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Hillman Curtis on Creating Short Films for the Web
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Acclaimed Web Designer Hillman Curtis book provides us access to his frustrations within his successful career and how he is re-inventing himself as a digital video director/producer.
As all of us in the creative fields have reached a plateau where we feel we are simply re-creating and not creating... Hillman gives an honest and refreshing account of how he hit his plateau and how he has branched into a new design field, re-energizing his career and more importantly... his life.
Giving exact specifications on which camera, editing software, lighting rigs, etc... Hillman provides a great start for us beginners venturing into the digital video realm for the first time.
Unlike his previous Flash books which provide detail, step by step accounts on how to do various projects (all of which are now outdated - admitted by Hillman), this book is more of an inspiration on why to stretch yourself when you are creatively stagnant.
Inspired enough to write this review... inspired enough to grab a DV camera, shoot some film and see what happens.
If inspiring you into action isn't the benchmark of a great book... i don't know what is.
Curtis these days is trying to re-invent himself from a designer to a digital video producer from a web designer (an a darn good one at that). Being one who is starting to dabble in video after I picked up my dvd palmcam last year - I appreciated being shown the path by one who has been there before.
This is an insightful book in many regards. If you are looking for step by step instructions or ideas on how to set up Flash Video it says it all in about 1/6 of the back of the book. It tell not so much as how but why. Some may be surprised that he reads the Bible and lives in Grass Valley CA. part time.
I love the books interviews, insights, mistakes, and success stories. Very candid.
Great! You will see how simple the process is as well as learn why you should bother. You video guys heads up this is the way to go. Get Flash 8 Pro!
It's a bit refreshing to read a guy's perspective when it's not full of posturing and bravado. The author has a more self-nurturing tone and approaches the work with humility, which again isn't bad for a newbie.
The bottom line is: don't expect anything that is going to turn you into a video producer overnight. Admittedly, it's a hard profession, technical, requiring time, money and connections, and is very competitive. This is not a strong technical manual.
I have a BA in Film/Video and make educational videos/multimedia for a living, so my perspective is a bit skewed.
But I bought this book because I wanted to give him a chance, and I am glad I did. He is able to point out his successes as well as his mistakes, and graciously tries to offer his own humble insights to his process. It is a valuable book for designers, and will look into more of his work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hillman Curtis is just the right amount of self-deprecating so that you can learn from his own mistakes. Read morePublished on May 13, 2010 by L. Tabas
I have been a fan of his works and this is just as inspirational as anything else he wrote. No technical steps but processes and theories are exlained.Published on June 21, 2009 by JAMES QUAKE
As someone who is making the transition from web design to motion design and film making, this book was great for me. Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by Brian Ward
A very illuminating book from a designer artist who shows how one can learn on the way. It is more philsophical than technical - about the attitude to creating rather than just a... Read morePublished on February 16, 2006 by D. Haynes