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Communicating Ideas with Film, Video, and Multimedia

Southern Illinois University Press, 2004

This monograph is an insider’s perspective on the informational media industry. With over thirty-five years of experience, award-winning filmmaker S. Martin Shelton presents his astute views on the state of the profession and offers sage, constructive advice for the successful design and production of information motion-media.

This monograph is the winner in two categoraies of the Society for Technical Communication - 2004-2005 Southern California Spotlight Competition:

• Best of Show
• Distinguished Technical Communication Award in the Book category

513 pages

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Fundamentals of Photographic Optics

Shelton Communications, 2010

In this monograph, Shelton explains the basic mathematical formulas that deal with photographic optics. He discusses the basic concepts of light. He displays the optical formulae in large, bright colors and discusses how to use them. Shelton solves sample problems and then tasks the reader to solve a problem dealing with that formula. He uses color illustrations to show the various optical concepts on which these formulas apply, such as f-number and aperture, depth-of-field, hyperfocal distance, circle of confusion, and achromatic lenses.

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The False Reality in Film

Lamplight Press, 2014

There is no reality in film. There is only the audience's perception of reality. And, it is the audience's perception of reality in film that engenders empathy and thus acceptance—that point at which the audience willingly suspends disbelief in the false reality on the screen and joins the filmmaker in the scenario. However, without audience empathy and acceptance, except for certain types of films, most films will probably fail—no matter how expertly produced or what the goal of the film is: to turn a profit or motivate the audience. That is, the audience's feeling or sense of reality is the foundation of the effectiveness of a film. Shelton's monograph discusses his perception of reality in the five film genera that he has defined as information, documentary, narrative, enrichment, and experimental. He has drawn the scope of these genera on his developed Film Reality Scale and has plotted representative films on this scale

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Motion Media and Communications

Lamplight Press, 2015

Forgoing discussions of technology, Shelton instead concentrates on the communication principles that can motivate an audience to achieve a particular goal—a goal that must be realistic, worthwhile, and appropriate. His inventive approach coalesces theory of the media with its psychology, philosophy, analysis, history, and application. Written for a broad audience of professional informational and corporate filmmakers, film students, technical writers, and clients, it is an insider’s perspective on the informational media industry. With over thirty-five years of experience, award-winning filmmaker Shelton presents his astute views on the state of the profession and offers sage, constructive advice for the successful design and production of information motion-media. This valuable guide examines how to encode effectively information in motion media by using in-depth communication analysis and pertinent filmic design.

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Ghost Towning for Fun, Adventure, and Discovery

Lamplight Press, 2015

In this short monograph, Shelton highlights the protocols, the “do” and “don’t” as it were, of ghost-towning—visiting such sites and abandoned mining camps in the American West. His most important point is don’t be a blackguard. Leave these historical sites, non-renewable re-sources of our past as they are for future generations to visit. For over a century, the romantic mystique of gold rushes, gunfights, and saloons of the western town has captured popular imagination. Hollywood fantasy publicity engenders folks to visit these precious remnants of time gone by. Unfortunately, ghost towns are fragile resources vulnerable to the environment, artifact collectors, thieves, and vandals. Over the years, such scalawags have done incredible damage to our dwindling historic sites. Once a ghost town is gone, it is gone forever.

Shelton discusses maps and latitude and longitude, road conditions, weather, water, survival equipment and strategy, cautions, and driving conditions.

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