- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (January 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321413644
- ISBN-13: 978-0321413642
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 101 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I'd been wanting to write a book for the new breed of digital filmmakers,
but now I don't have to. My pal and fellow movie maker Stu Maschwitz has
compressed years of experience into this thorough guide. Don't make a movie
without reading this book!"
-Robert Rodriguez, filmmaker and author of Rebel Without a Crew
About the Author
Stu Maschwitz is a director, visual effects supervisor, renowned technologist and founding partner of The Orphanage, a leading VFX and film production company based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Hailed by Shoot Magazine as one of the “Ten Commercial Directors To Watch,” Maschwitz has quickly gained a reputation for his ability to tackle extraordinarily complex visual challenges while injecting his signature wry sense of humor and kinetic filmmaking style. An innovator in filmmaking technology, Maschwitz is the creator of The Orphanage’s revolutionary Magic Bullet software—which gives inexpensive digital video the lush look of film. Prior to joining up with his fellow co-conspirators to start The Orphanage, Maschwitz spent five years at George Lucas’ Industrial Light + Magic. He is a graduate of CalArts School of Animation.
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Don't let the fact the book wasn't published recently sway you. This is a great read that you will refer to for the rest of your filmmaking career or hobby.
This book delivers exactly what it says it will: How to make Killer action movies on the cheap using DV.
This isn't some book on "movie theory". This is a well written, often funny, practical reference manual. STU demonstrates time and time again that he knows EXACTLY what he is talking about, then he shows you how to do it. (Cheap!)
I learned so much reading this book that I didn't realize how much I didn't know before I read it, and now that I have read it, I know exactly what books to buy to nail all of the topics covered in this book. I now know what I should be studying and WHY. There are sections in this book that can only come from in depth knowledge and I am pretty sure there are things in this book that you will NOT find elsewhere. This isn't the book that will teach you everything, but it will teach you everything you NEED to know about DV film making. Period.
As a starting point this book will blow past what you thought was possible with DV into real "movie studio" territory, but Stu shows you how to do it on a meager budget - for example there is a design for a $14 "GhettoCam" made of a 2x4 piece of wood and two wooden dowels that mimics the effect of a SteadyCam that would cost you thousands of dollars. Strangely enough, bean bags and bags of sand are a great way to mount your camera at an angle and preserve the shot, and I had no idea that you could use a skateboard for a "slider shot". To be honest, I didn't know what a "slider shot" was, but I do now! (And I know when to and how to shoot one.)
For a beginner in DV film making (like me) this book is worth its weight in platinum, and now that I have finished my first read, I know that I will be coming back to this book over and over again until I know every part of it by heart. Yes, this book does focus on Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects, but honestly after reading this book, and after buying Final Cut Studio 3.0, I am actually making the switch to Adobe just based on my reading of this book. But that's not what's important. Even if you don't have After Effects, the concepts and practical solutions in the book are the most important part. What is important is that this book gives literally hundreds of tips, tricks, real life examples with lots of nice color pictures to see exactly what the author is talking about, and then he backs all this up with a slew of DVD content, including some much needed Excel files that you can really use to do what this author is talking about. Stu covers everything from the pre-production, to the actual shoot, to post production (including essentials such as color correction, scene matching, work flow, and how to maximize DV resolution and reduce quality loss in the production pipeline as well as an exact list of what to do in order to "master" your movie). Stu also solidly covers visual effects and stunts, how to create them, (and do that cheaply!) etc. Oh, did I forget the whole chapter on guns and how to make realistic gun fights using airsoft gun replicas, sound libraries and After Effects?
OK, so what's the downside? The ONLY downside in this book has to do with audio. If you are looking for a book about recording and producing audio for film, this book is NOT the one you want. However, for everything else (and that is a LOT of "else"), just buy this book.
This book rocks!
In the interest of full disclosure Stu and I are both members of [...] a filmmaking forum. While I don't think we've had any major interaction (if any at all) I felt I should mention that. But I cannot speak more highly of this book. I wish I had it earlier.
The thing to keep in mind about this book is it's an advanced book. He's not playing around here. Let's put it like this, Stu's the kind of guy that doesn't rent a helicopter for a scene he simply pulls out a 3D program and makes it, then pops it into the scene and low and behold he has a helicopter shooting high powered ammo at characters in the film and it looks good. I know he said it was 3D, but seeing it on screen you wouldn't have known it. Then he does a scene with a fake gun. It's a toy, (literally a green toy gun). But the crowd sees people running and a guy with a green gun running after him and they react just like if the guy had a real gun. When Stu digitally replaces the fake gun with a real one the scene looks incredible!
Before you buy this book you should have a Mac or PC, with a nice amount of RAM because you will be using After Effects. This is like an After Effects manual specifically for action films, plus it has basic shooting tips for making action films that come off as really advanced, but when he breaks it down it makes all the sense in the world. And remember, he's still talking about doing this at the low-budget level so he's not spending millions or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Finally, the writing isn't overly techy. If you've done digital filmmaking for awhile you can follow along. The book is down to earth and he explains what he's talking about. So if you're ready to move up from basic low budget action flicks to some really bad assed movie making, This is the book for you. I can honestly say I'll be using some things from here in my next film. If you buy my book, buy Stu's along with it. You wont be sorry.
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