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1. Apple Pro Training Series : Final
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2. Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera
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1. Apple Pro Training Series : Final Cut Pro HD (Apple Pro Training)
by Diana Weynand
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Asin: 0321256131
Catlog: Book (2004-06-01)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Sales Rank: 11366
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If you're ready to get serious about editing video, this best-selling, Apple-certified guide to Final Cut Pro is the best place to start. Master trainer Diana Weynand starts with basic video editing techniques and takes you all the way through Final Cut Pro's powerful advanced features, delivering comprehensive training--the equivalent of a five-day course--in one project-based book. Each chapter presents a complete lesson in an aspect of video editing and finishing, with hands-on projects for you to complete as you go. All the files you need are on the DVD-ROM. After getting acquainted with the software's interface, you'll learn how to mark and edit clips, insert and adjust edits, and work with clips on the timeline, before moving on to complex topics like creating transitions and motion effects, real-time color correcting, and titling techniques. Previously published as Final Cut Pro 4, this revision has been updated for the HD interface.

Publisher¿s NoteIf you previously purchased Apple Pro Training Series: Final Cut Pro 4, there is no need to purchase this revision: All the project files and exercises in the previous edition can be used with Final Cut Pro HD.

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2. Setting Up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know
by Jeremy Vineyard, Jose Cruz
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Asin: 0941188736
Catlog: Book (2000-02)
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Sales Rank: 7124
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Setting Up Your Shots is a complete visual encyclopedia of creative camera set ups and moves every filmmaker and cinema fan will want to own.

Over 100 storyboards with simple descriptions have been especially designed for this book. They show filmmakers, home video buffs and cinema fans how to achieve an incredible number of effects, images and compositions.

This book is presented in an elegant horizontal format to create the proper cinematic perspecitve. It also provides over 135 references to great shots from classic movies, including:
- Titanic
- Blade Runner
- Star Wars
- Vertigo

* A visual guide to hundreds of camera moves
* Features over 300 original illustrations and storyboards
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3-0 out of 5 stars Good but not essential for novice filmmakers & film buffs
I purchased Setting up your shots basically because it tells and gives you a storyboard shot of differnt camera techniques, Crane shots and editing techniques. For these things I found this bok to be a blessing because it explained a lot of different shots that i didn't know. It also explains them in a very straightforward manner and sites several movie as examples. So why three stars? Mainly for two reasons. One problem with this bookm is that it doesn't tell you how to get some shots. ex. various crane shots. What kind of crane? Another problem is the fact that the author suggests you go out buy book on certain subjects say, composition but he doesn't mention any by name. Overall I did like the very straightforward explanation of different shots. This is a decent book( not essential) that film buffs may appreciate more than fimmakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what it says
This book is intended for new filmmakers, film buffs and as reference for experienced filmmakers. It introduces the reader to many types of shots and opens one's eyes to many possibilities. Unfortunately, it seems that the negative reviews about this book are centered around it being too simplistic or basic. I believe those reviewers did not understand the intent behind this book and missed the point entirely. I think all subjects should start with the very basics and describe what the goal is first, then one can address how to achieve it technically (which is not what this book is necessarily about). If I had any complaints, it would only be a couple of minor points. The first is that there are a few technical words used, but are not defined for the reader, who has to then look elsewhere to understand them. Next, although the authors clearly state that they had to invent many terms to describe certain shots, there is no way to distinguish which are the standard terms and which are the made-up ones. Otherwise, this is an excellent first step for any new filmmaker and also a great reference for finding the perfect shot for any scene you need help coming up with. And most certainly, I am not going to complain that is was too simple to read and clearly illustrated! I wish all books were written this straight forward!

1-0 out of 5 stars Setting Up Your Ignorance
This is without a doubt one of the most worst books I have ever read. It is written for a child and has a tone which will be insulting to anyone who is intersted in professional film making.

In some cases the author is simply incorrect in his terminology. The author is a wannabe film maker who has a snowball's chance in hell of ever doing anything other than to write this innane piece of crap.

This book was obviously not written by a professional film maker, but by an amateur for amateurs.

The illustrator claims to be a "professional". The illustrations for this book are equally bad.

Don't waste your time or money on this waste of paper.

5-0 out of 5 stars When you're trying to explain what you want for a shot... this book and point to the page.

A previous reviewer complained that all this book does is show the shot. Presumably that person wanted a to-do list of which knobs to turn, what equipment to set up, how much the rentals should be, etc etc etc.

When I write a shooting script, I use the camera terms here as *verbs*. "Dolly past [character] and Spin Around" Anybody in the crew who does not understand is handed the book. Quickly I get "Oh, THAT's what you mean."

In fact I bought more books for that purpose alone.

Gee, what a shame it's not in color photographs. Gosh it might even be better in 3D. How about virtual camera moves holographiclly jumping off the page?

Get real. This is an idea book. Look. Get the idea. Get to work.

Got it?

