Master Video Directing and Pre-Production with a New DVD from Videomaker

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Learn the best directing and pre-production tips for making better videos and movies.

Videomaker magazine has released a new training DVD to help aspiring movie directors master their craft and make better films and videos. “How to: Directing and Pre-Production” is a complete resource for any director who wants to understand how their early decisions, even before the camera starts rolling, are vital to the success of his movie.

The director has the hardest job on set -- he has to coax stellar performances from an entire cast of actors, while keeping his behind-the-scenes crew under control and on the ball. He has to make all the decisions about every aspect of the movie -- from scripting to lighting to sound -- and he has to make sure he does it all under budget. How can a director keep track of it all? This complete training DVD will show all the tricks that a director needs to make sure his production never leaves his control. It's an essential must-have for the beginning or prosumer director.

This comprehensive training DVD includes helpful advice on:

How to Break Down a Script - We'll show how to "read between the lines" to turn scripted words on paper into compelling footage. Learn how to flesh out characters and discover the story of the next great production.

How to Cast a Production - Cast the best possible actors in your video. How does one choose the best? We'll show some tips for drawing out an actor's potential during the audition process, so one can tell the right man or woman for the job.

How to Organize a Shoot - This segment will show how to put together a storyboard so that actors know where to stand and the camera crew knows where to shoot. We'll also show how to manage a production schedule so that the shoot doesn't run wild!

How to Block Shots - One needs to make sure that the actors are in the right position or they'll look like they're talking to thin air instead of each other. This is called "blocking," and it's an important step in determining the direction of the shoot.

How to Get Good Performances - Even a great actor can only give a performance as good as his or her director, so it will be up to the director to make sure that they're giving them the direction that will bring out their best work.

How to Manage a Crew - The crew is just as vital as the actors. A director needs to keep them in check to keep the production moving efficiently. Here's how!

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Founded in 1986, Videomaker was the first magazine to introduce video to a mass, non-industry audience. Though the video field has exploded dramatically in recent years, Videomaker still remains dedicated to its core mission: To encourage aspiring directors and documentarians to use video technology to find their own voices and tell their own stories. Today, Videomaker is more than just a magazine. It's grown to also become a robust online community, offering a full line of training DVDs, videos-on-demand and a series of webinars and hands-on video training workshops. Every month, more than 50,000 professional videographers, independent filmmakers, and home video hobbyists turn to Videomaker to get the latest video scoops.

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