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The Bruce Swedien Recording Method

A reference to capturing and mixing music from the music industry legend Bruce Swedien who recorded and mixed albums and hits for Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, the Brothers Johnson, and Nataline Cole.
Music (Stacks)

Shaping Your Sound With Signal Processors

Second part of a two-part series designed to teach professional recording techniques to musicians, engineers, video production personnel and home recordists with demonstrations, animated sequences and live music examples. This program describes the techniques professional engineers use to shape the space where the sound happens. Shows how to create custom flanging, delay, phasing, echo and chorusing effects. Explains how to use equalizers (EQ) to open up the sound of recordings, how to use compressors to alter the dynamics of any instrument, and demonstrates how to get the most out of reverb and delay effects.
2002; 1990
Clemons (Stacks)

Shaping Your Sound With Microphones, Mixers & Multitrack Recording

First part of a two-part series designed to teach professional recording techniques to musicians, engineers, video production personnel and home recordists with demonstrations, animated sequences and live music examples. This program shows ways to mike drums, guitars, pianos, horns, vocals, strings and more. Explores the inside of the recording console, shows how to route signals through the mixer for maximum flexibility and professional results. Explains the advantages of various studio microphone types and designs, the ins and outs of analog multi-track audio recording, and shows a mixing session.
Clemons (Stacks)

Put the Needle on the Record [electronic resource]

This award-winning documentary explores the evolution of electronic music and the rise of the DJ in pop culture. Filmed in Miami during the Winter Music Conference - a yearly, weeklong event attended by over 20,000 electronic music professionals and fans - the program takes an inside look at a growing global phenomenon. Interviews with top artists, footage from events around the globe, and a brilliant soundtrack come together as a highly energetic piece of filmmaking. Director Jason Rem brings the unexplored genre of electronic music to the masses for this rare glimpse at a movement that is driven by passion, creativity, and business.

Speakers, Adapters, and Troubleshooting [electronic resource]

Audio expert Dave "Mighty Mouse" West introduces aspiring sound engineers to crossovers, speakers and amplifiers, connectors and cables, adapters, patching, and troubleshooting.

Special Effects, Construction, Locations [electronic resource]

Valuable for students aspiring to enter the world of filmmaking, The Crew series vividly presents the jobs and lives of film production workers and explores the technical aspects of producing a film by talking to the people who make it happen. The Special Effects Coordinator/Supervisor designs and directs all special effects, the Construction Coordinator is responsible for constructing sets in a production, and the Locations Manager is responsible for scouting locations, securing permits, setting up locations and cleaning up after filming.

Modern Marvels: Motion Picture [electronic resource]

This episode of Modern Marvels traces the birth of the motion picture back to its originator, Thomas Alva Edison, "The Wizard of Menlo Park", showcasing the technology that enabled Edison to capture motion for the first time on film.

Culture for Billionaires [electronic resource]

A country that can look back on a rich and extensive past will undoubtedly have a wealth of stories, and China's literary tradition, with its multi-millennial history of essays, novels, and poetry, is likely the world's oldest. But even in a land that reveres poetry, pictures can take over-especially moving pictures. Although small art-house films were the only choice after the cinematically barren years of the Cultural Revolution, today China is a major producer of movie spectacles. This program shows how far the country has come in terms of cultural production and how it is poised to rival the U.S. as the world's filmmaking center. Contemporary Chinese literature and the market for books are also important topics, as are censorship, self-censorship, and why certain motifs are recur [...]

Getting Started in Tinseltown [electronic resource]

This documentary is a fascinating compilation of some of Hollywood's most acclaimed directors, based on extensive interviews with the subjects and the stars who have worked with them. This program looks at how each director got started in the business and asks the question: "Just what is a director and what do they do?

Hollywood's Best Directors Choose Their Best Movies [electronic resource]

In their own words, each director selects one of their most compelling films and reveals intimate details about their most influential work while reviewing specific clips from each film. This program includes how famous scenes were staged and shot, how characters were cast, and how the directors first reacted to the scripts that became film classics.