4-0 out of 5 stars Movie Shots
"An illustrated quick-read overview of all the basic shots and camera movements that will help any director design a visually exciting movie." --RMS ... Read more

3. Creating Photomontages with Photoshop : A Designer's Notebook
by William Rodarmor
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Asin: 0596008589
Catlog: Book (2005-01-01)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Sales Rank: 328739
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Showcasing the breathtaking work of French digital artists, Creating Photomontages with Photoshop: A Designer's Notebook will both inspire and educate as you explore the endless photomontage possibilities with Photoshop.Translated from French into English for the first time, this lavish collection of groundbreaking digital creations by well-known French artists is a visual smorgasbord for digital imaging professionals, graphic artists, photographers, and anyone involved in the creation of digital images or animations. Photomontages are multiple images artfully combined. When joined together, they assume a new and more complex definition that, if done well, is both believable and aesthetically thrilling. The stunning digital photomontages within this book offer a challenging and beautiful glimpse into a vibrant culture known for pushing the limits of imagination with photography, graphics, and art. Filled with splendor, energy, and creative risks, the images will change the way you see and perform your own work.But Creating Photomontages with Photoshop: A Designer's Notebook is more than a full-color feast for the eyes. It gives intermediate-to-advanced Photoshop users invaluable guidance through all aspects of the photomontage creation process--from an initial concept (including inspiration and specifications) through its step-by-step practical execution (photographing, retouching, special effects, and so forth)--and provides insight into the vision behind each creation and how that vision evolved to became a dynamic reality. This one-of-a-kind collection will compel you to explore new and inventive techniques for Photoshop, one of the most vital, powerful, and sophisticated tools in the graphics industry. Your photography, illustrations, advertisements, animations, and art-for-art's-sake creations will never again be the same.Reflecting the very best of French graphic design and digital graphics professionals, this book takes you to the heart of what's possible with photomontage and digital technology through Photoshop. It is suitable for your coffee table or your desktop--wherever you most thrive on creative inspiration. ... Read more

4. Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics
by Herbert Zettl
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Asin: 0534526772
Catlog: Book (1998-07-13)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Sales Rank: 102678
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This book describes the major aesthetic image elementslight and color, space, time-motion, and soundand how they are used in television and film. Zettls comprehensive coverage of aesthetic theory and his inclusion of effective visuals and examples place this text in a class by itself. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars motion graphics professor
"Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics explains the WHY of film and video production. If you're looking for HOW then turn to another book."

I would disagree with the above review. Only by learning WHY first, can we learn HOW later. This book is more than a cookie cutter approach to film and video. If you want to "click and drag" your way through an editing program, then true, this book is not for you. Add this to your collection if you want a book that teaches how to see and create film. Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics has staying power.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fundamental book on the theory of the moving image
This was the assigned textbook for my digital video 2 class, and it is simply wonderful. Zettl is a very knowledgable man on the subject of creating images for film, video, and even new media. (Zettl's text Video Basics 3 was used in my digital video 1 class as well) This book lays a solid foundation for the theory behind how and why the viewer perceives the moving image, and how the filmmaker and video producer can create more pleasing and coherent productions.

While the biggest complaint I've heard about this book is it's over-reliance on theory, it still does a good job of contextualizing theory into practical application. Thus the title of the book: APPLIED Media Aesthetics. Although I haven't read any of Eisentien's theories behind filmmaking, I suspect that Zettl's treatment would compete rather well, and is probably more accessible for a modern reader.

This book covers all the bases from color and light, time and space and structuring audio to image. Zettl succintcly deconstructs the intelligent mind behind the images and sound of our cultures film and television productions.

Sight, Sound, Motion: Applied Media Aesthetics explains the WHY of film and video production. If you're looking for HOW then turn to another book.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Filmmaker's Bible of Aesthetics or What Works and Why
This is probably the most important textbook a film production student can have on his/her shelf. NOT for how to work with actors or how to light a scene, but for understanding the underlying reasons of why things work due to our learned aesthetics and Western sensibilities.

Professor Herbert Zettl has written the most concise manual on why we has film viewers percieve things the way we do. He explains in detail (and layman's terms) how our aesthetics have been formed to interpret the dynamic medium of film and television.

How editing of action from shot to shot creates the illusion of continuous motion. How stagelines work so not to give the effect that your actor is jumping around from one side of the scene to the other. How to crop your shot BETWEEN the bodies natural cut-off points (i.e. neck, elbow, waist) to prevent the actor from looking like a disembodied head or torso.

This book is cover-to-cover insights into what we as viewers take for granted when we watch a good filmmaker's work, but may not consider when faced with the daunting task of mounting a film production and the on-set "reality" problems that dominate the filmmaker's mind when shooting a film.

I first read this book when I was in film school twenty years ago. Since then I have directed many professional film productions and I still review it before starting a new one to refresh myself.

