigs or mustaches, as well as hair tinting. Head of department. Production Coordinator: Provides organizational, logistical and clerical support to the production. Responsible for setting up and managing the office, arranging for travel and permits, creating and distributing paperwork such as scripts, script changes, call sheets, schedules and location maps. Works closely with the production manager. Head (or Key) Make-Up Artist: Applies make-up to all on-camera talent. Head of department.

F2626DVD 22 min. $79.00


Props, Assistant Director & Continuity Departments

Props Master: Head of the props department. Responsible for obtaining and providing all items that a performer picks up and uses during a production. 1st Assistant Director: The person in charge of creating the schedule, running the set and keeping a certain pace during shooting. As the director’s right hand, the 1st AD operates as the conduit between the crew and the director. Script Supervisor: The person in charge of making sure that continuity is adhered to throughout the filmmaking process. Script supervisors ensure that between takes and shoots, the background, props and actors, their clothes, makeup, hair and more are in the same state that they were in previous shots for a logical progression in the finished film.

F2627DVD 22 min. $79.00


Art, Set Decoration & Lighting Departments

Art Director: Reports to the production designer. The person responsible for designing and supervising the construction of all sets and scenery, overseeing the painting and dressing of all sets, and coordinating much of the logistical elements for the art department. Set Decorator: responsible for overseeing research, acquisition and allocation of items required to dress the various sets. Gaffer: The head of the lighting and electrical departments on-set. They determine electrical and power requirements and oversee all electrical aspects of the production, particularly those associated with lighting.

F2628DVD 22 min. $79.00


The Business Side of Successful Filmmaking Series with Award-Winning Filmmaker David Heavener

Proven Secrets to Make Movies that Make Money

This unique groundbreaking series, hosted by award-winning filmmaker David Heavener, provides a no-nonsense outline to writing, producing & distributing your film. Whether you’re a film buff with a really great movie idea or someone who has years of experience, everyone can learn from the easy to follow guidelines in this series. Learn all the proven steps to become an accomplished filmmaker including how to launch your career, screenwriting made easy, getting financed, low-budget, high quality producing, market, sell & distribute and the future of filmmaking & distribution.

Comes complete with 73 page Workbook – please go to the Teachers Guide section to download the workbook


SAVE $79

The Business Side of Successful Filmmaking: Creating the Winning Script

This program teaches you to determine your purpose in filmmaking which in turn will allow you to define & refine your mission statement and keep you on track throughout your career. Includes an overview on how the Hollywood system works, plus the techniques to develop concept & the basic principles of creating your script.


  • How to define purpose & create a mission statement
  • Discover why most filmmakers fail
  • How to insure your success
  • Learn how the Hollywood Game works
  • Find your genre (main genre, sub-genre)
  • Create your preliminary flyer
  • Develop your script (the one-liner, synopsis, step outline, full script)

28 min.


28 min.

The Business Side of Successful Filmmaking: Film Financing Secrets

Financing is one of the hardest & most confusing aspects of filmmaking. Many filmmakers do not know where to go to find the money & lack the knowledge on how to speak to investors. After 20 years of raising more than $40 million in film investments, David Heavener teaches the techniques he has developed & perfected over the years to help you obtain the funds you need to get your project underway. He then breaks down the process of production from pre-production, through post production, including how to audition actors, contracts & how to negotiate with post production facilities.


  • How to get funds
  • Determine your financial vehicle
  • Where to find the money
  • How to use creative financing
  • How to advertise for investors
  • How to use distributors as investors
  • Cold calling for money
  • Where to hire someone to raise money for you
  • Pre-production (create a budget, building a crew, casting actors)
  • Production (location, setting up a work week, shot list, editing with the camera, feeding the crew)
  • Post-production (editing, post sound, scoring, the finished elements)

70 min.


70 min.

The Business Side of Successful Filmmaking: Selling & Marketing the Movie

The hardest part of filmmaking becomes selling your movie, once the film has been made. This program teaches the marketing process using a step-by-step plan followed by the process of dealing with film distributors. Along with the pros and cons of signing with someone else, you’ll also learn how to become your own distributor & the future landscape of filmmaking & distribution. Includes valuable information on contracts and terminology.


  • Perfecting the sell sheet
  • Creating the trailer (length, effects, story points)
  • How distribution works
  • The pros & cons of a distributor
  • The distribution agreement
  • What kind of deals to expect
  • The pros & cons of self distribution
  • How to set up your own company
  • How to sell your movie at a market
  • How to become a home video distributor
  • The future of filmmaking & distribution

57 min.