Advanced Story Techniques [electronic resource]

If you've learned the three-act structure, you may be ready to try variations on the basics and simply create scripts that are more focused and with more momentum. What are other ways that the three-act structure can be used? How does a writer learn to juggle the difficult elements in non-traditional structures? In this program, script consultant and screenwriting coach Dr. Linda Seger discusses the three-act structure in scenes and scene sequences. She discusses how to use structure to give you stronger turning points (surprising reveals, twists, turns, scene transitions) and non-traditional structural forms that have created such great films as Pulp Fiction, Crash, Ordinary People, Before the Rain, and Sleepless in Seattle.

Deepening the Theme [electronic resource]

The theme or central idea of a script deepens the story and connects the audience with the film by conveying the truth about the human condition. What are common themes used in successful films? How do you clarify your theme and convey your theme without getting preachy? In this program, script consultant and screenwriting coach Dr. Linda Seger discusses the identity theme and its many variations, including methods of expressing the theme and how to convey the theme through cinematic images and image systems.

Layering the Characters [electronic resource]

Actors, directors, and producers want to see dimensional characters, capable of winning Academy Awards. They want breadth, depth, focus, and direction to their characters, but they also want dimensionality - characters that are original and act-able. In this program, script consultant and screenwriting coach Dr. Linda Seger shows how to deepen characters through layering, create subtext, transform characters, and use dialogue to add further breadth and depth.

How to Make a Monster [electronic resource]: A Guide to Special Make-Up Effects

This film is a comprehensive how-to guide to applying prosthetic monster make-up. Step-by-step details include custom fitting of deluxe novelty dentures and application and coloring of vampire, cyborg, demonic vampire, zombie, and red devil make-up.

A Tradition of Acting [electronic resource]

Hollywood acting teacher and director Timothy Craig outlines the amazing 115-year evolution of Stanislavsky's acting training from Russia to the U.S. and how some of the major Stanislavsky-influenced acting techniques relate to each. Craig discusses Stanislavsky's study of actors; Moscow Art Theater and the Russian Revolution; Stella Adler; group theater and the American Great Depression; Lee Strasberg; and Sanford Meisner.

A Basic Shift Occurs [electronic resource]: Soviet Acting Models

Defining acting through human behavior. Soviet Acting Models relates how Stanislavsky began his study of acting by watching the great actors of his day and the change that occurred as Soviet actors observed human behavior and discovered that by defining actions through movement with purpose, their acting became quickly doable and specific. Hollywood acting teacher and director Timothy Craig discusses Stanislavsky's early theories, Moscow Art Theater and the Russian Revolution, acting models, Stella Adler in the Stanislavsky tradition before the Soviets, and the Two-Part Model of an Action.

The Weight Model [electronic resource]

Hollywood acting teacher and director Timothy Craig discusses character acting as well as psychological weight vs. physical weight and how they differ. These lessons on light weight, heavy weight, and equal weight are vital for applying to character work and for acting in commercials.

The Four Circles of Attention Model [electronic resource]

This instructional video, hosted by Hollywood acting teacher and director Timothy Craig, coaches acting students on the importance of on-camera eyeline. Craig explains that our bodies can reflect what our minds are thinking by revealing how we place our attention in different locations, including the past, present, and future. Students will see how to focus attention on their own body, focus attention on their immediate surroundings, focus attention outside their immediate surroundings, and focus attention that is "one with the universe.

The Three-Part Model of an Action [electronic resource]

Hollywood acting teacher and director Timothy Craig coaches students on precisely what happens when new information causes actions to change. This instructional video provides vocabulary for exactly what a reaction looks like, when reactions occur, and what reactions are used for. Students will learn how to respond to reactions, adjustments, and Influences.

The Materials Model [electronic resource]

This instructional video, hosted by Hollywood acting teacher and director Timothy Craig, reveals the "materials" that actors, directors, and writers use in their professions. A must for working effectively on a set, this video covers the essential division of labor between actors, directors, and writers.