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About the Author

Ross Hockrow is an award-winning feature and commercial film director, writer, and editor. He also teaches filmmaking through various venues, including national tours. He lives on the East Coast.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Amherst Media (September 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608955869
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608955862
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #771,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered the book as there's not many books specifically on storytelling for filmmakers and that's the area I want to learn more about so I can make better films. When I got it I was surprised and disappointed at how small it is, 9" x 6" and 128 pages with lots of white space and pictures. Right away I knew there wasn't going to be a lot of coverage on storytelling but figured you can still say a lot if that's what it focused on, it didn't.

Don't get me wrong, I liked the book and there's some good info in it. I don't doubt the author knows his stuff, he just didn't put a lot of it in the book. It's more of a summary book, like a long magazine article you read that gives you some good info but leaves you wanting more, a lot more. There's some good hints but it's short on detail and useful specifics on storytelling. The book mentions weddings, live business events, scripted filmmaking, etc. and would have been awesome if there was a chapter or two on each stating how to think about and handle various situations. There wasn't. In the age of being economical and not including a media disk, this book could have been nicely supplemented with links to some internet content, clips from the author's videos, etc. to help illustrate the points. Wasn't. I wish I'd paid more attention to the table of contents in the Look Inside feature here on Amazon so I could see how few pages are on storytelling -- 9" x 6" pages with pictures and white space at that.

There's a lot of material in it that's not about storytelling you can get elsewhere (like on the web) or probably already know if you're at the point where you're looking for material on storytelling.
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I was skeptical, so many ebooks, and this one seemed a bit on the higher side for price. I thought there was a 50/50 chance I would be quickly returning this for credit if it was just filled with filler material. But it actually reads good, has pretty good info, quite a few photos of shots demonstrating actors, composition, camera angles, lenses and such and the photos look fine on my 7 inch Kindle Fire HDX.
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I'm a photographer and had always thought it would be a fairly simple thing to jump over to film making as well. After reading this book I understand a bit better the complexities of film making. There's a lot more to it than meets the eye. This book covered types of story telling sequences, types of transitions, equipment, audio, and basically anything else you can think of that goes into a film. I will say that while these topics were all discussed this book is really just the tip of the iceberg for film making. I did enjoy that they pointed out specific scenes from popular movies to illustrate their examples and encouraged you to watch these films to look for what they were talking about.

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I have just recently made the jump from photography to film making so I am no stranger to cameras but post-production and editing has been a little daunting for me. This book does a great job of breaking down editing concepts and techniques. The book is very visual and presents the information in a very simple and relatable manner. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is beginning their filmmaking adventure!
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This book does a good job of laying out the fundamentals for someone just starting out in the field. I am picking up film as a hobby and found the book pretty comprehensive. The only downside is that it is a bit wordy at times. Would definitely recommend this for beginners, however.
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What I especially liked about this book compared to others I've read is it's attention to storytelling. There's plenty of resources out there about equipment etc, but not quite as many that teach you how to THINK about things. It's definitely given me a new approach to many of my projects!
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By CK on September 23, 2013
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Storytelling techniques for Digital Filmmakers is a great tool for the aspiring or intermediate editor or filmmaker. It's helped me make more than one breakthrough in the development of my cinematic style, and I feel like my cuts and audio are crisper and more meaningful.
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