57 min.


Ideal for Students of Film & Video to expose students earlier in their communications courses to documentary filmmaking.

This program is a chance to hear from emerging and seasoned filmmakers as they discuss technical, legal, ethical and business issues of documentary film.  Thirty filmmakers discuss the art and craft of documentary filmmaking covering everything from finding a story, starting the process, shooting, editing and considering legal and ethical issues to tackling financial and distribution challenges. 

Hear directly from Academy Award winners and nominees, first time filmmakers and 50-year veterans as they offer tips from the trenches of filmmaking in brief, modular interview sequences perfect for the classroom

This program was created in an interactive platform, allowing professors to use it for classes on many different levels beyond communications, to study the social significance of film or how film is an agent for social change. Additionally it can be used as an educational tool for seasoned and aspiring filmmakers as a way to foster idea sharing among professionals.

Features interviews with more than 20 filmmakers, including Richard Berge, Nick Dobb, D.A. Pennebaker and Michael Skolnik.

Subjects Covered Include:

Introduction to Documentary Film
(What is a Documentary, Why Documentary Matters, Why they make films, A Student of Film),
The Story
(Finding Good Stories, Finding Good People, Story into Film, First Person Perspective),
Shooting & Editing
(Sound & Picture, Editing, Screening your Rough Cut),
Legal Issues
(Releases & Clearances, Fair Use, Music),
(General Ethics, Specific Ethics),
Financial & Distribution
(Getting Your Film Made, Getting Your Film Out There).

Copyright: 2009. 

Comes complete with detailed Study Guide - available in the Teachers Guide Section of our website.

83 min.




$ 119.00

Independent Movie Making: On Budget, On Schedule

A must see for aspiring and established film makers

You can’t make a film without a budget – this series is a fantastic primer on Budgets for Film for Real-World filmmaking taught by filmmakers

An important tool you can't afford to make your movie without!

“Diane delivers the goods no holds barred.  She breezes right through the production process with a clarity and logic that even a novice can appreciate.”
– Reinhard Schreiner, Post Production Supervisor/Sound Editor

“From budgeting in pre-production, accounting in production, to ensuring a smooth post-production and final delivery, Diane is highly capable in all phases of a production.”
– Marilyn Vance, Producer & Oscar Nominated Costume Designer

Diane Cornell, DGA Unit Production Manager, Line Producer and Producer solves the puzzle of on budget movie making with real world knowledge and practical experience. 

This comprehensive series covers everything from pre-production through post including, choice of script, budget breakdown, common budgeting pitfalls,  working with your director for maximum efficiencies and impact, shot lists, equipment estimation and developing a strategy for your budget design.  Question and answer, open mic discussions are included with the filmmaking audience providing real life answers to decisions that affect cost, production value, safety issues, personnel motivation and management.

6 Hrs.

Comes complete with budget sample with a script for the breakdown process. 

Disc 1:  Money & Financing

  • Politics of money                 Your script
  • Budget strategy                   Financing
  • Unions                                The crew
  • Loss & damage                   Bonds-contingencies
  • SAG                                   Production reports
  • Set safety                            Sexual harassment
  • Animals & children on set

77 min.

Disc 2: Promoting & Motivating Your Crew

  • Actors                                         Networking & reputation
  • Getting Started in Film                 Line producer
  • The job of the UPM                    Keeping costs low.

60 min.

Disc 3: Breaking Down Your Script

  • Script timing                                     Title and script clearance
  • Review of the one line                       The call sheet
  • Daily production reports

90 min.

Disc 4, 5 and 6: Contain review of a simple budget
line-by-line relating to costs and planning from Above-The-Line through Post-Production, with Q&A throughout.

Disc 4: Budget Review ATL/BTL 

  • ATL and cast                           Production BTL costs
  • Cost reporting                          Variance reports

10 min.

Disc 5: Budget Review BTL

  • Purchase orders                              Tech scouting
  • On-set issues                                  Construction
  • Equipment for grip/electric/camera
  • Problem solving

40 min.

Disc 6: Budget Review Post-Production

  • Editorial & post-production           Music
  • Insurance                                      Importance of quotes
  • Signatory packages                       Bond companies

129 min.

