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181. iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing
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182. Costume Design: Screen Craft
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185. Before Sunrise & Before Sunset
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187. Making Movies
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181. iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue
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Asin: 0596006934
Catlog: Book (2004-07)
Publisher: Pogue Press
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You may not have paused (a pun!) to think about it, but we're living in the golden age of home movies. Forget dad's old Super-8 films and the stinky celluloid in grandma's basement: A reasonably priced digital video camera and a Macintosh computer give you the ability to not only record moving images, but modify and assemble them in order to tell stories more effectively than ever. David Pogue, Mac maven, shows you how to make movies using iMovie and iDVD, the video editing and burning software that ship with all modern iMacs. iMovie and iDVD: The Missing Manual documents its two eponymous programs fully, but without straying from the tone of lighthearted competence that characterizes Pogue's best work.

This book includes plenty of nods to total Mac novices--the author explains such terms as resolution and pixel--but appeals as well to competent Mac users who just happen not to be cinamatographers. Obvious stuff that authors often neglect--such as the approximate disk-space requirements of movies of various lengths--appears in this book. Plus, Pogue makes extensive use of a question-and-answer format (particularly in sidebars) that's simultaneously easy to read and extraordinarily fact-dense. This is the book you need if you're planning to do any video work with an iMac. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to use Apple iMovie and iDVD to record, edit, and publish digital video. It's a soup-to-nuts treatment, covering selection of a camera, filming (including lighting and composition), assembling clips into a meaningful narrative, adding special effects and titles, and burning the product to DVD for distribution. ... Read more


182. Costume Design: Screen Craft
by Deborah Nadoolman Landis
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Publisher: Rotovision
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183. DVD Demystified Third Edition
by Jim Taylor
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Asin: 0071423966
Catlog: Book (2005-02)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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U.S DVD sales will top $8.1 billion in 2002, an increase of over 50%, according to Adams Media Research. DVD sales this year surpassed video, even though only 30% of households have DVD players (compared to 90% for VCRs). In August 2002 the New York Times dubbed DVD “the most successful home entertainment device in history…a true pop-culture phenomenon.”DVD Demystified has served as DVD’s bible since the format first shipped in 1997. Demystifying not only basic technology issues but detailing production and authoring processes, making sense out of the plethora of battling video, audio, and data formats, and clearly explaining how DVD standards and specs dovetail or clash with related digital media standards, this book has not only become DVD’s standard reference, but also required reading for DVD enthusiasts who wanting to peer behind the scenes and figure out how to get the most from their technology.Since then, Jim Taylor has become DVD’s most visible guru, now President of the DVD Association, author of the internet DVD FAQ, and profiled by E!Online and DVD Report.This third edition will be almost completely rewritten to cover the major technology, format, and standard changes of the past three years, and will once again include a DVD designed to show the extreme limits of performance of this dynamic technology. ... Read more


184. The Movie Business : The Definitive Guide to the Legal and Financial Secrets of Getting Your Movie Made
by Kelly Crabb
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Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Making a movie may be part art and part science, but it's 100 percent business.

In this comprehensive and accessible guide, Kelly Charles Crabb shares the information necessary to understand the legal and financial challenges involved in getting a film from story to the silver screen and beyond.

Drawing on over twenty years of experience in the entertainment industry, as both lawyer and producer, Crabb reveals his insider's knowledge on:

  • Understanding copyright and intellectual property law
  • Obtaining financial backing
  • Selecting and hiring the key players
  • Overseeing the filming
  • Locking in the theatrical, home video, and TV distribution
  • Understanding merchandise licensing
and everything else you need to know to make a serious run at producing and exploiting a movie. Offering hands-on illustrations from actual movie contracts to show how the basic deals for each of the many stages are assembled, the author explains in plain and simple terms what the contracts contain and why. It gives the big picture and the finer points of movie making -- from concept to raking in the last dollar after the film is completed.

While it may not transform you into a lawyer or an industry accountant -- and that's not what you want anyway -- it will take you through all the business and legal principles you need to know to be a successful and knowledgeable professional producer. ... Read more


185. Before Sunrise & Before Sunset : Two Screenplays (Vintage)
by RICHARD LINKLATER
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Asin: 1400096049
Catlog: Book (2005-02-08)
Publisher: Vintage
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186. Building Web Sites with Macromedia Studio MX
by Tom Green, Jordan L. Chilcott, Chris Flick
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Asin: 0735712727
Catlog: Book (2002-11-05)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Sales Rank: 349011
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Leverage the power of Macromedia Studio MX to design and build attention-grabbing dynamic web sites on time and under budget. This is the only book on the market that shows readers how to use Macromedia Studio MX (Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, Flash MX, Freehand 10, and ColdFusion MX) and SiteSpring to design, build and manage web sites quickly and easily. A one-stop approach to the use of the key features in each of the applications and clear instructions regarding how they come together in Studio MX.

Using the newly released Macromedia Studio MX, which includes Dreamweaver MX, Fireworks MX, Flash MX, Freehand 10, and ColdFusion MX, the authors follow the creation of a fictional online clothing catalog. The book begins by teaching solid planning and content management practices with Macromedia SiteSpring, then moves on to developing the site concept, testing ideas, and getting client approval. The content development process forms the bulk of the book, showing readers how to take advantage of the tight integration between the Studio MX products to put together an attractive site that incorporates art, animation, and dynamic pages. The web site will provide the working prototype that is built in the book, as well as all code and extensions referenced in the book.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive!
Macromedia Studio MX. Building Web Sites with Macromedia Studio MX is more than a how to book. Tom Green, et al writes a comprehensive book which covers all the information you need for achieving the right results using Macromedia Studio MX. As well as defines processes for solid planning and content management practices though to client approval process. Processes necessary for any serious designer / developer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Neither here nor there, and no bang for your bucks
I agree with the recommendations of some of the previous reviewers to consider Amazon reader recommendations carefully before you purchase this book.

If you are expecting a practical "how to" guide that will get you up and running with the MX Studio applications, a handy reference that will live along side your computer that's full of carefully detailed explanations, or a guide to efficient workflow by sharing tasks among the applications, then either "The Macromedia Studio MX Bible" or "Dummies" guide will give you so much more in terms of information and advice.

The focus of this book is more about working with a team of developers, each of which talks specifically about an application or two, rather than the nitty gritty of how to get a lot of tasks accomplished yourself. But when it comes to process analysis and integrating motion and static web design with database and content management, Hillman Curtis' "MTIV: Process, Inspiration and Practice for the New Media Designer " is a much more thorough and in depth analysis of both the creative, development, problem solving aspects of interaction design.

For the same price or for less money, any of books I mentioned above will give you much more information in a more logical and practical format, than this book.

2-0 out of 5 stars This book broke my heart
What is more exciting than learning how to build killer websites and impress your friends and family?
(nothing - that's why I bought this book)
In short I strongly agree with my friend mxreader from Queensland. This book is for those who want to integrate their workflow in a corporate level webhouse. If you pick up this book knowing next to nothing about Dreamweaver, Fireworks or Flash as I did, spend too many hours reading and then skimming through hundreds of pages, you'll put it down, if you're lucky, knowing one new thing about each program.
Is this an acceptable return on investment?
Is this the way to learn these programs and put a website up from scratch?
Is this the way to impress the three f's (friends, family and fiance)?
No. No. and No.
I am returning it. Thank goodness for amazon. They deserve their reputation for the best service company in existence.

