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161. The Art of Star Wars, Episode I: The Phantom Menace
by JONATHAN BRESMAN
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Asin: 0345431081
Catlog: Book (1999-09-07)
Publisher: Del Rey
Sales Rank: 101670
Average Customer Review: 4.59 out of 5 stars
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Star Wars owes a lot to its details. George Lucas made his world so believable and compelling by getting all the little things right, whether it was a chip in Vader's helmet or the sand on a Stormtrooper's boots. Of course, this feat was no accident--extensive conceptual planning and design went into all the Star Wars movies, perhaps most so for Episode I: The Phantom Menace. This excellent "insider story" art book by Phantom Menace researcher Jonathan Bresman pulls together a wealth of these preliminary paintings, sketches, and computer animatics. Starting in early 1995, the Episode I art team sweated out nearly four years in a renovated attic at Skywalker Ranch, and Bresman's book gives an eye-popping account of their efforts, a sweeping survey of the movie's "evolutionary record," what Bresman calls "the unseen art that serves as the foundation for the film."

Divided into sections covering each of the movie's major locales (e.g., Theed, Coruscant, Otoh Gunga), The Art of Phantom Menace gives detailed illustrations of many of the creatures, structures, and vessels that made the final cut to film. But even more interesting are those that never left the sketchbook or hard drive--what fan wouldn't want to see a bulky, bipedal droideka or Padmé's horned, reptilian "swamp horse"? Call-outs alongside the art reveal the untold story behind many characters, like how Jedi Council member Yaddle really did begin as a sketch of a young Yoda, and how Jar Jar at one point had a wacky "dog" sidekick named Blarf. (Lucas and crew thankfully dodged that bullet.) --Paul Hughes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Shows the creative process of character & set design
This book is great in showing the character and set design development for Star Wars Episode 1: the Phantom Menace. The book provides minimum descriptions of each of the drawings and you get a feel for how the creative process worked on Episode 1. All of the concepptual scetches for Episode 1 vehicles and characters are shown. The book showcases some great conceptual designs by Doug Chaing (the main art director for episode 1) among others. The artwork itself is great and the quick explanations serve to focus the readers attention the art.

the only thing I wish they had more of in this book was some of the production models, props and clay maquettes. The first series of books had these props and I really enjoyed seeing the 3-D models.

However, the book is a really good guide to the development of the starwars universe and the art that's behind star wars. If you like this book I'd suggest picking up the following title: "Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace artwork by Doug Chaing" This title is actually a series of 20 lithographs of paintings for the phantom menace. Some of these paintings are shown in "The Art of Episode 1", but a good many are new and they are a great complement to the Art of Episode 1 book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Close to a Must Have
The book is fabulous for anyone who likes to see the way ideas come together in the pre-production process of a movie or who adores the Star Wars Saga. Fabulous drawings and paintings bring The Phantom Menace to life in this book.

However, saying that, there is one qualm I have about this book. That is the very little amount of background descriptions regarding the images; though that now seems to be because of their relationship to Episode II. Apparently, George Lucas has gone back to some of the discarded designs of The Phantom Menace and reused them in Episode II. Most notable are the "Solar Ship" which has become Count Dooku's Interstellar Sail Ship, the original concept art for the Neimoidians which have now become the Battle Droid creators known as the Geonesians, and some of the Queen's Starship which have become the Senatorial Starship.

I highly recommend this book, even with the lack of descriptions.

5-0 out of 5 stars A veritable art-gallery by master conceptual artists
I would never have thought that I would stoop so low in nerd-dom and buy a book like this, but there is more to being a nerd than simply obsessing over your favorite fantasies.

I love Star Wars, hate the Phantom Menace. And yet way back when the VHS release was going on, I too crowded into a Media Play at 12 in the morning with my buddy and his wife to get my advanced Widescreen Collector's copy. DVD has since come and taken away any significance to that item, but what did come along with it was a little booklet featuring excerpts from "The Art of Star Wars; Episode I." For a long time this little booklet and I rarely parted, and I thought I was so priviledged to have this particular booklet and that it would one day be a rarity.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered THIS book, the actual Art of Star Wars. Not only does it have everything in my booklet, but it presents conceptual art from all corners of the movie. There's so much to look at, and so much that is fascinating to look at, you can't help spend hours just looking.

The book is hard-bound, with pages made from such high-quality paper, it will make you turn them with tweezers, they feel so expensive. The art is presented in chronological order with the film, so that reading it cover-to-cover is almost like watching the film. For most of the artwork, a little background information is provided in the corner next to a numerical key denoting which works belong to which artists.

As for the quality of reproduction; I am rarely satisfied when something I've drawn is scanned onto a color-copier, which often is the best option for reproducing them. I still lose something in the translation from pad to paper, a little bit of hue here, some shading here, depth of line there. However, in this book there is nothing lost. (Nothing is lost, or the originals must be stunning to look at!) The artwork shows you just why the movie relies so much on visuals (and not on strength of character or plot). Artists Doug Chiang, Ian McCaig, and Terry Whitlatch to name a few, are so skilled at vividness, their works immediately juice your imagination into action. Looking at concepts for space-ships, you can almost hear them fly.

The emphasis is on Doug Chiang and Ian McCaig, one a brilliant architectural and mechanical artist, the other a genius at characters and costumes. Whitlatch seems to handle most of the aliens, while gorgeous matte-paintings by Doug Chiang depict, in color, some of the more finalised concepts.

If you are a fan of Star Wars, this book is a must for any in-depth knowledge of how things developed behing the scenes. For film scholars, I would also recommend this book, for the glimpse it provides into the realm of pre-production, especially for you film scholars who have never set foot onto a film studio, or a design office.

For fellow artists, I can only say that these works inspire to improve my technique and work even harder at my art. It's always the test of an artist when he runs into someone who is superior; does the work make you want to quit art, or make you want to improve? This stuff will make you choose the latter.

4-0 out of 5 stars No McQuarrie, and yet an awesome art of Star Wars Book
I loved the art Ralph McQuarrie did for the first three Star Wars movies, and in the Art of Episode I, Doug Chiang takes the torch and does an awesome job. His grand scale works are so appealing and detailed, I loved it.

The character concept work in intriguing, there is a lot of evolutionary type paintings which I like a lot. The Sith work is fascinating.

The one draw back to the book was the lack of explaination each work had. I would have liked more insight as to what the artist was thinking, what Lucas liked and what he disliked. That wasn't in this version as much as I would have liked. But overall, one to own.

