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The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    So you want to make a movie?

    This is one reference you will need. <BR/><BR/>There is some technical information not in this book, but I'd be hard pressed to find much that was left out that doesn't border on the esoteric or specialized.<BR/><BR/>A hand book for techniques in use at the time of publication plus an assortment of data on historic and legacy gear. The student filmaker, a budding TV engineer, to experienced working professional or other individual in need of reference about the actual work that goes into creating an image on film to the latest digital HD product will find a wealth of usable detailed reference information.<BR/><BR/>From perspective techniques, to industry lingo, to specifics about how cameras work, this book borders on encyclopedic. <BR/><BR/>This won't solve your special effects questions, but it can point you in certain directions, it won't make your script writing skills better, but you may find you'll rethink certain shots or setups in the script, and it will provide details you may wonder how you got by without knowing.<BR/><BR/>Some organization in the book is a bit scattered. There may be a bit too much time spent on older equipment such as 16mm film cameras. I'd like to see more details on current broadcast gear for full digital encoding. <BR/><BR/>The recently updated version is worth twice the price.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    Extensive and modern

    I was a bit skeptical about this book being too out-of- date to discuss modern digital video and HD, but I was wrong. It covers, in great detail, all aspects of modern DV and HD including 24p, modern codecs, tape vs. solid- state recording vs. film, current editing workflows and software, etc. There are chapters covering how digital video camera technologies work, how film cameras work, film and video workflows, discussion of all film/video accessories including tripods, moving supports, lighting, extensive coverage of audio recording and mic info, also covers all aspects of traditional film (most of which I skipped). Overall this is one of the best and most informative books on video/film I've been able to find. Most are way too basic covering only consumer-level technologies and filming techniques (like filming a birthday party... boring).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    Indispensable Tool

    I own an earlier edition, but I can say exceptional in educating yourself in the art of Filmmaking.

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