5-0 out of 5 stars Much more than I expected.
Every author will tell us his or her book is excellent for both beginner and expert alike. They'll say this, and they truly believe it, but have you ever actually bought a book and found such a claim to be true? I usually find myself either tediously pondering through page after page - screen shot after screen shot - or wildly flipping pages looking for something I know should be there but, it's just not where I'm looking. Well, Green, Chilcott, and Flick have actually done it. This volume (massive as it is at over 750 pages) is EQUALLY USEFUL AS A QUICK REFERENCE AND AS A TUTORIAL, moreover they've added/inserted the connecting material that makes it easy to track their SUCCESSFUL approach to the DESIGN process itself. --VERY USEFUL-

As the managing site designer for HPMA, I'm not bad with Dreamweaver but I'm a "newbe" when I try to use it seamlessly with the rest of the studio. This book is exactly what I needed. I can wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone, regardless of background or skill level. - A REAL FIND --

2-0 out of 5 stars Should have read the reviews more carefully
I was expecting to learn more than just about how a group of web designers build websites with StudioMX.This book got high marks from the other reviewers, but in my opinion the marks were for what it teaches about "work flow" and team work.If thats what you are looking for then great.I ranked this book based on its worth for teaching about the software.

Overall it is verbose, wasted much valuable time and not a good teaching book (not to mention typhos).If you are looking to learn more about Dreamweaver or Fireworks or Flash or Freehand, this book is not for you.Better to spend the cash on dedicated books even though you may spend more in the end (but you will likely learn more thoroughly too).For me this book has not been a good investment of time and money.

This book is probably better suited for those that are working as a team with the different skill sets and interested in figuring out how Studio MX can fit in as a tool. ... Read more


187. Making Movies
by SIDNEY LUMET
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Asin: 0679756604
Catlog: Book (1996-03-19)
Publisher: Vintage
Sales Rank: 5988
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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It's well known that a vast number of people work on any given movie in roles as varied as writing scripts, choosing locations, dressing sets, costuming the players, lighting scenes, manipulating the camera, directing actors, editing film, working on sound, advertising the finished product, and screening it to an audience. Have you ever thought about how these components are collated? Or why the director is most often considered the author of a film? Wonder no more, because Sidney Lumet's Making Movies is a terrific journey through each stage of filmmaking that is overseen by the director. Lumet, the veteran director of Twelve Angry Men, The Pawnbroker, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Verdict, and many other fine movies, knows the ins and outs of American filmmaking as well as anyone. In this excellent, personable account, Lumet tells what he's learned about making movies in the course of the last 40 years. He shows why fine directors need to have strong imaginations, extraordinary adaptability, and skill in many different fields. His enthusiasm for his life's work, particularly his love of actors, is evident on every page of this book. As Herculean as the labors of film directing are, Lumet takes great pleasure in his work, almost guiltily admitting that the film director's job is "the best in the world." ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Book for All Movie Lovers
This novel was written for those who love movies, and for aspiring filmmakers. It gives the common person an insight and an appreciation for what it takes to make a film, and have it be successful. This is not a too technical book which only relies on "movie" terminology, but instead Lumet actually talks to the reader as if he was really in a conversation with you. He breaks down movie terms so they are easy to understand. Lumet also does not hold back any of his opinions on anybody. He will literally say how he feels about certain people on a film crew and how he reacts to everyone's ego. Lumet does not make himself out to be be the best filmmaker alive, yet he becomes a real person which anyone could be friends with. This novel can easily be read by one who has never seen any of his movies; but one who knows Lumet's work well can really relate to this novel. This is becasue Lumet talks about how he dealt with real life situations making his movies and not just some hypothetical situation. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and would read it again and again. It is a necessary addition to anyone's library who truly enjoys movies and can appreciate its' artisitic qualities

5-0 out of 5 stars If you want to know about filmaking, this book is for you!
I've always wanted to make movies and this is the perfect guidebook. Sidney Lumet shares his sucesses, mistakes and methods in this very well written book. Anyone who wants to work in the film industry should read this book to learn about all the creative outlets open to some one willing to learn. Mr. Lumet's book is the perfect gift to an aspiring director.

5-0 out of 5 stars Indispensable
Lumet's writing is totally informative yet completely devoid of pretension. A brilliant opportunity to learn the real mechanics of the filmmaking process. Candid, honest and indispensable.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read
A great read whether or not the subject matter interests you or not. I especially enjoyed his memories of the young Al Pacino and comments on the way audience expectations have changed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Honesty and a love of movies
I've read other books about directing. But I didn't understand what a director did until I read this book. Written lucidly and intelligently, with a true love of a good film story, Lumet's book is a valuable inside account of making movies. There are stories about stars (though not gossip) and about incredible disasters. But mostly it's about going out there, day after day, and getting the best shots you can, the best sound, the best cut.

Lumet lays it out step by step with absolute honesty (film-making can be boring!) but also with a great love, a love for a good film story. Lumet believes that the authorship of the film belongs to all the people who help make it-- the actors, the writer, the set designer, the cinematographer, etc.-- The proof is in the pudding: Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Network. He let's today's spoiled-child 'auteurs' know that humility pays dividends. All in all, an essential volume on the craft of directing. ... Read more


188. The Art of The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)
by Gary Russell
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Asin: 0618331301
Catlog: Book (2003-04-01)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Sales Rank: 7230
Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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A companion to The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring, this authoritative and insightful book is packed with more than five hundred full-color images — many exclusive to this volume — and shows the development of the imagery in The Two Towers from concept drawings to wide-screen glory. With illuminating captions telling the story of the images in the words of the artists and designers responsible for the look of the film, including the renowned artists Alan Lee and John Howe, and contributions from Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, Grant Major, Ngila Dickson, Paul Lasaine, and others, this book is a must for all fans of The Lord of the Rings. In this essential reference to the architecture and costumes of Jackson"s onscreen Middle-earth, the stunning large-format art, from sketches to paintings to three-dimensional maquettes and digital art, is lovingly reproduced with lavish production values to create a spectacular keepsake for the film"s millions of fans. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great collecters books for Rings fans
The sequel to The Art of The Fellowship of the Ring, this coffee-table edition book is simply the same thing for the second of the three movies by New Line Cinema.

Hundreds of paintings, art work, concept sketches, paintings and diagrams from noted artists John Howe and Alan Lee, as well as the costume designs by Ngila Dickson, and computer-images and artwork from Richard Taylor and Weta Workshop.

Accompanying the images are descriptions and explanations by designers and artists, as well as interviews with Andy Serkis, the physical crux of the amazing and ground-breaking character of Gollum as seen in The Two Towers.

Sketches and art work include drawings of settings such as Mordor, Orthanc, Fangorn Forest, Emyn Muil, the Dead Marshes, Rivendell, Helm's Deep, Edoras, and Meduseld.

Also included are character sketches and concept art of Théoden, Éomer, Rohirrim soldiers, Treebeard, Éowyn, Grima Wormtongue, Easterling soldiers, Gondorian Rangers, Faramir, Sharku, Warg Riders, Elves, Orcs, and of course, Gollum.

An amazing behind-the-scenes look at the early concepts that took shape to create the spectacular cinematic journey that reaches its end on December 17th, 2003, and if you don't mind having the movies "spoiled" a little, in that you come to learn that a lot of what you saw on the screen really wasn't there, then you'll enjoy this book immensely.

A must-have if you bought the Art of The Fellowship of the Ring, and if you buy this, you have to buy Fellowship too!

4-0 out of 5 stars A look at the design of the Two Towers
This book shows lots of pretty pictures of drawings of monsters, environments, clothing, buildings and other stuff. You can see some ideas of how some designs developed into what you saw in the LOTR movie 'The two towers'.

The book is lavishly illustrated of course, and there are some short explanations or other explanations on the pictures you see in the book. Lots of the drawings look great, and you can also see some WETA clay models of certain scenes in the movies.

In short it's a must-have for real fans of the Lord of the Rings,
it's got everything you'd expect it would have, but somehow the previous part of the 'art of'- series looks better. I'm talking about 'the Art of the Fellowship of the Ring'.

I think it has to do something with the fact that the Two Towers movie was much darker and less colorful than the Fellowship of the Ring, this somehow reflects in this book.