Just as Syd Field's book "Screenplay" is the bible for screenwriting, "Sight Sound Motion" is the bible on understanding what works in film/video and why. ... Read more

5. Lighting for Film and Digital Cinematography (with InfoTrac)
by Dave Viera, Maria Viera
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Asin: 0534264980
Catlog: Book (2004-07-02)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Sales Rank: 306084
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Explores the basic concepts necessary for designing and implementing lighting setups. This text adopts a conceptual approach to lighting, focusing on ideas and setups; it assumes readers have a prior knowledge of equipment. Coverage includes lighting, color control, texture, exposure technique, and elements that create image, 'look,' and mood. ... Read more

6. Adobe After Effects 6.5 Magic
by James Rankin
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-31)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Sales Rank: 180716
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Animation Presets, an advanced Clone tool, scripting support, and a powerful new color correction system are just a few of the reasons you're chomping at the bit to get down to work with After Effects 6.5. In these pages, a master of the medium allows you to do just that, presenting a series of projects that explore every aspect of Adobe's animation and effects powerhouse. By focusing on the areas that can be troublesome for professional users--whether because they present thorny issues or because they draw on completely new features--this volume provides the focused, practical instruction you need to maximize your After Effects productivity. Each lesson provides need-to-know tips, proven techniques, and best practices for a variety of After Effects 6.5 functions: from importing and managing footage to viewing and editing layers, animating type, and more. The companion CD includes QuickTime instructional movies, source code, and files for all of the book's projects.

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7. Microsoft Windows Movie Maker 2 : Visual QuickStart Guide (Visual Quickstart Guides)
by Jan Ozer
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Asin: 0321199545
Catlog: Book (2004-05-13)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Sales Rank: 104533
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Just because you have the built-in software to transform your homemade videos into compelling, creative content doesn't necessarily mean you have the know-how to do so. For that you need this no-nonsense task-based guide. In these pages video guru Jan Ozer uses simple, step-by-step instructions peppered with plenty of visual aids and loads of time-saving tips to show you how to use Microsoft's Movie Maker 2 video-editing software (which is included with Windows XP) to edit your videos and share them with family and friends. Providing a visual approach to a visual product, Jan shows you how to start making movie magic instantly and effortlessly with the transitions, title options, and 2-D special effects included in Movie Maker 2. You'll learn how to create wipes, dissolves, freeze frames, and more in the process of producing a finished product that you'll be proud to email to friends, post on your Web site, or copy to CD or DVD.

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8. Vittorio Storaro: Writing with Light: Volume 1: The Light
by Vittorio Storaro
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Asin: 1931788030
Catlog: Book (2002-07-17)
Publisher: Aperture
Sales Rank: 102744
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Three-Time Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro’s Stunning Book On His Work In Such Films As Apocalypse Now, Dick Tracy, and The Last Emperor

Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro has worked with some of the most extraordinary film directors of our time—including Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty, and Carlos Saura—to make some of the most breathtaking films of our time. Over the course of his remarkable thirty-five-year career, Storaro has brought visual life to many of the films that have become centerpieces of contemporary cinema.

Inspired by a gamut of sources, from Italian Renaissance paintings to Francis Bacon to esoteric primitive art to Tarzan comics, Storaro’s visual palette is as diverse as his films are eclectic and gorgeous. Now, for the first time, this master of cinematography outlines his personal philosophy of light, color, and the elements in an unprecedented three-volume opus, Writing with Light. In this first volume, Storaro considers the use of light, manifesting his ideas through his own writing, related film stills, a stunning selection of paintings, and a vast array of quotations from a myriad of philosophers. Together, these components interweave to express Storaro’s unique, philosophical, and powerful vision.

Storaro’s films include The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, 1900, Reds, One from the Heart, Tucker, Dick Tracy, The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha, Tango, Bulworth, Goya in Bordeaux, and Dune.
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4-0 out of 5 stars A book that should have been much better
Storaro always got the finest looking prints and lab work,
and his films are stunning ,But the reproductions in this book
look like as bad as the video for "1900",They are printed on
nice paper in a nice hardcover,but the source for these images
is pretty poor,
I would love to see what a 4000 line scanned capture from
the original source would look like printed the same way.
But that would mean getting Studios like Paramount involved,
Which might mean that the book never came out.Since they
can't even be trusted to release his best work on dvd.

It seems odd that Storaro who seems to demand such high Quality
from his labs,would Ok such poor reprints of his films.

Still with so many of his films unavailable on dvd,This Book
is still worth getting.

5-0 out of 5 stars From shadow and penumbra to multiform light
Writing With Light is a brilliant coffee-table collection of masterful photograph capturing the essence of light, from shadow and penumbra to multiform light, the sun, the moon, and the infinite. The bilingual text in English and Italian fully complements the vivid images, ranging from art, to scenery, to still frames from movies. Writing With Light is an unforgettable visual celebration and one which is especially commended to personal, profess-ional, academic, and community library collections.

5-0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book and a must have!
for any aspiring cameramen, this is a must have book, Storaro's work is both visually stunning and inspiring, and it is about time that a book celebrating the works of this great master of cinematography is made available. ... Read more

9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script Series)
by Charlie Kaufman, MICHEL GONDRY, ROB FELD
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Asin: 1557046107
Catlog: Book (2004-03-15)
Publisher: Newmarket Press
Sales Rank: 18491
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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The newest original screenplay from the Oscar®-nominated writer of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich—the only book on his new film starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Tom Wilkinson, Elijah Wood, and Mark Ruffalo.In the new Charlie Kaufman film directed by Michel Gondry, Joel (Jim Carrey) is stunned to discover that his girlfriend Clementine (Kate Winslet) has had her memories of their tumultuous relationship erased. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr. Howard Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson), to have Clementine removed from his own memory. But as Joel's memories progressively disappear, he begins to rediscover their earlier passion. From deep within the recesses of his brain, Joel attempts to escape the procedure. As Dr. Mierzwiak and his crew (Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood) chase him through the maze of his memories, it's clear that Joel just can't get her out of his head.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Shooting Script includes the complete screenplay, a selection of black-and-white movie stills, selected production notes, and complete cast and crew credits. 20 b/w photos. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars A Good Resource with some flaws
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is the best movie that I have seen to date in my life. As a result, I have spent a lot of time pondering both the movie's characteristics and the story line.