$ 399.00



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$ 189.50



5 Hours ONLY $189.50



$ 189.50

LOST - The Cinematography Team

Accolade - Award of Excellence - educational/instructional

Journeys Below The Line traveled to Hawaii and the set of “LOST” to produce an up close look at the entire team of talented people responsible for the Primetime Emmy® nominated look of the hit ABC series. Introduced by Jorge Garcia (Hurley), cinematographers Michael Bonvillian and John Bartley explain the advantages of shooting alternate episodes which affords each of them prep time with the director and input on location choices and scheduling. Go along on a location Tech Scout and sit in on the Production meeting, then see the scenes being shot. “LOST” shoots with two cameras and there are interviews with the Camera Operators, the First Assistants (focus pullers) and the Second Assistants (clappers) explaining the responsibilities of their jobs and how they fulfill them. Meet Walrus the film loader as he demonstrates what it takes to load and unload magazines in the dark room on the camera truck. Jim Grce describes his job as Gaffer, and Chuck Smallwood answers the question "what's a grip?" Dolly Grip Casey Alicino explains how he works with the operator and the focus puller, and how he hits his marks with the camera on the end of a crane. Take a tour of the special vehicles and equipment that have been developed to make shooting on a sandy beach or in a jungle doable. Cast members Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Jorge Garcia and Adewale Akinnouye-Agabaje express their admiration and respect for the work done by The Cinematography Team. Comes complete with Bonus Material and a CD-ROM for Students and Faculty.

30 min.



$ 79.00

Journeys Below the Line - ER The PropMasters

Aurora Award-Winning, Platinum Best of Show - Art/Culture Instruction

ER - The PropMasters - goes behind-the-scenes of the multi-Emmy(R)-winning show and NBC television hit, ER to show the technically demanding job of prop masters Rick Kerns and Rick Ladomade and their crew. See a stunt scene of the collapse of a third floor balcony loaded with party goers and learn how a plastic BBQ and rubber beer cans made it safer for the stunt people. In a scene involving the birth of a baby, see the crew, dressed in scrubs, position and operate an animatronic baby while the scene is actually being filmed. Witness the construction and evolution of the prosthetic for the “pregnant” mother. Also learn how the prop people handle ordinary medical props such as name tags and stethoscopes and everyday items such as cell phones and pizzas. Executive producer and director John Wells talks of the early days of ER and the challenges involved with building a complete emergency room’s worth of props. Cast members, the production designer, and heads of special effects and stunts emphasize the teamwork necessary to produce the fast-paced gritty reality of ER. Comes complete with Bonus Material & a CD-ROM for Students & Faculty. • Includes suggested curriculum material for television production courses currently taught in university and college Film/TV programs. • Includes outtakes and interviews with actors and other ER principals.

30 min.


The Academy Of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation Presents Journeys Below the Line - The Editing Process of 24

Aurora Award-Winning, Platinum Best of Show - Art/Culture Instruction

Ideal for Production & Mass Communication Classes & Students Wanting to enter the TV Business. Featuring primetime series and the people who create them, Journeys Below the Line captures, up close and personal, the realistic inner workings of the craft and technical jobs that are essential to the creation of successful television. Each program of the series illustrates an exciting Emmy-worthy career area by observing and interviewing top professionals. This TV Academy produced series will take you deep inside the television industry where few have been privileged to view. Incorporating exciting on-set production footage, insightful interviews with cast and crew, and spirited give-and-take with media arts students, these powerful presentations will both enlighten and educate audiences around the country. The Editing Process - goes behind the scenes with the editors of the FOX Television hit, 24 and emphasizes the jobs contributing to the distinctive editorial look and style of the series. Follow the shooting of a 24 scene in a metro station, focusing on the script supervisor, Anne Melville, and the notes she makes that help the editor. It then follows these notes to the editor’s room where Scott Powell uses them to build the scene. As Scott works on this scene and others he discusses the various aspects of his job and how he approaches editing so that his work follows 24’s overall style. Director Jon Cassar sits with Scott and gives his input to the work in progress. Throughout the program many others who work on 24 discuss their involvement with and appreciation of the editorial process. Lead actor Kiefer Sutherland introduces the show and tells how a visit to the editing room helped him improve his acting, and other actors, including Elisha Cuthbert, Carlos Bernard, Reiko Aylesworth, and Penny Johnson-Jerald, comment on their perceptions of the importance of editing and script supervision. Comes complete with Bonus Material for Students & Faculty. Includes suggested curriculum material for television production courses currently taught in university and college Film/TV programs. Includes outtakes and interviews with representatives of the editors guild and the script supervisors guild.

30 min.