This art book is a good buy, especially if you liked the movie, it will be a nice additon to your collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book or die trying!
This book is a action pact, drama filled, and a adventures book
that when you start reading it you get caught in it and when you finish the book you start bagging for more.

So you should go get this book right now, and take my advise and order it one you get done reading it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy it now or die of guilt!
This was an incredible book! This book proved to be an invaluable resource to me as a costumer. Any costumer or anyone remotely interested in LotR will benefit from this; it made the difference when I was making the Arwen Blood Red Dress. (Mom helped, but the book did more :)

3-0 out of 5 stars MEDIOCRE
MANY OF THE DRAWINGS INCORPORATED IN THIS BOOK DO NOT REALLY FASCINATE ME AS BEING REALLY FLOORED. THE FIRST BOOK IS SOMEWHAT BETTER. DESIGNS OF SUCH CREATURES AS WARG, OLYPHAUNT, AND FELL BEAST ARE NOT IN IT. A WHOLE CHAPTER DEDICATED TO GOLLUM IS SOMEHOW OVERLONG (ALBEIT NECESSARY). MAYBE THE THIRD BOOK WOULD FULFILL MY SATISFACTION. ... Read more


189. Stop Staring: Facial Modeling and Animation Done Right
by Jason Osipa
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Asin: 0782141293
Catlog: Book (2003-08-01)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 10161
Average Customer Review: 4.93 out of 5 stars
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Lips, brows, frown lines--they’re all in motion in an expressive face. Stop Staring analyzes facial structures and movements and shows animators how to enliven the faces of their characters. The author, whose own handsome head (in modeled form) graces the cover, is an experienced animator currently working on The Sims.

He writes with a dry wit and a confidence born from experience. The book is friendly but also loaded with content and precise in its directions. "I am by no means God’s gift to animation, but I do pretty well at making a talking head look like a living one, not just a set of gums flapping." This is not a how-to manual, but a richly detailed guide to achieving the right movements for a given situation and emotion. The companion CD includes all the pieces readers will need in order to work along with the text: models (both realistic and stylized ’toon characters), lip-synching samples, finished Quicktime movies, and even a copy of Maya Personal LE. (More info and some movies can be found at jasonosipa.com.)

Readers move from "Getting to Know the Face," to synching audio, working on the mouth, eyes, and brows, and rigging. Osipa has created a methodology for facial animation that gets results and makes the process fun. The book can be used as a step-by-step guide for learning new skills or finessing techniques, or as a reference book for troubleshooting specific expressions (for example, "happy eyes," "frustration," and "sneers" are all in the index). Although the projects are presented using Maya, the concepts involved pertain to animation in general.

There are lots of production tips and, in Chapter 13, case studies using five scripted scenes. Readers can even begin with this last chapter, watching the movies (they’re funny!) and enjoying Osipa’s debates as he works through animating his face telling a lame bartender joke or a sassy ‘toon gal weighing the pros and cons of pink and blue bows. This hip writer knows what he’s talking about, even when it’s his own animated mug that’s doing the talking! --Angelynn Grant ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best book on Virtual Human face animation design.
As author of "Virtual Humans" I'm always looking for good books that bring a higher level to face animation. This is it. Jason writes in an accessable style, good humor and the kind of authority you want in a book. Frankly most other books that cover this subject are pretty boring and the faces are ugly. Jason is a very talented pro who privides you with everything you need to create the best, most realistic facial animation in remarkably easy ways. I recommend it highly to those of you who want to perfect your face animation techniques. His approach is different and better than any other that I've seen. I especially recommend this book to anyone who has purchased "Virtual Humans"

Peter Plantec

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, even if you don't use Maya!
After reading through 'Stop Staring', I must say that it was quite helpful in explaining a lot of terms and ideas used in developing facial expression animations.

While I am not a Maya developer or animator, (I use Flash for animation work) this book really helped me see things in a much more granular and detailed manner. You really start to appreciate and pay attention to all of the fine minutia that goes into a truly effective and expressive facial animation. Very careful attention to detail around the eyes, eyebrows and mouth can make the difference between a flat, boring and life-less avatar and a truly human-like interaction.

The book thoroughly explained, with clear text and great visual examples, the hundreds of little tips, tricks and ideas needed to develop realistic characters for games and artwork. Now I think about a lot more levels of detail, even when doing a simple Flash animation of people, to give even the flattest cartoon a little more life and interaction.

It's a great book for those who want to cover the basics (and details) of facial animation, and an even better deal for those who use Maya.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible stuff.
It's quite difficult to find books that tackle even semi-realistic polygon modelling and animation, so finding Stop Staring was one heck of a relief. Even the excellent "Joan of Arc" online tutorial pales to what's in these pages.

I'd go as far to say that what this book will teach you about modern character modelling for games (between 5k and 10k polys) is better than Steed's "Modelling a Character in 3DS Max" (which, without wishing to offend, reads like one big annotated construction journal and isn't quite as helpful).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great facial rigging book!
If you are a beginner or a profesional 3d artist wanting to learn more about facial animation then this book is your bible! Jason Osipa clearly describes and explains all sorts of great tips and techniques to create very life like animation. A must have for all 3d buffs!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good facial rigging made easy!!!!
CGI character rigging is tough stuff. Those of us who have to
sit in some studio dealing with this stuff every day know that
it can take years to really get fluid at this art form.

I thought "Stop Staring" used an intuitive, user friendly
and fun approach to teaching this difficult subject.

Not only is the technical side simply explained but the author
does a great job of teaching how to artistically create voice
sync animation.....using our own CGI characters or those
provided on a disk....to create fantastically good CGI animations.
I know It'll be helpful to my career.

Nice Job to all involved on "Stop Staring". ... Read more


190. CINEMATOGRAPHY
by Kris Malkiewicz
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Asin: 0671762206
Catlog: Book (1989-02-24)
Publisher: Fireside
Sales Rank: 81520
Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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Since its initial publication in 1973, Cinematography has become the standard guidebook on filmmaking techniques that emphasizes the cameraman's craft. Now completely revised and updated, it clearly and concisely covers what today's filmmaker needs to know about camera structure and operation, lenses, film stocks, filters, lighting and light measuring, and accessory equipment. In addition it provides up-to-date information on sound recording, editing, video transfer, studio and location shooting, production logistics, and modern techniques of picture manipulation with optical printers -- a subject rarely treated in such detail in existing film books.

Building on the groundwork he lays, Kris Malkiewicz explores more advanced techniques of overall picture quality control -- how the filmmaker can translate the envisaged image to the screen through coordinating all aspects of cinematography. As Malkiewicz explains, whatever concept is desired, the filmmaker must be in full control of the technology in order to ensure success.

Illustrated with more than 350 photographs and drawings, this new second edition of Cinematography will continue to prove invaluable to filmmakers, film students, and film teachers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best practical introduction to cinematography
Before you get "American Cinematographer Manual" which is a technical manual for shooting on film you will probably want to start with something that explains the ins and out of the motion picture camera and how to shoot on film. This book does just that.

Essentially the book deals with all the different formats of motion picture cameras, their internal mechanisms and threading paths. Then the book goes on to dealing with motion picture film itself, the various brands that are available, differences between black and white, color, color reversal and negatives along with a bit about the development process of each one. It is not technically detailed, it just describes and illustrates each one so that you will understand more about them and how they are used. The book then deals with lenses and how to frame your shots and covers a good bit about exposure, fps, filters and lighting.

This is an excellent starters manual and will get you up and running with your motion picture camera in no time. However when you are shooting on film you will need something like the "American Cinematographer Manual" for technical details on focusing the lens, threading the type of camera you have and exposure adjustments for filters.

As a note, there is a lot of new digital cinematography cameras on the up and coming that work on digital video tape and not film and many new filmmakers may be advised to check out this route as a cheaper and less costly way of shooting their first film.

