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102. Tarzan Chronicles (Welcome Book)
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103. Star Wars Chronicles
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101. Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film
by Erik Barnouw
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Asin: 0195078985
Catlog: Book (1993-01-01)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Sales Rank: 114251
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from 1895 to the present day.With the myriad social upheavals over the past decade, documentaries have enjoyed an international renaissance; here Barnouw considers the medium in the light of an entirely new political and social climate.He examines as well the latest filmmaking technology, and the effects that video cassettes and cable television are having on the production of documentaries.And like the previous editions, Documentary is filled with photographs, many of them rare, collected during the author's travels around the world. Covering the full course of the documentary from Louis Lumiere's first effort to recent landmark productions such as Shoah, this book makes the growing importance of a unique blend of art and reality accessible and understandable to all film lovers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A book about reality
I own a splanish version of this book that I used on some of my school's courses. I belive this is a great book for people interested in the other face of the film industry. It is a must buy for the people that want to go into the reality film industry

4-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Learning Guide
If you are interested in Documentary Film, this is a great introduction to the genre. Barnouw brings you through history with ease and enjoyment. I found it extremely satisfactory; definitely not a disappointment.

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive Introduction to the World of Non-Fiction Films
I know that when you see a book receive the five star rating you think that the person reviewing is either tender-hearted or an ignoramus as it is inconceivable to think of a perfect book. However, since I am neither tender-hearted nor an ignoramus I give you my word that Barnouw's book is an amazing reference guide to the world of non-fiction films. Its an incredibly quick read, it took me a matter of days despite a hectic schedule, and though a lot of names and movies come flying at you they are easy to access and remember. So if you know nothing about documentaries you can quickly become knowledgeable by reading this book and then know what films you should seek after. The book traces non-fiction films all the way from the early experiments of Muybridge and the actualities of Lumiere all the way up to the 1990s. It divides the films not by region but by their respective genre and in the order they emerged. Then in the final chapter, "Movement," it carries documentaries up into our days and explains what's going on and where it's headed. Again, though you wished Barnouw could have delved even deeper into certain aspects, or become more localized as this is mostly a globalized look, you realize that this book is only the stepping stone into a whole new world. Barnouw is merely opening the door and inviting us to enter.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is it!
Barnbouw has taken a wealth of creativity and almost a century of filmmaking and not only made it manageable but intensely relevant and interesting, His breakdown of the various movements throughout the history of the documentary film is right on and remarkable. The research included in this masterpiece is unmatchable in other writings on the documentary. Filmmakers and non-filmakers alike need to read this book. It is a history lesson on a all too often over looked art.

5-0 out of 5 stars The essential text on documentary cinema
Not only is this a wonderful documentary film history text, it is also extremely well-written. Barnouw is a wonderful storyteller and knows his subject perhaps better than anyone. ... Read more

102. Tarzan Chronicles (Welcome Book)
by Howard E. Green
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Asin: 0786864036
Catlog: Book (1999-06-30)
Publisher: Disney Editions
Sales Rank: 327030
Average Customer Review: 4.69 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Incomparable
Rarely does an "Art of" book capture the true essence of every aspect of an animated film. In this case, Howard Green guides us through the very thought processes of the animators so that we can not only observe the progression of the animation drawings, but we can also feel the development of the characters themselves. What many people don't fully understand is how the animators truley capture the character of the voice talent into the animated drawings. It is Disney's ability to capture these characters that has set Disney animated films apart from the competition for decades and which has created so many timeless classics. The Tarzan Chronicles is one of the first books to ever truly capture this process. It is a joy to follow along. In addition to the value of the content, this is one of the most beautifully crafted animation books ever created. It is sure to entertain and educate anyone who picks it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Book!!!
I am a student of animation and have enjoyed the art form for a long time. This has led me to collect just about every "Art of" animation book ever published (much to my wife's dismay), but this one is clearly one of the best.

First of all, the visuals are fantastic (as they should be for this type of book). Glen Keane is a master, and any insight into his conceptual art and rough sketches are a real treat! However there is so much more than I have seen jammed into one of these books in quite some time. Sure, other books have storyboards, character development drawings, conceptual art, model sheets, backgrounds, production art, etc., but the quality and quantity of the art in this book is top-notch.

Second, Howard Green does a nice job with the textual additions too. The inclusion of diary / journal entries written during the film's production was also a masterful touch, and really added to the overall "behind the scenes" feeling of the book.

Finally, the production quality of the book itself is impressive. The organization is clean (considering the amount of content involved), the two-page spreads and fold-outs are very nice, and the little things (such as the paper choice for each section introduction) provide an added touch. A fine addition to anyone's library.

Certainly, if you like the movie (or any animated feature), you will cherish this book. I highly recommend it!

5-0 out of 5 stars visually amazing!
When I recieved this book I couldnt believe how much work was infront of me. Thankyou Disney for a wonderful addition to the "art of" books.

4-0 out of 5 stars As a gift
Bought as a gift for a Disney fan, but being one myself I wish I'd bought a second copy for me. Beautiful artwork and nice history of the making of the film.

5-0 out of 5 stars It rocks
This is one of the very best books I have seen, and one of those that I am proud to own, a incredible reference, an indepth study of animation and concepts, taking you thru the complete pipeline of one of the best Disney animation movies. I really enjoy the way everything is done, the layout, the pictures, and the pre-production art, which is really inspiring. If you are an artist, this is a must buy. ... Read more

103. Star Wars Chronicles
by Deborah Fine, Aeon Inc.
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Asin: 081181498X
Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Sales Rank: 182251
Average Customer Review: 4.78 out of 5 stars
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This is the ultimate must-have for the Star Wars fanatic. Spendy, but definitely worth it, the Star Wars Chronicles is a big, beautiful book that comes in a gold and black box--it will look great on your coffee table next to your Star Wars Logbook. The Chronicles cover the beloved trilogy of movies in thousands of behind-the-scenes and up-close photographs, many you've never seen before. From the creation of all the aliens to the details of Boba Fett's jet pack, you'll find fascinating facts, drawings, paintings, and photos to pore over endlessly. Each detail is lovingly presented for the appreciation of serious fans, and the whole package will be a delight to collectors. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great if you can afford it, thankfully there's alternatives
Star Wars Chronicles may be the best single Star Wars photo reference out there, but nearly the same thing can be accomplished for much cheaper by getting a few other books: DK's Star Wars Visual Dictionary in combination with Sansweet's Action Figure Archive (as good of a movie photo-reference as it is a toy one). Add to this From Star Wars to Indiana Jones and the Magic of Myth and you have little reason left to crack open an expensive copy of Chronicles.

That being said, here's where this book earns high marks:
1) Cantina Aliens (the best photos anywhere)
2) The Holo-Chess pieces
3) Boba Fett (6 pgs)
4) Vehicle models, including many prototypes & the Tauntaun
5) Jabba's palace aliens

And here is where I find it lacking:
1) Imperial Troop Costumes
2) Costumes of the main characters after Star Wars: ANH
3) Set photos (including the Falcon interior)
4) The Bounty Hunters (aside from Fett)

A fantastic book if you can afford it; but had I not purchased mine used for half price, I doubt I'd be willing to shell out $150 or even $100 for it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Superb photo history but lacking in dialogue strength
... What it lacks in reading material it more than makes up for in photographs. The detail shown makes you appreciate even more, if it were possible, the skill that went into the model making. I spent many happy hours admiring the finite details that this book highlights brilliantly. Also the opportunity to see prototype models as well is more than welcome, giving an insight to the creative process. Overall, I would say that this is an essential purchase for SW fans. But, until we get a book that combines both in depth narrative AND crisp photographs then the ultimate Star Wars book is still waiting to be written.Oh, and it's size and weight makes it murder to read in bed!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Props for the Props
If you want to read in depth articles, skip it.
But if you want superior photos of all things Star Wars, this is the best! Prop builders, costumers, and model builders should all own at least one copy of this book. Well worth the price!

