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Embark on the very first steps in the process of creating moving images. In this course, author Anthony Q. Artis, a veteran of the film and television industry, introduces the core ideas behind how video cameras capture moving images. The course covers foundational concepts of lighting, such as why light is important, what kinds of lights to look for, and where to put lights relative to a subject. In addition, Anthony discusses sound, an often-misunderstood aspect of video, and shows how to properly set up mics and adjust audio levels on a shoot.
(music playing) Filmmaking is my passion because it's one of the most challenging and rewarding things I think that anybody can try. I've been doing this for 20 years now, and it never ceases to test the limits of everything I've learned. It's a really special artform that combines a dozen different crafts and disciplines all into one. It involves aspects of photography, audio recording, acting, fine arts, music, business, technology, psychology, and more.
And that just means that it really requires some good instruction, study, and practice. I am telling you anybody can do this if they put their mind and heart to it. This course is Fundamental of Video: Cameras and Shooting. This will be your no-nonsense boot camp to get you started shooting your own videos with more consistent and professional results. Now, in this course, we are going to talk about a lot of things. We are going to talk about lighting techniques to really help your production shine, and we are going to talk all about video cameras and how to make them do what they do which is tell your story with pictures and of course, we are going to talk about action and by action, I mean how to tell your story with movement.
And of course, I am going to talk all about audio and how to make your projects actually sound as good as they look. The whole idea of this course is to give you a solid foundation in the basics of video filmmaking whether you're shooting a short personal film, your first documentary, or just a promotional video for your company or church. Some of the specific things this course will cover are an overview of the many types of video cameras available and what to look for when purchasing or renting a camera. We are also going to take a close up look at the anatomy of a typical high-definition camera and explain what all those buttons and switches and settings are.
More importantly than that, we are going to break down the basic concepts of those settings control and talk about how each can be applied to your video storytelling. We will be clearly illustrating many camera features and concepts you may have heard, but perhaps not fully understood such as shutter speed which controls how motion is portrayed on video and action shots, and shallow depth of field which is the focus technique that can really make your work look and feel much more professional and cinematic.
This course will also show you how to properly use video equipment for best results. From cameras to lights and booms, we are going to break down the proper way to set them up and use them. I am the author of The Shut Up and Shoot filmmaking guides, and I've been teaching filmmaking at NYU Film School for the last ten years, and I'm excited to share this new fundamental course with you. So take notes, listen, and learn as we get ready to dive into the Fundamentals of Video: Cameras and Shooting.
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