5-0 out of 5 stars Needs an Oscar!
This book doesn't need 1,000 words - it speaks for itself. We recommend it to all our students as THE text book to have. An excellent primer before moving on to specialist books. I don't want to be responsible for our students spending a fortune on books, so I tell them that if they can only afford one, then this is the one to get. The problem with many film books is that you can spend a fortune on getting the wrong ones. This is the only one you need to learn all the basics before you specialise.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent starters book for the first time cinematographer
This book may be a little dated in terms of it's information but it's well worth it in the small tidbits of information that is within this book. It's title is cinematography but it covers almost all of the aspcects of production. From cameras to lighting and editing.There are even a few exapmles contracts and various film forms in the apendix. Theinformation is layed out in a very simple manner making it very digestable to virtually anyone. I used this book to help me when I had questions lighting on a video project I was working on. Essential for first time filmmakers/DP's althought it's in need of an update.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not Intended For Mere Hobbyists
This book is written for committed students of the filmic arts who are willing to put heart, soul, and wallet into the process of learning filmmaking. Technically literate, savvy, and still readable by a neophyte, this book makes comprehensible the mysteries of an art whose main practicioners have otherwise tried to make look harder than it is. If you're going to follow the precepts in this book, however, expect to part with a minimum of $25,000 before you shoot your first frame.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great tech starting point
A pretty easy read, with enough technical info to actually be helpful without being so dull it glazes you over. A good selection of charts and graphs regarding everything from POV, to lighting, and editing. For the first time cinematographer, this is a great starting reference. ... Read more


191. Techniques of Special Effects of Cinematography (Library of Communication Techniques, Film)
by Raymond Fielding
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192. Writing Treatments That Sell: How to Create and Market Your Story Ideas to the Motion Picture and TV Industry, Second Edition
by Kenneth Atchity, Chi-Li Wong
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A fully revised guide to turning your movie idea into a treatment that can persuade even the most jaded movie producers

As Hollywood insiders know, the first step in selling your story idea for film or television is preparing a treatment, the brief pitch that sells the concept to a busy producer or agent. Now including updates on the latest trends in the industry, writers-producers Kenneth Atchity and Chi-Li Wong tell readers everything they need to know to create an effective and saleable treatment, one that incorporates such key elements as conflict, likeable characters, plot twists, a climax, and visual drama.
Using dozens of the latest examples from actual productions, Writing Treatments That Sell distinguishes between scripts designed for feature films, episodic television, and made-for-TV movies, and shows step-by-step how to prepare a selling treatment for each.Also included is essential information on copyrighting and acquiring rights along with a comprehensive glossary of industry terms. This book is essential for anyone hoping to get a foot in the door of the exciting scriptwriting business.
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is my text book.
I've read four books on the subject and this is the one I found most helpful. I referred to it constantly and used it as a text book while I was writing my first TV treatment.

3-0 out of 5 stars Almost hit the mark
I know absolutely nothing about writing a movie treatment. Be aware, I am interested in writing a movie treatment NOT a full fledged script. So when I asked learned friends what book they suggested everyone named this one. I even asked for other references, everyone said this was THE book.

The book does give great details on the content of a treatment, the necessary parts, and insight into the industry, however I was waaaay disappointed that a sample movie treatment was NOT provided. Had the sample been included this book would have gotten a 5 star rating.

It would have been quite helpful to see a treatment dissected and the typing format!! Perhaps someone can email me a suggestion on a book that has the elements this book is missing

Take care--

5-0 out of 5 stars A MUST for FIMLERS
This book is a gem. It was recommended by a fellow writer and it basically walked me through the process of writing the treatment for my novel. I look forward to using it again and again. It was informative and gave resources that are invaluable. They need to give seminars!

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book!
As a screenwriting instructor, students are constantly asking me the "secrets" of writing a treatment and making a million in Hollywood. FINALLY, I have a book to hand them that answers all their questions! This is an excellent resource for all aspiring screenwriters as well as instructors in need of content-rich reference material.

5-0 out of 5 stars I found, Writing Treatments that Sell
a valuable tool, first of all to finally get my first effort down on paper and fast, then by going over my treatment, line by line and referring to this book again and again, I was very pleased with the results. The challenge now is to sell it! ... Read more


193. Hollywood Animal : A Memoir
by JOE ESZTERHAS
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He spent his earliest years in post WWII–refugee camps. He came to America and grew up in Cleveland—stealing cars, rolling drunks, battling priests, nearly going to jail.He became the screenwriter of the worldwide hits Basic Instinct, Jagged Edge, and Flashdance. He also wrote the legendary disasters Showgirls and Jade. The rebellion never ended, even as his films went on to gross more than a billion dollars at the box office and he became the most famous—or infamous—screenwriter in Hollywood.

Joe Eszterhas is a complex and paradoxical figure: part outlaw and outsider combined with equal parts romantic and moralist. More than one person has called him “the devil.”He has been referred to as “the most reviled man in America.”But Time asked, “If Shakespeare were alive today, would his name be Joe Eszterhas?” and he was the first screenwriter picked as one of the movie industry’s 100 Most Powerful People. Although he is often accused of sexism and misogyny, his wife is his best friend and equal partner.Considered an apostle of sex and violence, he is a churchgoer who believes in the power of prayer.For many years the ultimate symbol of Hollywood excess, he has moved his family to Ohio and immersed himself in the midwestern lifestyle he so values.

Controversial, fearless, extremely talented, and totally unpredictable, the author of the best-selling American Rhapsody and National Book Award nominee Charlie Simpson’s Apocalypse has surprised us yet again: he has written a memoir like no other.

On one level, Hollywood Animal is a shocking and often devastating look inside the movie business. It intimately explores the concept of fame and gives us a never-before-seen look at the famous. Eszterhas reveals the fights, the deals, the extortions, the backstabbing, and the sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll world that is Hollywood.

But there are many more levels to this extraordinary work.It is the story of a street kid who survives a life filled with obstacles and pain . . .a chronicle of a love affair that is sensual, glorious, and unending . . . an excruciatingly detailed look at a man facing down the greatest enemy he’s ever fought: the cancer inside him . . . and perhaps most important, Hollywood Animal is the heartbreaking story of a father and son that defines the concepts of love and betrayal.

This is a book that will shock you and make you laugh, anger you and move you to tears.It is pure Joe Eszterhas—a raw, spine-chilling celebration of the human spirit.
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3-0 out of 5 stars A story of greed
Joe Eszterhas had it all, and more, and then blew it in a mysterious way. He found happiness with the woman he calls the sexiest on the planet (Naomi) and seems now to have retired from the business of screenwriting, a business which made him the highest paid screenwriter in the world--not once, but twice. He has left a legacy of interesting films, some good, some bad, but his memoir of writing them (and of his cathartic childhood, the son of Hungarian emigres) is just plain stupendous. It's one book that should have been two, or possibly three.

If you wrote, "Jagged Edge," "Flashdance," and or "Basic Instinct," to name only the hits, wouldn't you try to be more discreet about it? And the flops are a true laundry list of disaster. Only in Hollywood could such an auteur not only survive, but thrive. Very few screenwriters can boast of having sex with Sharon Stone, but Joe E. really rubs it in. For all that, his picture of Marty Ransohoff trying to destroy the life and career of Glenn Close is truly a memorable one. I guess Ransohoff won after all, because today one hears as little of Glenn Close as one does of Joe Eszterhas. If you like Hungarian sentiment, add a star. This is almost the Magyar version of Allen Ginsberg's "Kaddish."