4-0 out of 5 stars Of course it's thebest book about pictures, but...
I must say there were translation problems.First I borrowed a Japanese copy from library and decided to get a English version,because it's already out of print here in Japan.What I found out after camparing both version was very shocking!Author Deborah Fine is eliminating every single mechanial data(about size,weapons and materials etc.)and few columns.This book was first published in Japan about 1995 and translated to English 1997.What the hell this author was doing for two years?If this book had different name,it's absoulutely OK,but once you put the title of "Star Wars Chronicles"that will mean totally different book here in Japan.

5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!!!
If you're ever gonna buy a Star Wars book, this is IT!! Amazing details, great pictures and some cute inside stories behing the legendary trilogy...Just save all your money and buy it if you're a fan!!!..I'm speechless and i just cant tell you enough amazing stuff about this will not regret it, that's for sure!!! ... Read more

104. Dance On Screen : Genres and Media from Hollywood to Experimental Art
by Sherril Dodds
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Asin: 0333801458
Catlog: Book (2001-08-25)
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Sales Rank: 557000
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Dance on Screen is a comprehensive introduction to the rich diversity of screen dance genres. It provides a contextual overview of dance in the screen media and analyses a selection of case studies from the popular dance imagery of music, video and Hollywood, through to experimental art dance. The focus then turns to video dance, dance originally choreographed for the camera. Video dance can be seen as a hybrid in which the theoretical and aesthetic boundaries of dance and television are traversed and disrupted.
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105. Lucy & Desi: The Real-Life Scrapbook of America's Favorite TV Couple
by Elizabeth Edwards
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Catlog: Book (2004-09-30)
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
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During their marriage, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz filled over 100 scrapbooks with all manner of memorabilia. Now fans can take a rare peek at the details of the famous TV couple's lives with this fantastic replica composite. LUCY & DESI, our exclusive, real-life scrapbook of the couple's lives, contains 25 interactive, three-dimensional paper-engineered replicas of actual items--from Desi's report card to important telegrams--which have never been published before. Vintage snapshots of happy family moments, touching love letters, passports, and other precious minutiae, with more than 150 photographs, both black-and-white and color, fill this wonderful, engrossing look back at the golden years of television comedy, when Lucy and Desi charmed America with humor and song. This official scrapbook is a must-have for the millions of devoted fans. ... Read more

106. Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering
by Jerry C. Whitaker, K. Blair Benson
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Asin: 0070696276
Catlog: Book (2000-02-29)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies
Sales Rank: 244601
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Definitive video and TV engineering handbook.

If you're involved in designing, producing, installing, operating or maintaining video or broadcast facilities, Standard Handbook of Video and Television Engineering, Third Edition, edited by Jerry Whitaker and Blair Benson, puts you in charge of all the latest principles, standards, and technologies -- from colorimetry to digital video effect to cable and satellite delivery systems. With contributions from nearly two dozen respected experts, this mammoth resource grounds you in the must-know working essentials of:

*Video technology applications *Optical components and systems *Monochrome and color information transmission *Waveforms and spectra of composite video signals *Image pickup devices and systems *Broadcast production equipment and services *Videotape recording *Video disc recording and reproduction *Film transmission systems and equipment *Serial digital video *Video and audio compression *Electronic editing *DTV technical details *Transmitters and transmitting antennas *Receivers *Standards and recommended practices *Much more

Bonus CD-ROM packs standards, links to organizations and companies, archived technical material, and broadcast engineering software. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars New Technology in TV Systems requiered books like this
For TV Broadcasting Engineers and Technicians, this book is very important for updating all about concerning Technology and Systems. For Engineering Students is the way to learn more the future of the TV systems. Digital Tech on TV is spreading more and more from the broadcasting systems to the consumer equipments. ... Read more

107. The Feature Film Distribution Deal: A Critical Analysis of the Single Most Important Film Industry Agreement
by John W. Cones
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Catlog: Book (1996-12-01)
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
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5-0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia of Bad Film Studio Business Practices
If you are mystified by "Hollywood accounting," this legal expose outlines over 80 clauses commonly found in feature film distribution contracts that might be considered unconscionable or immoral, revealing the formidible odds facing the "talent" side of the industry.A thorough explanation of why there's no "net" profit, and a sobering dose of reality for any creative person who believes they should be paid for making a good product. The introduction lists the LA DA's Office among those who should read it. ... Read more

108. The Operator : David Geffen Builds, Buys, and Sells the New Hollywood
by Tom King
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Asin: 0679457542
Catlog: Book (2000-03-07)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 298868
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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DreamWorks cofounder David Geffen, as portrayed by Wall Street Journal reporter Tom King, is in various ways a saint, a visionary, and an absolute maniac. In his saintly mode, Geffen both raises and gives record-breaking sums of money to AIDS foundations, advises and supports the President and progressive causes, and races to visit old friends stricken with grief or illness (even the washed-up agent Sue Mengers, whose friendship could do him no earthly good).

As a visionary in the music, movie, and Broadway theater industries, Geffen orchestrates the sale of his record companies, which made him a billionaire, and brings you Laura Nyro; Cats; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; Tom Cruise; the Eagles; Nirvana; Bob Dylan; John Lennon; Guns N' Roses; Saving Private Ryan; and Joni Mitchell (who immortalized his deepest yearnings in her tune "Free Man in Paris").

But the most impressive and detailed portion of King's landmark biography is Geffen's performance as an entertainment entrepreneur, and in this capacity he is apparently a visionary and a maniac at the same time. Not only does he discover all manner of talents and works of art and hire the best hit-sniffers in the business, he also masters the fine Hollywood art of the Machiavellian tantrum. Geffen allegedly softens up his prey in a business deal by offering up disarming gossip about his own life--his traumatic courtship of Cher, or Marlo Thomas, perhaps, or the male prostitute he is said to have boasted about being in bed with the night John Lennon was shot. At some point, minutes or decades into an apparent friendship, Geffen is shown betraying anyone, even best friends and mentors, in his relentless quest for winning a deal. King's book provides a ringside seat; it's fascinating to watch Tinseltown's titans slug it out in championship bouts, maneuvering, lying, reuniting, and seizing power like crazed Renaissance princes.

