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ISBN-13: 978-0240811581 ISBN-10: 0240811585 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 2 edition (June 28, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811585
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811581
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With Voice and Vision, 2nd Edition, Professor Mick Hurbis-Cherrier (Hunter College) has improved upon his ground-breaking book that approaches the subject as a technical, narrative, creative endeavor that marries a filmmaker's voice to his/her mise en scene. It is a book that is compelling, engaging and exciting as it distills essential information about film and digital image making tools with the aesthetic wisdom of many of the world's greatest storytellers. It is quite simply the best book of its kind on the market today."--FilmFestivalToday.com

"From conception to release, every phase of the filmmaking process receives attention in Hurbis-Cherrier's dense yet accessible volume, a comprehensive textbook on the intersection at which practical considerations and artistic inspiration meet.anyone arriving on set armed with the knowledge contained in Voice & Vision will have a distinct advantage." -Jim Hemphill, book review of Voice & Vision, 2nd edition, American Cinematographer

"Making a movie is always a journey into uncharted territory. Hopefully we have a clear sense of the destination, but we also know that the road is likely to be fraught with hazards, detours, setbacks, and surprises. Fortunately Mick Hurbis-Cherrier has provided us with a map. Voice & Vision is a thoughtful and stimulating, step-by-step guide through the entire filmmaking process from concept to distribution. The author offers an invaluable commentary on the art, craft, and technology that inform every stage of the creative journey. This is an essential and inspiring guide for the intrepid filmmaker. Don't leave home without it." -Paul Thompson, Associate Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; Formerly Head of Film and Television, AFTRS, Sydney

"The general approach of the book-which offers a combination of technical and creative aspects, as well as professional production practices-makes it an invaluable, encyclopedic 'bible' for film and video production students."  -Tomasz Malinowski, Professor, Edge Hill University (UK)

"In this comprehensive and masterful volume. Hurbis-Cherrier's conversational tone allows each subject to be viewed in relationship to the others, creating a multi-disciplinary perspective that is thorough and thoughtful." -Pablo Frasconi, Senior Lecturer, Production, USC School of Cinematic Arts

"The tone of the book works very well with my teaching style and pedagogy because it treats the student as part of a team that is working toward acquiring the knowledge and skills to make a movie.  In that sense, I find the book to be not only informative but also very motivational."  -Ece Karayalcin, Professor, SEDT, Miami Dade College

"Hurbis-Cherrier (a professional who teaches at Hunter College) provides a comprehensive, well-organized resource for those interested in exploring the art and technique of narrative film and DV production...Though intended primarily for the classroom, this book should find a place in personal libraries as well. It will help even professionals expand their knowledge of the ever-evolving narrative format. Summing Up: Recommended." -M. A. Bay, Southern Connecticut State University, CHOICE

PRAISE FOR THE 1st EDITION:

"For those filmmakers who want to learn more about the technicalities of film and DV production, this is the book you've been waiting for. Written in a way that is educational yet easy-to-understand, you will find this book helpful whether you're a new filmmaker or one with some experience under your belt. Regardless of your budget size, or your preference for film/DV, there is an incredible amount of information to learn here. The book's layout and detailed illustrations make it easy to follow and enjoyable to read, while the depth of information-as well as the topics themselves-ensures that this book will be usable for quite a while after its purchase. The price is excellent, espcially considering the amount of information the book contains, as well as its reusability. A must-have for the filmmaker who wants to take his education to the next level!" -Microfilmmaker Magazine 

"This text is not in the form of a technical manual to be shelved as a reference book but is instead a production bible and reader for those actively involved in filmmaking.This book is immensely readable for, and useable by, the target audience of non-professional filmmakers, although even a professional may find it a useful contemporary addition to their library."

-Sorrel Penn-Edwards, Metro Magazine

"I've adopted the textbook for my film production class and I have to tell you I have not come across a better one. ... I'm continually thrilled when I discover yet another piece that is ideal for teaching not just the mechanics of film making, but the impact on cinematic storytelling. Too many textbooks leave out the 'why' when explaining production. It's easy to get sidetracked into explaining technical details, but unless you can explain its relevance to the story, why teach it?"
-Hamp Overton, Assistant Professor, University of New Orleans

"A concise, graphic, and comprehensive manual for the serious beginning filmmaker-full of practical, technical information and solid artistic guidance, and some inspiration too."
-Michael Rabiger, Author of Directing: Film Techniques and Aesthetics and Directing the Documentary 