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic and Unforgettable
This book is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. It is exceptionally well-written, it's funny, full of real life stuff, there's dialogue, there are visuals and anecdotes, there is LOVE, and the story of Joe Eszterhas's life should give inspiration not pause and vitriol. Frankly the level of enmity he elicits from people surprises me--of course many of them have not actually read the book, but that's almost besides the point. Why take the time to bash something you haven't read? It must be the wild money he made doing something he liked. Yet, there's something else, too, for Jerry Seinfeld--to name just one wealthy celebrity--with sixty cars in his airplane hangar makes much more money than J.E. yet doesn't provoke nearly the same level of bile. But Eszterhas's memoir is not just a E! True Hollywood story, it's an American story--he suffered inhuman privation as a small boy, saw things no child should see, came to America with nothing, lived poor and lonely for many years, and then made something of himself, raised a family, raised two! He found his heart, he found his life. The account of his mentally ill mother while he was a teenager is heartbreaking, as is his complicated relationship with his father. His whole life is on the page. This book is astonishing, honest, and unputdownable through and through.

5-0 out of 5 stars Run Buy This
This book is superb. It is hard to put down. I don't always agree with him but he appears to be very honest. He has the courage to tell it like it is and name names.

4-0 out of 5 stars Addictively Entertaining
One of Hollywood's highest paid, record-breaking screenplay writers, Joe Eszterhas recounts his life. An incredible story of a boy that was born into the poverty of WWII refugee camps in Hungary who becomes a multi-millionnaire in America.

Joe gives the reader rare insights into how Hollywood operates through his vivid storytelling abilities about his experiences in the Motion Picture Industry:

Find out how Jennifer Beals was cast over Demi Moore for Flashdance.
Learn how Joe made millions on his movie scripts, even after poor reviews and lack of production.
Discover what goes on behind the scenes.

Joe was truly a "Hollywood Animal" and this book is all about his journey there and beyond. Although over 700 pages long, a very fast read. You will be glad you got this one... ADDICTIVE.

5-0 out of 5 stars Don't stop for commercial break-- addictive read!
This book is so much more than a Hollwyood tell-all. For one thing, it's just terrifically written-- not "terrifically written for a Hollywood hack," but "terrifically written," period. Eszterhas' style is succinct, surprising and vivid. Some think he's boasting that he admires Salinger, Faulkner and Hemingway-- but Eszterhas writes terrific prose. He seems to be speaking directly, but his details are surprising and vivid. I haven't read his journalism, but I bet his articles were great.

He alternates chapters about Hollywood (which are yes, fascinating and appalling) with chapters called "flashback" about his dirt-poor and often difficult childhood as Hungarian immigrant in Cleveland, and brief, italicized sections called "close-ups" that are portraits of unnamed Hollywood personalities (a poolcleaner, a vice president, an actress).

It's a long book, but because of the way it's structured, it's a quick read (well, it took me a few weeks to get through it, but each time I'd pick it up I'd read 60-70 pages before I could bear to put it down). Ezsterhas includes verbatim hatchet-letters he's written to agents and producers who've offended him-- including one hilarious letter to Mike Ovitz that sets off a feud that is a running theme throughout the book. And while Ezsterhas is articulate and hilarious, any reader-- including apparently Ezsterhas himself-- can see that he's also defensive, arrogant and difficult as hell.

You can't help liking him anyway.

Even as he recounts episodes of cheating on his first wife. Even as he recounts painful alienations from friends and family that he is at least partially responsible for. Even when he shows a less than forgiving heart not only to his father but, in one of the sections that shows him in a rather petty light, to old high school classmates (he carries a grudge after 20 years and seems to take some glee in it).

In part that's because Joe is onto himself. He's deeply critical of himself and the book is long and full enough to show him actually reversing earlier actions that might raise an eyebrow. His portraits are sometimes cruel, but he doesn't spare himself either-- and there's as much love as contempt. Well, nearly. You get the sense that even when he was most a "hollywood animal"-- the guy was FUN. With a kind of fairness and honesty that is rare, threatening and delightful.

In the end, the book praises "flyover" values (the states in between the coasts)--prayer, family, changing seasons, hard work. Joe moves to Ohio with his family, and stays.

I found it inspiring on a lot of levels. Yes, I'm in entertainment and picked up the book for the "hollywood gossip"-- and there's lots of it here. One of the most admirable qualities Joe has is his sheer output. He doesn't write a whole lot about his process (though there is one section detailing his work on one of the screenplays). But many times throughout the book he writes of pitching this or that spec-- here is a man who didn't wait for assignments to just get to work.

But the book is inspiring too as an American Dream/Nightmare story, complete with pitfalls and rewards. finally Joe battles with cancer-- and goes on to become an anti-smoking activist. Go, Joe!

I rarely want to read a memoir more than once. But this one is so rich and full I know I'll be referring to it often. A great treat, easy going down but good for you too. Bravo! ... Read more


194. Cinema 2: The Time-Image
by Gilles Deleuze, Hugh Tomlinson
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on cinema
Although Deleuze mentions that this bookfs aim is to make a typology on cinema, for readers, it will be the object of thought more than that. In this book, Deleuze considers many films in which time is not subordinate to movement any longer (the time-image). His way of developing theory is like Bergsonfs one on time and memory, but his theory of time has variations that are reflected in various films and becomes a profound notion of the world with dynamic extension. Deleuze proposes us not only new concepts through films but also the question: What is the world? Deleuze creates a system on cinema as same as he analyzes clearly what is new and what is different from the past films in films of neo-realism or the new wave. While many people have mentioned to genres in films, Deleuzefs analysis of the border between the genres is one of the most precise.

If you had gCinema 1: The Movement-Imageh, this book would be more interesting for you because you could compare the two books. Moreover, this book treats so many films that you must find ones you have ever seen, which makes this book more fascinating. ... Read more


195. Cinematography: Image Making for Cinematographers, Directors, and Videographers
by Blain Brown
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Lavishly produced and illustrated, Cinematography covers the entire range of the profession. The book is not just a comprehensive guide to current professional practice; it goes beyond to explain the theory behind the practice, so you understand how the rules came about and when it's appropriate to break them. In addition, directors will benefit from the book's focus on the body of knowledge they should share with their Director of Photography.

Cinematography presents the basics and beyond, employing clear explanations of standard practice together with substantial illustrations and diagrams to reveal the real world of film production.
Recognizing that professionals know when to break the rules and when to abide by them, this book discusses many examples of fresh ideas and experiments in cinematography.Covering the most up-to-date information on the film/digital interface, new formats, the latest cranes and camera support and other equipment, it also illustrates the older tried and true methods.

*The definitive guide to cinematography

*Up-to-date coverage of technical topics, including High Definition and digital imaging

*Full color throughout brings issues of color and light to life
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3-0 out of 5 stars Not sure what all the fuss is about...
...despite the hype, this book is NOT a "great reference book" of cinematography. Instead of a thorough explanation of the craft & art of cinematography, it is instead a slim text which cursorily navigates the dual topics of technical/hardware requirements, and then briefly gestures at some of the aesthetic decisions required of good cinematography.

If you want technicals, books which cover similar territory are "Matters of Light & Depth" (Lowell), "Cinematography" & "Film Lighting" (Malkiewicz), "Placing Shadows" (Gloman/Letourneau), or even "Bare-Bones Guide" (Schroeppel -- which includes a very practical description of the 'Rule of Thirds', ie. the "Golden Mean").

If you're on a 'classical' kick, you could do a whole lot worse than "5 C's" (Mascelli), "Painting with Light" (Alton), or even "The Visual Story" (Block), which explores new media thru the lens[sic] of Eisenstein. Actually, you probably should buy "5 C's" & "Painting" anyway; they're very old, & just-recently returned to print... & in this age of accelerated obsolescence, these books might vanish again, forever.

But if you are interested in the aesthetics of cinematography, you'd do *much* better with texts such as "Cinematography: Screencraft" (Ettedgui), or with the classic "Film Art: An Introduction" (Bordwell/Thompson). In fact, after all the great reviews for "Cinematography: Image Making", I was expecting some sort of full-color/high-quality updated version of "Film Art". Nope... not even close.