In one memorable encounter, Geffen protests that Sid Sheinberg of MCA is displeasing his DreamWorks colleague, Steven Spielberg. "David, stop screaming," says Sheinberg. "I'm not screaming!" Geffen screams. "David, you know what would make me happy?" says Speilberg. "Stop screaming." It turns out that Geffen doesn't even know the details of the deal in question. But nobody knows how to strike a deal--with mind and maniacal heart--like David Geffen. --Tim Appelo ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars more like a melodramatic laundry list and less like a novel
I work in Hollywood and when this book came out, word on the street was that Tom King had published a well-researched, well-written, no-holds-barred and blistering account of David Geffen's life and work. Now that I've read this 600-plus-page monster, I'll go along with the well researched and call it a day. Maybe I've worked around too many moguls for too long, but I didn't find anything in here that I found particularly shocking, much less revelatory. I don't doubt the veracity of anything King has written (especially re: Geffen's own childish behavior - his tantrum over this innocuous publication bears that out), but even with Geffen's amazing achievements I closed the book wondering what the hell had made me pick it up in the first place. Geffen's world certainly contains the time-tested elements of a fascinating life - he started from less than nothing and now has a number of careers, fortunes and empires to his name while lacking any essential emotional connections. King has reported all of those elements faithfully, but what separates "The Operator" from great biography is the book's lack of any compelling rationale behind Geffen's behavior. Of course, even the most megalomaniac among us (another title for which Geffen certainly qualifies) don't live our lives thinking about what it's all going to look like when some enterprising reporter commits several years of his life to putting it down on paper. However, if you are that reporter, you had better be able to find the essential threads that knit together the disparate elements - otherwise, you have something that reads more like a melodramatic laundry list and less like a novel (something that my favorite bios, like George Plimpton and Jean Stein's "Edie," certainly resemble). A much better read is David O. Selznick's "Memo From Selznick" - a book that is exactly what it sounds like and yet is still fascinating. I'm not sure if it's still in print, but it's worth the search.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mogul Mania
This is one of the better biographies around, whether or not you end up liking David Geffen (aka "the prince of pain"). It is full of great inside stories about legendary artists of the music business...Phil Spector, Dylan, the Band, Cher, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, John Lennon, George Michael, Donna Summer etc., etc. King keeps the narrative flowing, and he provides plenty of authentic detail without ever falling into the biographer's trap of being too academic. Of course Geffen is a very interesting subject...having powered his way to the very top of the entertainment business through sheer drive and cunning...and without having the "golden ear" or creative judgement of his competitors. The stories about his interaction with(and abuse of)fellow moguls like Ovitz, Eisner, Ross, and Davis were jawdropping. I found myself shaking my head at the deals he cut, for example talking Steve Ross into giving him back his music label for free after Ross had bankrolled he whole thing! But don't get the impression that The Operator is all about The Dark Side of fact King balances the book nicely by reporting on the many philanthropic and other positive projects in Geffen's life. All in all, a very entertaining read, and well worth having on your shelf, especially if you're fascinated by the entertainment industry.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This book is almost impossible to put down. Geffen's life has been truly extraoridinary and it provides an excellent story. Buy this book if you have any interest in the entertainment industry or business in general.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Researched
I have followed David Geffen's carrer for many years. I have even written a school paper on his Record Company (Geffen Records), which I have had the pleasure of visiting. This book is very well detailed and gives a vast amount of insight and information.

Long before he flung open the closet door back in 1992 and declared his homosexuality, David Geffen made news. Big news. Really big news. His is the life --- from college drop-out to mailroom clerk to founder of record labels and a movie company --- that makes a biography such as the one Tom King has written so lengthy ... and often lumbering. King had access to Geffen and hundreds of people in and outside of Geffen's circle of power. This is Superman as Supermogul: Saving pal Calvin Klein from bankruptcy (it was Geffen's idea to out Marky Mark in that series of memorable underwear ads), paying for experimental surgery for dying pal Dawn Steel, wooing (and almost marrying) galpals Cher (whom King says was Geffen's "first fully-functional heterosexual relationship") and Marlo Thomas to finally settling boy with assorted boytoys, unselfishly donating some of his $3 billion to fight AIDS. So many details, so little substance. This is a meticulously researched, though ultimately superficial, look at the bravo and bullying, the temper and talent that have made David Geffen the builder, buyer and seller of the New Hollywood. ... Read more

109. Character Costume Figure Drawing : Step-by-Step Drawing Methods for Theatre Costume Designers
by Tan Huaixiang
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Catlog: Book (2004-04-20)
Publisher: Focal Press
Sales Rank: 43827
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This text presents drawing instruction with detailed break downs of various types of characters. Maternal? Elderly? Sassy? Sexy? It all starts with body proportion, bone structure, body masses, the facial expressions, the hands, and the feet. Hats, props, fabrics, and choice of medium are all thoroughly covered to ensure your ability to develop convincing life-like characters.

* Includes unique three-step drawing guides that develop the sketch from stick figure to full-blown character
* Detailed examples of how to draw faces, hands, and feet
* Learn to draw realistic fabrics in a multitude of colors and textures
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110. How Not to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters Make
by Denny Martin Flinn
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Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
Publisher: Lone Eagle Publishing Company
Sales Rank: 6242
Average Customer Review: 4.51 out of 5 stars
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How Not to Write a Screenplay is an invaluable addition to any aspiring screenwriter's shelf--and you'd best make the shelf within arm's reach of the computer. Author Dean Martin Flinn, an experienced script reader, details the common rookie mistakes that drive script readers crazy. Flinn makes no pretense of being able to teach anyone how to write the next Great American Film--or for that matter the next Stupid Summer Blockbuster. Instead he offers information that will help keep the novice screenwriter's opus from being immediately tossed on the trash pile (arguably a more valuable service). As Flinn says in his introduction, if you follow the advice in this book, "you may not write a particularly good screenplay, but you won't write a bad one." Flinn offers practical advice on formatting, such as the proper form for a slugline and where to set your margins, and more general rules of thumb on giving the actors room to interpret their roles and avoiding dictating camera angles to the director (who will ignore them anyway). The second half of the book deals with content, also in a remarkably pragmatic way--structure, pacing, plot resolution, and dialogue that really stink are all handily dealt with. Flinn illustrates almost all his points with excerpts from screenplays both good and bad (names have been changed to protect the guilty), giving the reader concrete examples of the difference between poorly and well-structured scenes. Not sucking is an unusual goal for a screenwriting manual, but any script reader will agree it is a noble one. --Ali Davis ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The BUSINESS (and REALISTIC) side of screenwriting.
There are many titles out there that have self-proclaimed screenwriting experts instructing you as to what makes a good plot, characterization, etc... While this can be helpful, sometimes the financial basics of the movie industry are overlooked in these books written by career college types.

The author, Denny Martin Flinn, has not only written screenplays but was employed for many years by the movie studios to receive and review the thousands of screenplays that are sent in by aspiring writers. In other words, the author was the first person to review scripts and give it the -yes or no-! The author has written a book that explains to beginning screenwriters all the "do's and dont's" of format, marketing, etc. An invaluable piece of material that points out many of the first-time mistakes by beginning screenwriters.

A MUST if you are thinking of becoming a freelance movie writer with no training. Common sense advice from a business standpoint. Some of the help provided in this book can prevent your screenplay from being thrown in the trash before the reviewers get past page 2.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the most useful screenwriting books you'll ever find.
I'm another one of those people who has read dozens of books on screenwriting, still hoping to find whatever new information that hasn't already been covered twenty times before. Flinn's book is the real deal. Not only does he present information not covered in most other books, but he does so with the straightforwardness of a good friend and the expertise of a polished industry veteran. He even covers a pet peeve of mine in this kind of book: If this author knows so much about writing, why have I *never* seen a movie that he/she has written?
(I mean, come on... name one movie you've ever seen written by Syd Field.) Flinn makes it clear his experience lies in a background even more unsung and mysterious to writers, that of a studio reader. If ever the phrase "know your enemy" was more apt....

