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The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age Paperback – September 4, 2007
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– New York Times
"Gold-standard technical reference book for filmmakers."
“The bible – updated.”
- The Independent
"This is an essential book."
"You need this book. Billed as the authoritative guide to filmmaking from fundraising to distribution, the book achieves this in clear, accessible language using current up-to-date information. It's easy to see why this has become a standard text in many film schools. A gilt-edged investment for aspiring and beginning filmmakers and it would not be out of place in the libraries of experienced professionals either."
-James MacGregor, Netribution.co.uk
"This edition of the book is awesome. I don't know how you managed it. Such a mass of information so expertly organized and so clearly presented! Amazing."
-Alfred Guzzetti, Professor, Harvard University
“Anyone who is serious about learning the language and techniques of this art, whether amateur or professional, must have this comprehensive reference.”
“Speaking as a member of the 'figure it out yourself' camp, I consider most 'technical' reference books to be nothing more than leisure reading. This one is worth its salt. Every page is relevant and fascinating. When I find a chapter that refers to something we've done, I realize that every mistake we made was covered, if only we'd thought to read up beforehand.”
"I was thrilled to find your book, which is a gem. No matter what corner of the subject I poked into, looking for cogent explanations, the Handbook passed with flying colors. So please accept my admiration, appreciation and thanks."
-Pat Jackson, Associate Professor, San Francisco State University; Emmy-winning Supervising Sound Editor
About the Author
Edward Pincus has taught film courses at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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There's a ton of material in here that will probably not apply to you. Not working with film? You could probably skip "The Film Camera" and "The Film Image." Or if you're handing your footage off to another editor, skip the sections on editing. But I would suggest another direction: Read it all, from cover to cover. The text is all interesting, well-written, and absolutely packed with great information. Even if you never touch a roll of 16 or 35mm film in your life, understanding where we came from and why we've adopted certain standards is knowledge well worth having.
I had been making short films and videos for years before picking up this book, and I was amazed at how much I learned. I realized how many things I had been doing wrong - I was unaware of so many best practices and techniques that my next few films were notably more polished and better executed.
In short, the book won't make you a professional, but it will make you MORE professional.
This book is a must have for any budding film maker. It's thick and daunting at first glance, with overwhelming amounts of technical information and more than anyone could really take in upon first reading. I purchased it as a text book for a film class, but have NEVER had a more useful text book that I will actually keep, refer to, and recommend forever! It's worth a full read through (get those hi-lighters and a pen for notes handy) to get an overall idea of how cameras work, how to choose and use sound and lighting equipment, and so much more. Then keep as a reference to answer almost any problem that arises!
If film school is not an option or your just not sure if film-making is possible for you, buy this book and Robert Rodriquez's Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player and you will be ready to give true independent film making a shot!(Pun intended) I'm not joking though, there is enough inspiration and information in these two books to get any project moving.
Good luck and have fun filming!