This book is undeniably a good resource for fans of ESOTSM. The interviews in the back are fairly enlightening about how it was made.

I have, however, two complaints:

1. I was very disappointed by the fact that the book did not have a selection of color photographic stills from the movie. ESOTSM was not just a very compelling story. Many of its images were visually very striking. Therefore, I felt shortchanged by the low-quality black and white photographs that were included at the end. I find myself wondering why this book could not have had color photographs like the elaborate book that was released on "the Passion." The fact that there are no such photographs is inexcusable to me.

2. It was interesting to read the shooting script. But the shooting script was significantly (albeit not radically) changed for the movie. Large amounts of dialog got the chop in the movie, and one major scene was moved from near the end to the beginning of the film. My feeling is that the shooting script is in fact inferior to that which appeared in the movie. I find myself wondering why a script that reflected the story as was seen in the movie was not also provided in this book. Again, I find it hard to understand.

But these flaws don't detract from the fact that ESOTSM is a truly great movie that I plan to watch again and again once I get the DVD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Provides the reader with a 165-page shooting script in book
A Hollywood film script book from Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (whose previous credits include "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation"), for the very highly acclaimed film "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind", this provides the reader with a 165-page shooting script in book form and will prove to be a welcome addition to the growing library of Hollywood film scripts and "must" reading for aspiring film students. Enhanced with a Q&A with Kaufman, black/white movie stills with commentary, and complete cast and crew credits, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind will also prove of great interest to the legions of Jim Carrey fans who enjoyed his performance as Joel, a young man who wants to have the painful memories of his girlfriend Clementine (played by Kate Winslet) erased from his mind.

5-0 out of 5 stars Eternal Intrigue of the Spotless Screenwriter
By fusing his already proven intellectual prowess with a warm, beating heart, Kaufman has devised his most affecting work yet.

On its own terms, this is a lovely read - a rare screenplay that attains the readability of great fiction, rich as it is with deeply flawed, loveable characters. When compared to the Michel Gondry film it spawned, this truly reveals itself as a catch. The opportunity to study two media, two auteurs at the top of their game, and one heartbreaking story told in two strikingly different but profoundly similar ways is one rarely afforded to the movie lover; take it while you can.

If the box office is any indication, it may soon be but a memory...

5-0 out of 5 stars A script worth owning
Charlie Kaufman has proved himself to far more than a screenwriter by now--a geniune auteur. ETERNAL SUNSHINE has all of the cerebral acrobatics of his earlier works, but far more heart. Beneath all of the inventiveness and camera tricks, there's one of the more real and honest love stories written in the past twenty years. Audiences don't BUY love stories easily nowadays, and Kaufman manages to pen two truly eccentric, difficult, and lovable people, and make us understand and accept the sacrifices they make in order to be together. I can't say enough about his work, and the great irony is that mainstream HOLLYWOOD movies are the medium for the most inventive writer in America today.

5-0 out of 5 stars Resonant
Walking out of the theater left me feeling a bit like the characters in the movie -- longing to hold onto a piece of this thing that I didn't understand but that just stunned and awed me -- and I carried that feeling around for a while, while thinking through the plot and themes in the movie, seeking to placate this longing by getting a hold of this screenplay. Of course, reading the script didn't placate anything... it only made me feel more bound and enthralled.

This is a shooting script, so it differs in certain (sometimes interesting) ways from the film: it contains a few scenes that were edited out from the film (e.g. Joel's prior and rekindled relationship with his ex Naomi, Joel and Clementine's first date) and some that were moved to different parts of the film, while missing certain dialogue or scenes that were inserted subsequently into the film (much of which came from Jim Carrey, suggesting that his approach to acting added creatively to the film). There is also a short interview with Charlie Kaufman at end of the script that discusses the circumstances under which he wrote it, his thoughts on the structure of the story and the reasoning behind certain differences between earlier versions of the script, this version, and the film.