Proving that he can practice what he preaches, the author gives us a good read; smooth and descriptive from start to finish. You'll go through it as though the pages were greased. (Heck, I work five days a week and four nights a week, and I still sped through all 200+ pages in about 4 days, despite my schedule.)

Ultimately, If I were asked to suggest to an aspiring screenwriter only three things to read, they would have to be:

1) "The Screenwriter's Bible" by David Trottier,
2) Any script written by James Cameron,
3) "How Not To Write A Screenplay" by Denny Martin Flinn.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best
Well, just reading the first few pages was even very helpful, let alone the whole book! I have read some books that have a few helpful things in them, but that's the problem, "a few". This book is filled with stuff that you should NOT do. He tells you so much and it is very easy to read and has many illistrations from other famous screenplays. It will help you to write the right way and also gives you different ways to do it. This book is not a "should have", it's a "must have".
As I said it is very easy to read and very helpful. You shouldn't have problem reading unless per se, you are from Rotchester, NY or some place that has problems reading past the 3rd grade.
Basically, it's a great book and you have to read it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Anyone can tell you what to do...
This book is one of few I've read about screenwriting that isn't bogged down with a premium on overbearing structure. It simply suggests that, if we all are storytellers, one of the most valuable lessons one can learn is to tell YOUR story YOUR way and to omit elements you disliked in other stories you've read, seen or heard in the past. The book validates many of the triumphs you might have made in your own work while making clear (OK, sometimes ridiculing) areas where you may have missed the mark. While I would definitely call this book humorously sarcastic, I didn't find it cynical at all. I've given the book as gifts to many friends.

5-0 out of 5 stars The how-not-to book to measure all the other how-to's by
Until I read this book, I wasn't even sure I knew what I was doing when I wrote screenplays. This book made me realize just exactly what I was doing right and wrong, so my confidence in my own writing sky-rocketed! I would suggest reading The Screenwriter's Bible first, then this book. In addition, I suggest reading any script written by James Cameron and John Hughes. Flinn gives you a thorough understanding of all the "do's" and "don'ts" which no one else quite does. It's very helpful to know what not to do and what to do instead. ... Read more

111. Digital Filmmaking 101: An Essential Guide to Producing Low Budget Movies
by Dale Newton, John Gaspard
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Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
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Digital Filmmaking 101 reveals an inside look at the secrets of making professional-quality digital moviemaking on ultra-low budgets. How low? How about $10,000 or less? Newton and Gaspard give real-world advice on scripting, financing, casting, production, distribution, trouble-shooting and more using their own "in the trenches" experience.

Tired of watching the digital revolution from the sidelines? Grab this book, fire up your camcorder, and make a movie.

Dale Newton and John Gaspard, who hail from Minneapolis, Minnesota, have produced three ultra-low-budget, feature-length movies and have lived to tell the tale. Their latest movie is the all-digital feature, 'Grown Men'.

* The perfect companion book for any one who has a digital video camera and a great idea
* Everything you need to know to get started
* Written by experienced budget-filmmakers ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Buy This Book First
This is the book I've been looking for. If you are looking to make your first digital feature or short, this is the place to start. After purchasing 15-20 books on shooting film and video, this is the book I wish I had read first.

The book describes in plain terms (without being patronizing) what is needed to produce a digital feature. From finding scripts, to casting actors and crew, all the way through to post-production and distribution, this book will guide you all the way. It gives examples of special effects, breaking down your script and creating a shooting schedule, sample actor and location release forms, even inexpensive meal suggestions for feeding your cast and crew during production!

Dale Newton and John Gaspard know their craft. They've shot feature films in both film and video formats, and have many essential tips for the low/no budget filmmaker. The book is written with a sense of humor. The authors laugh at some of their mistakes while helping us avoid those same problems.

If you are a novice or budding filmmaker but need a little direction to get started, this is the book for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect book for you? I think so.
I ordered Digital Filmmaking 101 a few days ago. Since then, I live in a well-isolated world where only this book exists. And of course snacks and pops close enough not having to get off the couch. Not only does it give you essential information but keep you entertained through the last page. It's a great pick for your first book about filmmaking just as well as your next one for your shelf. Thoroughly walks you through the development of your movie from picking the perfect script, budget building, recruiting your crew, find locations. Even what business forms you should consider. To pre-production, casting the cast, production and post-production. And finally: distribution. In a nutshell, I can highly recommend this book to anyone with the dream of making their first low-budget digital feature film. It's a must read.

Good luck.

5-0 out of 5 stars good for first time filmmakers
this book was both encouraging and discouraging. most of the book was encouraging, in the fact that it made me want to pick up a camera and start making a movie today. The most discouraging parts involving paying taxes, and distribution, was like reality hitting me in the face like a sack of bricks. overall, the book is very true to industry standards.

1-0 out of 5 stars 0 Stars --- Lost my money
Very unhappy. The book failed and took my money.

5-0 out of 5 stars The book you have to buy about Digital filmmaking
This book is a hoot! Read it before you read anything other than Rebel without a Crew. No other book makes digital filmmaking fun. The section on setting up a filmming spreadsheet alone is worth the price, although you'll love the sections on special effects problemsolving. There are a lot of books about the technical aspects of digital. (Digital Filmmakers handbook, etc.) But this one is about actually making films with the stuff. THIS ONE IS A MUST READ. ... Read more

112. Incredible Cross-Sections (Star Wars)
by David West Reynolds, Hans Jenssen, Richard Chasemore
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Who knew proton torpedoes were so expensive? Apparentlythat's why Luke only had one pair when he set out to takedown the Death Star. And that's not the only bit of trivia you'llbring away from this aptly subtitled Ultimate Guide to StarWars Vehicles and Spacecraft. Whether you're looking for thebathroom on Jabba's sail barge or you just want to see where BobaFett catches a few winks on Slave I, this is the book foryou. In Star Wars: Incredible Cross-Sections,author-archaeologist David West Reynolds zooms out from cataloguing minutiae as he did in Star Wars: The VisualDictionary, and instead takes apart the big toys ofStar Wars, from AT-ATs to X-Wings.

Full-color, exploded technical illustrations get you under thehood of every noteworthy ship in the Star Wars trilogy,from a grand tour of a Jawa Sandcrawler to a sprawling, four-pagefoldout of (what else but?) the Death Star. Detailed labels andrealistic, miniature depictions of crew and characters roamingaround each ship are so engaging that you may find yourselfimagining you're on the Millennium Falcon giving Chewie ahand with the power couplings. --Paul Hughes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Dream for Technophiles!
Where do I start? This book is amazing! I am a full fledged Star Wars fan, but since I don't own Fort Knox, I can't afford to buy all of the merchandise. As a result I have to be extremely picky about which items I purchase. I had only to see the Millennium Falcon drawing on the cover, and I was hooked!

I have read The Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels, but I found the information contradictory to previously published material, and a bit amateurish. Incredible Cross Sections does such a well-thought-out job, and is worded so well, that you almost forget these things don't exist! The gate-fold spread of the Death Star is absolutely incredible! The detail is also carefully executed, right down to the gold-foil insulation on the air ducts in the Millennium Falcon. Everything a Star Wars Technophile could want is in this book. I highly recommend buying the companion book as well: The Star Wars Visual Dictionary.

All I can say is, More! I would love to see another edition of this book containing some of the other vehicles.

