Book Description: Have you ever watched a big-budget Hollywood movie and wondered "How did they do that?" or, perhaps, "How can I do that?" While digital technology greatly simplifies the filmmaking process, there are many tried-and-true production tricks that only those lucky enough to work in the world of high-budget professional film production get to know. The truth is that setting up a car chase, making a realistic-looking alien, staging a fistfight, creating atmospheric lighting, and using special effects are often not as difficult to master as you might think. Digital Video Production Cookbook will show you how to create sophisticated-looking visual effects, dramatic shots, and powerful sequences using low-cost methods adapted from high-end professional techniques. Author and award-winning filmmaker Chris Kenworthy explains how you can use a digital video camera and basic editing software, to create high-end production values with household equipment and a little imagination. The book includes easy-to-follow recipes for:Creating bluescreen effects Simulating rain, snow, and other natural phenomena Working with backlighting, simulated candlelight, and special lighting effects Shooting day for night Staging safe stunts, chase scenes, and fistfights Makeup techniques for aging, bruises, and serious injuries Shooting at night Working with camera movement Adding special effects such as laser bolts, holograms, and explosions and much more. Packed with full-color, step-by-step instructions, inspirational examples, and authoritative information and advice, this book is the ultimate, no-nonsense cookbook for every aspiring digital filmmaker.