5-0 out of 5 stars katcat loves the art of episode 1!
This book is simply wonderful for Star Wars fans and artist alike. Just try it-you`ll love it! Who could ask for more-colorful, wonderful Star Wars creatures and livly artwork!Eureka Springs Ar ... Read more


162. Inspired 3D Short Film Production
by Jeremy Cantor, Pepe Valencia
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Asin: 1592001173
Catlog: Book (2004-06-10)
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Sales Rank: 22420
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5-0 out of 5 stars Covers every aspect of Short Film production.
"Inspired 3D Short Film Production" covers every aspect of the short-film production pipeline, demonstrating each concept and technique through a combination of general theories, examples, exercises, case studies, and interviews with short-film directors and industry specialists. Full of amazing imagery and one-of-a-kind content, "Inspired 3D Short Film Production" is a must-read book for current and future animated filmmakers.

It's really well laid out to keep it interesting. Easy to read. Easy to learn. Lots of great information. Five out of Five stars. ... Read more


163. Serenity
by Joss Whedon
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Catlog: Book (2005-09-01)
Publisher: Titan Books (UK)
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Joss Whedon, the creator of Buffy and Angel, is finally coming to the big screen with his directorial debut, the blockbuster sci-fi adventure Serenity.

Set 500 hundred years into the future, the film centers around Mal Reynolds, captain of the ship-for hire Serenity and its eclectic crew of galactic misfits. When he takes on two passengers, a young doctor and his mysterious, telepathic sister, he gets much more than he bargained for...

Titan’s official companion contains a preface from Joss, his in-depth account of the making of the film, and his full screenplay, illustrated throughout with stills, storyboards and production art. ... Read more


164. The Art of Watching Film with CD-ROM
by JoeBoggs, Dennis W. Petrie
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Asin: 0072976411
Catlog: Book (2003-12-26)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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This introduction to film appreciation uses contemporary and popular American movies to help students develop critical skills in the analysis and evaluation of film. By suggesting what to look for and how to look for it, this text challenges students to sharpen their powers of observation, establish habits of perceptive watching, and discover complex aspects of film art that will further enhance their enjoyment of watching films. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Essential for movie lovers.
Outstanding book. Even better than I thought it would be once I looked through it. It covers everything related to movies. There are even exercises, like homework, where you watch various movies to learn different things about the movies. If you take movies and movie reviews seriously, you need this book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Why did I like that movie so much?
A lavishly illustrated textbook, this book will delight anyone interested in the movies. The reader will be equipped to watch movies with a more critical eye--and may enjoy the experience all the more for knowing why something is appealing. You can open this book to any page and become engrossed in the text and pictures. ... Read more


165. 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film: A Comprehensive Analysis of Film Finance
by John W. Cones
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Asin: 0809322021
Catlog: Book (1998-09-01)
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars A resource for producers new and old
How helpful this book is depends on how "green" you are about the film industry.Those with little to no knowledge about film production will find the book resourceful, informative and very"to-the-point" about the different types of financing available. The advantage/disadvantage sections are especially concise--it's alwaysgood to see both sides when it comes to deals potentially worth millions. The "further reading" sections at the end of chapter are alsohandy, if you want to do extra research on your own.

For those who areexperienced film producers (or even those who have finished rigorous filmproducing and/or entertainment business academic programs, such as myself),the information may repeat many things you already know.Many of thestrategies in this book I've learned about in producing classes and filmfinancing seminars--and I'm just starting my career.So I'm sure that someseasoned producers may think this book is reinventing the wheel. However, Idid think that the sections dealing with the different securities andcorporation options were very informative as far as how they impact yourtax status, the difference between active and passive investors, how yourautonomy as a filmmaker/producer may be affected, etc.It breaks down alot of tax legalese into layman's terms.

Overall, I recommend thebook--as a primer for new producers and students, and as a great referenceguide to those with experience. ... Read more


166. Lightwave 3D 8 Cartoon Character Creation, Volume 1 : Modeling & Texturing
by Jonny Gorden
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Asin: 155622253X
Catlog: Book (2004-11-01)
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Sales Rank: 25919
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The first of 2 volumes explaining proven methods of creating 3D cartoon characters for animation. ... Read more


167. How to Build a Great Screenplay : A Master Class in Storytelling for Film
by David Howard
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Asin: 0312252110
Catlog: Book (2004-11-08)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Sales Rank: 27433
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Acclaimed USC screenwriting teacher David Howard has guided hundreds of students to careers in writing for film and television. Drawing on decades of practical experience and savvy, How to Build a Great Screenplay deconstructs the craft of screenwriting and carefully reveals how to build a good story from the ground up. Howard eschews the "system" offered by other books, emphasizing that a great screenplay requires dozens of unique decisions by the author. He offers in-depth considerations of:

* characterization
* story arc
* plotting and subplotting
* dealing with coincidence in story plotting
* classical vs. revolutionary screenplay structure
* tone, style, and atmosphere
* the use of time on screen
* the creation of drama and tension
* crucial moments in storytelling

Throughout the book, Howard clarifies his lessons through examples from some of the most successful Hollywood and international script-oriented films, including Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Trainspotting, North by Northwest, Chinatown, and others. The end result is what could very well become the classic text in the field---a bible for the burgeoning screenwriter.
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168. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation
by Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas
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Catlog: Book (1995-10-19)
Publisher: Disney Editions
Sales Rank: 4570
Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars They say it's the first book to buy on animation. I agree.
I have, for several years, been a member of various computer animation lists, and that's where I'm coming from with this review. This is the one book which has consistently come up on those lists when dealing with general issues (the Principles of Animation, etc), simply because it is the best. It is not the best tutorial book, since it is not written as a tutorial: it is a history of Disney. If you want a tutorial on computer animation, go elsewhere. But that will probably NOT be as much help to you as reading this book, because after reading this, you will be inspired. I think this is why people are so religeously fervent when speaking about it - not because they found it useful for the large number of techniques and tips which are slipped in throughout (though very many of them are out of date or not applicable in the computer animation world), but because the book inspires. I thought it was expensive, but after I bought it and read it the first time, I realised it was cheap at the price. It is gorgeously produced, and filled with colour pics and examples of what it talks about. Worth buying if you are into animation, or if you are interested in the history of Disney.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful insight into Disney animation
A very comprehensive book about the development of Disney animation. Hundreds of drawings that show how individual characters were developed, what makes characters appealing, what worked and what didn't, how the animators came up with ideas, how to draw sequences -- this book covers every aspect of animation. It's more than a history of the Disney company, it shows how the individual departments (animators, inkers, stylists, storymen, sound studio, etc) worked together to create a 80-minute film that is made up of 460,000 finished cels, 2.5 million total drawings (including sketches), and takes an average of 3 and a half years to make. Examples come from all Disney films, such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, Jungle Book, etc. and show drawings, sketches, paintings, the animators who created the characters and pretty much everything one wants to know about animation. It is a wonderful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of a kind, truly *the* animation "bible"
poopypants is unbelievably clueless. I first read this book when I was in high school, and it was out of print. The temptation to steal the book was overwhelming! About 8 years ago, it came back into print and I immediately bought it.