Also over 30 minutes of additional CDROM content includes:

· Learning objectives for the program. · Summary of program content.
· Ideas for before and after classroom viewing. · The meaning of "Below-the-Line".
· Budget example illustrating "Below-the-Line". · Interactive glossary.
· Additional resources (web sites and printed material). · Information about the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation.
· Student TV Academy membership form. Faculty TV Academy membership form. · Committee members and staff.
· Background information about 24. · Staff and crew positions on 24.
· Bios of panelists and Assistant Editors featured on the program. · Forms used for script supervision and editing.
· Post production schedule. · Script page & script supervisor's notes about that page.
· Editor's log. · Scene change notes.
· Script supervisor's daily report. · Information about Journeys Below the Line.
· The Making of Journeys Below the Line. · Bios of Journeys Below the Line staff.


Television Academy Career Series - 3 Pack

Featuring primetime series, Journeys Below the Line captures the realistic inner workings of the craft & technical jobs essential to the creation of successful television.

SAVE $58

Reg. $237.00 3 DVD Set ONLY $179.00.

Lost - The Cinematography Team,
ER - The PropMasters,
24 - The Editing Series.

90 min


Film School in a Box Series - How To Make a Low Budget Movie

Featuring Award-Winning Director - Jason J. Tomaric. For teaching aspiring producers, directors, editors, cinematographers, writers or actors, as well as all the other crafts that go into making and marketing a feature film, this multipart DVD and CDROM program illustrates in detail how to create, deliver and bring a low budget film to market. Covering the filmmaking process from Development to Marketing, the programs are designed to guide you through each step of the process, not by Hollywood tycoons, but by real independent filmmakers who started with an idea and not much else! Not only will you hear from the cast and crew themselves, who made an award winning Hollywood caliber movie for under $5,000 from start to finish, but listen as an EQUIPMENT RENTAL HOUSE manager tells you HOW TO GET FREE GEAR, or learn secrets to working with a Talent Agency to get REAL ACTORS inexpensively - even free! Learn how to get permits to shut down streets, find make-up artists and even how to work with an audio recording studio to mix the soundtrack. Purchase the complete Studio version, a special Directors only version, or the Producers version.

The Directors Series - DVD

For those students who are studying directing, the over 5 hour Director’s Series is the complete guide to directing a Hollywood caliber feature film. Disc 1: Time and Again - Feature Film. Disc 2: Production 1. Disc 3: Production 2. Disc 4: Post-Production.

5 Hours


The Producers Series - DVD

For those would be Hollywood producers, The over 5 hour Producer’s Series is the complete guide to producing and marketing their own “Blockbuster”. Disc 1: Time and Again - Feature Film. Disc 2: Pre-Production 1. Disc 3: Pre-Production 2. Disc 4: Post-Production. Disc 5: Marketing. Disc 6: Producer’s Notebook - Contains all the paper structure you need to make a Hollywood caliber movie on a budget of next to nothing.

5 Hours


The Studio Series - The Complete Film School in a Box – 7 DVD Disc Set & Workbook

Disc 1: Time and Again - Feature Film. Disc 2: Development & Pre-Production. Disc 3: Production 1. Disc 4: Production 2. Disc 5: Post-Production. Disc 6: Marketing. Disc 7: Producer’s Notebook: Contains actual shooting script with notes from director Jason J. Tomaric himself and all the paperwork generated during the making of “Time and Again!” Blank templates you can use for your own projects! Contains all the paper structure you need to make a Hollywood caliber movie on a budget of next to nothing. As a SPECIAL BONUS, you will also receive the complete rough footage from one of the scenes from “Time and Again” that you can load into your computer to practice editing! Work off the actual camera logs generated on set and edit away! Plus Filmmaker’s Workbook.

6 Hours


Digital Video Production: Creating & Using Multimedia Job Resume

You've worked hard, are about to finish college and are starting to look for a job. Employers, especially in the film and TV business - will look to your creativity to evaluate your career potentials. What better way to find that dream job than using techniques that will help you produce a killer resume. This program is a complete guide to creating a Multimedia Job Resume using the power and ease of digital camcorders and basic editing software. Organized into easy to understand steps, you’ll learn digital video production fundamentals including camcorder operation, importing footage, editing basics and DVD authoring. Avoid the frustration of spending countless hours reading hard to comprehend manuals! Learn resume fundamentals, interview questions you should be prepared for, interview preparation and techniques, determining your worth, choosing the right company and job hunting tips. Increase your opportunities and improve your chances of success!