Highly Recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Star Wars Universe has gotten bigger...and better!
I'm a big fan of the Incredible cross-sections books. I've read through all of the other cross-sections books for Star Wars, and when the edition for Attack Of The Clones came out I had to read it. Not only did it live up to my expectations, but it surpassed them. It is richly illustrated and has great information on most of the new vehicles from the Trade Federation Core Ship to the Republic Assault Ship to the revamped Slave 1. I highly recommend this book to those who love Star Wars. And even if you are a huge fan of the films it still makes for some good reading.

3-0 out of 5 stars Very Detailed UnlessReallyinto Vehicles May Prefer Dictionar
Unless You are really, really obsessed with the star wars ships and other vehicles you are probably better off to purchase the visual directory by the same author. The directory has more pages and is more interesting as it looks at all the characters, creatures, weapons and everything else as well as the ships although the ships and vehicles are not in as much detail as the ones in this book.

The detail in this book is very extensive, so if you are fascinated by Star Wars vehicles then this is definitely the book for you. If you wanted a broader picture of the whole Star Wars world then get the dictionary instead. If your a huge Star Wars fan then you'll probably want both.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yeap Dad this is a good one.
Ep 2's turn to have it's spaceships and other craft pulled apart and exposed in all their glory. Once again the foldout format is still the best and great for childern and grownups alike.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Is Wizzard Anni!!!
This edition is devoted to the Spaceships and Craft from The Phantom Menace.

As with Star Wars Cross Sections it is very well detailed and even better with todays print technology. Great for children and first generation Star Wars fans alike. ... Read more

113. Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide
by LeonardMaltin
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-22)
Publisher: Plume
Sales Rank: 15221
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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From Leonard Maltin, author of the bestselling annual Movie Guide, comes this guide toclassic movies. Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide includes more than 7,000 capsulereviews of classic movies, including:The Birth of a Nation (1915), Gone With theWind (1939), The Philadelphia Story (1940), High Noon (1952), and GuessWho’s Coming to Dinner (1967).

In addition, this unique volume also offers a star and director index, a full listing of classic movieson DVD, and Leonard Maltin’s unique Top Ten lists. The result is an authoritative, dynamic guideto the classics no film aficionado should be without. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars too little - too soon
Leonard Maltin put this book out too soon. It seems like a rush job.There are hundreds of films repeated from his classic and, what is worse, there are hundreds of available films that he skips. Many films on TCM this month (April) where missing. The book is needed but it needs more work to fill the void. It should be reworked totally as it is really needed.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best DVDs of Classic Films
I enjoy their new book-Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide (ISBN 0-452-28620-4).I own 38 of their 64 "Our Picks: The Best DVDs of Classic Films."My favorites on their list are:
All About Eve (1950)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

However, I would exclude the following in their next printing:
Foolish Wives (1922)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)
Gun Crazy (1949)
Winchester '73 (1950)
The Wages of Fear (1952)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Written on the Wind (1957)
The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
Black Orpheus (1959)
Rocco and His Brothers (1960) (NB Not pre-1960 either)

I would include in their stead the following obvious omissions:
All the King's Men (1949)
Citizen Kane (1941)
From Here to Eternity (1953)
In Which We Serve (1942)
It Happened One Night (1934)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
On the Waterfront (1954)
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
The Lost Weekend (1945)

If they wanted to increase the pick list, I would also include:
A Place in the Sun (1951)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Marty (1955)

The more famous annual Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide has about 18,000 entries. There are many redundant entries among the more than 9000 movies in the new Leonard Maltin's Classic Movie Guide.I presume future additions of the annual Movie Guide will eliminate many of the duplications.The Classic Movie Guide is scheduled to be updated in five years.

Robert F. Naples

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid first shot at another essential Maltin reference book
As new movies proliferate but Leonard Maltin's bestselling Movie Guide remains more or less constant at 4" thick and about 18,000 entries, more and more minor old movies have gotten squeezed out (even as they become more and more available on TV).  The answer, at long last, is to split the old movies out as their own book, removing all but the most popular ones from the Movie Guide and adding many, many more entries.  (To start with, Leonard proudly announces, for the first time the complete oeuvres of R. Rogers, G. Autry and W.B. Elliott are reviewed.)

This is one of those things that one can read as a sign that we live either in the best of times or the worst of times for old movies.  On the one hand, it's a recognition that there's a whole lotta folks out there who just won't watch anything before The Godfather at all.  On the other hand, it's really kind of impressive to flip open what looks like the old familiar volume and see Arsenal or Hell's Hinges or People on Sunday rather than, say, the most recent works of Vin Diesel or Jennifer Lopez.

The other encouraging thing, too, is that these all seem to be new reviews.  The fact is, given the enormity of the task of creating a guide, a lot of old movies have always been covered off in the Movie Guide by ancient capsule reviews from some service that supplied synopses to newspapers for their TV listings, and it's clear no one had actually reviewed many of them in any meaningful sense.  So when you see a new entry (say, The Sin of Nora Moran), it actually is a pretty good capsule review, not "**1/2; Lurid programmer about woman on trial for murder," as it might have been if that had been in the old editions.  (In case you think I'm accusing Maltin of something others don't do, go look through a Video Hound guide with a discerning eye and you'll soon see that perhaps only 10% of the "bone" ratings are really based on viewings of the films.)

Flipping through these reviews of movies no critic has actually taken the trouble to write about in decades, one discovers all kind of interesting-sounding things for which one lifetime of movie-watching will surely not be enough-- Mary Boland steals the otherwise static The Solitaire Man... The First Hundred Years is an interesting early treatment of the strains on a two-career couple... did you know that Wild Bill Elliott ended his career with a series of Dragnet-like police programmers, beginning with Dial Red 0 in 1955?  Well, I didn't.

Inevitably, of course, even a 9000-title guide is going to be an arbitrary selection, but it is often frustratingly hard to predict whether something will be in there-- for instance, a weak and utterly obscure Edward Everett Horton vehicle, The Poor Rich, is in there, yet a much better one, Wild Money, which I take to be decidedly better known since I've managed to see it twice theatrically over the last 20 years, is not.  Someone clearly watched the whole John Ford preservation weekend on AMC a few years back, since things like Men Without Women and The Blue Eagle are in there, but on the other hand, no one has yet made an effort to catch up with all of David Shepard's Soviet silent film releases on DVD, as Arsenal may be in there but not the wonderful Bed and Sofa or Outskirts (indeed the foreign film selections seem highly arbitrary and a bit spotty in this first edition).  

It seems to me that if the book is a work in progress (and always will be), and likely to add hundreds of reviews with each new edition, the main progress it needs to make is in keeping up with major DVD releases and showings on TCM, which are the most universal way that people all over the country, not just those in cities blessed with venues like MOMA or the Siskel Center or PFA, see such things.  On a much smaller note, there's a list of classic films which have been blessed with especially good editions on video-- which might be a useful thing if it gave you any clue as to which edition of The General or The Phantom of the Opera is actually good, but doesn't do much more than list a bunch of famous films as it stands now.