If all you're looking for is some hold-my-hand-and-teach-me-how-to-draft-sequential-drawings-book , check out Tony White's book, or Preston Blair's excellent text, or one in the Juvenile section of the library, but if you want to know how to *breathe life into your animation*, this books is a MUST HAVE. Period.

Also check out Richard William's "The Animator's Survival Kit" for a good "sequel" (in a way), and some advanced nuts & bolts stuff.

This is still the single best animation book available, and will be the animation "bible" for years to come. I'm at a loss as to why someone wouldn't be able to glean an amazing amount of wisdom from this book - it confounds me.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book is NOT an illusion,its the real McCoy.
I have yet to read(well...fully..properly..) or for that matter even buy it(this book),but I have seen it in a local bookstore and are dying to get it.It is hellishly expensive,but I have my beady eye on it.
I have flipped through it many times ,and even read a paragraph or two,and I have to say,it is the best book on Disney and/or animation I have ever seen,and it is what I have been looking for ,for a long time.
Strictly speaking it is not a animation handbook,it is not supposed to be,but there is more than enough info on the why's and wherefore's of animation technique and principles to wet the appetite of any animator or lay person,and provide precious insight into the magic of Disney animation.
There is hundreds of photos,diagrams,demos,and stills within the book that will leave any serious animation fan sallivating..and gasping in wonderment....and I haven't even got the book yet..I can't wait to get it..it IS THAT GOOD !!!
This is NOT a book to be overlooked anytime soon.It is a MUST HAVE BOOK!!
Get it soon,get it today,get it NOW!!

2-0 out of 5 stars I must've missed the magic
I realize I'm alone on this one, so I don't think my voice will be heard very well against the crowds saying otherwise, but I didn't find this book to be very useful. I was so excited when I first got it because I've heard nothing but good things about it, but I was unfortunately dissappointed. It's really more of a history and recollection of "the good ol' days" told by two brilliant animators, but, in my honest opinion, it lacked very much the "how to" part of animation. I'm all for learning from the experiences of others, but after reading the book cover to cover I can't say I'll be a better animator for it. ... Read more


169. Cancer Schmancer
by Fran Drescher
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Asin: 0446530190
Catlog: Book (2002-05-01)
Publisher: Warner Books
Sales Rank: 119331
Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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Part inspirational cancer-survival story, part memoir-as-laugh-riot, CANCER SCHMANCER picks up where Fran's last book, Enter Whining, left off. After the publication of that book, Fran's life launched into a downward spiral. She separated from a long and complicated relationship, her TV series started to slip in the ratings, and her beloved dog Chester Drescher's health was in major decline. Then came the mysterious symptoms no doctor could adequately explain. With her trademark humor, Fran tells of her indefatigable search for answers and the cancer diagnosis that she ultimately beat. But not before a gold mine of humorous insights were revealed to her about what really matters most in life. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Fran Drescher: an impatient patient lives to tell the tale
If justice delayed is justice denied, the same can probably be said for health care. Early diagnosis is the key to effective treatment of most diseases. In TV star Fran Drescher's case, an accurate diagnosis came just in time. Cancer Schmancer is Drescher's fascinating, first-person account of her two-year battle with uterine cancer.

If you are expecting a woe-is-me recitation of a celebrity's encounters with an uncaring and evil healthcare system, this is not the book for you. It is, instead, a medical case history told in a frank and wonderfully humorous style. And it is a call to arms to any woman or man who anticipates seeking medical care in the future.

Drescher describes her visits to a series of healthcare professionals in an attempt to deal with recurring gynecological symptoms. Good and competent doctors failed to screen her for uterine cancer because Drescher fell outside the statistical parameters for the disease ? she was too young and too slender to be at risk. Uterine cancer was finally identified after a relatively simple test.

Her encounter with cancer is placed in rich context, interwoven with stories about her close-knit family, her dissolving marriage, career challenges, a new romance, her beloved dog, and the comforts and importance of close friendships. This is important material. It's a reminder that context is important when dealing with disease. Anyone who has ever experienced the modern healthcare system knows that as patients, we are rarely viewed in context. Yet our life stories, our fears, our hunches and our observations are as important to effective diagnosis and care as the medications and surgical intervention we receive. Unless we learn all that we can about our bodies and advocate for ourselves, we may miss out on the genuine benefits that modern health technology has to offer.

In that sense, Cancer Schmancer is as much a book for health care providers as it is for patients and their families. It serves up a gentle but clear warning to medical professionals: pay attention to what your patients say; pay attention to what your patients know.

As writer of non-fiction, Drescher is no Joan Didion. But she is the ideal messenger for this sometimes-discomfiting subject. Over the past decade, she has managed to craft an accessible and self-deprecating image that belies her beauty and comic talent. With this book she has succeeded in producing an entertaining read from a traumatic and life-changing experience. Most important, Drescher has done some important homework for all of us. As future patients, we should all pay attention to what she has to say.

5-0 out of 5 stars WHAT A BOOK!!!
I have been a big fan of the TV series "The Nanny" for many years. I recently picked up a copy of this book, "Cancer Schmancer" from Amazon.com's website -- and read the book in its entirety in 3 evenings. I could not put it down. This book is funny, moving, interesting, and even entertaining (to a point)! Fran Drescher is an excellent actress (not just with words but with facial expressions and body language) and I could just picture hell reciting the book as I was reading it. It never ceases to amaze me how so many healthcare professionals can be so stubbornly and blatantly wrong about diagnoses! You trust your lives with these people -- they should be thorough and meticulous, but many are not. It's hard to believe unless you've experienced it OR you read Fran Drescher's trials and travails as she details her extensive battle with the American healthcare system to find a cause, then a cure, for her medical problem. A great read for any fan of Fran Drescher's, "The Nanny", or anyone who has had or known someone who has had or has cancer.

1-0 out of 5 stars I can't relate
I read the excerpt from this book and it's all I needed to see. I'm sorry, but this woman just doesn't speak to me. It seems to be one big brag about herself. She talks about her housekeepers, blah, blah, blah and her fancy schmancy house. Then she gets the call from her doctor. She claims this doctor assured her she did not have cancer. If a doctor told me this before he/she ran any tests, I'd leave. That is just downright irresponsible. Then, of course, the doctor had to backtrack after finding out that Fran did, indeed have cancer. She claims the doctor told her she could call if there was any problem--even if she just needed a hug. There were two possibilities here: 1) The doctor was trying to cover her backside by seeming to be sooo compassionate or 2) The doctor really did care about her patient. If the case was #1, Fran should've found a new doctor immediately. If the case was #2, then she should've thanked the doctor. She said she felt no need to thank the doctor (but she did anyway). Hmmmm...is she naive or is she just so caught up in herself she can't bring herself to be grateful? Sorry, but there is just too much narcissism in this book for me. Now, I will go prepare for my surgery without the help of servants. And I will certainly express my gratitude to my doctor for taking care of me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Insight, Answers, and Awareness. OUTSTANDING BOOK
Fran Drescher brings fantastic insight into the symptoms, proper treatment and diagnosis of cancer, as well as vital questions that you should ask your doctor if you are facing the challenge to overcome this physical one. A VITAL part of this book is how we MUST read, learn, and know as much as the doctor - so we can ask the most intelligent questions in order to receive the BEST treatment that is necessary for us individually. A LOT of it has to do with attitude, where NOTHING can stop you, and you CAN overcome the challenge before you. Written with truth, sincerity, dignity, and intelligence - exactly as I remember Fran to be when I worked with her on the set of 'The Nanny.' This book is just as fantastic as she is.
'Cancer Schmancer' is a tremendous inspiration, as well as a vital gift and contribution to all who need it.
Barbara Rose, author of 'Individual Power' and 'If God Was Like Man'

