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Old October 30th, 2005, 07:30 PM   #1
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Filmmaking DVDs?

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I was wondering if anyone could recommend any practical filmmaking DVDs?

I finally got through Hollywood Camera Work, and I'm looking for more filmmaking stuff to get into my brain. Fight Scenes for Motion Pictures looks very interesting, and I'm waiting for it in the mail.

P.S. Visions of Light is interesting, but I'm looking for something more practical.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hello Michael,

Would you recommend either of these DVDs ? I'm particularly interested in your mention of the Fight Scenes for motion pictures. I do weekly work of martial arts sparring, but very little of that, other than injuries, is convincing in a theatrical sense.
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Old November 4th, 2005, 06:15 PM   #3
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Would you recommend either of these DVDs?
I highly recommend the Hollywood Camera Work DVDs. I think it's the must have DVD set for filmmakers. After this, you can throw out your Filmmaking: Shot by Shot book. It's time & money well spent.

* I haven't gotten to the Fight Scenes DVD yet, but I'll post a small review when I'm done.
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Old November 7th, 2005, 08:21 PM   #4
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If you type in that you are from DVXuser you get a 150.00 discount. Or at least that was available a few weeks back. If it's gone, maybe we can persuade Chris to talk nice and sweet to them to get us DVinfo discount?
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Old November 9th, 2005, 02:25 PM   #5
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A similar post for DVDs on Camera Technique
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Old November 10th, 2005, 06:57 PM   #6
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I can also recommend Hollywood Camera Work DVDs... they are quite ugly (poser characters, etc), but there is soo many (very, very useful) information there. Excellent. A must...
I don't know about "fight scenes"...
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Old November 10th, 2005, 07:55 PM   #7
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you may have already seen this somewhere but it looks pretty good.
http://www.dvcreators.net/products/
This is another neat link to a cyber college (totally free) and you don't even have to register. You just read the material on the webpages for each subject module and then take a multiple choice test on the material. Then move on to the next subject. Kinda neat really!!! Select where it says "TV production in English" and scroll to a subject you want to read and test on .
http://www.cybercollege.com/indexall.htm
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Old November 12th, 2005, 06:17 PM   #8
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If you type in that you are from DVXuser you get a 150.00 discount. Or at least that was available a few weeks back. If it's gone, maybe we can persuade Chris to talk nice and sweet to them to get us DVinfo discount?
dvxuser.com said their discount ended october 23rd, and they said to use coupon code "Highend3D". ordered last night and got the set for $299 + shipping ($191 off!). just after watching the first sample clip i was completely sold. i haven't heard nothing but good things about this set, plus you can't pass up on this deal. can't wait to absorb the knowledge. cheers.

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Old November 13th, 2005, 12:10 AM   #9
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The Fight Scenes for Motion Pictures DVD is also good. It's mainly an introduction to doing martial art stunts on camera, with a focus on keeping everyone safe while making the fight scenes believable.

When you're done, you will have some good basic knowledge on how to make your own Jackie Chan / Kung Fu movies safely and effectively. And while you're not going to make the next "Crouching Tiger" with this DVD, it is a good way to start. If you already know a martial art, this DVD will be very valuable for applying your skills to the camera.

One nice thing is that you can adapt the techniques to all kinds of special effects where people get hit, slapped, thrown, fall etc. and not necessarily in a fight scene. The first thing I did was get some skateboarders and we did a skateboard brawl/slapstick short with the info from the DVD. And though it was an amateur production, the stunts came out looking very good - and painful.

It's a short video and very specific, but I think it's worth the $20 to learn how to do effective on camera stunts. Martial artists will find that the info on the DVD will give them a good framework for taking their skills on camera.

For those of you who also got or are getting the Hollywood Camera Work DVDs, you can consider the Fight Scenes DVD a small but very useful addendum to the massive encyclopedia of the Hollywood Camera Work DVDs.
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Kodak Cinematography Masterclass X8 VHS

just picked this up off ebay - anyone seen/tried?

Will post an update once i've watched..

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA%3AIT&rd=1
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" Kodak Cinematography, Filmmaking, Lighting 8 Videos "

How was this series ?

Thanks,

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Old November 1st, 2006, 03:30 AM   #12
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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could recommend any practical filmmaking DVDs?

I finally got through Hollywood Camera Work, and I'm looking for more filmmaking stuff to get into my brain. Fight Scenes for Motion Pictures looks very interesting, and I'm waiting for it in the mail.

P.S. Visions of Light is interesting, but I'm looking for something more practical.
How did "Fight Scenes for Motion Pictures" turn out ?

I've rented "Visions of Light" from blockbuster on-line.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 06:23 AM   #13
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Gints, see post #9 in this thread.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 05:36 PM   #14
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Thanks for the review, Mike. I forgot that I asked you about this a while ago. Though, I ordered the DVD yesterday.
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 11:06 PM   #15
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Mike,

I ordered "Fight Scenes" , but the order was cancelled due to lack of supply. Would you be up for selling me your DVD ?

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