- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321862945
- ISBN-13: 978-0321862945
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,609,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hand Held Hollywood's Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone 1st Edition
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About the Author
Taz Goldstein is a film and television director with a decade of experience. His work has won multiple awards at international festivals and has been enjoyed by more than 30 million television viewers. His popular blog, HandHeldHollywood.com, has helped the new generation of filmmakers navigate through the art of filmmaking using iPads, iPhones, applications, and accessories.
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Filmmaking, especially in the independent film world, is all about doing more with less, about being as efficient as possible with your limited resources. This book illustrates that you can have some great tools for getting your entire film made for relatively cheap, especially compared to 10 or 20 years ago. And Goldstein shows how iOS devices used in filmmaking is not just a gimmick, it offers real world benefits. One of the most illuminating examples is how you can scout a location and in real time create a lighting order you can send off before you ever leave the location.
Where the book is less engaging is when Goldstein goes into the actual nitty-gritty of how to get things done on the specific apps, the "tap X on the top menu than tap Y on the bottom left" kind of description that sometimes came up. It was confusing to follow along without the specific app in front of me, and in any event I feel the real strength of the book is in describing the functionality available from the apps in these devices, not in how that functionality is specifically carried out.
This book will open your eyes to the amazing steps digital filmmaking has taken in the last 6 years, and the great versatility that these devices can offer filmmakers. And it's an enjoyable read too, Goldstein keeps it funny and lively and actually entertaining, a rare feat in a book about technology.
It also contains many useful tips for getting the most from many of the apps.
For those who've been working through this revolution (trying desperately to stay ahead or just behind the curve), the sheer amount of changes and kinds of new and evolving resources out there can be daunting - at the very least.
For those who are products of the digital revolution, staying up-to-date with all the new trends and gizmos, the technology isn't the hurdle - it's the application of those technologies.
So, what's great about HHH's Filmmaking with the iPad and iPhone is that it does a great job of addressing both groups without feeling like it's talking down to either of them - using the tools and technology of the iPhone and iPad to provide incredible cost-saving resources for working pros (right on your iphone or ipad), but also applicable knowledge to those who might be tech-savvy but not understand or have practical experience with film techniques and jargon.