2-0 out of 5 stars Sending a wrong message
I just briefly scanned through the book. I have to say I disagree with Fran that patients need to do their own research. It seems she is protecting the Doctors that should have known what diagnostic testing to do.

It seems there is no accountablity in the medical profession when physicans are not knowing what diagnostic test to perform.

I wonder if she pursued more than just a book. ... Read more


170. PC Magazine Guide to Digital Video
by Jan Ozer
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Asin: 0764543601
Catlog: Book (2003-11-24)
Publisher: Wiley
Sales Rank: 11514
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Digital cameras for still pictures have become pretty commonplace, but digital video remains less widely adopted. This must be purely because of equipment cost, because everyone with a recent-model personal computer has access to excellent editing software, and has all the required data ports. PC Magazine Guide to Digital Video shows how to capture, edit, and publish digital movies with the tools available for the Microsoft Windows operating system. This is a fairly comprehensive guide meant for someone who's never had training in videography, doesn't really know about the multimedia file formats Windows uses, and doesn't want to invest a lot of money in professional-grade software for editing and publishing. It's all you need to take some digital home movies, edit them so they're not too boring, and burn them to DVD for distribution to the remote parts of the family.

Jan Olzer explains how to shoot video properly in the first place, offering advice on lighting, composition, and action. Then, focusing on Windows Movie Maker and (to a lesser degree) Pinnacle Studio, he walks the reader through techniques for chopping up the raw footage, disposing of the dull parts, and reassembling the rest into a coherent storyline. Titling and other production techniques get attention, too. His style is highly example driven, and easy to follow. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to capture, edit, and publish (to DVD) home videos and amateur movies. There's coverage of composition, lighting, and sound for when you're filming, and explanations of how to use popular editing suites when you're back home assembling a final product. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Stop researching and start reading - This guide rocks!!!
It would be nearly an impossible task to assemble a coherent book that would duplicate the experience of browsing through multiple subscriptions of magazines, surfing countless forums and websites, attending seminars, testing equipment, and years of actual experience in the field. Even if this was possible, could it be organized well and made understandable to the average consumer? Well, PC Magazine's Jan Ozer has done it!
I did an enormous amount of research before I invested in DV equipment, and I still wish I had purchased this book beforehand. Although I ended up with some great gear, I'll never get all those hours back that I spent gathering my knowledge online. You really can't beat a well-written book. Even if I found similar info online and magazines, it probably would never be collected in a way that I could reference as easy as a book. Consulting this book will arm you with the knowledge you need to make intelligent equipment purchases with far less research time. This book is pretty much a one-stop-shop for almost any consumer budget.
Once you have all your gear, the book really shines when it comes to explaining what to do with it:
*** Clear comparisons are made between all the major consumer editing software packages, while helping the reader understand when it's time to move up to the professional ones for advanced features.
*** Computer hardware and video transfer techniques are demystified
*** Best practices and techniques for lighting, composition and editing are covered.
*** An essential guide to read before you get into DV, and invaluable as a reference guide for your journey as a movie-maker.

5-0 out of 5 stars ** Required reading for any new parent! **
1. This book covers basic, though fairly advanced digital video topics. The progression of the book is smooth, and easily followed. The author does not assume the reader is a 'dummy', yet he does not frustrate us with overly-technical prose. He explains digital video with plenty of hands-on applications to get you up and running quickly.

2. This book also cuts though the marketing hype associated with digital video products. The author frequently provides a product comparison matrix to help you decide what product or feature set will work for your situation.

3. Reading this book beats standing in front of a retail rack of product boxes, with wildly varying prices, claims and features. Now, you can shop with confidence because you'll know exactly what to look for, and why.

4.The chapter on the Basics of Shooting should be required reading for any new parent - just knowing how to frame my shots and manage camera motion has improved my videos immensely... and you can ask my wife!

5-0 out of 5 stars Answers to everything video are found hear.
This book covered all the bases and left no stone unturned. Its kind of funny, as I was reading it, I realized how much time this book would have saved me if I had it just one month earlier. All the countless hours I spent on the web (consumer reports, pcmag.com, etc) doing the research on the proper gear and the must haves to go along with it. This book answered all my questions and a lot more that I had never even thought of. One of the interesting things that I can think of off hand was the audio setting during recording. After reading the manual that came with my camera, it suggested that I left audio setting at 12bit. They claimed that this would allow room for more audio tracks. After reading this book, I realized that most of us aren't going to feed an extra audio track into our cameras, we will more than likely do it post recording in pinnacle or other editing software. So I switched to 16bit and it will stay there. Also another misconception that was pointed out was recording in 16x9. Most of us think that 16x9 will capture more video, when in fact this is true for professional movie makers with cameras most of us cant afford, but not so for just regular consumers. The fact is 16x9 captures less video, then the standard 4x3. This is great book for those considering home video and those well established in the home video arena. I highly recommend this book to those in seek of answers to everything video.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must-Have for the Budding Scorsese
Old in years but youthful (senile?) in interests and outlook, a few months ago I decided to move on and convert the travel videos that have accumulated over the years from places as exotic as Xian, China to down-to-earth as the Grand Canyon, most being throughout continental Europe and the U.K. There are 72 two hour VHS analog tapes and fifteen one hour tapes. An embryonic bunch of DVDs, right?

With, principally, the logic of a dart thrower I opted for Pinnacle's MovieBox USB to do the "capture" and conversion from analog to digital and their Studio 8 editing software. It was one of my better decisions, for I quickly found my way from the pedestrian manual accompanying the products to Amazon and the book "Visual QuickStart Guide to Studio8," where I learned more than I dared hope for and which is an earlier work of Jan Ozer, author of the subject of this review: "Guide to Digital Video."

