The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age
2008 EditionThe authoritative guide to funding, preparing, shooting, lighting, editing, finishing and distributing your film or video
Widely acknowledged as the "bible" of film and video production and used in courses around the world, this indispensable guide to making movies is now updated with the latest advances in high- definition formats. For students and teachers, the professional and the novice filmmaker, this clear and comprehensive handbook remains the reliable reference to all aspects of moviemaking.
Techniques for making narrative, documentary, corporate, experimental and feature films.
Working with high-definition and standard-definition digital video formats, including DV, HD, and HDV.
Extensive coverage of video editing with the latest nonlinear editing systems.
Thorough grounding in lenses, lighting, sound recording, and sound editing.
The business aspects of financing and producing movies
Written by filmmakers for filmmakers, this book will give you the skills you need to take your dreams from script to screen.
If you could only buy one book - consider this one first
By Ken Randall "Ken" - June 14, 2008
I have an entire library of filmmaking books - this one book (esp. the 2008 update) is fantastic - covering every aspect of filmmaking - and not just the technical stuff - even working with actors, directing and some basics of film theory. Of course it is best at the technical side - including HD production and post production editing. Very few of my collection come close to this one for breadth and depth.
UNBEATABLE. Perfect in all regards
By Daniel Benson - December 2, 2007
I've read a lot of books on cinematography, and this is by far the finest I've seen. This is an extremely well written, comprehensive book on ALL aspects of film making. The authors have obviously worked very hard on this book, and it shows. For example, there are EXTENSIVE cross references throughout the book like: "before you read this you should read pages 22-25". This kind of cross referencing takes a lot of time to do accurately. The cost is a real STEAL for the amount of information in it. In my opinion it is the only book you need on cinematography. If you don't think so, at least read this first. I think all your questions will be answered. I can't recommend it highly enough. Daniel O. Benson
Deeper Than The Usual Fare of Still Photography Books
By The Blood of Roses - June 4, 2009
I would encourage anyone from amateur (photographers committed by passion) to professional (photographers committed by career choice) to include within their ongoing study curriculum source material covering cinematography. And, this book should be first on their reading list! It is a perfect compendium of technique, theory, equipment and practice.
What impresses me is how much more deeply the authors explain basic concepts, beyond what you find in most of the regular digital photography books currently on the market; and, the explanations are so succinct. Take, for instance, when discussing depth of field and distance compression and expansion in perspective, the choice between changing the camera to subject distance or changing focal lenght to control the size of the subject in the frame, pages 142 to 146, makes an enormous difference in the way the image will look. It is explained that,
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