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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (March 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550378406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550378405
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 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
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Gr. 5-8. Everybody really wants to direct, so this duo and their illustrator have produced a guide to making movies aimed at middle-graders and high-schoolers. Although the level of cuteness might make even a 10-year-old's teeth hurt, their advice is fairly sound. They stress story and planning, and define all the elements: storyboarding, pre- and postproduction, technology, frames, lighting, special effects, sound, and props. The terms movie and video are used interchangeably, and the authors assume that when it come to functions such as editing, kids will be work with just their camera and a VCR. The layout makes good use of color boxes, tips on every page, and comic-style illustrations with a multiethnic cast of two boys and two girls. Young Spielbergs and Sofia Coppolas will probably mine useful nuggets. GraceAnne DeCandido
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "paulchallen" on June 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
In Attack of the Killer Video Book, Mark Shulman and Hazlitt Krog, two veteran American filmmaker/writers who specialize in young people's film and video production,provide everything young people need to know to create their own masterpieces on video. Illustrated by artist Martha Newbigging's cartoons, the book stands out for a number of reasons, particularly the authors' ability to walk that fine line between making filmmaking seem "cool" to young readers while at the same time dispensing the kind of practical technical advice they need.
Shulman and Krog cover every imaginable aspect of moviemaking, including scriptwriting, choosing locations and costumes, shooting, and editing footage. What's more, they go beyond the technical details of production, providing excellent instructional material that teaches young readers how to brainstorm potential story ideas and how to promote their work and organize a premiere screening. Readers will benefit by the outstanding organization of the text into step-bystep thematic chunks - including assembling a production team, instructions for directors, handling and operating a camera - while at the same time enjoying the high-energy prose and lively illustrations.
Adults will value the book's underlying can-do theme, which shows how young people can create something of lasting value on their own while learning important lessons about creativity, team-building and seeing a big project through to completion. As a writer and organizer of film discussion groups for kids, this book is highly recommended.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amy Senk VINE VOICE on February 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
We bought this little book for our son, who had a new Flip video camera and a lot of passion for making movies, but not a lot of focus on how to get started. The book's title and look were appealing to his pre-teen sensibility, and he was totally willing to sit down and read it cover to cover. He even was inspired to take a film editing class, and he seems to understand now that making movies takes more than filming your friends playing a video game or something dumb.

This is not a particularly advanced book, or one that would be necessary for a child who is really focused or self-starting. But for kids who need to take a step back and organize themselves, Attack of the Killer Video is a wonderful place to begin.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Geraldine A. Garretson on May 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For aspiring video makers, this is a terrific book. It is written for kids and I gave it to my granddaughter who makes videos for YouTube. However, it's also a good introduction for adults.
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By Claudia Strasbaugh on January 29, 2014
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This is a book that will be of service for a long time to come. Videos are just becoming real popular as newbies begin to learn to make them. Good start here.

Claudia Strasbaugh
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By April on August 9, 2014
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