However, had I found this "Guide..." I'd probably be in even better shape, for my decisions would have been based on logic, solid information and fact rather than gut-feel and cross-the-fingers intuition and the learning curve would have been a ski jump rather than the emulation of a water-bug's skitters from hither to yon. I've not found the book's weaknesses; its strengths are:
1.For anyone at any stage in videography, from the tyro to the near-pro.
2.Specifics and recommendations for fine-tuning your system for movie-making..
3.Comparative data and hardware and software products that have track records for use in producing video movies. Brands, model numbers, pros and cons covered.
4.A reference book that can be picked up at any time to refresh a point or to review the details at any stage in the process.
5.Last but as significant as the foregoing: Ozer has not only a broad knowledge of the subject but a command of the language to impart it. In a word, he writes with flair.
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171. Producing, Financing, and Distributing Film/a Comprehensive Legal and Business Guide
by Paul A. Baumgarten, Donald C. Farber, Mark Fleischer
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4-0 out of 5 stars A realisticly insightful literature for producing movies
There are so many film programs in the country but hardly any that provide the insight into the finance and legalities of the industry. Being a fresh graduate, I my self faced this problem. This book however, is a problem solver. Baumgarten's, Farber's and Fleischer's approach towards the business aspects of filmmaking is an insightful one and it provides vital information, especially for those who are just about to get their feet wet. I highly recommend this book to all the film students and especially to those who are concentrating in producing and directing. ... Read more


172. Premiere Pro Editing Workshop
by Marcus Geduld
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Go beyond the mechanics of Premiere Pro 1.5-learn how to edit with it!

More than a button-pushing manual, this editing workshop delivers practical insight into the art and technique of editing. You develop a working knowledge of the principles and techniques of editing that enable you to shape your raw footage into a coherent, compelling, original story. Thirteen lessons cover each and every essential, including:

· Nuances of system set-up to ensure smooth operation
· Customizing Premiere Pro and inter-application workflow
· Starting a project in Premier Pro
· Capturing and Importing
· Building a rough cut with multipoint editing
· Trimming to polish your sequences
· Adding effects and transitions with nesting and keyframing
· Compositing to enhance your projects
· Color Correction to restore or achieve shot-to-shot consistency
· Using Motion to animate
· Working with audio, including audio effects and mixing
· Styling your titles; using graphics, rolls and crawls
· Outputting to your choice of media

Put your new-found skills to the test with an extended tutorial supplied on the companion DVD. Analyze how a professional team edited and produced a public service announcement spot-then recreate the edit with your voice. Complete project source files are provided for this tutorial in addition to media provided for use throughout the lessons. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Editing Workshop
OK I admit it, most of my work is done on a Mac. But I do keep a fully loaded PC in my editing bay for jobs that require PC apps. One of those apps I keep on board and up to date it Premiere.

What caught my eye about this book was the Editing Workshop concept.
This book not only benefits Premiere Pro editors, but editors in general.

I loved the illustrations in Chapter 5 on Trimming. You took the time to draw it out to describe Handles. A subject that causes many students much consternation.

Good job. ... Read more


173. The Complete Film Production Handbook, Third Edition (Book & CD-ROM)
by Eve Light Honthaner, Butterworth - Heinemann T
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Catlog: Book (2001-04)
Publisher: Focal Press
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Complete Film Production Handbook is a comprehensive step-by-step guide covering the essentials of the business, from checklists and sample pre-production and post production schedules to contracts and company policies relating to insurance, talent management, and even customs and immigration details. The book contains all of the many necessary forms including SAG, DGA, and WGA forms, together with standard production forms, deal memos, and release forms which are found both in the book and on companion CD.



This book provides producers and production managers with both a quick reference and refresher and an easy means of training their production staff on the day to day procedures needed to keep their production running smoothly. It provides film students with an in-depth look at what must be considered and accomplished before a single camera can roll and a more comprehensive understanding of the logistics that are required to complete and deliver a finished picture. First time independent filmmakers will find this the most comprehensive and helpful resource guide available.

The third edition includes substantial updates throughout. New chapters examine such topics as:

Basic accounting procedures
Production team members and their responsibilities
Working with vendors--negotiating deals. Saving money
Working with extras
Foreign locations--Work visas, shipping and customs

*Provides comprehensive step-by-step coverage of the production process

*With this book and companion CD-ROM you will find all the essential forms for launching a production office

*Examines basic accounting procedures and the role of the production team
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5-0 out of 5 stars TERRIFIC! A MUST HAVE FOR ANYONE IN A PRODUCTION OFFICE!
I NOT ONLY USE THIS BOOK OR SOME PIECE OF IT ON A WEEK BY WEEK BASIS, BUT I BUY IT FOR ALL OF MY SUPPORT STAFF TO TAKE WITH THEM ON THEIR NEXT PROJECT. IT IS COMPLETE, UP TO DATE INFORMATION ALL IN ONE PLACE AND THE CD ROM IS PRICELESS. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE PRINTED OUT A DGA DEAL MEMO FOR THE SET ON THE FLY! GET IT!

5-0 out of 5 stars A practical, accessible, and essential reference
Now in an updated and expanded third edition, The Complete Film Production Handbook by film production expert Eve Light Honthaner is a comprehensive, resource packed instructional reference enhanced with essential the "need-to-know" ins and outs of the film business, including checklists, example schedules for pre-production and post-production, guidelines for insurance policies, talent management, immigration details applying to actors and other film industry workers crossing national borders, forms used for the Screen Actor's Guild (among others), basic production forms and deal memos, and a companion CD-ROM containing numerous useful documents in easily printable form. A "must-have" for anyone seriously considering producing a film for the first time, The Complete Film Production Handbook is a practical, accessible, and essential reference for novice filmmakers, and is highly recommended resource for even the more experienced movie producer, whether independent or studio contracted.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source....
This book, along with the Producer's Handbook, is tied at the top of my list! It is filled with excellent information on everything film related. From pre-production to post, you will find details on every single point of production and development. It introduces the novice to the world of production starting with crew position definitions, and at the same time it goes over many aspects that concern the professional filmmakers (like budgeting, scheduling, finding and bringing together a crew, a set, etc...). There are a considerable amount of forms and contracts/agreements that every filmmaker should know about, etc. It is truely a MUST if you seriously want to know what you're doing when it comes to filmmaking! This book is an A + + +!!

5-0 out of 5 stars An Assistant Director / Prod. Manager's Dream !!!!
This book is gift from heaven for any AD or UPM. I had the old edition and thought it was great. But this edition is even better! There are explanations and checklists from Preproduction to Post. The CD-ROM has both Mac and PC files which are very comprehensive and well organized. Your whole AD Kit on 1 CD!! Best of all the price is within anyone's budget. I've worked in the field for 8 years. I've already recommended this book to 2 other people. They bought it and love it.