75 min.



A complete guide for creating a Multimedia DVD or Web Streaming Media. Organized into easy to understand steps, this comprehensive program introduces digital video production fundamentals including camcorder operation, video editing and DVD authoring. Avoid the frustration of spending countless hours reading hard to comprehend manuals! Learn in detail all you need to know to produce high quality DVDs. Formats include both standard definition and high definition formats. Step by step lessons include: (List as bullets) Digital Camcorder set up and function buttons, Proper lighting techniques, Capturing audio, still images, importing your footage and capturing devices, Editing on the time line, Adding transitions and effects, Creating graphics using secondary hard discs for capture, Authoring your DVD, creating chapters, Output formats, NTSC H.264 HD codec, Blu-ray and HD DVD.

60 min.


Location Sound For Video with Wes Cavalier - DVD

Ideal for Students in the Field of Location Sound. Basic Techniques for mixing and recording quality location sound for today's video cameras! This program teaches the basic techniques used for mixing and recording quality location sound for today's digital video cameras - 8mm, Mini DV and DVcam . This program to commercials this video will show you the techniques and equipment you will use to get quality sound for your video production. PROGRAM CONTENTS: , Using handheld dynamic mics , Using shotgun mics & boom poles , Lavalier & Wireless Mics , Wireless Lav , Audio Mixer & Mixing Multiple mics ? Troubleshooting handheld mics , Troubleshooting Shotgun mics , Troubleshooting Lavalier & wireless mics , Troubleshooting Audio Mixer & Multiple Mic Mixing.

30 min.


Introduction to Editing with Final Cut Pro

Winner of an International Telly Award. Designed as part of an introductory series on the technical and aesthetic aspects of video production and post-production, these programs have been classroom tested! Geared toward the novice editor, this program introduces best editing practices using Apple’s Final Cut Pro editing software. Learn the basics of editing from logging and capturing your footage, to printing to tape and everything else in between. Filled with shortcuts and tips this program follows a post production project from beginning to end.

45 min.

$ 79.95
$ 99.95

Beginners Guide to DVD Production (3 DVD Set)

Recommended by Adobe Premiere. Featuring Adobe's "Premiere Pro" Editing Software. "Everything you need to know about making a "digital" movie. Over 6 hours of technical tips and tricks, explained as simply as you're gonna get it."- Lorenzo Semple Jr., Screenwriter. "An informative, in-depth look at DV editing. Steve Saylor's unique approach entertains and educates without missing a detail. If you want to learn how to use DV with Premiere -- from start to finish -- this series is a must-have." - Matt Douglas, Adobe Premiere. This collection will not only get you started with Premiere Pro, it'll get you finished! This Windows-based tutorial features Adobe's "Premiere Pro" editing software and over 6 hours of instruction on 3 DVD's. Whether you want to produce and direct your own Movies, make Music Videos, Commercials, or any Video Production, this "How-To" will guide you through the entire process. The set includes five hours of Editing with Premiere Pro, 45-minutes with the Mini-DV Camcorders, along with additional segments on Lighting, Directing, and more. Hosted by Steve Saylor, these tutorials which have been completely updated for Premiere Pro. Scenes from the movie are used for demonstration, making it easy to understand the practical applications of Premiere's editing tools and features. PROGRAM CONTENTS: Disc 1: Introduction, Camera & Computer, Editing with Premiere Pro. Disc 2: Transitions, Motion, Opacity, Title Designer, Project Settings, Device Control, Capture Window, Sequences, Add Tracks, Slow Motion, Markers Record Audio. Disc 3: Export To Video, Web & DVD, Transparency & Compositing, Picture in Picture, Scopes & Graphs, Audio Mixer, DVDiT, Help Menus, Computer Management, Sound Devices, Display Settings, Directing.

6 hrs.


Basics in Audio: Part I

This program is intended for beginning students in video, focusing on microphones, recorders/playback units, CD players, audio mixers and mounting devices.

Most people interested in video focus on the visual part of the production and creation, rather than the audio components. Terms like Television & Video Production, emphasize the visual part and assume audio is along for the ride. This is a big mistake. If you have poor video reception but the audio is OK, you can still understand it. If you have poor audio and good video, it is very hard to understand and continue to watch the program.

35 min.

$ 79.95
$ 99.95

Basics in Audio: Part II

There are three types of sound: Voice, Sound Effects and Music. This program focuses on recording the voice. Other components which video students need to review are music and sound effects. It includes an interview with the owner of an audio post production house who discusses his work with the Discovery Channel. Examples of good and poor audio use within video programs help students understand how important audio is to their video production.