But quibbles, quibbles.  I expect this will sell a fraction of what the Movie Guide sells, and yet it will still be one of the best-selling books about classic film in the market, thanks to the magic Maltin name.  People leafing through its dozens of famous and thousands of not so famous titles will discover not only Arsenal but The Arsenal Stadium Mystery, Men Without Women and Men Must Fight and Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail.  Someone looking for a quick review of a minor programmer from 1942 will get a real review, not a long-dead newspaper hack's quickly cribbed synopsis.  It is A Very Good Thing, in short, go and get yours now. ... Read more

114. Special Effects:The History and Technique
by Richard Rickitt
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Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
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Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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Spanning the rich history of movie magic, from George Mlis's A Trip to the Moon to George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace, and the Wachowski Brothers' The Matrix, this completely up-to-date guide to visual trickery is unparalleled in scope, presenting a clearly written, lushly illustrated chronicle of special effects development over ten decades of filmmaking. Starting with the earliest use of smoke and mirrors in silent films, the bookgoes behind the scenes to reveal the methods used in creating the cinematic world of make-believe, ranging from optical composing animation, sound effects, model-making, special-effects makeup, and matte painting to the most astounding electronic innovations seen in blockbuster movies now hitting movie screens. Packed with information obtained from hundreds of interviews with both the legendary and current leading names in the field of special effects production, the book includes illustrations showing, by the use of unique segments of photographs, many never before available in print, how many of the effects are achieved. This dazzling volume, as entertaining as the films it covers, is a must for lovers of movie fantasy, students of film and popular culture, and amateur filmmakers. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Special Effects
Once I picked up the Special Effects book, I seriously could not put it down. This book is truly amazing as it serves not only as an information source, but it is also very entertaining. The first half of the book goes through the decades starting with the 1900's. In each time period Richard discuses the new advancements in film making during that decade, along with writing about some of the best movies form that time. Some of the classics include Singing in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, and many Hitchcock movies. The second half of the book focuses on individual aspects of movie magic. From make-up and costumes, to lighting and pyrotechnics. The book cover many recent movies like Titanic, Star Wars Episode I and The Matrix. I strongly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the entertainment field. The book is easy moderate to read and full of amazing color pictures that you won't find anywhere else. Some of the pictures are accurate diagrams of film processes, such as animation, digital effects and camera techniques. I feel that form reading this book I gained a lot of basis knowledge needed to better understand the industry. Did you know that most of the snow used in movies is simply shredded paper? Or how about the fact that 90% of dialogue is movies is recorded and dubbed after the movie is shot! Find out hundreds of more amazing facts in Richard Rickitt's Special Effects: The History and Technique.

5-0 out of 5 stars 'Special Effects' is the difinative book on the subject!
This book covers every aspect of the special effects industry. From the early days of using mirrors, to George Lucas Starwars saga, everything is covered in a highly detailed book. There are also countless images and interviews on offer. Richard Rickett definately did his research, and it paid off in this valuable and informative book. Don't just take my word for it though, buy the book and you won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Book Ever
Special Effects is THE BEST book you could wish for on the subject. I have a shelf full of old, an mostly inaccurate books about special effects, but with this new book I could throw the rest away. Also, don't bother with magazines like Cinefex anymore, which are very dry and heavy going. this book is a pleasure to read and has interviews with everyone who is important in the business. There are hundreds of cool photos as well which makes it very good value. Anyone who works in special effects, or is just interested in the movies should read this book. Congratulations to the author Mr Rickitt who has condensed 100 years of movie magic into a single lavish book. Dont take my word for it - BUY IT!

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good!
Although i didn't expect to find it so interesting, finally it was really good! Not only does it explain thoroughly every, if not all, technique of the motion picture industry, but it also has a lot of reference to really successful movies! Especially the section that refers to the special effects landmarks makes it unique and complete. It is not something you find in every book and thus it makes it really special.. It has a lot of images and really good explanations and descriptions.. Simply one of the best books on the subject!!

5-0 out of 5 stars See how it's done.
For those who want to know ," How did they do that?". This book is a must for you.See how they first discovered how you could trick the movie going public into thinking they were seeing something ,that they only seen magicain's do on stage, but even more magical.From Georges Melies, through, Willis O'Brian, John P Fulton to Inustial Light and Magic.It also covers the great make up artist from Lon Chaney through, Jack P Pierce to the presnt master Rick Baker.How Animatronics were first used and made a big come back through the likes of Stan Winston and Jim Henson.These are just the more well know names who have contributed to the making of movie magic, and although not a refference book , that goes into details of each of the protagonist's careers.It does cover the finer points of cinema special effects.A must for those who are into the technical side of movie making , and also a great book for those who just like movies in general. ... Read more

115. Filmmaking for Dummies
by Bryan MichaelStoller, JerryLewis, Bryan Michael Stoller
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Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 13604
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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Film is a powerful medium. Successful filmmakers possess the passion to visually tell a story that will affect people's emotions, make them see things differently, help them discover new ideas, or just create an escape for them.

Whether you love the experience of being enthralled by movies or the excitement, challenge, and magic of making the movie yourself, Filmmaking For Dummies is your primer to creating a respectable product. For the seasoned professional, this friendly reference can inspire you with fresh ideas – before you embark on your next big flick. Get ready to roll with expert information on

  • Defining the difference between independent and studio films
  • Knowing what genre fits your fancy
  • Finding perfect locations
  • Storyboarding your film
  • Directing the action
  • Giving credit and titles

Written from the author's 30 years of hands-on work as a writer, producer, and film director, Filmmaking For Dummies carries you through from screenplay to distribution, with lots of experience-packed insight into

  • Writing or finding a screenplay
  • Raising financing for your film
  • Budgeting and scheduling your film
  • Hiring the right actors and crew
  • Planning, shooting, and directing your film
  • Putting your film together in the editing room
  • Finding a distributor to get your film in from of an audience
  • Entering (and maybe even winning) film festivals

Taking into account the advent of digital technology, author Bryan Michael Stoller focuses on creative elements that apply to both film and video production. He also points our technical differences and notes the many similarities between traditional and newer age making of motion pictures – all in a fun and engaging way that'll have you shooting for the stars! ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Well written, but content is misguided
I read this book, as well as others, because I'm taking a stab at filming a screenplay with some other people. I have enjoyed some of the other dummies books, but I thought this one was off target. It is very high level. For example, in the first or second chapter, he goes over what the job roles are for the production assistant, and ten other job titles you might see at the end of a Hollywood movie, and I'm thinking to myself, am I really going to have a full-time grip on my movie? I was hoping this book would focus on the nuts and bolts of making a small-budget / zero-budget film, but it talked about numbers that apply to people who aren't going to be reading a dummies book. On the whole, I thought it was a real surface look at independent filmmaking, and would be appropriate for someone who wanted to learn about it, but not do it. You would be better off buying IFILM Filmmakers Handbook and some individual books on lighting and sound if you really want information about how to make your own film. A lot of the information in this book can be found on the web, also.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perty Good Book
Hey. Well, I got lade off at the plant, so I got this book. Its a reall good book. Now Im going make a movie about how I used to work at the plant, get me one of them oscars. Next thing, Im moving to hollywood. Or maybe even california!