5-0 out of 5 stars The production bible
This book has all the details you'll ever need to make a production happen, including a comprehensive set of forms. The forms are all on a CD, so you can easily use them. The reviewer who said they're on disks is incorrect and might be referring to an earlier edition. ... Read more


174. Algorithms, Complexity Analysis and Vlsi Architectures for Mpeg-4 Motion Estimation
by Peter Kuhn, Kuhn Peter M.
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Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
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MPEG-4 is the multimedia standard for combining interactivity, natural and synthetic digital video, audio and computer-graphics. Typical applications are: internet, video conferencing, mobile videophones, multimedia cooperative work, teleteaching and games. With MPEG-4 the next step from block-based video (ISO/IEC MPEG-1, MPEG-2, CCITT H.261, ITU-T H.263) to arbitrarily-shaped visual objects is taken. This significant step demands a new methodology for system analysis and design to meet the considerably higher flexibility of MPEG-4.Motion estimation is a central part of MPEG-1/2/4 and H.261/H.263 video compression standards and has attracted much attention in research and industry, for the following reasons: it is computationally the most demanding algorithm of a video encoder (about 60--80% of the total computation time), it has a high impact on the visual quality of a video encoder, and it is not standardized, thus being open to competition.Algorithms, Complexity Analysis, and VLSI Architectures for MPEG-4 Motion Estimation covers in detail every single step in the design of a MPEG-1/2/4 or H.261/H.263 compliant video encoder:- Fast motion estimation algorithms- Complexity analysis tools - Detailed complexity analysis of a software implementation of MPEG-4 video - Complexity and visual quality analysis of fast motion estimation algorithms within MPEG-4- Design space on motion estimation VLSI architectures- Detailed VLSI design examples of (1) a high throughput and (2) a low-power MPEG-4 motion estimator.Algorithms, Complexity Analysis and VLSI Architectures for MPEG-4 Motion Estimation is an important introduction to numerous algorithmic, architectural and system design aspects of the multimedia standard MPEG-4. As such, all researchers, students and practitioners working in image processing, video coding or system and VLSI design will find this book of interest. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent book for research on motion estimation in MPEG4
For mpeg4 motion estimation, it is the only book on the market that well explains and covers with complete algorithms analysis. The references of the papers for each chapter give you more clues about the each algorithm implementation. I would recommend also reference to ISO/IEC 14496-5 MPEG4 codec software and specs to help you understand MPEG4 codec in digital video processing and implementation on streaming media

5-0 out of 5 stars professional book for implementation
an exceleent book with deep investigation on motion estimation. you can find most algorithms proposed before with complete references. The author also provides a profiling tool which is so efficent for complexity analysis. you will be able to benefit it definitly :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Exactly what you need to know
You're looking for the alogritm of making video confrence, orany video transfer, this is the book for you! While reading youunderstand where the price coming from! The Author knows the matterialvery well, and lets the reader to understand the mpeg-4 technology! ... Read more


175. The Action Hero's Handbook: How to Catch a Great White Shark, Perform the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, Track a Fugitive, and Dozens of Other TV and Movie Skills
by David Borgenicht, Joe Borgenicht
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Catlog: Book (2002-09-01)
Publisher: Quirk Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Everyone wants to be an action hero--as smooth as James Bond, as clever as Captain Kirk, as tough as Charlie's Angels. And now you can: The Action Hero's Handbook is the ultimate guide to an action-packed lifestyle, with genuine step-by-step instructions on interrogating a suspect, catching a great white shark, performing the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, stopping a wedding, navigating a ventilation shaft, and much more. All information is reality-based and comes from a host of experts (including FBI agents, marine biologists, karate champions, wedding planners, and air duct cleaners). With more than 35 illustrations throughout, this dynamic little handbook will teach us all how to keep up with the Indiana Joneses. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars How to Be Ready for Anything
This book is from the creators of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and is in the same tongue-in-cheek style of presenting valuable information. This time around, the focus is on skills that can turn you into an Action Hero. It covers such topics as how to catch a great white shark, perform the Vulcan Nerve Pinch, take a bullet, and how to dirty dance. All the information comes from experts in their field, be they detectives, stuntmen, surgeons, pilots, and wedding planners. Recommended.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Pretty Good Book
The Action Hero's Handbook is a fascinating little book. While
I was a little disappointed in the Vulcan Nerve Pinch and the
Jedi Mind Trick, the rest of the book had very interesting
and potentially useful information like, how to get out
of handcuffs and how to escape a sinking cruise ship.

This is a great book to give to people who live unusual
lives or a book to buy for yourself if you're the kind of
person who travels or just find adventure wherever you
go. You might not have a great need to catch a white
shark, but it's always possible these days to encounter
someone with a gun that you may need to disarm or deal with
an intoxicated driver who seems bent on running you over,
and the Action Hero's Handbook tells you what to do in both circumstances.

As great as the book is, I gave it four stars only because a
few minor things are missing: for example, while the book tells you how to avoid getting hit by a car or a truck, it doesn't cover SUVs, which to me is an important little detail. But overall, it's a great book to have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Learn How to be a Hero
This brilliant book expands on the previous Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and adds humour to what was previously a rather boring instructions you'd find in a box of something you were going to put together type series. In The Action Hero's Handbook the authors pretend you the reader want to be an action hero and guide you step by step through how to spy proof your hotel room, survive being run over by a truck, save someone hanging off the side of a cliff and other stuff your not likely to do in real life but would if you were an action hero like James Bond, Rambo and other action characters.

This book is not afraid to make fun of its advice which previously wasn't done in the Worst-Case Scenario series by the authors although certainly was by readers. There's a lot more advice in here as well. Even if you don't want to be an action hero you'll still laugh you head off from cover to cover. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very informative
When my brother loaned me his copy of this book I was definitely intrigued. Then when I started reading it, I just could not put it down. I loved it so much I just had to get my own copy. It has all sorts of useful information including: how to disarm a thug with a gun, how to save someone from falling off a cliff, how to pick up someone in a bar, how to secure and read a crime scene, how to fight off a ghost, and how to make a clean getaway. So, if you're thinking of becoming an action hero or you just want a good book that is both entertaining and helpful, then this one is a definite must have.

5-0 out of 5 stars HOW MANY BOOKS ARE THERE?
THIS IS A GREAT BOOK AND SERIES. IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SIMILIAR ABOUT WAITING TABLES, CHECK OUT CLAMCHOWDER.BIZ. THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. ... Read more


176. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
by DAVID THOMSON
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Asin: 0375411283
Catlog: Book (2002-10-08)
Publisher: Knopf
Sales Rank: 8762
Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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For twenty-five years, David Thomson’s Biographical Dictionary of Film has been not merely “the finest reference book ever written about movies” (Graham Fuller, Interview), not merely the “desert island book” of art critic David Sylvester, not merely “a great, crazy masterpiece” (Geoff Dyer, The Guardian), but also “fiendishly seductive” (Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone).

Now it returns, with its old entries updated and 300 new ones—from Luc Besson to Reese Witherspoon—making more than 1300 in all, some of them just a pungent paragraph, some of them several thousand words long. In addition to the new “musts,” Thomson has added key figures from film history—lively anatomies of Graham Greene, Eddie Cantor, Pauline Kael, Abbott and Costello, Noël Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Dorothy Gish, Rin Tin Tin, and more.