29 min.

$ 79.95
$ 99.95

Camera Operation

Winner: 2003 Videographer Award of Distinction

This introductory-level program focuses on camera components, white balance, zoom, focus, depth-of-field along with the dos and dont's of basic camera operation.

28 min.

$ 79.95
$ 99.95

Basics in Lighting: Part I

This program was created for students in introductory and intermediate video courses and focuses on the properties of light and how to avoid potential lighting problems.

19 min.

$ 79.95
$ 99.95

Basics in Lighting: Part II

Created for students in introductory and intermediate video courses, this program focuses on building on the information from Lighting I and focuses on lighting instruments and technique.

17 min.

$ 79.95
$ 99.95

Basics of Editing

U.S. International Film and Video Festival Creative Excellence Award Winner

An introduction to basic linear editing concepts for students. This video provides a general understanding of how to create a story, avoid jump cuts and edit like a pro.

28 min.

$ 79.95
$ 99.95

Wireless Microphones In The Theatre CDROM

Produced by Martin John Gallagher

Wireless mics produce great sound, but they come with some serious challenges for anyone who uses wireless microphones in live theatre, film or video production. The CD-ROM is a self-directed and interactive learning tool that teaches all aspects of wireless mic usage, including equipment selection, attachment of mics, dressing in the hair, costume modifications and production costs. The CD-ROM has five learning sections, one for each of the five production departments impacted by the decision to use wireless microphones. Technicians can look at any of the sections based on interests and duties. This excellent lecture tool features various instructional videos, photographs, animations and drawings.

Please specify PC or MAC format when ordering.

90 min.

$ 149.00
$ 149.00

How To Make Your Own Instructional Video Productions

Hosted by Ron Ranson Jr."Students listen to my shop clean-up instructions more when they see me on the screen than they do when I say it live!" - Ron Smith, UC Santa Barbara

Help avoid endless repetition by making your own successful "do-it-yourself" videos for theatre (and all kinds of) instruction. This program includes numerous useful examples of "how-to" footage used in: student recruiting, inventory documentation, talking head reports, facility tours, CLEAN-UP procedures, important safety guidelines and many more.

45 min.

$ 119.00

Creating Digital Movies

Ideal for students, teachers, professionals and for classroom study.

This documentary goes behind the scenes to show the making of a low budget digital video short, "Wrestler and the Babe." Designed as an educational experiment, follow film maker Nick Kypros, cinenmatographer Addi Thorisson and a student crew as they discover the challenges of shooting video, film style.

Program Highlights: Film vs Video.Lighting.Directing.Sound Storyboards.Using Smoke.The Film Look.Interviews.Comes complete with study guide.

60 min.

$ 119.00
$ 149.00

Screening Middlemarch: A Study In TV Production

This lavish and comprehensive package from the BBC provides a unique opportunity to look at a production from every angle (the 1994 BBC/WGBH adaptation of George Eliot's Middlemarch). The writer, director, production designer, DP and other members of the team lead students through every step of the process, from conceptualization and production to packaging and distribution. The program includes detailed analysis of five complete scenes from the MASTERPIECE THEATER SERIES, using each scene to explore a whole set of issues, from conceptualization to packaging. Other scenes are discussed and analyzed by the composer, the production designer, costume designer and other members of the production team.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: A scene between two sisters is analyzed shot by shot to explore the various levels of information conveyed by script, costume, decor, camera angle and framing about character, relationships and social class. Additional scenes are also analysed by the composer, the production designer, the costume designer and other members of the production team.

90 min.

$ 179.00

Video Toolbox: How To Make A Video Program

The indispensable A to Z of video production. This excellent program offers full coverage of professional video production - a monumental accomplishment. - Booklist

A fast moving, imaginative and humorous introduction to the video production process. Two detailed, fictionalized case studies are followed from conception to completion and interwoven with explanatory graphics, animation, practical advice and technical tip. This 90-minute program is divided into eight segments, each of which could be used as the basis for a class. Practical follow-up activities are also suggested at the end of each major segment. 8 Major Sections Include: The Concept, The Director's Role, The Story, Screen Language, Writing, The Shoot, Editing, Budget and Schedule.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS 20 minutes of rushes are included to allow each student to edit their own version of the example scene from the "road movie." The coverage allows for editing from the point of view of any of the three major characters and for editing choices to dramatically affect the meaning and mood of the scene.

