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About the Authors

About the Authors

Pete Shaner graduated from USC film school with a commitment to finding ways to tell his own stories without having to submit to the creative compromises imposed by the Hollywood studio system. In pursuit of his dream, he formed his own production company in the mid-nineties, raising nearly half a million dollars to produce, write, and direct his first feature film, a romantic comedy called Lover's Knot. Produced on 35mm film and released in 1996, this venture actually made money for its investors. (You can buy the VHS on Amazon.com.) Pete was well into preproduction for his second film when he heard about the CineAlta, a new high-definition, 24-frames-per-second video camcorder that Sony was developing for George Lucas. Pete arranged to rent the camera as a kind of beta test, to shoot Nicolas, a romantic thriller, before Lucas used it to make Star Wars: Episode II—The Attack of the Clones. With image quality rivaling what he could have achieved on 35mm film, produced at a fraction of the cost, working digitally gave Pete a creative freedom he couldn't have afforded otherwise, and he was hooked.

In addition to making his own films, Pete has taught directing and movie production at UCLA Extension, emphasizing the use of digital media.

Gerald Everett Jones is the author of numerous technical and business books, including Easy Photoshop Elements and How to Lie with Charts. Prior to working on this book, he had experience in developing graphics software, writing and producing industrial film and video projects, and writing screenplays. After studying film craft at UCLA with Pete (and catching the same digital video bug), he proposed the collaboration that resulted in Real World Digital Video.

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