If you're an independent filmmaker, Lucas-trained VFX pro Stu Maschwitz will show you exactly how to get killer effects on a "nano" budget.
Maschwitz's The DV Rebel's Guide is packed with solutions for underfunded action filmmakers: from kung fu battles to car chases to dismemberment (ouch). He presents specific, detailed editing techniques (plus an After Effects sample file for creating any imaginable gunfire).
But editing is just one element of the process. This book covers every step, starting with planning (including creating your own "Rodriguez" list of resources you can beg, borrow, or steal long enough to film). You'll find an indispensable chapter on cameras and formats (including why "true 24p" is a must, and the only acceptable compromises). Maschwitz covers scripts, storyboards, sound, music, onlining, and way more -- all with the voice of someone who's been there, big time. Bill Camarda, from the January 2007 Read Only