Digital Community, Digital Citizen

OhlerCoverA message to all readers of School Video News:

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Book Review: The Elements of Journalism

Musings on The Elements of Journalism

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Book Review: Byte-Sized Television

ByteSizedCoverAre you looking to create an online TV series but just don’t know how to start? Maybe you have a few great ideas but can’t find the hook for your series or need to build the dynamics of your plot.

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Book Review: How to Make Movies

Everyone knows you don’t need millions of dollars to make a great picture.

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Book Review: Writing the Fantasy Film

fantasy_large“Fantasy stories have been around for a long, long time.”

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Book Review: The Guerrilla Guide to Moviemaking

As a student filmmaker, it’s difficult to make your film look like it cost thousands of dollars when in reality it cost a couple hundred.

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Book Review: Shaking the Money Tree

money_treeT_largeLet's face it: Production classes need to be self-sufficient as school budgets are cut and arts programs are put on the back burner.

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Book Review: Directing the Camera

Learning how to direct your camera is as important as anything you do in the production of your film.

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Book Review: From Word to Image

wordtoimage_largeFrom Word to Image: Storyboarding and the Filmmaking Process focuses mostly on the storyboarding.

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Book Review: Composing Photos

ComposingCoverWhat does composing photos have to do with filmmaking, you ask?

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Book Review: Filmmaking for Teens

filmmakingteens2ndT_largeFilmmaking for Teens is an exceptional filmmaking guide for anyone determined to create their own movie.

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Book Review: A Filmmaker's Eye

FilmmakersEyeWhen most people watch movies they don’t understand how much detailed planning goes into each shot that they see on the big screen.

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Talk the Talk

talkthetalkT_mediumTalk the Talk is a sensational 218-page resource for educators looking to help their students with scriptwriting or to improve their own dialogue-writing skills.

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Book Review: Setting Up Your Shots

Shots01Every great filmmaker knows that, “you don’t TAKE a shot ... you MAKE a shot.”

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Costume Design 101

illustration2Never having had the chance to be involved in a high-budget film production, I didn’t know how much effort went into costume design!

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Book Review: Videojournalism

PhotoJCoverVideojournalism is a new field that has grown out of traditional print photojournalism, slideshows that combine sound and pictures, public radio, documentary filmmaking and the best of television news features.

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Horror Screenwriting

HorrorT_largeHaving absolutely no experience in the creation of a horror film, when Horror Screenwriting, written by Devin Watson, came across my desk, I hoped to gain at least a bit of insight.

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Book Review: Practical Moviemaking

MoviemakingCoverWhether you are making an independent student film all the way to a big Hollywood production, Joe Wallenstein gives us the how-to from concept to exhibition and every step in between in “Practical Moviemaking: A Handbook for the Real World.”

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Screenwriting for Teens

ScrnwrtngTeensSmall“Screenwriting for Teens” is a 228-page guide on the 100 principles of screenwriting. Written by Christina Hamlett, a professional script coverage consultant, the book is an incredible resource for any writer looking to improve. 

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Book Review: How to Shoot Video that Doesn't Suck

There is a video revolution sweeping the nation: Over 90 percent of American homes have some form of video camera; we upload 24 hours of video to the Web every minute, and we watch two billion videos a day on YouTube.

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Teachers' Budget Woes Lessened with Granted!

Grants00Teachers, who as a group spend in excess of 1.3 billion of their personal funds per year on classroom materials according to the AMerican Federation of Teachers, learn how to easily and successfully tap grant givers instead of their own pockets for much-needed funds with Chris Taylor's newest book, Granted! A Teacher's Guide to Writing & Winning Classroom Grants.

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Book Review: You're Funny

YoureFunny00Ever wanted to spice up your film with gut-busting puns or anecdotes? Is your latest comedy project not quite as funny as you’d like it to be?

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SVN's Summer Reading Recommendations

MoralPremise00Summer break is right around the corner and for many of us it's the time to catch up on all the tasks we might have been too busy to accomplish during the school year. Reading is one pleasure that most of us cherish as a way to entertain ourselves and stimulate our ideas for next year's teaching.

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Book Review: Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors

CastingRevealedCoverOh, the memories that Hester Schell’s new book, “Casting Revealed: A Guide for Film Directors ”, brings back!

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GreenScreen Made Easy: Keying and Compositing for Indie Filmmakers

GS0"GreenScreen Made Easy" by Jeremy Hanke and Michele Yamazaki is a well written and easy to read small volume that offers a comprehensive treatment of this often misunderstood topic. The book is an excellent reference for any videographer using this technique (not just filmmakers), and much good background information about the technical aspects of shooting video is given.

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Book Review: Live Audio

LiveAudioIn Live Audio: The Art of Mixing a Show, Dave Swallow covers all you’ll ever need to know to produce a live show.

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Book Review: Cameras in the Classroom

CamerasClassCoverTwenty-first century educator’s unprecedented challenge.

Certainly they know their students grow up in a visual, colorful world where often powerful images on I-pods, you tube, MySpace, DVDS, television and cell phones dominate their attention. 

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Television Production and Broadcast Journalism

TVProd00aTelevision Production & Broadcast Journalism By Phillip L. Harris, 2nd Edition (Goodheart-Willcox, Co., Inc.) will be available in March 2011.

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Book Review: Television Production

TVProdCoverPhillip L. Harris, 2006 Goodheart-Willcox Publishing

Phil Harris brings over 30 years of combined experience as a videographer and instructor to this book.

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Book Review: Film School

FilmSchoolThis month SVN is presenting a great book that can be used as a supplement in the classroom, in your film club, or for individual instruction.

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Book Review: Video: Digital Communication & Production

VideoIGCoverBy Jim Stinson, 2008 Goodheart-Willcox Publishing is a comprehensive textbook designed as a complete introductory course in video

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