You can see the script as standing freely on its own as a work of art -- the arc of the script is subtlely different (e.g. more open about leading you to feel guarded about whether Joel and Clementine are "meant" for each other) -- but the pleasure I took from reading it come from how it interacts with the film: illuminating parts that were a little unclear or incongruous in the film (from the big, e.g. Clementine's complaints about Joel, to the small, e.g. why Joel couldn't remember Huckleberry Hound in the beginning of the movie), inviting you to think about the directorial and editorial choices that go into making a film (and coming to appreciate many of them), and just giving you an opportunity, like a low-budget DVD, to play the film back in your mind (in your memory... so that "watching" imperfect memories of a film about imperfect memories... haha) to relish it all over again. ... Read more

10. Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One
by Deke McClelland
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Asin: 0596007361
Catlog: Book (2004-09)
Publisher: Deke Press
Sales Rank: 13439
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Adobe InDesign CS is widely regarded as the page layout/publishing program for the new millennium, and it's becoming wildly popular with users of many backgrounds, levels, and needs. Adobe InDesign CS One-on-One delivers a one-of-a-kind learning experience much like having private lessons with InDesign master and Adobe Certified Expert Deke McClelland.McClelland guides you through twelve step-by-step lessons packed with entertaining and informative real-world projects. More than 500 full-color photos, diagrams, and screen shots illustrate InDesign's many features, and multiple-choice quizzes following each lesson let you test your knowledge--and serve as an exceptionally practical tool for classroom instructors.Extra creditsections deliver tips and tricks for tapping into InDesign's most powerful capabilities. This unique, hands-on book comes with two hours of video instruction (hosted by McClelland) on CD to get you using the application right away--building relevant, real-world projects while learning fundamental and advanced concepts, best practices, and techniques for mastering InDesign. ... Read more

11. The Technique of Film and Video Editing : History,Theory, and Practice
by Ken Dancyger
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Asin: 0240804201
Catlog: Book (2002-07)
Publisher: Focal Press
Sales Rank: 100162
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The Technique of Film & Video Editing is the best training for aspiring directors, providing a detailed, precise look at the artistic and aesthetic principles and practices of editing for both picture and sound. Analysis of photographs from dozens of classic and contemporary films and videos provide a sound basis for the professional filmmaker and student editor. Practical skills are grounded by an exposition of the ideas and styles of editing through which the director can understand the visual tools at his or her disposal. This book puts into context the storytelling choices an editor will have to make against a background of theory, history, and practice.

The current edition brought this book to the cutting edge with such topics as new technology and its influence on the art of editing, MTV style, psychoanalytic ideas, and the appropriation of style over content. The new edition furthers these discussions by highlighting the "stylistic extremes" brought about by the clash of imitative style and innovative filmmaking.It continues the examination of MTV style via a study of the full spectrum of its uses in recent years. Additionally, it examines the editing characteristics of nonlinear storytelling as evidenced in such recent films as The Ice Storm and Thin Red Line. A new chapter addresses new trends in documentary.

Offers a deeper discussion of MTV style editing
Includes more on the appropriation of style
Examines innovations in documentary
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1-0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get worse
I just read a chapter from this book on DMN. Maybe the author has something interesting to say or maybe some new insights - I'll never know. The writing is so poor that each sentence needs to be dissected to be understood.

"In the world of the music video, real place is far less important. In fact, they are not as important as references to other media and other forms, to the landscapes of science fiction, and to the horror film." Huh? I'm guessing that "they" means "real place" and therefore should been "it is not as important..." But I am not sure that is what he meant. I've seen bad writing like this in user forums but never in a book. Did he have an editor?

I do have a book to recommend, though for the author, The Elements of Style. When you master that, try again but this time with an editor.

5-0 out of 5 stars 1st class
film, video, non-linear, linear - it's all pictures and sound. This book was everything i was looking for. It's not an explanation of how to edit. It's about how to think, how to dig deep inside your feelings and appy those feelings to the work you do. Forget the technicalities, forget the jargon, this is about asking yourself the question - what do i want the viewer to feel? It inspires you to think beyond what you know. I have been editing for a number of years - i am a better editor after reading this book.

3-0 out of 5 stars Different Ways of Film Editing...
This book will give you a general history of editing. Also you will find in "Editing for the genre" section examples of different film editing "styles" for different genres. Honestly the principles of editing section is very weak. Also the non linear editing topic is not covered in depth. The name can be confusing for some people: This book is NOT about the technique and There is almost nothing on "video" in it. It is about creative and aesthetical sides of editing with examples from well known directors like Kubrick, Hitchcock etc. ... Read more

12. Magical Reels: A History of Cinema in Latin America, New Edition
by John King
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-04)
Publisher: Verso
Sales Rank: 244769
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Still the finest comprehensive analysis of the subject to have appeared in English, Magical Reels charts the development of Latin American film industries in a world increasingly dominated by the advanced technology and massive distribution budgets of the North American mainstream. John King sets up a historical framework to unfold the overlapping histories of cinema in the continent: the itinerant film-makers of the silent era who projected their films in cafes and village halls, the inventive use of vernacular music and local comedy in the early sound pictures, the 'golden age' of 1940s Mexican cinema, and the 'new cinema'--oppositional cinema made 'with an idea in the head and a camera in the hand'--of the late 1950s and beyond. A new chapter written for this edition examines Latin American cinema in the previous decade. ... Read more

13. The 16mm Camera Book
by Douglas Underdahl
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Asin: 1570872856
Catlog: Book (1993-06-01)
Publisher: Long Valley Equipment, Inc.
Sales Rank: 373216
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book!
Fantastic book, the best I've ever read on cameras and experiences with cameras. I wish Underdahl would write more. HIGHLY recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have for the guerrilla film maker
If you've just bought your first 16mm camera or thinking of hiring one for a shoot, this book is invaluable. It's a fascinating subject and Douglas Underdahl manages to make it funny too!!! There's also plenty of advice for the first time director. What more can I say? The book makes you want to grab your Bolex, run into the street and start making a movie!!

