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Your Voice and How to Use it: The classic guide to speaking with confidence
Your Voice and How to Use it: The classic guide to speaking with confidence
by Cicely Berry
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.32

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK in parts, 8 Mar 2013
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I think the subject of using your voice could have been more than adequately covered in a volume half the size or even less. It's a bit long-winded and drawn out, but there are some useful techniques to be learnt from this book. More geared towards a theatre performer where voice projection is the key to being successful, but for me who wanted to learnt the art of voice-over and narrating, there was little here to be of any real help.


Britten: The Turn of the Screw (Toby Spence, Miah Persson, Susan Bickley, Giselle Allen - Glyndebourne Production) [Blu-ray][Region Free] [2012]
Britten: The Turn of the Screw (Toby Spence, Miah Persson, Susan Bickley, Giselle Allen - Glyndebourne Production) [Blu-ray][Region Free] [2012]
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Price: 30.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever production, 8 Mar 2013
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If you are a Britten fan, this has to be the best production and performance of his opera ever. So often, Glynebourne productions tick all the boxes and Turn of the Screw is no exception.


Deception Point
Deception Point
Price: 3.59

5.0 out of 5 stars The usual suspense, 8 Mar 2013
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I have read most of Dan Brown's novels. This one may not be quite as nail biting as Da Vinci Code, but is a great read and well worth adding to your Dan Brown library.


Universal Capacitive Stylus Pen for Blackberry: Bold Touch 9900, Torch 9860, 9930, HTC: Wildfire S, Sensation, Sensation XE, Sensation XL, Desire S, Desire HD, One X, One S, One V, Nokia: N9, N8, C6-01, Lumia 800, Lumia 900, Samsung: i9100 Galaxy S2, Galaxy Ace S5830, Galaxy Mini S5570, I9000 Galaxy S, Galaxy Note Sony Ericsson: Xperia Arc, Xperia X8, Xperia X10, Xperia Ray, Xperia Play, Xperia S, Xperia P, Apple: iPhone 4 4S, iPhone 3G & 3GS, iPod Touch 4, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, White
Universal Capacitive Stylus Pen for Blackberry: Bold Touch 9900, Torch 9860, 9930, HTC: Wildfire S, Sensation, Sensation XE, Sensation XL, Desire S, Desire HD, One X, One S, One V, Nokia: N9, N8, C6-01, Lumia 800, Lumia 900, Samsung: i9100 Galaxy S2, Galaxy Ace S5830, Galaxy Mini S5570, I9000 Galaxy S, Galaxy Note Sony Ericsson: Xperia Arc, Xperia X8, Xperia X10, Xperia Ray, Xperia Play, Xperia S, Xperia P, Apple: iPhone 4 4S, iPhone 3G & 3GS, iPod Touch 4, iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, White
Offered by Fonezz Accessoriez
Price: 1.88

5.0 out of 5 stars works very well, 8 Mar 2013
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I bought 3 of these at very little cost and they work a treat with the LCD touchscreens on my camcorders. Saves so much time in not having to clean off greasy finger marks. Highly recommended.


War Horse
War Horse
Price: 6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars great soundtrack, 8 Mar 2013
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As with the majority of John Williams scores, this soundtrack is a very enjoyable experience and one that I would recommend.


Make better videos with your dslr or camera: Filming with Canon and Nikon dslr, compact cameras and camcorder
Make better videos with your dslr or camera: Filming with Canon and Nikon dslr, compact cameras and camcorder
Price: 1.85

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars desperately needs proof reading, 18 Feb 2013
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I think it's a great idea that amateur photographers/videpgraphers publish a little booklet about their experiences. So, well done to Alex Sally for trying, BUT, he really should proof read his articles before publishing and charging for the book. It is full of typos, spelling mistakes and missing words etc. etc. Also, he repeats himself over and over again, but I guess this is his enthusiasm running away with him. At best, this book is for complete novices, and to be fair, in this regard does offer some good tips on filming and buying equipment, but I do mean strictly for complete beginners.
Alex Sally needs to sit down and read his own book and seriously consider a complete re-write. He does take pretty good photos and video after all, so why not spend a little more time and thought on producing this book.
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Filmmaker's Handbook 2013 Edition, The
Filmmaker's Handbook 2013 Edition, The
by Steven Ascher
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Any film makers Bible, 6 Feb 2013
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I was blown away with the volume and quality of information contained in this book.
It's well researched and written in a way that amateur and professional film makers will benefit.
Already (only had it for a week), I have learnt so much more about cameras, filming, sound recording and project planning etc., and I really thought
I knew it all!
It doesn't matter if you are amateur (like me), or professional, this book will serve you well. Highly recommended.