90 min.

$ 179.00
$ 179.00

Basic Field Production: Lighting

This program follows the cinematographer through an interview shoot as he demonstrates a variety of options for creating a distinctive look with limited equipment. This is lighting you can do from the back of a van.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS These programs follow a small crew through a location interview shoot, as they plan their strategy and solve dozens of typical field production problems. Clear dramatizations, humor and 3D animation make each point vivid and memorable.

24 min.

$ 149.00
$ 169.00

Basic Field Production: Sound Recording

"Entertaining and very informative." - Fran Stoddard, Champlain College

This program follows the sound recordist step-by-step through advance planning, evaluating the location, choosing the right equipment for the session, mixing strategies, test recording and session procedure.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: These programs follow a small crew through a location interview shoot, as they plan their strategy and solve dozens of typical field production problems. Clear dramatizations, humor and 3D animation make each point vivid and memorable.

32 min.

$ 149.00
$ 159.00

Basic Field Production 2 Tape Set (777 & 778)

The 2 tape " Basic Field Production Series " 777 + 778

56 min.

$ 249.00

How To Make Your Own Videos Using Just A Camcorder

1996 Awards Portfolio Winner - Media & Methods Magazine. "This outstanding tape should be in any school library or classroom where the basics of video production are taught." -The Book Report

With the right guidance, the video camcorder can be a powerful learning tool, encouraging teamwork, creativity and discipline. In this 25 minute videotape, award-winning instructor Stu McGowan leads viewers through all the steps necessary to make great videos. Viewers are taught the basic steps of organizing, producing and shooting a short video program using a camcorder. This instructional video is perfect for introducing classroom video projects where scenes of a student workshop are shown and where students are observed planning and videotaping a short program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Subjects covered include: Video Production, Media Literacy and Interdisciplinary.

25 min.

$ 99.00
$ 119.00

Ad: Organizing The Filmset

Following Mike through the production of the short feature " Second Story Man in Minneapolis ". With a low budget and tight schedule plus setback and disasters ranging from the arrest of the caterer on day one of production to sudden schedule changes, actor illnesses and almost constant rain, this is the role of the AD in real-world production. Features detailed roles of the other members of the production department, including the production manager, locations manager, second assistant director and production assistant. Enjoy considerable humor and suspense along the way.

50 min.

$ 149.95

Acrylic Heads & Hands

Features step-by-step demonstrations on the technique for making sophisticated acrylic heads and hands for special effects sequences.

12 min.

$ 49.95
$ 49.95

Animation Games

This award winning programs gives you an overview of animation technique plus puppet, cutout and pixilation.

51 min.

$ 49.95

$ 59.95

Chroma Key Techniques

This fascinating program shows a wide range of chroma key techniques. Each example is broken down into its component parts so that you can see exactly how it was achieved. Features a dramatic sequence including interiors, exteriors and the transitions between them, constructed entirely from chroma keyed foregrounds and backgrounds. Techniques shown include such refinements as the casting of shadows and reflections onto chroman keyed sets.

30 min.
$ 149.00

$ 149.00


The Role of The Assistant Editor

All the basic procedures of the film editing room are covered: logging & edge numbers, syncing dailies, shot breakdown and prep of a cut work print.

45 min.

$ 49.95

$ 59.95


Location Sound Recording

Veteran recordist Bill Linton uses animation and demonstrations to illustrate the various microphone types and pickup patterns. Included are examples of microphone selection and operating techniques for dozens of location situations, from press conferences to strolling interviews; from parties to phone booths; from noisy streets to pastoral settings. the special problems of lav and radio mics are covered in separate sections.

37 min.
$ 149.00

$ 149.00


Introduction to Floor Managing

"Certificate of Special Recognition for Educational Television." -Television Society of Australia Penguin Awards.

This program dramatizes the duties of the floor manager in a multicamera studio interview including such topics as, the role of the floor manager in establishing mood on the set, cueing and time signals plus communication with the director. The second half the program demonstrates the floor manager's duties in a simple dramatic situation through several rehearsals to the final take.

25 min.
$ 149.00

$ 149.00


Multicamera Direction Planning

In this program, we sit in on the planning and production of a multicamera video shoot. Steps along the way include the first read through, the design meeting, setup of the rehearsal space, rehearsals, planning of camera coverage, final camera scripting, the production meeting, the technical run-through and the shoot day.

30 min.