5-0 out of 5 stars excelent guide to 16mm cameras
this book covered all of the major and minor parts of the different easy read...and a must for all new film students!!!!! ... Read more

14. Instant Boris Effects (Vasst Instant)
by Chris Vadnais
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Catlog: Book (2004-11-09)
Publisher: CMP Books
Sales Rank: 165091
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Boris plug-in applications, including Graffiti, FX, and Red, permit video editors to add titling, effects, compositing, and 3D capabilities to their nonlinear editing (NLE) systems. Documentation and training materials have been notoriously lacking for these applications. Instant Boris Effects is a complete guide for novice and intermediate users of Boris Graffiti, FX, and Red applications. Beginning with an orientation to the user interface, readers learn how masks, splines, containers, and filters work. They'll learn how to apply Boris effects through their NLE, and the benefits of using them as stand-alone applications. The second section provides detailed, step-by-step instructions on building example effects that readers can incorporate into their own work- including rotoscoping effects, animating still images, text on a path, 3D extruded objects with media mapping, and clean chroma-key effects. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful & well-priced
You can't beat what you get for the price.This book lays out in plain English how to use the Boris interface to do all the things you need to do and more.Many comparable technical books cost twice what this one costs or more and don't deliver any more for your money.Within minutes after looking through this book I had successfully accomplished something I had tried to create four times before with no luck.This book has earned a spot next to my computer.

Now, to reply to the negative (and what I consider unfair) review posted here:

"I pre-ordered this book thinking I could add some advanced graphics to my video projects for school (Vegas 5 and Boris Graffiti) - Boy, was I wrong!"

Indeed, you were.First of all, Graffiti is a titling tool -- you won't get many effects out of it since it only does titles.You need FX or RED to create effects.Secondly, there is an entire section in this book dedicated to using Boris with Vegas 5.Similar material can be found on the Boris website, but if I'm not mistaken, the author of this book is also the author or a contributor of those tips.

Having said that, if you only use Graffiti, this may not be the right book for you.If you want to know how to get the most out of FX or RED, it may be the best $25 you can spend.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect companion
My company has had Boris Red since version 2.2.Not having any formal training with the program, I shied away from it.I never had the time to teach myself to use it, nor to wade through the thick manuals that came with the software.

This book allowed me to sit down and very quickly create an effect that was responsible for securing an extremely large job for my small company.When I showed my boss the effect I created, he was literally speechless.The client was even more impresssed.

The software is not hard to use, but this book takes the guesswork out of getting started.I recommend you buy this book if you use any of the Boris products.There is much more in this book than the online documents or the manual offer, and it's much easier to sort through.

1-0 out of 5 stars If I Could Give This No Stars I Would Have
The description of this book says, "Documentation and training materials have been notoriously lacking for these applications" and this book continues with that tradition. I pre-ordered this book thinking I could add some advanced graphics to my video projects for school (Vegas 5 and Boris Graffiti) - Boy, was I wrong! This book is nothing but an expanded description of features offered by BORIS. It does not provide whatsoever any insight to instructing you on how to use this product effectively, or teach you techniques that can help WOW your targeted audience. You're better off going to the BORIS web site and reading what it has to offer. In fact you can download their PDF manuals directly and gain more knowledge. Do not waste your money! I know - I learned the hard way! I just hate buying computer books from authors who try to make a quick buck using switch and bait tactics! ... Read more

15. Lights, Camera, Action: A Guide to Video Instruction and Production in the Classroom
by Bruce Limpus
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Asin: 1882664086
Catlog: Book (1996-03-01)
Publisher: Prufrock Press
Sales Rank: 250314
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This comprehensive guide will make you and your students video masters! Imagine your students writing and producing documentaries about historical events, movies that portray short stories they are reading, or commercials that demonstrate persuasive techniques. Lights, Camera, Action! offers practical ideas for incorporating video production into the traditional content of any classroom. The author covers simple projects for first-timers, in-depth documentary projects, community service videos, and much more.

Video projects give students hands-on learning experiences that can be shared with others. New programs can make your students "campus celebrities" while they learn to incorporate problem solving, research, and reasoning. ... Read more

16. Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film: Managing the Process, Second Edition
by Barbara Clark, Susan J. Spohr
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Asin: 0240805062
Catlog: Book (2002-10)
Publisher: Focal Press
Sales Rank: 100015
Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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Are you an associate producer who needs to juggle projects and vendors while keeping on top of the latest trends and formats? Or an independent filmmaker who can't afford a misstep in the crucial postproduction phase? Take a step back and get a clear overview of the process. This guide will show you how to navigate each step in taking a TV or film project from production to final delivery. Start by getting a handle on the critical issues of budgets and schedules. From there, you'll learn the smoothest way to manage dailies, sound, editing, and completion. Detailed instructions and checklists for film, video, and High Definition procedures will teach you new ways of doing things and help you avoid costly errors.