Sony NEX-VG20EH 18-200mm Interchangeable Lens Full HD Camcorder
Sony NEX-VG20EH 18-200mm Interchangeable Lens Full HD Camcorder

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not for me, 5 Feb 2013
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This camcorder is ideally suited for use by a professional; by that I mean someone who has had much experience and thrives on manual control of a video camera mounted on a tripod. For handheld use, this camera has some issues (for me anyway). Firstly, it's front heavy with the supplied lens and therefore badly balanced and causes hand ache within a few minutes. You really need to support the lens with your left hand also, and this can be a problem when operating the focus or zoom rings on the lens, or the exposure mode dial, because these movements will introduce camera shake. Hence, the absolute need for a tripod for manual control of this camera.
As I do most of my videoing handheld, I did some thorough testing of the camera set to fully automatic mode. Again, two hands are needed to support the camera, which shouldn't be a problem when using fully automatic mode. But, the camera had difficulty in focusing....it shifted quite badly and couldn't make up it's mind what part of the frame to focus on. Switching to manual focus was the only option, which as I mentioned already, is very difficult to control handheld.
I also had issues with shooting 50p. Previously, all my cameras captured interlaced footage, so I was excited at the prospect of shooting progressive footage. The footage was disappointing. Panning shots were jerky and unusable, which seemed to be the case for all speeds of panning and tilting the camera. Setting a higher shutter speed helped a bit, but still nowhere as smooth as interlaced footage. The same jerkiness is seen in objects moving across the frame (e.g. a bird flying; a car; people running etc.) You really need to track moving objects to reduce the jerky effect.
I also found the locations of controls and buttons a bit awkward. For example, the photo button can accidentally be pressed as it lies under your left hand; the LCD screen must be opened to access other buttons which should really be on the body of the camera; the manual and focus buttons are flush with the camera body and quite small, therefore difficult to operate blind (by that, I mean being able to locate them without having to take your eyes away from the view finder).
I desperately wanted this camera to work for me, because there's no doubt it's a quality product and with patience, you can achieve stunning footage (easily done shooting interlaced). Low light is the best I have ever seen, and with interchangeable lenses and excellent sound from the built-in mic, this should be everyone's first choice of professional kit at an affordable price.
I should conclude by saying the main issue for me was weight and balance, making handheld operation very difficult. I am sure if I persevered, I could have improved the 50p technique of filming and probably would have got used to the quirky controls layout in time, but sadly, I returned the camera and as always, Amazon were extremely helpful and are arranging a refund (they get 5 stars!!!)
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The Human Body [DVD]
The Human Body [DVD]
Dvd ~ Robert Winston
Price: 7.82

4.0 out of 5 stars The Human Body...a well presented documentary, 15 Dec 2012
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I love documentaries, but only if they tell a compelling story well. Robert Winston does just this in a series of programmes, beautifully crafted and narrated, all about us. If you want to know how your body and mind works, then this DVD set will not dissapoint. Highly recommended.


Harvest of Messerschmitts: The Chronicle of a Village at War, 1940
Harvest of Messerschmitts: The Chronicle of a Village at War, 1940
by Dennis Knight
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Harvest of Messerschmitts failed, 15 Dec 2012
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I basically bought this book because my grandfather and his family (including my Mum) were living in and around Elham during WW2. Now, if you like reading daily weather reports (e.g. it was sunny today with a light breeze etc.etc.) and about men tumbling to their deaths, there is little else in this book. It's a brave attempt to collect pieces of village life and make them sound interesting....a difficult task even with no war.
It's a shame that the people of the village had little or no "voice" in the production of this book. All in all, it soon became quite tedious. However, it might mean more to readers who lived or still live in Elham, but to outsiders, there is little of interest.
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