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Attack of the Killer Video Book: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors
     

Attack of the Killer Video Book: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors

by Mark Shulman, Hazlitt Krog, Martha Newbigging (Illustrator)
 

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A fun and funny guide to making great videos.

Anyone can make a video (we've all seen other people's home movies, ugh!). But can anyone make great videos? Of course! Say hello to Attack of the Killer Video Book.

Hilarious yet instructive text provides kids with a thorough overview of all the tricks of the movie-making trade. From coming up with

Overview

A fun and funny guide to making great videos.

Anyone can make a video (we've all seen other people's home movies, ugh!). But can anyone make great videos? Of course! Say hello to Attack of the Killer Video Book.

Hilarious yet instructive text provides kids with a thorough overview of all the tricks of the movie-making trade. From coming up with great ideas, to organizing a video shoot, to finally piecing it all together, Attack of the Killer Video Book walks readers through every stage of video production.

Camera-less activities like scriptwriting and storyboarding will help bring ideas to life. Simple suggestions on camerawork will turn technophobes into sharp-shooters. There are even hot tips for safe special effects and handy hints for the big premiere. Meanwhile, hip and helpful illustrations will keep everything cool and clear.

All this makes Attack of the Killer Video Book as sensible as it is sidesplitting, and kids who use it are all but guaranteed fame! Okay, they may not have fame, but they'll sure have fun (and learn something too).

Chapters include:

  • The Story
  • The Technology
  • The Special Effects
  • The Big Show
  • The Final Touches

Editorial Reviews

Resource Links
Extremely informative and humorous... An excellent resource for those aspiring to become involved in the movie production business.
— Anne Hatcher
Girls' Life
How to make awesome home movies... all the tools you need to make a killer debut film.
Grand Rapids Press
A great book for kids: highly visual, funny and packed with information. I recommend it for your camera buff.
— Sue Stauffacher
Booklist
The layout makes good use of color boxes, tips on every page, and comic-style illustrations... useful.
— GraceAnne A. DeCandidio
Family Motor Coaching
Great fun to read and savvy enough to provide workable tips for serious videotaping.
— Janet Groene
Canadian Materials
An excellent and funny book that will help even the creatively challenged create masterpieces of video. Highly Recommended.
— Grace Sheppard
School Library Journal
Lighthearted primer uses lots of humor... big-time creative fun making their own movies... essential stuff aspiring filmmakers need to know.
— Jeffrey Hastings
Resource Links - Anne Hatcher
Extremely informative and humorous... An excellent resource for those aspiring to become involved in the movie production business.
Grand Rapids Press - Sue Stauffacher
Handy guide covers everything you need to know... This is a great book for kids: highly visual, funny and packed with information. I recommend it for your camera buff.
Booklist - GraceAnne A. DeCandidio
The layout makes good use of color boxes, tips on every page, and comic-style illustrations... useful.
Family Motor Coaching - Janet Groene
Great fun to read and savvy enough to provide workable tips for serious videotaping.
Canadian Materials - Grace Sheppard
An excellent and funny book that will help even the creatively challenged create masterpieces of video.... They take readers step-by-step through the technical aspects [and] finishes with suggestions for hosting a video premiere party.... The book is effortlessly funny, and the authors have very cool ideas to share with their readers. All of the information is presented in short, well-labeled sections that flow naturally through the stages of video production. Each section of the book is clearly illustrated with Martha Newbigging's cartoon drawings [which] in addition to adding colour and appeal to the book, often help to clarify the concept that is being explained in the text.... With its multitude of practical tips and breezy tone, Attack of the Killer Video Book will definitely appeal to all of the young Spielbergs out there. It is also likely to inspire those who would never have considered shooting a film to try it--all film-making mysteries are revealed within. A great addition to any collection. Highly Recommended.
Children's Literature
This how-to book is organized in appealing boxes and short sections, with lots of color and silly cartoons. The illustrations do an excellent job showing the difference, for example, among scenes that have no light, key light, fill light and backlight. There are tips on everything from planning to technique, using digital cameras to special effects, "the burden of leadership" and "the big show." There are checklists for the director, explanations of movie terms and jargon ("dailies," "it's a wrap"), a short glossary and a thorough index. The intended audience for this book, however, is primarily young people who are accustomed to pushing buttons on a computer to figure out how to play a game—not reading the directions. It is possible that students would glance through the book and become interested in making a video. It is also possible that students could turn to the index for an explanation of concepts or problems like storyboards, shadows and editing. Teachers could also draw on this book for thorough but understandable ways to show and explain some of the key elements of making a good video. 2004, Annick Press, Ages 10 up.
—Karen Leggett

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550378405
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/06/2004
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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Meet the Author

Mark Shulman and Hazlitt Krog have been making movies together for years. Shulman lives in New York, where he writes for children and adults. His books include Zany Rainy Days and The Sleepover Cookbook. Krog lives in Marin City, California. He has worked in film and video production for 20 years.

Martha Newbigging is a film animator, graphic designer and children's book illustrator.

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