This is a must read for anyone who fosters ideas of a career in the film and television industries, even if its not specifically in post.
It details the entire post production process, from the hiring of the rooms which will become your edit suites to the delivery of the finished product in its multiple distribution forms, and it gives advice in the final chapter about getting the next job too!
The best part is that it is written from the point of view of the assistant editors and their roles in the edit suite, not just what the editor does. This was an invaluable read for me as i am just about to start work on my first major Hollywood motion picture as an assistant editor, and whilst i have done lots of research and worked in production and post in TV up to now, it provides a detailed guide to a motion picture workflow (film to film, film to video, video to video etc...) which has really helped me to feel that little bit more prepared about what i will be doing.
The book also details how interlinked production and post production now are given the advances in digital technology, and how a lack of planning in pre-production or production can have huge implications in post. A huge message from the book is how regardless of what department you work in, it is imperative to know and understand what all the other departments do and what each persons' job in said department is. Doing this makes it easy to avoid simple mistakes which can become big problems later in the filmmaking process.
The book does go into quite technical detail in places which won't (or shouldn't) be an issue for someone who has worked in post but may be a little confusing to the general reader with an interest, or other film workers who are not as technically minded. My comments on this would be stick with it: even if you don't understand everything the book is talking about, it will give you a great overview to the workflow of post-production across the main departments:- Edit, SFX, VFX, Music, Dialogue.
Thank You Norman for a fantastic read, and thanks to my boss EH who recommended the book!