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Moviemaking Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: The Ultimate Guide for the Aspiring Filmmaker Paperback – September 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764131915
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764131912
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School–The stated aim of this book is to give readers the knowledge necessary to make movies with little or no money, and it lives up to its promise. Patmore targets the short (up to 15 minutes) film as a means of honing students' skills. The text is clear and concise, and the book is loaded with instructive color photographs. All aspects of the moviemaking process are covered in five sections, including preproduction considerations (types of cameras and film, script writing, and storyboarding), the logistics of the actual shoot, postproduction activities (editing, special effects), suggested projects, and how to market the final product via film festivals and the Internet. Teens will be attracted by the idea of producing their own music videos, and this book will show them how to do so. The section on producing 3-D animated videos will appeal to fans of computer-generated features. Suggestions for useful software, Web sites, and related books are included, along with sources for grants. This volume will give students the tools necessary to produce a first film with little more than an idea, a video camera, and basic word-processing software.–Debra Shumate, Bull Run Regional Library, Manassas, VA
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This carefully structured book teaches a full range of filmmaking skills to anyone interested in creating short movies for private screenings, festivals, competitions, and broadcast on television or the web. From initial planning to assembling a cast and crew, you will discover how to get your movie up and running.

Find out where to look for inspiration, and how to develop the narrative and storyboard your movie. Put together a basic kit for shooting digitally or on film, and discover how to translate your vision by manipulating sound, images, movement, and lighting.

All essential equipment and techniques are clearly explained with diagrams and step-by-step photographs. From shooting footage to editing, laying down soundtracks, and adding special effects, this book teaches a wide range of pre- and post-production skills.

Practical projects and exercises give students hands-on experience for working in different genres, from ten-minute documentaries to pop videos, short dramas, and action sequences. There’s also advice on putting together a showreel and getting a finished film seen.

CHRIS PATMORE is a London-based writer specializing in creative technology. He is the author of The Complete Animation Course and Character Design Studio, and runs a Web site for animators and comic book artists. His current book project describes the development and creation of female characters for comics and animation. Chris, who has worked internationally as a graphic designer and photographer, began filmmaking in the late ’70s, shooting Super-8 surfing films in Australia. As a self-confessed technophile, he has embraced the latest digital technology as the ideal way to tell stories with moving images, and currently has several projects in various stages of production.

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It covers stunts, framing, story boarding, make-up, etc.
Kristine
This book is excellent because it is filled with loads of information and it is very concise too.
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All the essentials are in this book - highly recommended.
Johnny Handsome

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Unzar Jones on March 24, 2010
Format: Paperback
The word "concise" is used to describe this book and that is a fair statement. Each topic is dealt with mostly in two or three pages, much of which is photos or illustrations. Being as short as it is, don't expect a lot in the way of depth. It's use is limited to those who are brand new to film making concepts or who need a quick lookup. For example, you will learn what the Division of Thirds is, that you should use optical zoom instead of digital zoom, and that sound is very important. Take away the eye candy and there is not much meat on the bone.

The best use of this book is as a visual reference for basics. There are photos demonstrating aspect ratios, a graphic showing color temperatures, 1-4 light setups. Don't know what a ten minute documentary is? Look it up. Hint: It's a very short documentary. Also, a 15 second film is roughly 15 seconds.

To sum up, this is all info that you can find in minutes on the internet unless you don't want to look or don't know what you're looking for. Some of the material seems dated as usually happens when that new piece of equipment they show as an example is now found in the tech museum.

A companion book with a nice layout- while having some use and looking pretty- just doesn't live up to it's title.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is excellent because it is filled with loads of information and it is very concise too. What makes it such a good read is that it has so much information, yet quick-paced and very organized. Nothing is left out, cameras, shots, framing, scriptwriting, makeup, casting, etc. Intuitively divided: pre-production, shooting and post-production.

It explains the movie making process from A-Z without bogging you down with every single detail. For each section respectively, the author gives you a good overview and then important details and examples of what you need to know. It's a great way to cover so much in a 140 pg. book. Although it's an easy read, you will learn a lot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Handsome on December 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book can be finished in one day, and it has all the info you need to get started. Great thing is that it packs a lot of stuff into 140 pages, including great photos to guide you throughout.

Why waste money on film school? Pick up books like these, read them thoroughly and go apply yourself out in the real world. All the essentials are in this book - highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Janell M. Ramos on August 12, 2008
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This book is thoughtfully condensed with terrific visuals for today's young film students. It takes you through the entire process of film making from terms, to shots, to location, 15 minute and 2 day filming processes and writing...this is a great book to use that is entirely user friendly. Waiting for Odysseus
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This book was everything i wished it would be. The hundreds of colored photographs aided superbly in learning more about film making. It is the perfect book to buy if you are just starting with film making, as it explains all of the basic concepts thoroughly; it is also a great read for those who aren't new at it either, for it gives in-depth analysis of concepts you may not know about, explains advanced techniques, and shows you advanced equipment you may wish to get in the near future. It is an excellent walk through of the whole filming process. I recommend this book to anyone out there that has an interest in movie making; it will definitely make you a better filmmaker.
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By Junior Cid on December 10, 2012
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This is a really good "introductory book".

As an introduction for filmmaking, i would give it five stars
but i jus give three because im looking for more advanced
information about filmmaking.

You can buy it if you are starting in this word of cinema,
but don't waste your money if your a pro looking for more
skills.
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