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Digital Filmmaking for Beginners A Practical Guide to Video Production Paperback – Apr 23 2012
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Michael Hughes, after working in radio and television (as an announcer, cameraman, and floor director), started a corporate audio visual business that specializes in training and marketing videos for businesses. His clients include the governments of Canada and British Columbia, B.C.'s telephone company, the natural gas company, several sawmills, and many other companies both large and small. He does most of the technical work himself, hiring crew as needed. He became the teaching assistant for his father's "Introduction to Filmmaking" course in 1972 (16mm film). After two semesters, Mike took over the course and has been teaching filmmaking ever since – as well as continuing his corporate video company.
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book on making great videos that I have ever read.
Mike Hughes's writing style and indepth knowledge of digital video makes his book easy to read and easy to use by the novice and professional filmmaker.
Viewing the many illustrations and watching the video tips that accompany each subject will accelerate the reader's learning curve and give them the comfidence
to get out and make a terrific film or documentary.
I wish I had had this book at the beginning of my film school studies.
John JB Krause
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The author has a friendly style and is undoubtedly knowledgeable on the topic of television and film production, with long experience. However he offers an an overview of analog and television equipment and stops at digital tape based formats such as DVCPRO and Digi Beta. These formats were introduced in the early 1990s, and are by now obsolete. No word about tapeless or video DSLR equipment. This is not usable information for somebody who is a beginner in digital filmmaking; this is a nostalgic lesson in TV equipment history.
Secondly, each and every topic in the book takes 2-3 paragraphs. There is no practical advice found inside - unless suggesting that you edit your own video and write your own music counts as practical. Reading this whole book may make you knowledgeable enough to know when to nod while listening to a conversation about video production, but only if you have had absolutely no prior knowledge on the matter.
In my opinion, a "practical guide" is supposed to teach you certain skills and offer you some advice on a particular topic. For example, buy this or that piece of equipment, get this or that piece of software and try to do this and that with it. Buy you will not find such advice in this book. The information is so generic so as to be useless. And as I said before, it is hopelessly outdated.
This book may have been published in 2012 but has been written not later than 2002. I cannot imagine anybody who would qualify as a beginner in digital production today and would benefit from reading this book.
Do not buy this book.
The book covers everything from the creative side of scripting, technical details, shooting formats, and editing. Mike leaves nothing out!
I especially liked the pictures and the numbered diagrams for the digital editing process. Mike makes several suggestions as to software products that might work for me. The book helped me to narrow the field on appropriate equipment as well. I also found that learning the 'lingo' of the Video Production business would be helpful when applying for work in this creative business.
His "step by step", made it easy to understand. I can hardly wait to get started with my first production!
And speaking of beginners, what I liked best is that this book is aimed right at the beginner. It assumes you know little or nothing and goes from there. That's important because beginners today may be young people who probably haven't a clue how today's digital recording technology evolved from the old tech stuff. That's helpful as I've often wondered where many techniques being practiced today came from.
And if you are beyond an absolute novice, this is still great because he sends you to a website where you can get excellent updates and advanced tips to learn even more.
Overall, an easy read, just the right level of detail, well worth the money.
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