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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 8 January 2009
Books like these have got to be hard to write, you're trying to craft something for people who want to get into something new, but you've got to be seasoned enough to write it in order to know what you're talking about. Problem is by the time you've reached that point you've actually forgotten what it's like to be starting out so the book ends up in no mans land, too lame for people with even moderate experience (because you're trying to write for someone new) and all over the place for those starting out (because half the time you're thinking about it from where you are now, not where you were then).

That's pretty much this book for me; I can only think Artis worked the circuit to get folks to write some good reviews, because I can't actually think any real people found it as overwhelmingly useful as the reviews suggest. There are a couple of bits sure, but the whole thing could be boiled down to a few lists and couple of dozen pages of commentary. There is really nothing "down and dirty" about it, just a lot of references to expensive kit and big crews, (occasional references to 1 and 2 man crews but no details) can't see either being available to someone starting out and for those who've been around a little while you'll certainly know all the stuff the limited depth this book takes you too. The possible exception might be lighting, that topic gets more coverage and depth than anything else.

The obvious gaps are camera selection (way too shallow), workflow (not even mentioned), critical (non equipment) storyline stuff you need to stay focused on in order to make a doc work, and a serious discussion around post production packages and what they can do for you, that's really an area where you can save money on location, because you can create/change so much in the computer with the packages available today.

So yes I was disappointed, I found Mike Figgis's "Digital Film-Making" better/relevent (not great, but better), even if it is for narrative filmaking and "pocketbook size".

It also doesn't help that the main Amazon review (presumably from the publishers) if just so over the top, it really sets your expectations into the stratosphere and this book just dosen't deliver that, I would probably have been more generous if the blurb would have been more real.

For me it comes down to this when rating a book, would it be on my list of "must have" titles on the topic, in this case I'm afraid the answer is no.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2007
Written with the pace of a doorstepping docu, this incredibly readable book fires you through the basics to get out shooting 'down and dirty'. The more I work, the more I find this book is trustworthy and honest.

A million miles from downtown USA we make films in the depths of rural Wales, I'm new to the game and partner is a seasoned pro, guess the learning curve and how quickly I've had to make it! This book has kept me sane and kept me fired up, I'm loving filming and loving the results.

Film making's a tough business and rammed full of know-alls, hasbeens and never will be's, this book will keep you out of all three categories. It's all about practicality, not posturing, it's guerilla, get in, get the shot, get out. If you want to make good films, make the best of your kit and make a name for yourself, get this book, make it No.1 on your kit list.
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A highly accessible book for ANY one aspiring to make documentaries, written by a very kind and charming person who loves to share his own knowledge and experience of 'getting out into the field'.

Strongly recommended!
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on 2 February 2014
This helps with all aspects of documentary production. It's a no-nonsense approach from a down to earth author. Great guide for beginners.
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on 18 September 2013
This is the perfect book for what I need right now.
Bonus DVD is a great help.
Many thanks
Nick
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 25 March 2008
Very good, very clear explanations. Focused and to the point, it covers many aspects of documentary filmmaking with a no-nonsense approach.
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on 7 March 2015
A really good book for new documentary film makers. Anthony Q. Artis really knows his stuff!
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on 18 September 2014
Good book for getting you motivated to get out and shoot, but content is a little dated
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2009
This book is a must have for any aspiring filmmakers, jam-packed with everything you need to know if you're serious about filming your own documentary, and unlike many other books, it wont judge you based on your experience, equipment or budget. It is packed with inspiration, "know how", and guidance on how to get the most out of the resources at your disposal. I've had the book for just one day and I now have a much clearer idea of the process required to turn my idea into a reality!
Thanks Anthony!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 9 May 2009
I havent red the all book so far, but the table of content and first chapters tell me this book is done rightly, giving essentials for each state of production and very complete. In writing stage at the moment, tips I red are reenforcing the knowledge I already have of this part of the process, promessing me good quality for the rest of the book. I am very glad of this investment.
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