The second edition is fully updated and information-packed. There is extensive new material on high definition as it affects dailies, editing, and delivery. The chapter on the film laboratory has been expanded further to include discussions on troubleshooting film damage and YCMs, which are so important in maintaining film assets. The latest information on film restoration, digital technologies, acquisitions, and a chapter on what's on the horizon round out the update.

* Manage the postproduction process with this step-by-step guide

* Learn how to stay on budget and on schedule with helpful forms, flowcharts, and checklists

* Find out how the latest developments in high definition, e-cinema, and acquisitions are changing the post world
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1-0 out of 5 stars An Editorial Disaster - Stay Away!
I was suckered into buying this worthless book for a survey class I took on Post-Production for Film and Television. What I hoped would be an enabler to my education turned out to be a hurdle: the book is poorly organized, the concepts aren't clearly explained, and the entire text is fraught with spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. When the authors aren't clogging the text with jargon, they're giving you advice on how to do business in this industry. If you work in the industry, as I do now, this book won't tell you anything you don't know already. If you want to learn about the process, this book won't enlighten you. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this editorial disaster!

5-0 out of 5 stars Post-Production Bible!!!!
Susan Spohr and Barbara Clarke have created nothing short of a post-production bible. BRAVISSIMO to them both!! I would not have survived the last year in my job without their brilliant book!!! Everything flows in a clear, concise way, bringing the reader visually into the post-production process. Read this book and keep it with you as a reference tool! I guarantee you it is well worth your time!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Handbook
The Guide to Postproduction for TV and Film: Managing the Process is an excellent resource for anyone working in the entertainment industry. I haven't been able to find another book that so effectively takes you through the nuts and bolts of post production, from scheduling all the way through to delivery. If you are an entertainment executive, a film student, or anywhere in between this book will be an invaluable resource. I've been working in the film and television industry for twelve years and this book has helped me in jobs at two major television networks and in feature post production at several studios. The new edition provides accurate and up to date information and is the only book I've been able to find that adequately covers the film laboratory. The Guide is the one book I always have at my desk. I strongly recommend it.

2-0 out of 5 stars TV-centric
Don't let the title fool you. This book is mainly about making TV shows in L.A. The aspects of film postproduction are merely added-on as an afterthought and go into no great detail. Those wanting to get serious about film postproduction and learn the "nuts and bolts" of it should definitely look elsewhere.

"Managing The Process" takes a systematic "how to" approach to postproduction. It takes you by the hand and tells you what to do but doesn't explain why things are done a certain way. This makes it a good guide to finishing network shows, but not much else. People working outside television and the Hollywood system are left to figure it out for themselves.

If you're in production and want an overview of how postproduction is done, I guess you could find this book useful. I wouldn't recommend it as a reference to anyone who is serious about getting into postproduction. Depending on your field, there are books that go into much greater detail on either picture and sound editing, tape and film post, or running an editing room.

If you want to learn about making films and need a true reference book that will be useful for years to come, then get Dominic Case's "Film Technology in Post Production". On the other hand, if you aspire to get into the mind-numbing world of network series and made-for-TV movies, then "Managing the Process" is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive production/post production management tool
A good book for those who want to know how to manage the process of production and post production. Contains tables, flow charts and practical lists. Be aware, reader, that this book does NOT contain editing theory and/or aesthetics. ... Read more

17. Cinematography (Screencraft)
by Peter Ettedgui
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Asin: 0240803825
Catlog: Book (1999-08)
Publisher: Focal Press
Sales Rank: 66523
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Cinematography is the first title in the Screencraft Series, a unique venture which aims to unravel for the first time the multi-layered language of film-making, by exploring the fusion of crafts which combine to create the most important art form of the 20th century.Although the cinematographer or director of photography rarely receives the kind of attention reserved for directors and actors, there is little doubt that this is the key technical role in the process of revealing a story through images.The cinematographers featured in this book encompass three generations of filmmaking and represent a diversity of film cultures.What they have in common is the contribution they have made to a universal cinema heritage and the fact that their work has helped to expand -- if not revolutionize -- the language of film.This book, featuring the world's finest cinematographers, will inspire practicing professionals, students, and movie buffs alike.This beautifully designed and illustrated book speaks in the voices of these cinematographers and through the powerful images they have created for the screen.

The cinematographers featured in this book encompass three generations of filmmaking and represent a diversity of film cultures, from "African Queen" to "Delicatessen."
Highly illustrated -- over 500 color pictures and 300 black and white photos -- and written entirely based on each cinematographer's own words from interviews
This book, featuring the world's finest cinematographers, will inspire practicing professionals, students, and movie buffs alike.