IMHO, the book which best combines both worlds (technical + aesthetic) is Viera's "Lighting for Film & Electronic Cinematography". He starts with basic principles, & then quickly moves to famous shots, breaking each one down in terms of what the cinematographer was thinking, what they were 'aiming' for, & how [specifically] to put your lights to duplicate that setup. Wow.

So perhaps the title ("Cinematography: Image Making") is a misnomer, & should be "Technical Image Making". No wait-- there are some shots of beautiful cinematography in the text, right? Um, yes, but... with one terrible caveat: the majority of the images in this book which do come from great films -- are DIGITAL SCREEN-CAPTURES FROM VIDEO(?!!!) Interlaced, blurry, artifacted, awful. Unconscionable.

What a waste of potential, & of good photo-stock paper. Save your $$ for Viera's book, or Lowell's. Or you could do a whole lot worse than "5 C's" or Alton's book... which are old, but classics, describing theory & techniques as appropriate today as they were 100 years ago.

"3 Stars" for "Not-Bad"; "1 Star" for "Crushing Disappointment".

5-0 out of 5 stars COMPREHENSIVE
I bought this book because of the glowing review it received in American Cinematographer and then soon after it was the requred book for my cinematography course at USC Film School. I have dozens of books about cinematography, and this is the only one I've ever seen that covers every aspect of cinematography.

Most books are either sort of airy, light-weight musings about aesthetics and philosophy and the other kind is strictly technical: lenses, exposure, etc. This is the one book that covers just about everything you need to know in order to be a professional cinematographer (or an amateur who knows as much as a pro).

It covers everthing from the basics to very advanced stuff and the one thing that most of my camera assistant and camera apprentice friends really like is that it covers "professional practice": the way things are done on real sets, including things like what are the responsibilties of each person: the AC, the gaffer, the grip, etc.

It has a chapter on lighting and one on creating the "look" of a film, but the one thing it doesn't go into heavily is set lighting. That is, I guess, because this author has another book about lighting (which was also a textbook in a film school course I took.) He (or she?) also says in introduction that lighting is a vast subject and there is no way to fit it into one or two chapters - it has to have it's own book.

Anyway, this book is so good, I bought some to give as Christmas presents to friends. Even the ones who are already working professional DP's enjoyed it and said they loved it. I think it is also used in some of the directing courses here at USC. The first half of the book is about the kinds of things a director needs to know as well as the DP: coverage, editorial, crossing the line, that kind of stuff.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well written, Great Book for the Beginner or Pro
As an amateur film maker I have found this to be very well written and easy to understand. I also can see why an experienced film maker would benefit from this book.
There is alot of information and many helpful pictures.

4-0 out of 5 stars equipment & technical guide
It's much technical guide more than a visual-aesthetic course about cinematography. So much equipment & technical explanations but very brief knowledge for visual language and photodirection. Anyway this is nice book.
If you looking for step by step guide to shooting and directing, you better search for the books by Steven D. Katz

4-0 out of 5 stars So, who edited this book?
Believe me, this is a great book. It's filled with some highly technical and aesthetically educational information. But whoever did the editing on this potentially superlative bit of course work was either a little over eager to make a certain word count, or deluded enough to think that they could just blast a myriad of small holes in Mr. Brown's writing and no one would notice.

The last two-thirds of the book is just wonderful, filled with all the information I had hoped would be there.

The first five chapters, however, and maybe I'm missing something here, it's possible, are indiscriminately missing thoughts and ideas. The concepts appear to be developing, and then, "poof!", part of the abstract has been lifted, and we are left to fill in the missing pieces for ourselves. I doubt this is a technique for adult learning. I found myself, at times, very frustrated.

That wouldn't be so bad, but then our little under-achieving editor seems to think that one illustration will serve the purpose for multiple examples. One reference was used three times. Due credit, however: usually one of the cited examples was used correctly.

And, lastly, when subjects are listed in the index by page, it really ought to be the correct page. I'm still looking for "SED".

On the upside, the chapter on video is just about the best I've ever read: tight and accurate. Ditto on "exposure", "color theory", "controlling color", "optics" and the balance of this beneficial book, with, of course, at times, lest we forget, the occasional misdirected clarification or glaring omission.

The book is printed on great stock, the cover and the binding will certainly hold up for years. Its just an irritating shame that these initial chapters are so marred. Maybe I purchased an early edition. Let's hope that Mr. Brown's work is wildly popular so that the publishers can go back and correct their errors for subsequent editions. ... Read more


196. The Bruce Lee Story
by Linda Lee, Mike Lee, Jack Vaughn
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5-0 out of 5 stars Totally changed my perception of the Dragon
Not factual? How can someone say that! It was written by Linda Lee, Bruce's wife! How can it not be factual? I personally found this book very good. It is an easy read, and it is very informative. This book changed my perception of Bruce. Where I once saw a wonderful martial artist, which I still saw, I now see someone who was of profound mind and good heart. His intentions were great, his mind and philosophies greater, and his legacy shall live on forever. If you are a Bruce Lee fan, three words for you: READ THIS BOOK!

5-0 out of 5 stars A touching insite into an amazing family
As a UK housewife with young children I have virtually no martial arts knowledge and read the book out of curiosity. I found a truly real book about an amazing marriage and an amazing couple. I think Linda Lee is as extraodinary as her husband. I am left feeling inspired about my own life and shall pass on little nuggets of knowledge to my own kids. This book is for people interested in fellow human beings and not just martial arts followers. It is testimony in itself that nearly 30 years after his death Bruce Lee has inspired an ordinary British woman.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good an interesting book about an interesting man!
Bruce Lee. Some things the average reader will not know about this man: Bruce Lee only made four movies in his lifetime. Bruce Lee was an intellectual. Bruce Lee revolutionized the martial arts. Bruce Lee brought the martial arts to the masses.

This book is written by Bruce Lee's wife. It is a short and loving memory to an extraordianry man who is still famous. Why exactly is a mystery. Perhaps it is the outstanding artistry Bruce Lee brought to the martial arts.

Bruce Lee had been a child actor in Hong Kong before coming to the United States and studying at the University of Washington. Ironically, he was a philosophy major. However, Lee transformed himself into a tremendous human specimen through his physical discipline, and a intellectual regarding his sport. He introduced "the way of the moving fist," which was a new methodology in the training of martial arts. He also dared to tech the subject to non-Asians, a idea which was tremendously disturbing to many and resulted in a fistfight with a young challenger in Lee's studio in Oakland, California.

Linda Lee comes across as a traveler who feels luck in being able to travel (for a brief while) on the road with Bruce Lee. He was convinced to move to Hollywood, where he began training stars like James Coburn, and later Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Unfortunnately, Bruce Lee had to fight racism and stereotypes. At home, his wife's family rejected him because of his Asian heritage. Hollywood rejected him because he didn't want to play the 'chop-suey' roles Hollywood routinely put forth in portraying Asians in film and television. However, a searing performance in the late 1960's on a detective show cemented his star quality,and he made some appearences on "the Green Hornet."

Finally, he made some pictures in the Hollywood system such as "Enter the Dragon."

Unfortunately, his most interesting and allusionary work, "The Game of Death," which was supposed to be a representation of his philophy of his art was never completed. I believe an assembled film was cobbeld together after his death, but the film was never finished. Interestingly, Kareem Abdul Jabbar played the ultimate obstacle in the movie.

Linda Lee's book has many interesting pictures, and I think gives an interesting look at Bruce Lee's life and impact that will have even the most casual reader satisfied.

If you are looking for lurid details, conspiracies and the like this book is not for you. Understandably, Ms. Lee does not cover the topic of Bruce Lee's supposed drug use and the unusual circumstances of his death, but what would you expect, this is a loving portrait by a woman who obviously loved Bruce Lee very much. Cheers for her!