"Mick Hurbis-Cherrier teaches film and video production at Hunter College in New York, and has worked as a producer, director, cinematographer, and editor. He knows what he's talking about, and has presented it in a beautifully illustrated and photographed book that should be a required textbook in every film school." -Jon Fauer, ASC, Film and Digital Times

"Hurbis-Cherrier takes years of teaching film and video production and puts it all down on paper in Voice and Vision, combining technical and aesthetic applications with a realistic approach to filmmaking. It is a comprehensive guide for aspiring filmmakers working in both film and digital video." 
-Jacqueline B. Frost, Associate Professor, Department of Radio/TV/Film, California State University, Fullerton 

"Mick Hurbis-Cherrier has written a very unusual book for film and video makers. Voice & Vision differs from other production books by seeing production as a technical, narrative, creative undertaking that is unique because each filmmaker has a distinct voice.This book transcends 'how to' and invites the creative 'why-not' of its readers. I've never read a better beginning to the film and videomaking journey."
-Ken Dancyger, Professor at New York University's Kanbar Institute of Film & Television and Author of Broadcast Writing, Alternative Scriptwriting, The Technique of Film and Video Editing, and Writing the Short Film

"It feels like sitting in a classroom with a great teacher who supplements key information with wonderfully entertaining and illustrative stories...students will feel more like they are reading a good story rather than trying to wade through a textbook." 
-Andrew Lund, Filmmaker and Graduate Film Professor, Columbia University

"The discussion of the technical and logistic matters is very good: it is comprehensive, thorough, and very well explained." 
-Michael Kowalski, Film Professor, Chapman University, and Sound Designer on Lost In La Mancha

"Voice & Vision is a comprehensive manual for the independent filmmakers and film students who want a solid grounding in the tools, techniques, and processes of narrative film in order to achieve their artistic vision. This book includes essential and detailed information on relevant film and digital video tools, a thorough overview of the filmmaking stages, and the aesthetic considerations for telling a visual story. The ultimate goal of this book is to help you develop your creative voice while acquiring the solid practical skills and confidence to use it. Unlike many books that privilege raw technical information or the line-producing aspects of production, Voice & Vision places creativity, visual expression, and cinematic ideas front and center. After all, every practical decision a filmmaker makes, like choosing a location, an actor, a film stock, a focal length, a lighting set-up, an edit point, or a sound effect is also an expressive one and should serve the filmmaker's vision. Every decision, from the largest conceptual choices to the smallest practical solutions, has a profound impact on what appears on the screen and how it moves an audience. 'In Practice' sidebars throughout connect conceptual, aesthetic and technical issues to their application in the real world."--Internet Video Magazine

From the Back Cover

Voice & Vision is a comprehensive manual for independent filmmakers and film students that includes all of the tools, techniques, and processes of narrative film necessary to achieve their artistic vision. The ultimate goal of this book is to help you develop your creative voice while acquiring the solid practical skills and confidence to use it.

This book provides essential and detailed information on relevant film and digital video technology, a thorough overview of the filmmaking stages, and the aesthetic considerations for telling an effective visual story for the screen. Unlike many books that privilege the raw technical and line-producing aspects of production, Voice & Vision places creativity, visual expression, and cinematic ideas front and center. After all, every practical decision a filmmaker makes, like choosing a location, a camera angle, a lighting set-up, an edit point, or a sound effect is also an expressive one and should serve the filmmaker's vision. "In Practice" sidebars connect conceptual, aesthetic, and technical issues to their application in the real world. Some provide a brief analysis of a scene or technique from readily available films illustrating how a specific technology or process is used to support a conceptual, narrative, or aesthetic choice. Others recount common production challenges encountered on real shoots which will inspire you to be innovative and resourceful when solving your own filmmaking challenges.

 Other features of Voice & Vision include:

  • A dedicated web resource with high-resolution lighting and exposure illustrations, interactive Flash figures, and award-winning short film examples
  • Comprehensive technical information on both film and digital video production express yourself with any camera and in any format
  • A focus on learning to work successfully with available resources (time, equipment, budget, personnel) turn limitations into opportunities
  • Substantial coverage of the sound tools and techniques used in film production and the creative impact of post-production sound design
  • Updated workflow breakdowns including HD, film-out, and D-Cinema workflows
  • Extensive information on production safety, etiquette and set procedures

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Even though it is a textbook it is easy to understand.
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This book is VERY complete and goes into A LOT of detail about the use of audio and camera equipment.
Jason Greenwald
If you're a filmmaker I recommend you pick up this book for a reference.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sue Larson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2011
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This is a truly marvelous reference book for anyone seriously interested in learning the art of filmmaking. I've got a shelf full of books on screenwriting, story and plot and character development, and other aspects of movie production, but none of them so fully pack the entire movie making process into one volume... Voice and Vision is amazing!

