Making Short Films, Third Edition: The Complete Guide from Script to Screen 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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"This book is destined to become the 'bible' for anyone who wants to make a short film."--Amazon.com
"There are tons of books about making feature films, but most people start of with a short and this definitive book is for them. From the clever guide to writing short scripts to screening shorts on TV and at festivals, the writer takes new filmmakers by the hand and leads them every step of the way. At the connected website I found lists of festivals and short film festivals, and Thurlow writes honestly about the problems and pleasures he had directing a short film according to his own theories. The book is witty, entertaining and informative. And that's what we're looking for."--Amazon.co.uk
"Many undergraduate students will find this book useful as it aims to cover the whole process from idea to distribution "Making Short Films" should be an opportunity to develop skills and hone the craft.'"--"The Times" (London)
"It is so easy to make a short film these days there is a strong temptation to do it as soon as the impulse grabs you. For some, such impulsiveness can pay off. For others, a few pointers would help Thurlow passes on his insider tips neatly packaged in simple chapters that will guide the novice over the minefield of filmmaking and inspire them to go out and make movies It's enough to make you feel like the next Spielberg. But why not? Someone has to be. And my guess is it will be someone who starts off reading Making Short Films."
British Film Magazine
"Thurlow brings his personable style to Making Short Films and turns what is effectively a step by step text book into an easily assimilated, fact packed tutorial with all the dynamism and panache of a contemporary novel an essential tool of the trade and indispensable for the embryonic auteur."
State of Art
"Reading almost like a novel, the book weaves together anecdotes and film history to illustrate the filmmaking process, citing example from both classic cinema --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Clifford Thurlow is a writer and independent filmmaker. He co-produced Salvador Dali: A Biography and co-produced and presented The Dali Triangle for Yellowbay Films. The winner of a screenwriting award from EMDA, the European Media Development Award, his screenplay Zeitgeist is in development with Hub Media.
Max Thurlow is a journalist who has written for a number of publications including the Daily Mail and the Independent. He has shot, edited and screened a number of travel and short films.
- ASIN : B00GPIFDA8
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Academic; 1st edition (May 25, 2013)
- Publication date : May 25, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 15214 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 494 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,174,089 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A simple example or test is: what does it say about syncing sound - a process that will cost you many hours if done wrongly.
It says virtually nothing! A couple of historical points, that's all.
SOUND SYNCING: A GOOD TEST FOR ANY BOOK CLAIMING ITS ABOUT *HOW* TO MAKE A FILM.
In making a short film I discovered that one of the easiest pitfalls that can waste hours of your time if not done properly is SOUND SYNCING.
SPECIFICALLY you can easily waste many hours, unless you:
* use the clapper, INCLUDING:
a) making make the clap sound AND
b) say the scene details AND
c) write them on the clapper
* you sync the film with the sound BEFORE you do any other editing
If you're an absolute beginner it's easy to think that the clapper is just some cool thing - okay to skip if you're in a hurry. WRONG!
It will add hours of work - as it did for me.
So I've decided to use this simple thing to test all the practical film books I consider.
THIS BOOK HAS ZERO about how to use the clapper and even how to sync audio.
Regardless of the fact that I've chosen this as my litmus test, these topics are FUNDAMENTAL anyway - anyone will tell you that.
It's really a book about broad ideas about short film-making, as others have said.
If it was advertised as such, I might have given it more stars.
By contrast a book like $30 Film School has the key information you need to sync the sound: the information provided is brief but it covers the essentials.
Top reviews from other countries
Great quality cover and paper.
Of course I haven't read this but my dad, who has read many many books on movie making, really likes this book and places it amongst the good and useful of his selection.