Here is a great, rare book, one that encompasses the chaos of art, entertainment, money, vulgarity, and nonsense that we call the movies. Personal, opinionated, funny, daring, provocative, and passionate, it is the one book that every filmmaker and film buff must own. Time Out named it one of the ten best books of the 1990s. Gavin Lambert recognized it as “a work of imagination in its own right.” Now better than ever—a masterwork by the man playwright David Hare called “the most stimulating and thoughtful film critic now writing.”
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Challenging Book!
David Thomson is the gadfly of film criticism. He has gathered his thoughts into his biographical dictionary, now in its fourth edition. His dictionary, however, is like no other biographical dictionary. Compare it, for example, with Ephraim Katz' "The Film Encyclopedia," which is also mostly a biographical dictionary, and which I couldn't imagine being without. Katz' bios are long and leisurely. For noteworthy film people Katz tells in detail their life stories from cradle to grave, including comments about the important films in their career (always about their circumstances and how they were received generally by audiences and critics rather than his own evaluation), and ends with a long, usually complete, film list. I can sit for hours reading Katz, always being led from one biography to another. I am informed, I am entertained, but I am not challenged. Katz and his successors (Katz passed away in 1992) are historians more than critics, at least in "The Film Encyclopedia." Thomson, on the other hand, doesn't devote a lot of time to the life story. What he does offer is a very idiosyncratic analysis of his subject's work. If you wish, he writes critical professional biographies. His critical analyses are usually at variance with the common wisdom and challenge the reader at every step of the way. One has to ponder what Thomson has written with almost every sentence. Katz is wonderfully informative about the indisputable facts of a film person's career. Thomson is wonderful about making you think about the parts that are disputable. If Katz helps us to become better informed, Thomson helps us to grow as film lovers.

I would not be without Thomson's biographical dictionary any more than I would be without Katz' film encyclopedia. No other book makes me think as much about film. No other book can cause me such dismay, because I come to fear that my earlier opinions were completely off the mark and that I had understood nothing. Sometimes, in fact, they ARE off the mark, and sometimes they are simply different from Thomson's. There are a number of directors whose works I own almost completely on DVD or VHS and that I thought I understood. That was before I began reading the various editions of Thomson's dictionary. I am less smug now, a little more confused, and, perhaps, a lot closer to the truth (if there is one). Is "Under Capricorn" really among Hitchcock's greatest achievements? I'm still not convinced, even if Thomson is. And there are times too when I think that Thomson is too fussy, too atuned to what his subject's work lacks rather than to its special qualities, the frequent bane of critics. I doubt that Thomson would mind my differing judgments, but I don't think he would want me to make them facilely. Read Thomson with great profit... and at your peril.

Fortunately for David Thomson, being forced to drink hemlock went out with the Athenian state more than two millenia ago. Fortunately for us, he keeps producing new and larger editions of his wonderful challenging book.

I wonder if he likes animals and little children...

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, so worth the wait!
For those of us who are movie buffs, we're forever looking for biographical information on people in film. David Thomson goes way beyond the usual dry recitation of dates and facts and actually renders informed opinions on the people about whom he writes. Flip to any entry and you'll be entertained and informed by Thomson's refreshingly truthful take. He's one of the few people with the guts to say that Monster's Ball was not the greatest movie of all time, while giving kudos to Halle Berre for her performance. While I don't necessarily agree with all his opinions, it's great to read biographical material that actually offers commentary along with data. From Diane Lane to Bette Davis to Julia Roberts to Rudolf Valentino, Thomson offers comments and insights that no other volume does. I have the previous 1994 edition. Now, happily, I've got hours of happy reading ahead in the 2002 edition.

This is a must-have, not just for film fans but for its pure entertainment value as a gigantic collection of biographical short takes.
My highest recommendation.

5-0 out of 5 stars ...a few things to note before you buy this...
As you can see by the other reviews, this book is a love it or hate it proposition. I very much enjoyed it, for my part. I don't always agree with Thomson, and I think he sometimes spends too much time bashing directors he feels were overpraised (John Ford, Fellini, etc,). He also seems to judge all movies on their potential lasting impact as art, rather than on their own terms. In other words, "Tron" is held to the same standard as Ozu. I find that a bit unfair. He loves the golden age a bit too much, in my opinion. And as many other reviewers have whined about, he doesn't include some entries he should have. But the fact remains that Thomson has an uncanny ability to get to the core of what an actor or filmmaker is about within very few sentences. I ended up reading the book cover to cover, delighted with parts and strongly agreeing with others. If you like great writing, check this out. Just be prepared not to agree with everything. If you just want a reference guide, use the IMDB and save yourself some dough.

4-0 out of 5 stars A great argument starter, if nothing else
Yes: this book is going to tick off a lot of people. Thomson's style and criticism are an acquired taste. I bristle and shake my fist at a number of his opinions. I don't think Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson and Jim Carrey and Nicole Kidman are great actors; Thomson does. Thomson has contempt for many of the directors and actors I respect and love. He thinks Humphrey Bogart is "a limited actor, not quite honest enough with himself." He calls Orson Welles a "charlatan." He calls the incomparable Hitchcock "an impoverished inventor of thunbscrews who shows us the human capacity for inflicting pain, but no more." He idolizes lesser-known directors like Yasujiro Ozu and sniffs condescendingly at celebrated figures like Akira Kurosawa.

Yet, Thomson makes no pretense that he's writing for everybody. Nor did Pauline Kael, for example, make such pretense. As Thomson himself writes, "Indeed, the stance taken here as your needling, provocative, argumentative companion at the movies takes it for granted that in the reading you will begin to compose your own response." That says it all.

Some people read film critics because no matter how much you disagree with them, they have something worthwhile, witty, thought-provoking, or just plain infuriating to say. Why else read film criticism at all? This book is a nearly thousand-page rollicking journey through some of the major figures of film, and it belongs on every film lover's shelf. I pick it up and refer to it often, and want to throw it across the room almost as often.

1-0 out of 5 stars A Pseudo Film Critic
Apparently the corpulent Mr. Thomson and his fluttering fans will never learn that criticism is not the art of condescension and the putdown. As George Lukas has said, Thomson knows nothing about movies. Whom you believe says a lot about who you are. ... Read more


177. Digital Animation Bible: Creating Professional Animation with 3ds Max, Lightwave, and Maya
by GeorgeAvgerakis, George Avgerakis
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Asin: 0071414940
Catlog: Book (2003-10-02)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
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5-0 out of 5 stars why this book is the one...
I bought the 'Digital Animation Bible' in December 2003 and I've been reading and re-reading it ever since. I can honestly say that it is about the most useful book of its kind that I've ever come across. My background is in graphics and digital audio and I would describe my general knowledge of computing as strong...but you don't need that much computer experience to get major benefits from reading this.