Interestingly, several weeks ago, I watched a Turkish film in which a charecter kept repeating the line, " I will chop them up like Bruce Lee." In a Turkish film for crying out loud.

Obviously, Bruce Lee ahd a great impact on the world for his incredible talent which was taken from us before Bruce Lee could intepret it for the rest of us. In this way, he reminds me of Jimi Hendrix; Bruce Lee was a shooting star across the heavens.

This is a good book, and I believe you will like it as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than You Think!
Like many Bruce Lee fans, I was dubious when picking up this book, suspecting it would be too sentimental and one-sided, glossing over the "true facts." However, don't be misled-- this book is GREAT. Easily among the two or three best Bruce Lee biographies, if not the best. Very well written, well organized, great rare photos. Linda does a fantastic job of giving us an idea of who Bruce Lee was, from the singular perspective of the person who truly knew him best. Sure, it glosses over the more controversial topics that have surfaced over the years (e.g., alleged drug use, personality problems, the circumstances surrounding his death). But you'll come away with a profound respect for the integrated depth of Bruce's genius, his commitment to his family, and his profound sense of integrity and character. And you'll notice that the qualities Linda chooses to highlight are in fact the ones that come out in his art as well as his screen persona. For example, here's a man who, feeling the weight of racial prejudice against himself, was nonetheless willing to physically fight a fellow Chinese for the right to teach Kung Fu to whites! That story is well-known, but the way Linda captures it illustrates Bruce's commitment to principles and his global perspective. Linda does a great job of balancing Bruce Lee as a profound philosopher as well as a uniquely gifted physical specimen. She makes you understand that it was more than simply his physical gifts that made him who he was. Perhaps Karate master Ed Parker said it best: Bruce was "one in two billion." In Linda's book, you'll be amazed at how disciplined, far-seeing, and erudite Bruce Lee was-- at such a young age. He was simply WAY ahead of his time. One could easily say that, through the medium of film, Bruce Lee singlehandedly effected a paradigm shift in the world's perception of martial arts, Asian males, eastern philosophy, and action films. This book is a very illuminating and satisfying read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Basically informative, with some mythmaking thrown in
An OK book, as far as propaganda biographies go. But if you want to read one genuinely great book about Bruce Lee, make it THE TAO OF BRUCE LEE by Davis Miller, which I recommend over any other biography of Lee. Davis Miller's book is beautiful, funny, sad, a pageturner, and it's the only book to sort through all the hokum and myths to give us something real-world and true. ... Read more


197. Flash Enabled: Flash Design and Development for Devices
by Phillip Torrone, Branden Hall, Glenn Thomas
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5-0 out of 5 stars Flash Enabled = Flash for Everyone
This is truly one of the few books on the market that looks at Flash from various perspectives and nails it. The contributors to this book keep the chapters focused, provide examples in context and realize that most folks out there aren't "code" geeks; there are both creative designers and innovative developers. The number of devices and platforms commented on and "tips and notes" are great.

You might ask "Where is the CD in the back of the book?", well better than that they have a website for the book and the list of useful URL's in the back of the book is awesome and helps everyone grow their skills when it comes to developing for these evolving platforms. As a Macromedia evangelist I recommend a select few books to the customers and end-users this is one of them.

5-0 out of 5 stars a superior resource on the subject!
as one of the only sources on the subject (pdas, cell phone, ps2, kiosk, etc) this book is invaluable for the kind of information it presents! the information is precise and up to date (discusses flash 5, and references the MX authoring environment.)

It covers pixel fonts (a huge topic be it for devices or not), content for television, playstation2, using server-side middleware for dynamic applications, using Java for stand-alone stuff, how to go full-screen, and a whole lot more.

there is plenty packed into this well-written book to keep you entertained for months to come. one of the nicer things i found out in this book is not so much what you CAN do on devices, but things you should look out for that maybe you SHOULDN'T attempt on them (that would be taxing on system resources, etc.)

I suggest this for anyone who authors in Flash, for those with Pocket PCs, etc. who want to play around, and also for serious application development authors - this book covers a wide-range of material but does it extremely well.

It's a bit rare to find Flash books on the market that really nail their content and purpose - this is certainly one of them that clearly shines!!! Well done.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not deep
Nice book, but it only touches some aspects of Flash for devices, never going into much detail, specially when it comes to videogames.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book made us money - what more can we say?
This might not be the sort of application the authors envisioned, but the book certainly helped us! We run a small online casino off the coast of Britain, TheGoldCasino (dot-com), and our development staff is fairly sparse (we're aimed primarily at users of e-gold, so we're not a big operation). We wanted to experiment with mobile games, but we assumed the cost would be prohibitive. Flash Enabled brought our current Flash developers from a state of knowing nothing about the PocketPC to having functional Flash-client prototypes in a shockingly short period of time! I don't know of higher praise for a book like this than: "It changed our business and made us money".

Obviously, it's not yet clear how large the universe of PocketPC gamers with e-gold accounts will be, but this book at least compressed our development time to the point where it is quite easy for our mobile games to be profitable. Great stuff!

3-0 out of 5 stars very little HOW and a lot of WHAT WILL BE
the GOOD and BAD:

First, THE BAD:
I want to make DVD menus with flash. I thought this would show me how, but instead it was a case study of a company called ... that used Flash and a C-Programmer made a connector from Flash to the DVD-OBJECT controller. no code for that. That ..... Don't buy it if that's what you hope to find.

Same with the Interactive Television stuff: Mainly a case study with no practical hows. Kind friggen lame.

There could have been a section on how to create 1 flash file that works on any handheld, desktop, etc. It would have been long, but there are those of us who bought the book and were really disappointed.
I think they were trying to publish the book before this one came out:

amazon.

BUT
Great Branden Hall stuff. that guy is who I want to be. He's amazing. other info on templates and stuff are excellent. top notch.

I'd wait and NOT get this book unless you walk into a bookstore and leaf through it. ... Read more


198. I'm Still Hungry: Finding Myself Through Thick and Thin
by Carnie Wilson, Cindy Pearlman
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Asin: 1401902278
Catlog: Book (2003-06-01)
Publisher: Hay House
Sales Rank: 75091
Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars
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Three years ago, Carnie Wilson was 300 pounds, unemployed, depressed, and sitting in a doctor’s office being told that she probably wouldn’t live much longer. At night, she had terrible dreams of her mother getting a phone call from the police saying, "We’re very sorry, but someone found your daughter in bed, and she’s gone." Knowing she had to do something to save herself, Carnie opted to have gastric bypass surgery. She woke up the next day in the hospital determined that she wouldn’t just work on having a new body, but also a new life.

That’s the story we’ve already heard. In I’m Still Hungry, Wilson picks up where she left off in her 2001 book Gut Feelings. She takes readers step by step on her weight loss journey, which wasn’t just a road to reaching 125 pounds. It was a mental trip where she had to conquer all of her fears and insecurities, including issues with her father, Beach Boy Brian Wilson—which made her gain the weight in the first place.

This book offers a unique way of showing the progression of weight loss, with one section serving as a diary of sorts. It details Carnie’s weight at specific times so that readers can use this part of the book to find their own weight and see how Carnie’s life lessons got her head in the right place so the pounds could keep falling off.

Wilson also offers a humorous look at her own weight loss, asking: What’s better—sex or chocolate? (Answer: "Sex followed by chocolate.") She also discusses re-establishing her career as an actress and singer in Hollywood. It wasn’t easy when the National Enquirer was practically staking out her house to catch her on "a fat day," or when fans e-mailed her to chastise her for flashing "some arm flab" on Entertainment Tonight.

And, of course, the book includes Carnie’s minute-by-minute description of posing for the June 2003 issue of Playboy magazine, with the inevitable questions: Can I eat breakfast before posing nude? Why do I have my period this week of all weeks? and Do I look fat? Carnie also gives readers a glimpse of what spurred on the much awaited 2004 regrouping of the Wilson Phillips band and how she is in perfect harmony again with her partners, sister, Wendy Wilson; and bandmate, Chynna Phillips.

