The Five Pillars of Film and Video
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The Five Pillars of Film and Video

How to plan, film, and edit your videos and films.

About the Book

The moving image has power. The power to move us to tears. The power to inspire us to soar upwards to meet our dreams. The power to make us laugh uncontrollably. The power to transfer knowledge and wisdom.

Anyone can learn to wield this power, the power of video, the power of filmmaking, the power of the moving image.

Whether you are a filmmaker, YouTuber, documentarian, wedding filmer, videographer, maker of product commercials, or someone who just wants to learn more about moving images: this book is for you.

By the end of this book you will have the foundational knowledge needed to plan, record, and edit your videos and films.

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Jason Roberts
Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts is a photographer, writer, and content creator, you can find him in the following places:



Table of Contents

    • Introduction
  • The First Pillar: Equipment
    • Cameras
      • Types of Filmmaking Cameras
      • Camera Features and Settings
        • ISO
        • Frame Rates
        • Shutter Speed
        • Aperture
        • Sound Settings
        • White Balance
        • Image Stabilization
        • Focus Settings
        • Video Recording Resolution
        • Physical Sensor Size
        • Aspect Ratios and Guides
        • Video Profiles and Settings
          • Video Encoding and Compression
          • Video Bitrate
          • Video Color Spaces and Color Modes
          • Video Gamma
          • Video Bit Depth (Color Depth)
          • Video Color Subsampling (Chroma Subsampling)
          • Sharpening, Saturation, and Other Settings
        • Rolling Shutter
        • Dynamic Range and Latitude
    • Lenses
      • Focal Length
      • Zooms and Primes
      • Aperture
      • Depth of Field
      • Cinema Lenses
      • Lens Mounts
      • Teleconverters
      • Anamorphic vs. Spherical Lenses
      • Specialist Lenses
      • Optical Image Stabilization
      • Image Circles
    • Editing Equipment
      • Computer
      • Monitor
      • NLE (Video Editing Software)
      • Network Attached Storage (NAS)
      • Directly Attached Storage (DAS)
      • Backups
      • Control Surfaces
      • Keyboard & Mouse
      • Studio Reference Monitor Speakers
      • Sound Interface
    • Other Equipment
      • Motion Control and Camera Movement
      • Stabilizers
      • Filters and Matte Boxes
      • Tripods and Heads
      • Green Screens
      • Focus Motors
      • Bags and Cases
      • Microphones
      • Lighting
      • Grey Cards, etc.
      • Clapper Boards (Slates)
  • The Second Pillar: Planning
    • Shot Lists
      • Elements of a Shot List
        • Camera Shot Sizes
          • Extreme Wide Shot (AKA Extreme Long Shot)
          • Wide Shot (AKA Long Shot)
          • Full Shot
          • Medium Long Shot (AKA Medium Wide Shot)
          • Cowboy Shot
          • Medium Shot
          • Medium Close-up Shot
          • Close-up Shot
          • Extreme Close-up Shot
        • Other Shot Types
          • Establishing Shot
          • Master shot
          • Aerial Shot
          • Cutaway Shot
          • One Shot
          • Two Shot
          • Point of View (POV) Shot
          • Over-the-shoulder Shot
          • Birds Eye View Shot
          • Vlog Shot
        • Camera Shot Angles
          • Low Angle
          • High Angle
          • Dutch Angle
        • Camera Shot Height
        • Camera Movement Types
          • Tracking Shot
          • Dolly Shot
          • Trucking Shot (AKA Truck Shot)
          • Panning Shot (AKA Pan Shot)
          • Tilting Shot (AKA Tilt Shot)
          • Crane Shot (AKA Jib Shot)
          • Pedestal Shot
          • Handheld Shot
          • Dolly Zoom Shot (AKA Vertigo Shot)
          • The Static Shot (AKA Locked-off Shot or Tripod Shot)
      • Benefits of Shot Lists
    • Storyboards
      • How to Make a Storyboard
    • Location
      • Things to Consider
      • How to Find Locations
    • Equipment
    • Insurance and Legal
    • Scripts
      • The Shooting Script
    • Other Planning Considerations
  • The Third Pillar: Visual Aesthetics and Cinematography (not yet written)
  • The Fourth Pillar: Sound (not yet written)
  • The Fifth Pillar: Editing (not yet written)
    • Afterword (not yet written)
    • Glossary (writing in progress)
  • Notes

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