Pro Flying Logo Techniques, Desktop Images (1994, RAVE Video Production Facilities, PO Box 10908, Dept. 400, Burbank, CA 91505, 100 min. $50)
Feeling overwhelmed by the 3D world? Professional LightWave artist Tony Stutterheim, known for his work on the popular television series “seaQuest DSV,” hosts this guide to creating high-end 3D logo animations with LightWave (version 3.0 and up). He shares informative tips and tricks in an easy-to-follow presentation. Starting with simple text, Stutterheim teaches beveling, surface tips, curved text, and the “moving-sheen” effect. He also covers layout tips for more control over your animations, modeling tips to create sharper logos, and techniques for adding the “light-speed” blur effect to flying graphics.
You should note that while beginning LightWave users will find this a helpful tool, the real benefit is to the intermediate user. Though Stutterheim s presentation is clear and detailed, a general knowledge of LightWave 3D is prerequisite to create animations at this level.
Set Lighting Technician s Handbook, Harry C. Box (1993, Focal Press. 80 Montvale Avenue, Stoneham, MA 02180; 341 pp., $40)
Whether you shoot on a Hollywood sound stage or at home in your garage, the basic lighting techiques you ll use are the same. The Set Lighting Technician s Handbook introduces you to all the basics and then some. Hollywood-based set-lighting technician Harry C. Box shares a wide range of tips and tricks from his wealth of personal experience.
Geared toward students and beginning professionals in the film industry, this is a training manual containing information that will benefit anyone who needs to light for television or video. On the down side, Box targets the book primarily at students who plan to light for film, and devotes a major portion of the book to the personnel and equipment specific to film. While the book is well written and covers interesting subject matter, the videographer will find real value in only a small portion of the handbook. If you are looking for a manual for lighting video in the real world, this probably isn t it.
How to Produce Your Own Special Interest Videos for Fun and Profit, Laurie Enterprises, (1997, Laurie Enterprises Inc.,450 Revere Avenue, Bronx, NY 10465, 90 min., $50)
If you’re looking for a better way to make money with your video equipment, special-interest videos may be an avenue to consider. The folks at Laurie Enterprises have put together this special-interest video to teach you how to produce and market special-interest videos of your own.
This combination videotape and reference guide is actually a “video business plan” for the potential entrepreneur. Successful producers share the secrets of their success, offering helpful tips and suggestions along the way. Areas covered include selecting a topic, choosing a title, marketing techniques, script writing, outfitting your studio, video duplication, packaging and shipping, to name a few.
While no one can guarantee that you ll make huge profits producing special-interest videos, this instructional package will give you the tools to get started on the right foot.