Do like me ant get this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT READ!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Filmmaking Course on a Budget!
I always love to learn about subjects that interest me, and even though I may have read through dozens of books on a subject to gain the maximum know-how about it, it's always a thrill to pick up a read that is truly superb. Bryan M. Stoller, the author of Filmmaking for Dummies, has accomplished one of the best jobs on this subject matter that I've found so far over the years. He's categorical and precise and I'd call it the best Filmmaking Course on a budget. The reader can learn in this inexpensive book just as much as in many 8-week filmmaking courses that often cost thousands of dollars and the good part is that with this book you already have the notes printed in front of you. The author offers a volume of resources discussing the differences of using actual film vs. video and new 24fps digital camcorders like the Panasonic AG-DVX100 Cinema Camera. He has excellent chapters on lighting, sound and camera filters, as well as on the commercial aspect of idependent film distribution and film festivals, etc. This is a very practical, right-to-the point book and it's an enormous resource from a qualified guy who's been interested in filmmaking for a long time and who has at least 20 years of on-hand in-the-field experience. Stoller also offers very helpful Website addresses for further information, even where to buy or rent equipment, etc., etc. Every aspiring and even professional filmmaker will definitely benefit from this book. Amazingly, this book is so updated as if it was just written a few weeks ago including the newest technological developments regarding digital film formats. ... Read more

116. Home Theater for Dummies
by Danny Briere, Pat Hurley
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Catlog: Book (2003-02-14)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 7985
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Select the best equipment for your home theater

The fun and easy way™ to create the movie theater experience in your own home

Are you ready for HDTV? Checking out surround sound and DVRs? This value-priced guide clearly explains the latest advances in home entertainment electronics and makes sense out of all the available choices. It then helps you choose the right equipment and shows you how to put it all together to build the home theater system of your dreams!

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the one
This is the book we refer to our customers who want to know what audio is all about; covers the basic nicely. If you're wanting a primer, this is the one to get. Also, we recommend Stereophile magazine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for novices
Wish I'd bought this when I first started researching home theaters. I was a novice, having purchased only a couple of 27" analog sets in the past 15 years. Rather than starting with a book like this, I researched mine the time consuming way: talking to knowledgable friends; wasting time with sales droids at electronic stores, reading home theater magazines. About two months later things reached critical mass and I could finally make an informed decision.

My advice: buy this book, read it, and afterwards *still* do what I did. Only save the sales droids for last (by then you'll know more than they do), and look but don't buy. Then go home and buy what you want at Amazon.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good primer for newbies, but not great
For someone who's entirely new to home theater -- from A/V receivers to speakers to display monitors to hooking everything up -- "Home Theater for Dummies" offers a quick primer on the subject. It covers both sound and sight and gives honest opinions on many things.

However, it suffers from excessive use of parenthesis and side notes and confusing run-on sentences. Also, the explanation of key topics such DVI and a display's aspect ratio still leaves the reader highly confused. The trouble seems to stem from the fact that neither author has a deep grasp of the home theater technologies and they might have just lifted all this information from various sources and put it in book form.

Since the book is cheap on Amazon, I still recommend it to all newcomers to the wonderful world of home theater. If you need more information, get the optimizer discs the books recommends and also check the web for detailed discussions.

4-0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive inroduction
This book is great if you are new to home theater.
This book is also useful if you have not kept up with the latest (as of 2003). I also own "Home Theater for Everyone"
and I would prefer the dummies for 2 reason: dummies is more comprehensive, covering different subject with proportional weight and (2) Home theater for every one is somewhat outdated specially when it comes to home theater PC or HTPC.
What I did not like is the depth of the subjects, or more precisely the lack of it. As an example I wanted to know about subwoofer setup options. There were none other than the simplest LFE line connection. After writing a whole book on the subject you would think they would write in more depth.

5-0 out of 5 stars Dummy No More
This book was GREAT!
It starts off simple, gives you all the basics and then adds layers of great information. It allows you to pick up the home theater magazines or walk into the specialty stores and feel comfortable making sense of it all.
A definite must read if your'e starting to build or expand a home theater! ... Read more

117. A River Runs Through It: Bringing a Classic to the Screen
by Richard Friedenberg, Robert Redford
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Catlog: Book (1992-09-01)
Publisher: Clark City Press
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118. Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida: The Making of the Broadway Musical
by Michael Lassell
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Asin: 0786864842
Catlog: Book (2000-11-01)
Publisher: Disney Editions
Sales Rank: 197016
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Enthusiastically anticipated as the latest Disney stage production, following the astounding success of Julie Taymor's breakthrough production of The Lion King, Aida is certain to be a hit. Celebrated songwriter Elton John and lyricist Tim Rice present their version of the classic tale of Aida - the story of a love triangle in which the three main characters - Radames, Aida, and Amneris - are torn between love for each other and greater duties.

This colorful book contains all the excitement of the lavish production, detailing all the action on the stage and behind the curtain. You'll find spectacular costume sketches, fabric samples, and set designs, as well as interviews with the actors, directors, producers, and composers. Best of all are brilliantly photographed scenes that convey the full breadth of the show's beauty and drama and offer readers the next-best thing to a front-row seat. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Overall a fine book but lacking at times
You'll find this oversized book ripe with details, from conception to Broadway debut, and filled with pages of colorful photos that illuminate the production. Journalist and author Michael Lassell traces the show's history with interviews from those intimately involved, from writer and composer Elton John and Tim Rice to stars Adam Pascal and Heather Headley to costume designers and choreographers. His unrivaled access allows us to visit every aspect of the production.

The book is divided into four chapters: story, composition, production, and performance. The first section describes the timeless tragedy and romance of Aida and of its rebirth from acclaimed opera to modern day rock musical. John and Rice's hammering out the numbers is described in the second part, and we begin to see the show's evolution from its originally titled "Elaborate Lives" Atlanta production. Set design, art direction, scenery, and costuming are detailed in the third chapter, and the last focuses on performance details.

The most ardent fan will always find such books lacking, but in fairness it gives the common theatre-goer a good sense of the energy required to stage a Broadway production. One of the best features is the photos, both plentiful and saturated with color. I especially liked the visual contrasts between various stages of the show, such as early costume sketches compared with the final outfits. The breadth of interviews also conveys the passion of an extraordinary "Aida" team.

A couple of things could have been improved upon. While I enjoyed the pictures, there was a redundancy to some. Two full page spreads of "Dance of the Robe," for example, one to illustrate the lighting and a second to show the choreography, proved unnecessary. Space dedicated to "sequence shots," a cluster of essentially the same candid photo, could also have been better utilized with more production stills or, better yet, meatier text. At the core of the show is the story, its historical and contemporary implications, and this book doesn't drive into the heart of the characters quite forcefully enough. Lassell only dedicates several pages at the end to the actors' interpretations of their characters.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a heckuva book!
This is an excellent book and very informative. It tells you about all of the changes that the show went through. It has wonderful pictures. They're all in color and they bring back memories of the show. I had had the good fortune of seeing the show with the entire original cast still intact. There were no understudies that day and I was so happy. I'm still trying to remember where that scrim in Fortune Favors the Brave came from. My only complaint is that they didn't tell the name of the man who played Radames before Adam Pascal took over in Chicago. Buy this book. You will thank me.

4-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful way to capture AIDA
I saw Aida on Broadway and was impressed by the music, the acting, the scenery, and the dancing. When I discovered this book, I found a way to relive the moment. I enjoyed looking through the photos of this book and showing them to people who have not yet seen the play on Broadway. I also enjoyed reading all the behind the scenes comments by the actors and actresses. All in all, I have found this book a great way to cherish one of the greatest musicals on Broadway. ... Read more

119. This Business of Television
by Howard J. Blumenthal, Oliver R. Goodenough
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Asin: 0823077047
Catlog: Book (1998-08-01)
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications
Sales Rank: 25535
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Broad in scope and rich in detail, This Business of Television is an invaluable sourcebook for producers, writers, broadcasters, network executives, and other television professionals. The essential reference for anyone working in the television or video industries, it is a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of the business, examining how television programming is financed, produced, and distributed; how FCC regulations and federal law shape the form and content of broadcast, cable, and satellite television; and how producers, networks, cable companies, and local stations work together to create or acquire programming.