Voice and Vision is written with the generous, good-natured wisdom of an industry mentor... the friend we wish we had who's "been there and done that" and has the amazing stories to drive home points about lighting, miking, city permits, and a seemingly endless assortment of details beginners could easily get bogged down with. I loved reading the stories about a film crew who set up filming a scene involving some violence inside a convenience store... without first checking in with the local police. While it might seem such steps could be dispensed with in remote locations, passersby just might think an actual crime is taking place!

While my main interest in filmmaking is writing screenplays, I know the importance of fully understanding what it takes to bring a movie from pure idea to reality... and Voice and Vision makes a good case for the notion that good filmmaking requires proficiency in many skills, keeping a wide range of factors in mind. The advice is often pithy and concise... comfortable shoes? A must. Hiring the right actors for the parts? Essential. The writing isn't quite as terse or laconic as it is opinionated, and the reader gets a sense that these opinions have come from a wealth of experience.

I love the way Voice and Vision combines pictures and engaging examples in the form of real-life stories in every section of the book. I kept finding myself reading "just one more chapter" because I couldn't put the book down. Voice and Vision may be as valuable as a textbook, but it definitely won't put you to sleep while you read it late at night... it's a real page-turner!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Leite on August 18, 2011
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This is a great book. In a nutshell, it discusses virtually every aspect of film production... from screenwriting all the way to post. And that's a lot to cover. In fact, this book covers so much, it is the size of a telephone book. So in that respect, THIS BOOK IS THE BEST! But...

...But the problem with this type of approach is that it never gets too deep into any subject - because the purpose is to give you a first, main introduction to film production as a whole. So this book is a GREAT CHOICE if you are looking for a first film book. It is PERFECT for the novice film student or someone who wants to have a general (but as wide as possible) about the aspects of producing a film.

Outside the book are important subjects you must look for in other books: film marketing, film distribution and budgeting (that here is only covered in general terms).

Here is a advice: get this book in order to get the wide picture... THEN you select the subjects you want/need to learn in more detail... AND THEN get another book dedicated to that/those subject.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Saperstein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 19, 2012
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If you woke up one morning wanting to become a filmmaker and asked me how, I would say read this book and implement its lessons. As it says in the introduction to the first edition, "the best way to learn about filmmaking is simply to make films". And with this book at your side, you will be introduced to every aspect of creating a film.

Everything begins with an idea, an idea that must be converted into a cinematic story. The first chapter is extraordinary as it discusses the process of taking an idea and creating a cinematic story around it. The book is profusely illustrated with examples of student, documentary and theatrical films that explore the concepts put forth in the text. There are many sidebars with interviews of filmmakers or the story behind a film or scene. The editing of this book is superb: it never comes across as dry or preachy. Rather it is loaded with a "can-do" spirit that doesn't minimize difficulties, but doesn't make them insurmountable either. Even some of the sidebars are perfectly attuned to this, such as this from Robert Rodriguez, famous for his low-budget hit "El Mariachi": "How do you make a cheap movie? Look around you, what do you have around you? . . . Your father owns a liquor store? Make a movie about a liquor store. . . . "

I am astounded by how much information the author has crammed into this 600 page volume. He covers everything - the nature of the screenplay (including its formatting), the visual language and aesthetics of cinema, going from script to visual plan, the nature of film and video and all the tools and processes that go into making a movie.

If you take this book, study it one page at a time, arrange to view the many films cited as examples and, as the advice dictates, make films, you'll learn how to make films. Whether or not they're films anyone else would want to watch is a different story, but you will definitely gain understanding of the process.

Jerry
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bldrmgl85 on August 2, 2011
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The second edition of Voice & Vision is a concise, up-to-date, filmmakers' bible. If you want to invest in one book on how to make a movie, this is it. What is especially nice is that it is well written and well organized.

From screenplays to film stock, from auditions to editing, all the bases are covered.

As the founder of the Boulder Filmmaking Incubator I am often asked for advice from emergent filmmakers. This is a book that I am confident to recommend.
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