The Filmmaker's Handbook 2013 Edition

The Filmmaker's Handbook 2013 Edition : A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age

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For the first time since its publication in 1984, "The Filmmaker's Handbook" --the classic volume highlighting the techniques and technologies needed for the creation and production of movies--has been completely revised and updated. Written by filmmakers for filmmakers, this essential text now includes the latest information on digital age filmmaking, where the shifting boundaries between film, video, and computer systems have introduced a wide range of methods and equipment every filmmaker must master to be competitive. This comprehensive reference guide addresses the techniques necessary to make feature, documentary, industrial, and experimental films while detailing the possibilities and limitations of various formats. New chapters spotlight video camera and video editing, essential information for modern film students and makers who focus on video production exclusively. "The Filmmaker's Handbook" is the perfect primer to guide novices and professionals alike into the twenty-first century of motion picture production.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 818 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 43.18mm | 1,092g
  • United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 4th 2013, Revised, Updated ed.
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0452297281
  • 9780452297289
  • 40,046

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Praise for The Filmmaker's Handbook "Seminal."--The New York Times "Gold-standard technical reference book for filmmakers."--Boston Globe "The bible--updated."--The Independent "This is an essential book."--Self-Reliant Filmmaking "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, "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."--Bookviews "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
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About Steven Ascher

Steven Ascher is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker who has taught film at Harvard and MIT. He is currently directing Our Towns for HBO. Edward Pincus was a director of many films, including The Axe in the Attic and One Cut, One Life. He taught film courses at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and developed the MIT Film Section. He died in 2013.
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