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Reviews for The Filmmaker's Handbook, 2013 Edition:

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Jul 20, 2012

This would be a great reference, if it weren't so dated. It needs to be gutted and reborn for the digital era, basically.

The information in this book is 1-2 decades out of sync with reality. All of the information about film stocks and analog editing is unnecessary, for example.

If you know absolutely NOTHING about the film making process, and get it used for next to nothing, there may be some beneficial stuff in there. I'd say that if someone didn't know anything about film making, just the This would be a great reference, if it weren't so dated. It needs to be gutted and reborn for the digital era, basically.

The information in this book is 1-2 decades out of sync with reality. All of the information about film stocks and analog editing is unnecessary, for example.

If you know absolutely NOTHING about the film making process, and get it used for next to nothing, there may be some beneficial stuff in there. I'd say that if someone didn't know anything about film making, just the introduction to various concepts like dolly-shooting and such would be good information. ...more
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Jul 02, 2019

Most of us love watching Hollywood movies and we greatly enjoy doing it. So far there several genres of movies. From my childhood, I was interested in various kinds of films and questioned myself how entire movies are made. This big handbook was a great illustration of how movies are produced.

Huge and wide content of this book touches almost all necessary parts of movies: camera, sound, editing and filming as well as distribution and many other relative areas. Authors show each part and explain Most of us love watching Hollywood movies and we greatly enjoy doing it. So far there several genres of movies. From my childhood, I was interested in various kinds of films and questioned myself how entire movies are made. This big handbook was a great illustration of how movies are produced.

Huge and wide content of this book touches almost all necessary parts of movies: camera, sound, editing and filming as well as distribution and many other relative areas. Authors show each part and explain processes clearly with demonstrative pictures. ...more
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May 10, 2011

Well it took most of the summer to read, but was well worth it. If you ever thought filmmaking was fairly straightforward, take a crack at this book. From pre to post-production, scheduling a shoot and which equipment to choose and why, lenses and filters and sound systems and editing platforms/techniques, blocking a concept all the way to marketing and distribution, this book has it all, in almost ridiculous detail. Highly technical but unpretentious and readable. As assigned readings go, this Well it took most of the summer to read, but was well worth it. If you ever thought filmmaking was fairly straightforward, take a crack at this book. From pre to post-production, scheduling a shoot and which equipment to choose and why, lenses and filters and sound systems and editing platforms/techniques, blocking a concept all the way to marketing and distribution, this book has it all, in almost ridiculous detail. Highly technical but unpretentious and readable. As assigned readings go, this one has been by far the most helpful. ...more
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Mar 12, 2013

As most people have noted in their reviews, this is a reference book that feels a bit dated. However, it remains a useful introduction to the topic and had good tips for orienting a project. The technical information is perhaps the least relevant section of the book because this changes so quickly (as the authors surely knew) and so much of what's written no longer applies. Best read checked out from a library, borrowed from a friend, or bought at a used bookstore at a good price.
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Mar 16, 2015

My God was this boring. But I guess I can't hold my own stupidity and small attention span against the writers. Overall it was a very informative book. Just a shame I can't remember that much of it. Anyway, the proper review is on its way. I have to get up early tomorrow morning for work. I'm going to bed now.
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Sep 27, 2014

Finally sinking my teeth in with the 2013 edition. Self-teaching, for the win.
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Nov 15, 2016

Easily the best book a filmmaker can read. There's a reason why it's called the filmmakers bible!
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Oct 29, 2011

Not quite as up-to-date as I would have liked (the edition I had was the 2004) but quite an interesting reference book. The section on Marketing was both fascinating and applicable.
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Sep 28, 2010

"the 'bible' of film and video production"... great stuff. I didn't read the book cover to cover, but it is a great reference and overview of video production from start to finish.
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Sep 24, 2016

This book is an Institution by itself, Every filmmaker should read it.
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May 10, 2009

Very great supplement to an education. Thorough and easy to follow. Covers everything generally.
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Jul 18, 2013

A must have resource for anyone interested in film. Outlines all necessary technical information from equipment of jargon.
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Sep 10, 2015

I didn't get to read it all but it was helpful and informative.
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May 13, 2015

Something to return to as a reference not to read straight through. Some good information, although as with many film books, everyone has their own way of doing things. Take note some information may be out of date, as with any reference book.
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Sep 16, 2009

Another rather technical book, but one I found palatable enough at a time when the possibilities of filmmaking really seized me by the proverbial lapels and shook me to my young foundations. I miss that kid who used to really, really care about creating artistic things.
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Feb 27, 2013

Not finished. I acquired this book for a film making class. I'm driven to do. the book is best for reference due to its length. I am finding also that the instructors at SMC are using different books now. I want to direct, edit, and not shoot per se. I think simplification for me is best. so I place this book unread completely on my read shelf where it stands as reference.
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Feb 12, 2009

A lot of information in one volume. Couldn't find an earlier copy I had, and glad I bought the latest version.

Lots of new data about HDTV, and updates of older still very important reference information.

You can also read my comments from Barnes and Noble at:


Filmmaker's Handbook
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Aug 24, 2009

This book is a wealth of information. You won't could come away from it feeling completely proficient in any one of its many topics, but you'll certainly know a little bit about all of them.

I learned the most in the topics I'd not previously researched: processing and editing actual film stock. The subject of optical soundtracks was particularly interesting to me.

I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the subject. The text is all highly relevant and current.
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Oct 30, 2017

This book was very helpful and detailed for any digital age filmmaking.
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Sep 24, 2017

This book is called "the bible" for a reason and it does not disappoint. Chock full of great tips, history, and in-depth information on all parts of media production, this book is a must for any content creator.
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Jun 03, 2017

There are many forms of film production, and what I was looking for was a book that focused more on the business side of film production. This book is far more technical. It would make a good reference for camera operators, editors, and sound technicians. It would also be useful for the filmmaker that actually has a film budget in which to purchase/rent equipment.
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Apr 15, 2018

Be aware that this book is extremely dry. In fact, it's mostly a technical manual, although there are a few chapters at the end about other aspects of filmmaking. Framed like this, however, it really is a very good book if you want to make movies since every single aspect of the production process is detailed: cameras, lights, sound, editing, and many other areas, including logistics, legal, etc. I read it beginning to end, which may not be the best way, using it as a reference book makes more Be aware that this book is extremely dry. In fact, it's mostly a technical manual, although there are a few chapters at the end about other aspects of filmmaking. Framed like this, however, it really is a very good book if you want to make movies since every single aspect of the production process is detailed: cameras, lights, sound, editing, and many other areas, including logistics, legal, etc. I read it beginning to end, which may not be the best way, using it as a reference book makes more sense. ...more

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