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The Green Screen Handbook by Jeff Foster


Ventura, CA (PRWEB) March 17, 2010

If you want to make movies with green screen compositing technology, The Green Screen Handbook, written by author, producer and motion graphics specialist Jeff Foster, is just for you. Published by Sybex (Wiley) this unique guide is a comprehensive how-to of professional production techniques, step-by-step instruction, and tips that can save you time and money. Learn when to use green screens instead of blue, find out how the pros operate in professional studios and get amazing results–even on a shoestring budget.

Topics include matting and keying basics; setups using fabric, portable background panels, or paint; lighting and digital camera essentials; broadcast TV hardware switchers; professional HD and major motion picture compositing; multiple-colored screen composites (background, foregrounds, and objects); directing storyboards and talent; working with virtual sets; motion tracking; and much more. A DVD accompanies the book that includes sample footage and all project files for each chapter.

According to Foster, “No one yet has provided this kind of extensive information that combines historical research, practical application, accurate lighting, shooting and set up in one book. My passion for this subject combined with twenty years experience hopefully has resulted in a project that will raise the level of green screen production from the novice to the professional.”

The Green Screen Handbook retails for $ 49.99 US and is available at TheGreenScreenHandbook.com and distributed through book retailers worldwide.

ISBN: 978-0-470-52107-6

Publisher: Sybex (Wiley) March 15, 2010

Paperback: 384 pages

“The Green Screen Handbook book has it all: interesting historical notes, edifying technical background, practical pre-production tips, and honest comparisons of various hardware and software tools that can help you in your compositing work. Anyone who is about to tackle a compositing job that involves keying should spend a few hours with Jeff’s book first. It’ll be time well spent.” – Todd Kopriva, Adobe

“Jeff Foster has written the ultimate Green Screen Handbook . . . a must-have educational resource for anyone wanting to learn and master this highly demanded video technique.” – Rod Harlan, Layers Magazine

“This is THE handbook for anyone working with green screen. Everything you need to know is covered in detail.”- Colin Smith, PhotoshopCAFE

About Jeff Foster

Jeff has been producing and training for traditional and digital images, photography, illustration, motion graphics, and special effects for DV and film for over 20 years. His clients include Tribune Broadcasting, Motorola, Nestle, McDonnell Douglas, FOX Television, Spike TV, Discovery/TLC, Universal Studios, and Disney. His best-selling book title, “After Effects and Photoshop – Animation and Production Effects for DV and Film,” provides tips and tricks for creating believable animations and reveals special effects secrets the professionals have been using for years. Jeff has written or contributed to several After Effects and Photoshop books and has been a featured speaker at Macworld, Photoshop World, Adobe MAX and NAB conferences. Besides corporate and private training Jeff is part of a team of Adobe application instructors at onlineinstruct.com. Jeff can be contacted through his company at: http://www.pixelpainter.com.

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New digital video production tools have dramatically expanded the artistic possibilities available to wedding video producers, which is driving new cinematic storytelling approaches to wedding videography. But one of America’s premier cinematic video storytellers warns that indiscriminate overuse of these new tools can actually diminish the effectiveness of wedding videos. MemoryWorks Studios president Michael Kolowich cautioned today’s brides to consider how storytelling skill and technology mastery work together when selecting a wedding video producer.

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“As story tellers, the technology offers us many new ways to tell a wedding story,” observed MemoryWorks’ Kolowich. Leading videographers have learned to use these tools to emulate the beauty and emotional qualities of film. But with those expanded capabilities come a danger that producers will get carried away with effects, ultimately detracting from the storytelling. Kolowich believes that desktop video production is exposing the same artistic risk that early desktop publishing suffered. “Just as many early desktop-published documents used typefaces so chaotically that they looked like ransom notes. Some of today’s video productions can tend to look like a bad music video — confusing, distracting, and gimmicky.”

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DigiNovations’ Memoryworks Studios (http://www.diginovations.com/memoryworks) was founded by Internet content pioneer and Emmy-winning television producer Michael Kolowich to bring the benefits of digital video production to families and individuals across New England and the northeast US. A leader in cinematic wedding videography, MemoryWorks’ wedding video services are described fully at http://www.diginovations.com/memoryworks/wedding-videography.htm . DigiNovations also offers original creative productions and video production services to companies and organizations through its North Bridge Productions unit (http://www.northbridge-pro.com/business). In 2004, the company has won three VISTA awards from the National Professional Videographers Association and five TELLY awards for its video storytelling. The company’s studios are located in Concord, Massachusetts.

MemoryWorks is now booking cinematic wedding video dates through 2006. Brides may inquire about availability by writing Kirstin Lynde, producer, at kirstin@memoryworks.net.

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