Features three generations of cinematographers representing many diverse film cultures
Highly illustrated with over 500 color pictures and 300 black and white photos
Written entirely based on each cinematographer's own words from interviews
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5-0 out of 5 stars excellent material
I picked this book up in manila, i found it very well written and informative. It is made up of interviews with some of todays most talented and succesful DOPs, they talk about their experiences in film, their own innovative techniques and styles and also what launched them into this career. The book also includes production notes, storyboards and other interesting technical camera issues. Well worth reading, once youve read it youll find your self picking it up all the time to have another read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully designed and inspirational
I checked this book out because I'm currently an art student unsure of which direction to pursue as far as career, but leaning towards film. This book features background and interviews with several influential cinematographers and proved extremely helpful to me. The film stills featured (from movies like The Godfather, Taxi Driver, The Piano,etc) stand alone as works of art and work exquisitely when combined with the text and other illustrations from the film making process (storyboards and angle sketches) to show how a good movie should be put together. This book would probably be enjoyed by most interested in film or storytelling. ... Read more

18. Basics of Video Lighting, Second Edition
by Des Lyver, Graham Swainson
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Asin: 0240515595
Catlog: Book (1999-06)
Publisher: Focal Press
Sales Rank: 219803
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Now fully updated by Des Lyver to reflect the latest advances, the second edition of Basics of Video Lighting is a primer for anyone wishing to learn about lighting a video production. It describes the principles and processes involved in obtaining professional results in educational, training and corporate environments.

Assuming little prior knowledge, this book covers everything from the different types of lights and their control, to basic studio and location settings. It features:
ú the latest technology, including the use of location and grip gear and changes in lamp and reflector technology
ú coverage of studio and location work
ú descriptions of the role of each crew member
ú full explanations of technical terms
ú health and safety precautions
ú practical advice on the equipment available and how to use it

Basics of Video Lighting aims to provide the reader with a rapid understanding of what is actually a complex process, without getting too bogged down in technical terms. It is equipment non-specific and references to technical matters are only included where necessary to understanding, for example a short explanation of the simple electricity that is needed to understand the relationship between the camera and the lights.

ú covers the latest technology
ú features studio and location work
ú describes the role of each crew member
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4-0 out of 5 stars Basics of Video Lighting
SeƱores de Amazon: Este libro puede ayudar a todas las personas interesadas en conocer los aspectos basicos de la iluminacion en video, tales como: las diferencias y semejanzas de iluminar en cine o en video, los tipos de luces,el balance, los filtros, iluminar de dia de noche y sobretodo como aprender a iluminar en estudios de tv. Parece un libro para todo aquel quiere empezar desde cero. Gracias

Dear amazon: I think this book will help us to know about the concept of lighting,video and light, and all about filters, white balance, day and light, and set lighting on TV. This book will be necessary to people who need general and basics knolegement. Thank you Miguel

4-0 out of 5 stars Basics of Video Lighting
I think this book will help us to know about the concept oflighting,video and light, and all about filters, white balance, dayand light, and set lighting. This book will be necessary to people who need general and basics knolegement. Thank you Miguel END ... Read more

19. Bare Bones Camera Course for Film and Video
by Tom Schroeppel
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Asin: 0960371818
Catlog: Book (1982-06-01)
Publisher: Tom Schroeppel
Sales Rank: 201965
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Short & Sweet
Tom Schroeppel is an experienced film editor. Originally written for film cameras, the 2002 edition has been updated to apply also to video cameras. It's amazing how, in this short book, he is able to explain in simple language and illustrations almost everything you need to know in order to make a film or video. If you read your video camera's manual and this one book you will have all the tools you need to make excellent videos. I bought this book in the USC bookstore - it's used in a film class.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book
I recently picked up this book at a college bookstore, and I read it in about two hours. This is a fabulous book to get all the basic information needed to start making movies. It's littered with helpful diagrams and good examples. Buy it now!

2-0 out of 5 stars video camera
which is the chipest video camera under 500 dollars

5-0 out of 5 stars Great info!
The bare bones camera course is an amazing book. There is no fluff, just good, honest, workable techniques; all well explained. I wish i had come across this years ago.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn the bacics of video filming in an hour
Get the basics on film & video in an hour. Easy to understand with simple to the point drawings to make a video or film others would enjoy seeing. Found at the local J.College,used as beginning book for film class. Great Book ... Read more

20. The Image in Dispute: Art and Cinema in the Age of Photography
by James Dudley Andrew
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Asin: 0292704763
Catlog: Book (1997-06-01)
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Sales Rank: 956779
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Photography, cinema, and video have irrevocably changed the ways in which we view and interpret images. Indeed, the mechanical reproduction of images was a central preoccupation of twentieth-century philosopher Walter Benjamin, who recognized that film would become a vehicle not only for the entertainment of the masses but also for consumerism and even communism and fascism. In this volume, experts in film studies and art history take up the debate, begun by Benjamin, about the power and scope of the image in a secular age. Part I aims to bring Benjamin's concerns to life in essays that evoke specific aspects and moments of the visual culture he would have known. Part II focuses on precise instances of friction within the traditional arts brought on by this century's changes in the value and mission of images. Part III goes straight to the image technologies themselves--photography, cinema, and video--to isolate distinctive features of the visual cultures they help constitute. As we advance into the postmodern era, in which images play an ever more central role in conveying perceptions and information, this anthology provides a crucial context for understanding the apparently irreversible shift from words to images that characterized the modernist period. It will be important reading for everyone in cultural studies, film and media studies, and art history. ... Read more

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