Movie Course In a Box
"How To Make Your Movie: An Interactive Film School" just might save someone thousands of dollars (for Mac/PC, it's only $90).
[THE PRICE IS NOW $59] Created by film director/teacher Rajko Grlic and program designer Tom Erlewine, the three CD-ROM set and production booklet provides a virtual film school (actually an atmospheric abandoned mental hospital that seems fitting for such an escapade). The would-be filmmaker travels room by room, performing the exercises that cover all the basics. The Equipment Room, for example, features an interactive lighting studio and light metering exercise.
Professional filmmakers and educators from schools such as UCLA and NYU lecture in one of the five different production rooms. Content, much of it interactive, comes via the 1,200 pages of on-screen information and over 100 QuickTime movies. There is even a disk of raw footage to employ for your project. A spiral-bound booklet contains questions, various blank forms, storyboards, short checklists, and plenty of exercises to undertake with actors and crew. Created by Electronic Vision and Ohio University, the project has won raves from pros such as Walter Murch (3-time Oscar©-winning editor). "The best, most complete and innovative filmmaking guide I have ever seen," says Murch.