$ 149.00
$ 149.00

Script To Screen

Following director Brian Bell as he prepares a stage play for television. Discover how information and emotions communicated on the stage through lengthy dialogue can be communicated on the screen through visual means.

30 min.

$ 149.00
$ 159.90

Floor Managing a TV Drama

This program shows the duties and responsibilities of a senior floor manager, both in the studio and on location.

34 min.

$ 49.95

The Role of The Script Supervisor

A detailed examination of the duties of the script supervisor and the complex issues of continuity.

28 min.

$ 49.95

$ 59.95

Making A Video Program

A comprehensive overview of the video production process from script to post production.

49 min.

$ 49.95

How To Use A C-Stand

This entertaining program demonstrates over one hundred tips for the safe and efficient use of this versatile tool.

6 min.

$ 49.95

Beginning Film & Video Making: Camera & Lenses

Valuable both for classroom instruction & at a campus library so students can review the material on their own. This program focuses on cameras and lenses, aimed toward the beginning film and videomaker. Featuring a "film crew" shooting at a miniature golf course and a go cart track, this program teaches students each step & concept of the filmmaking process in a visual manner. Samples such as how the dolly shot and zoom shot were executed and how they look on camera are valuable materials for student learning.

PROGRAM CONTENTS: The film camera gate: claw, aperture, aperture plate, pressure plate ·The film transport mechanism · Methods of setting focus: zooming & physically measuring the distance · Focussing the diopter · Prime lenses & zoom lenses · Focal length (wide, normal, telephoto) · Depth of field · Camera/subject distance influence on depth of field · Perspective · Choice of focal length/camera to subject distance · Space · Techniques of zooming & dollying · Techniques of crane, booming & tilting · Techniques of panning & tracking · Aperture & iris opening · F/stops ·

14 min.

$ 119.00
$ 99.00

Composing images for Video, Film and Photography

Recommended for field and studio production as well as photography classes. Every location features an infinite number of potential images and knowing how to see and frame these images defines the quality of a visual product. This program is designed to help any “shooter” enter a new visual environment, interpret the important visual components, break these components into their individual pieces and then record the images in a way that best communicates a visual story. Ideal for field and studio production as well as photography classes.

15 min.

$ 149.00
$ 149.00

Shooting the Talking Head

Ideal for television field production, broadcast news and studio production courses.Whether shooting for video or film, the so-called talking head is one of the most common subjects in the viewfinder and subsequently, on-screen. This program covers the essentials of composition, lighting, perspective and sound for recording interviews and making subjects come alive on camera. A great primer for creators of news, documentary, corporate, institutional and dramatic programs..

15 min.

$ 149.00
$ 149.00

Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs DVD

The History of Western Cinema. Out of a cloud of dust and across the silver screen we all sat enthralled as the American West came to life in the movies. From the very beginning audiences came to love the "old West", even though what we saw up on the screen did not always represent the "real West". Cowboys and Indians, good guys and bad guys entertained us. It was, and remains, one of the most popular film genres ever, even though the heyday of the Western has long past.In five one-hour episodes, Golden Saddles, Silver Spurs recounts the history of Western Cinema, from the very beginning, through to the waning of its popularity in the mid-1950’s, when television began to bring this genre into our homes on a regular weekly basis.

94 min.

$ 79.95

Twilight Cameraman DVD

A Great Historical Program for a Visual Effects Class. Twilight Cameraman gives a rare glimpse into the remarkable craft of optical printing which was of great importance in the field of visual effects. It demonstrates the step-by-step procedures used to shoot film opticals. Before his transition into digital, Visual Effects cameraman Mark Sawicki documented the old style craftsmanship of the traditional optical cameraman. This program is a wonderful companion piece to the Albert Whitlock: A Master of Illusion as Sawicki worked as cameraman for Whitlock’s protégé’s Bill Taylor and Syd Dutton (now effects supervisors). This program pays homage to an exciting craft that was handed down from one camera person to another in the last age of apprenticeship.

14 mins.

$ 79.95

Video Principles & Practices: Editing Aesthetics
Winner of a Videographer Award of Distinction and an International Telly Award

Recommended! Designed as part of an introductory series on the technical and aesthetic aspects of video production and post-production, this program has been classroom tested! Geared toward the novice editor, this program focuses on the “invisible” art of editing. Students will learn the do’s and don’ts of effective continuity editing, how to identify and avoid jump cuts, how to maintain motion continuity, and the effective use of transitions.

16 mins.

$ 99.95

How To Make Your Own Instructional Videos

$ 119.00

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