Finally, the last part of the book reveals the specific weight-loss plan that Carnie still uses to keep slim—and anyone can follow this plan to lose weight whether they’ve had weight-loss surgery or not. Carnie even includes a few of her favorite desserts.

Wilson is still hungry for knowledge, love, acceptance, and yes, a chocolate chip cookie or two. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Carnie does it again!
I just finished this book. Her first book was great but this one was awesome! I had gastric bypass surgery in Aug of 2001. Carnie truly is an inspiration! This book talks about how losing all the weight does not magically fix all our personal problems. She tells it like it is and doesn't hold back. I think it is awesome that she decided to accept Playboy's offer to pose. You go girl!

3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed Views
As a nutritionist for a bariatric surgical program, I empathize with Carnie Wilson. She nicely depicts the personal struggle for self-identity in people who lose a great deal of weight through bariatric surgery. The style of writing is enjoyable and funny. She has a sense of humor that makes for lighter, enjoyable reading.

However, from a nutritional standpoint some of her diet information is completely inaccurate, and I'm wondering how false nutritional information is permitted to be printed. For example, on page 172, she describes diet sodas as having "tons on sodium." Diet sodas have approximately 25-50 mg of sodium per serving, amounts that fall under the category "very low sodium" as defined by the Food and Drug Administration. Also, fruit, as she described as being "loaded with sugar", has approximately 15 gms of carbohydrate per serving, and can easily fit into a meal plan designed for a patient who has had WLS.

Carnie does a great job of describing how she confronted the battle of weight loss; however, she should leave the nutritional recommendations up to a professional.

1-0 out of 5 stars Is This Empowerment?
I was interested to read Ms. Wilson's story and I certainly appreciate her sharing at such a deep level. However, I think the whole substance of this book can be summed up in this quote from page 118 of the current edition: "...Maybe posing [for Playboy] was just what I needed to finally free and completedly liberated. Some women run marathons, some climb mountains, or kayak across the deep blue sea, some jump out of planes and live to tell the story...I was going to jump out of my fears and pose nude for Playboy..."

Um, there's a difference between the things Carnie listed and posing for Playboy...one is about your pushing yourself to achieve a physical feat, the other is about changing yourself to what the dominant culture wants. Based on what she says in this book, Carnie is happy because she is attractive in a Playboy kind of way. But no matter how much plastic surgery you have, you can't maintain this kind of body forever. If this is where Carnie is getting her happiness, no wonder she is STILL HUNGRY.

I also have had WLS and have lost over 150#...and I know it's a struggle to not be defined by externals. But I would NOT recommend this book to anyone considering WLS because it is much more about fitting yourself into a mold and much less about reestablishing physical and mental health .

5-0 out of 5 stars She did it again!!!!!!!
I enjoyed reading this book, as I did the first. She is talented and funny. She has a way with words, pulling you right into her world and relating your world to her's. I just love her determination, she is an inspiration that lightens my future.
I have purchased several and given them to friends, so the inspiration will continue.

5-0 out of 5 stars Humorous, Uplifiting, Exciting, Heartfelt....
Especially for someone who has gone through WLS, this book is a wonderful read. Carnie Wilson's writing style is down to earth, never too technical, and always heartfelt. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even for people who have merely struggled with weight and not had WLS, I highly suggest reading this book!! ... Read more


199. Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons (Howdunit Series)
by Serita Deborah Stevens, Anne Klarner
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Asin: 0898793718
Catlog: Book (1990-07-01)
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
Sales Rank: 34088
Average Customer Review: 4.47 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Beginning Resource
Deadly Doses is an excellent beginning resource for the writer interested in using poison as an element within a story. It gives a brief history of poisoning, clearly divided chapters (plant based poisons, industrial, medical, etc.), and an easy to read format for each entry. Each poison is listed with a toxicity rating (6 being the highest), form, effects and symptoms, reaction time, antidotes and treatment, case histories, and notes of interest. Because the book has to cover so much, each entry is necessarilly brief and many less toxic forms of poison are glossed over or omitted. The author is quite open about this from the start.

In addition to the known poisons, the author provides a chapter on how to create an imaginary poison for the sake of your story. You may not find exactly what you need to kill your main victim with, but you will certainly come out of this book with a much stronger sense of how to do it and where to look, thanks to a very infomative biliography. As an unlooked for benefit, you may find yourself far more knowledgeable of dangerous substances in your own life, and, while one hopes such knowledge will never be necessary, knowing the syptoms and treatment of a common household poison may be useful (especially if you have children!)

5-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of more than only 5 stars!!
Did you know that the pit of a Peach is deadly?? Did you know that lovely foxglove growing in your garden is poisonous?

Deadly Doses has been my favorite book from the Howdunit Series. This book gives a writer the information that is needed to write a believable poisoning in their story line. The variety of poisons and their forms, lethal dose toxicity levels, reaction times, effects, symptoms, and treatments are all covered in Deadly Doses. A writer will gain a wealth of knowledge by reading this book cover to cover. It is simply the best specific-topic writer's resource book I have ever read.

Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons also gives historical cases where the method of poisoning was used in a homicidal or suicidal death. The types of poisons used are amazing. They include plants, household, medical, and even street drugs.

Even if you are not a writer, read this book! It will get you thinking twice about the 'common' products that you use now. I find myself being really careful about the products I use at home and at work. I've even been reading the labels!

3-0 out of 5 stars From a Pharmacist/Poison Specialist
I became interested in this book, not because I am a writer, but because I'm a toxicologist and love to read anything on poisons.
It's a great place to start, and *mostly* accurate. Hoever, some info is out of date (especially decontamination and antidotes), incomplete, or just plain wrong. It certainly is much easier to read than other toxicology texts, and even though I have my doctorate in pharmacy, I learned a few things! I would suggest though, for people who intend to incorporate poisonings in their writings (accurately), to verify the info with a toxicology text or poison control center.

2-0 out of 5 stars Just stateing what you already know
Okay, all this book is is a guide to common poisons that everyone knows about. It explains a little bit about how to obtain them and how to make some common ones. It also gives some info on how to identify different poisons. This is one of those things that makes you say "I-WILL-NOT-BUY-STUPID-STUFF-FOR-NO-REASON!"

5-0 out of 5 stars a must for historical or mystery writers!!
This book is a super reference book for writers. Gives you a short history of poisons,then moves in the classic aka Agatha Christie style poisons. Next we get into the what's on hand style of poisons i.e. household stuff. Plant poisons, the dead mushrooms etc. They cover movie poisons such as spiders and snakes, medical oops-es, what's in the garden pesticides. Even Street Drugs and a few hints on do-it-yourself-versions. They covered the methods, the forms, the symptoms, and even the time that is takes and just how successful (toxicity rating)....anything a writer needs to know....no no no don't touch that mushroom!

Super reference work and highly recommended ... Read more


200. Film Art w/ Film Viewer's Guide and Tutorial CD-ROM
by DavidBordwell, KristinThompson, David Bordwell, Kristin Thompson
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Asin: 0072975687
Catlog: Book (2003-12-12)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
Sales Rank: 79635
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Film is an art form with a language and an aesthetic all its own. Since 1979, David Bordwell's and Kristin Thompson's Film Art has been the most respected introduction to the analysis of cinema. While continuing to provide the best introduction to the fundamentals of serious film study, the seventh edition has been extensively re-designed in full color greatly enhancing the text's visual appeal and overall accessibility to today's students. Throughout the text, all images presented are frame enlargements as opposed to production stills or advertising photos. Supported by a text-specific CD-ROM with video clips, an Instructor's Manual, and text-specific website, Film Art can also be packaged with the award-winning Film, Form, and Culture CD-ROM. ... Read more


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