This Business of Television includes 50 chapters and three useful appendices: legal documents and forms; concise boilerplate contract forms for the most common business transactions in television; and a list of useful industry contacts and addresses. The legal documents and the ready-to-use contract forms are included on an enclosed disc, so they can be easily accessed for home use.

Part 1 covers distribution; Parts 2 and 3 explain FCC and federal regulations, as well as legal concepts such as copyright, the right of privacy, libel and slander, and the protection of society; Part 4 discusses program production and financing; Part 5 examines audience measurement and advertising; Part 6 explains contract basis, legal entities, and tax issues; and Part 7 offers an overview of the television industries in countries around the world.

All of the chapters have been revised and completely updated in this second edition, in addition to brand new chapters on religious television, home shopping, satellite TV, and the every more important international marketplace. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars On the whole, I was disappointed.
I was looking for an introductory book on the business of television. This book assumes that you know a few things already. It explains beginners concepts but it doesn't go out of its way to clearly explain them. I didn't understand the relationship between affiliates and networks. This book claims to explain it clearly, but it doesn't. Right now I don't even know where the affiliates get their money from. I was a bit disappointed because the other reviews showed promise, and the title too.

The best words to describe it are, as used above, a 'resource', a 'comprehensive' and 'practical' guide. The book really doesn't go out of its way to explain concepts to you. If you are looking for an introduction to the business of television, this is probably not the best place to start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Stolen 3 times... This book is hot!!!
This book is so hot that it's been stolen from my office library 3 times. I'm on my 4th purchase of this book. I felt like I could have an intellegent conversation about any aspect of the television business after using this book. It is my main resource for getting quick answers that are easy to understand. This is required reading for those getting started and a great resource for those that have been in the industry a while. It also includes a computer disk containing forms such as U.S. Copyright registration and others found in the book that you can import to your word processor.

Ron Hebert
2002 Emmy Awards - Pacific Southwest Chapter

5-0 out of 5 stars Imagine the Future, Study the Past
This Business of Television is a landmark volume in our practice (entertainment industry economic forecasting) for three reasons.

Reason # 3: it is incredible that guys of this stature would take the time to compile such an essential and complete perspective of the television business. Goodenough, a seasoned entertainment lawyer, law professor, and a scholar pioneering the study of law and evolutionary biology, brings the structure and rigor, while Blumenthal, a prolific TV, multimedia, and online entertainment producer and businessman brings the been-there-done-that street savvy.

Reason # 2: it is, after all, the business that pays for the content (the subscriber, pay-per-view, advertising, syndication, and the latest, e-commerce revenue models) and the content that drives the migration to new technology (streaming media webcasting and video-on-demand, interactive TV, and wireless). The clear understanding of the financial systems supporting television and video entertainment offered by Oliver and Howard in this book facilitates the modeling of future monetary transactions.

Reason # 1: video programming spread from broadcast to cable and then to satellite in one generation. The last decade found it spreading to the PC via CD-ROM, DVD, and broadband Internet. In the future it will be found on our cell phones, wristwatches, car seat backs, and refrigerators. There will be innovations in business arrangements along the way, but those who cannot converse in the basic economics will be doomed.

This segues into a jacket quote by Morty Morton, former producer of the Late Show with David Letterman, who remarked, "This Business of Television has gotten me through years of moderate success in the TV business. I'm now ready to burn the damn thing and open a restaurant."

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is gold!
Our start-up entertainment company has used the first edition as our essential reference book. We have not found anything else like it. We are excited about ordering the second edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid and comprehensive.
The first edition was handy, detailed, and filled with suggestions on where to find further information. I'm glad the revised edition includes a disk. Highly recommended for anyone in the television, video, or CD-ROM production business. And not a bad price, considering the cost of other texts. ... Read more

120. The Crow: The Story Behind the Film
by Bridget Baiss
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Asin: 1870048547
Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
Publisher: Making of the Crow Incorporated
Sales Rank: 285544
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
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On March 31st 1993, while "The Crow" was in its final days of filming, in a strange accident on the set, its 28 year old start, Brandon Lee, was shot and killed.

For the first time, The Making of "The Crow", in first-hand accounts, describes in detail the bizarre chain of circumstances which led to the tragic death of its talented lead actor. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Such a wonderful Book~!
I really enjoyed reading "The Crow -Story behind the film"...every chapter,every page,EVERY WORD was exciting to read on through this book.Perhaps because I am such a Brandon Lee fan and still 'til this day do I believe that The Crow was arguably his best work ever..and this book tells it ALL~!......from its origins as first starting out being a comic book,trying to make this gothic love story into a film,the struggles of making the movie,of course the hugest tragedy which took the life of the young star,the cause of his death and how the movie was finished without the late Brandon Lee......the best part about this book was how the author got so much information from different cast and crew members who were all once part of the film....this was the best part about the book since I was so curious to know how each and every person who was responsible in making this film felt about making it and how they reacted to that fateful nite of the shooting well as how they or if they ever learned to cope with this difficult experience.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to every CROW/Brandon Lee fan or anyone who once saw this film and became interested in what exactly happened on the set to this promising actor who had such a promising future .......I have collected many Brandon Lee memorabilias in almost the past decade but I must say that this book is definitely the most treasured one I have since it closes the ending chapter to the person I admire so much.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better than expected
I bought this book because I'm a big Crow (the first movie) fan. And since it not easy to get some real info on this movie where I live, this book gave me a really good look at the movie and the tragical accident of Brandon Lee. After all these years there were questions playing in my head, but by reading this book, most got answered. I really recommend this book to all people who want to know more about this film...

5-0 out of 5 stars The Crow
I love the Crow.....It is the greatest movie of all time and this book lets you know even more about what really went on during the making of it. You must check it out!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Crow: The Story Behind the Film
The Story behind the film was very sad the they were filming the movie, they though that he was acting, but he wasn't he was real hurt badly. That part was the saddest part. I think some one real wanted to killed him so they can have the part and get money. I think because of someone in the film was so jealous and put bullet in the gun and let the guy to shot it and so they won't get busted. So I think they should try to find that guy and put him into jail. And I heard no was put to jail, I was real mad be he wasn't white.

4-0 out of 5 stars To Find Out What Really Happened . . . .
As a longtime Crow fan, I was interested in finding out exactly what happened behind the scenes during the production of the film. Baiss' book does an excellent job of providing this information, through the use of quotes taken from several crew and cast members. My only criticism is how poorly the book was written. I am not sure who the editor is, but the book is riddled with grammatical and typographical errors to the point where I don't understand how it made it to publication. Her flow is also a little difficult to follow in places, although this may simply be a result of Baiss being a first-time writer. Also, most of the major individuals involved in the production of this film, including the director, would not speak with Baiss, so the account is mainly from the view of several cast and technical crew members. I would, however, recommend it for those interested in what really happened during production of "The Crow." I came away knowing more than I had before, even if I had trouble wading through all the typos. ... Read more

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