Attack of the Killer Video Book Take 2: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors
  • Attack of the Killer Video Book Take 2: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors
  • Attack of the Killer Video Book Take 2: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors

Attack of the Killer Video Book Take 2: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors

by Mark Shulman, Hazlitt Krog, Martha Newbigging
     
 

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Praise for the previous edition: What a great book for aspiring filmmakers! -- VOYA The kids' ultimate guide to making great videos.
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Praise for the previous edition: What a great book for aspiring filmmakers! -- VOYA The kids' ultimate guide to making great videos.

Editorial Reviews

Girls' Life
[Review of earlier edition:] How to make awesome home movies... all the tools you need to make a killer debut film.
Booklist - GraceAnne A. DeCandidio
[Review of earlier edition:] The layout makes good use of color boxes, tips on every page, and comic-style illustrations... useful.
Canadian Materials - Grace Sheppard
[Review of earlier edition:] 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.
Family Motor Coaching - Janet Groene
[Review of earlier edition:] Great fun to read and savvy enough to provide workable tips for serious videotaping.
Grand Rapids Press - Sue Stauffacher
[Review of earlier edition:] 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.
Resource Links - Anne Hatcher
[Review of earlier edition:] Extremely informative and humorous... An excellent resource for those aspiring to become involved in the movie production business.
CM
This is a terrific book...buy a couple of copies...in case one goes missing in action. It's that good.
Canadian Teacher Magazine - Amanda Parker
Written with youth in mind, the well-illustrated information pages about how to film and produce a video are guaranteed to grab and hold students' and teachers' attention.
If you're looking for information on integrating media into your literacy curriculum, this book includes practical, school-ready tips.
VOYA - Jennifer Rosenstein
This is an updated version of the original book published in 2004. The authors aim to provide a fun, non-intimidating introduction to the art of video production. They offer common-sense tips, an overview of some important vocabulary, and an emphasis on storytelling and having fun. Newbigging's light-hearted illustrations throughout help explain key ideas and keep the tone humorous. Shulman and Krog strive to give general tips and advice applicable no matter what camera or editing software you have. The authors encourage teens to jump in and start experimenting with visual storytelling. The book is a quick read, and the directions and advice will help any aspiring filmmaker. One of the challenges the authors acknowledge is that the available technology for recording, editing, and sharing videos is always changing. This second edition is likely to become out of date even faster than the first; however, the steps the authors lay out and their suggestions for simple effects, lighting, etc., remain useful despite changing technology. While much of this information may be available online, this book is very accessible for teens. Young people interested in filmmaking will enjoy the book, and it will help them start making and editing videos. Reviewer: Jennifer Rosenstein
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
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9-While video production equipment is cheaper and more accessible than ever before, and relatively high-end results can now be accomplished using consumer-grade cameras, recording decks, and/or the family's home computer, most kids fail to take advantage of this potentially rewarding hobby. This lighthearted primer uses lots of humor and colorful, cartoon-style illustrations to encourage readers to do a little planning, grab whatever video equipment and production supplies they can scrape together, and start having some big-time, creative fun making their own movies. Since the tools of the trade are rapidly changing, the book wisely avoids providing too much equipment-specific technical advice, instead focusing on the unchanging video fundamentals like scripting, storyboarding, shot selection and composition, audio, lighting, and editing basics-in short, all of the essential stuff aspiring filmmakers need to know to prevent their fledgling premieres from inducing nausea. Though light on technical detail, the book does provide enough analog and digital equipment basics to give students most of the requisite skills they'd need to start figuring out how the most common gear operates during shooting and is hooked up for post-production. A good choice for collections in need of an updated video-production guide that won't become dated too quickly.-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Booklist
The layout makes good use of color boxes, tips on every page, and comic-style illustrations... useful.
— GraceAnne A. DeCandidio
Grand Rapids Press
A great book for kids: highly visual, funny and packed with information. I recommend it for your camera buff.
— Sue Stauffacher
Resource Links
Extremely informative and humorous... An excellent resource for those aspiring to become involved in the movie production business.
— Anne Hatcher
Canadian Materials
An excellent and funny book that will help even the creatively challenged create masterpieces of video. Highly Recommended.
— Grace Sheppard
Family Motor Coaching
Great fun to read and savvy enough to provide workable tips for serious videotaping.
— Janet Groene

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554513666
Publisher:
Annick Press, Limited
Publication date:
03/20/2012
Edition description:
Revised and Updated Edition
Pages:
76
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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