From Library Journal
With 60 short films, three Academy Award nominations, one OscarR, and a position as a teacher of screenwriting at Columbia University to his credit, Levy is well qualified to instruct his readers in everything they need to know about the production of short films. He divides his manual into concise and straightforward chapters, the first of which is an analysis of the history and popularity of the short. Using examples from his own career, Levy then explains all aspects of creating a short film, from the development of the idea to what food and drink to provide for actors and crew. After Levy's easy-to-follow lessons are finished, he offers a list of film festivals that accept short films, titles of short films that he believes to be some of the finest examples of the genre, and a reading list. Levy has written a manual that will appeal to all students of film, from the video camera amateur to the student of cinematography. A worthy addition to all performing arts collections.Lisa Johnston, Sweet Briar Coll. Lib., Va.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and Jim Jarmusch are among a score of new film directors who learned the craft of the art in film schools, making shorts. More than ever, students are writing, directing, editing, and producing at least one short film over the course of their studies. This guide to making shorts is written for both those students and the curious, self-motivated person who owns a video camera and is fascinated by the medium. Author Levy is a screenwriting teacher and a filmmaker. He obviously handles both with some dexterity, given the way he effortlessly jumps back and forth between the rules and the creation of cinema, leaving the reader well informed, although humbled. From a definition that lays out the subject in a way that the short film becomes a quest, Levy hits every point in the journey, including the idea, the treatment, dialogue, screenplay format, working with actors, directing the camera, and postproduction. Along the way, he lightens the force of so much exposition with interesting examples from features and student shorts that are like thought-provoking trailers. A comprehensive treatment. Bonnie Smothers