The book offers comprehensive overviews of the three leading animation programs (3ds Max, Lightwave and Maya) and also gives extensive coverage to general information about virtually every aspect of the field. If you're starting out with either no knowledge or just a general grasp, you should finish up with a very clear idea of what's going on and how you could get in on the action.

Normally, I get bored with shelf-busters because they often don't tell you much you don't already know - or if they do, they take relatively straight forward ideas and pedal them out over so many pages that you either loose the thread, or fall asleep before you arrive at the meat of the issue.

George Avgeraki's book is different. He's got a real knack for condensing key ideas into just a few pages or paragraphs in such a way as to make it possible for you to 'get it' with comparative ease. He also has a positive and enthusiastic 'can do' writing style that makes it easy to absorb what he's pitching you.

There is a great intro to splines, an extremely revealing description of the use by professionals of 3rd party compositing programs for rendering, and lots excellent insights on how people actually approach their work on a day to day basis.

The chapter on 'objects and surfaces' is particularly worth visiting - even if you think that you already have the basic idea.

One of the unique things about this manual that sets it apart from the competition is that George Avgerakis has peppered it with lots of valuable little nuggets from his business experience in the field. He's done this in a way that's funny and entertaining - it never gets in the way of the the reason why you're reading the book - but it's illuminating, whether your coming to this field as freelancer or as potential (or actual) employee. If you want some insight into what your client or employer is looking for from you in the computer animation game then you can get that perspective courtesy of Mr Avgerakis.

So, in summary, a great book and well worth your reading time. ... Read more


178. The Good, the Bad, and Me : In My Anecdotage
by Eli Wallach
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Asin: 0151011893
Catlog: Book (2005-05-09)
Publisher: Harcourt
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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The sparkling memoir of a movie icon's life in the footlights and on camera, The Good, the Bad, and Me tells the extraordinary story of Eli Wallach's many years dedicated to his craft. Beginning with his early days in Brooklyn and his college years inTexas, where he dreamed of becoming an actor, this book follows his career as one of the earliest members of the famed Actors Studio and as aTony Award winner for his work on Broadway. Wallach has worked with such stars as Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, and Henry Fonda, and his many movies include The Magnificent Seven, How the West WasWon, the iconic The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, and, most recently, Mystic River. For more than fifty years EliWallach has held a special place in film and theater, and in a tale rich with anecdotes, wit, and remarkable insight he recounts his magical life in a world unlike any other.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent auto, Eli!
This book is enjoyable, informative quick read. I especially loved the pages devoted to his time on the spaghetti western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I have watched Mr. Wallach's films for years and never realized he was a method actor. But a good, sensible one. Marlon Brando, Mr. Wallach relates, was crazy with the method and treated Eli with strange verbal and physical cruelty on stage due to it. That was Brando for you, Eli. Just one tiny point. Charlton Heston, by Mr. Wallach, is said to be 6 feet tall. I think Chucky's closer to 6'3 or 6"4. ... Read more


179. Nonlinear - A Field Guide to Digital Video and Film Editing
by Michael Rubin
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Asin: 0937404853
Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
Publisher: Triad Publishing Company (FL)
Sales Rank: 232267
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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I've read a number of books on the subject, and this is by far the best. Its clarity and concision put most of the others (such as the disorganized Ohanian books) to shame.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best technical book in the field
As a working (nonlinear) editor, and as an editing teacher, I can't recommend this book highly enough.Six years ago I made the switch from film to computer, with Michael Rubin's book as my constant companion.Rubin writes with a keen intelligence and an implied sympathy for both the professional editor and the student trying to make sense of the complex and rapidly-changing world of post production.

Because he IS an editor, Rubin is the only technical writer I know who is able to prioritize exactly what you need to know and to tell you why you need to know it.Like any good editor, he has the ability to think macro- and microscopically at once.His post-production flowcharts, history of nonlinear, and overview of systems and distribution are unsurpassed in the field.The down-and-dirty details of digital video- subjects like timecode, telecine and 3:2 pulldown, and compression algorithms- are clearly demystified.These are sections to which I still refer!This book is always in my cutting room as a reference, and when I teach I borrow examples from the book and urge my students to purchase their own copy.

This book contains another unique feature, which is an intellectual and practical interest in editing theory.Rubin has worked not only as an editor, but also in research and development at several companies during the dawn of nonlinear technology.Thus, he is able to pose and answer the most fundamental questions:Why do we need nonlinear technology?And how can that technology serve our creative needs?What might we see in the future?

This is a book that will be helpful for anyone who is already editing at any level, or for anyone just learning about the craft.Straightforward, well-organized, and filled with humor and wisdom, this is quite simply my favorite book about the technical side of editing.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Introduction to Video
Like many new editors, I came to Final Cut Pro with no NLE experience nor any knowledge of video whatsoever. In fact when I started, just over two years ago, there was not a single book on FCP. Since that time there have been a number of excellent books published about FCP. I have bought and read all of them.

During the past two years I have learned the terminology used with FCP video. But my knowledge is FCP-centeric. I had little understanding of video, it's relationship to film or it's history.

Last week I discovered "Nonlinear/4" written by Michael Rubin. I can best describe this book as a complete reference guide to all things video. But its actually more.

Each element covered in this book is in it's own section. Each section is brief, concise and clearly written. Very simple (read: clever) analogies are employed to help the reader gain understanding. While there is technical information, the book is not overly technical. There is a great deal of art, illustrations and photos. This art furthers the learning experience and is one reason that the book works so well, the art really illustrates the
lessons being taught.

The history of film and video runs throughout the book. This history is essential to understanding how and why video is what it is today.

I learned a great deal from this book and now have a better understanding of why things are the way they are. Our modern day NLE Digital video is the result of a long legacy, going all the way back to the early days of film. This book is a great reference guide as well with a full index at the back.

I am really glad that I came across Nonlinear/4. I truly have a better understanding of what's going on with Video and how it works. This knowledge will certainly help me with FCP.

--ken

4-0 out of 5 stars A True Friend in the Editing Room
This book helped me to put aside all doubt and really get a product.It made the process very easy and was a constant help throughout the whole editing experience.I feel a more competent and able editor thanks to this book.I hope everyone considers it when making their next purchase! ... Read more


180. Psychiatry and the Cinema
by Glen O. Gabbard, Krin Gabbard
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Asin: 0880489642
Catlog: Book (1999-03-15)
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association
Sales Rank: 94242
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars It was helpful!
As a psychiatrist and also a great movie fan, I always eagered for a book which reviews movies from the viewpoint of 'pschoanalysis'. At last I found this book. What I liked most about this book is that it covers recent movies, like 'Good Will Hunting' or '12 Monkeys', which are my favorites. The stories of the reflected images and their changes throughout the film history of the psychiatrists who appeared in the movies were also interesting. ... Read more


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