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on 10 January 2016
Quite honestly, I can't seem to get past page three of this book. It's a handy size and it's packed so full of information for would be film makers. In fact the feel you get while reading it is similar to how 'Brodie's notes' used to work. My only criticism is that the information is so specific, it's still quite difficult to get inspired to make your film with this one. Many other filmmaking books still tell you about the perspective seen here on the cover. Still, it is an interesting alternative to other film buff material. Maybe this title is for presenting facts of the business to students, with the viewpoint of the authors.
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on 24 March 2014
Breaks everything down in an easy to use guide and makes every aspect of film-making seem achievable and above all, realistic. Film-making, as an industry, has somewhat of a mystique about it. This book goes all the way in dissecting that mystery and places the advice in it, alongside realistic advice and expectations.

This guide even goes into areas such as what not to do or what mistakes those in the industry have made before and would advise you against, through the use of case studies. That type of advice is invaluable in an industry that is a notorious money pit.

Absolutely worth your money. Buy it now. Cannot recommend enough.
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on 27 April 2018
Not a bad read, found it slightly annoying in places as there are plenty of ways to do things easier then what they say. Generally a good book though.
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on 20 April 2017
Good book to bring around and throw at everyone who makes inconvenient questions during shots
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on 19 October 2010
This book quite shortly can teach you to make a fil quickly and cheaply using the tools and tricks of the trade
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on 5 December 2014
Thanks, love it
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on 15 March 2013
I love this book, anyone interested in film should read this!!!!!! Also, the book fits nicely in your pocket so you can have it anywhere.
READ IT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on 23 June 2011
This book is small (around 5" x 3.5") and is full of information and professional advice. It has well-thought out sections but...

The information is too crammed in. It's a small page and they stuff it full, I found this annoying by about half way in. Also as they go through the information starts to contradict. A large chunk of the first half extols the virtue of entering festivals and the proper way to do this. Then in the second half the case samples and expert advice tells you the exact opposite. I was bemused by this and think the editing could have been more consistent.

Otherwise and excellent pocket encyclopaedia of low-budget film-making.
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on 2 August 2012
I've been working in the film & video industry (including working on major film releases) since leaving university and I'm now in my mid-twenties. Like alot of people I actually think I learnt more doing the job than learning about it so I'm not sure what I expected from this book. It's a nice book but you need to be aware that, short of sage advice it doesn't offer you a great deal; There's no technical knowledge here, it's more pearls of wisdom of the pitfalls and successes of, admittedly, many succesful names in the industry. I was reading the start of the book, which primarily consisted of people in the industry retelling moments of triumph and tribulations in their early career and bits of advice waiting for something more technical to start.

After a little while I decided to flick through and see where the technical side of the industry starts in this book and concluded it doesn't. While the 'pearls of wisdom' may be of use to you if you are completely green to working in the film industry (this book would've made a huge difference when I started university/filmmaking) if you've been trying to make/making films/videos for ten years there's very few pitfalls or processes that you won't have discovered on your own.

It's a nice book, well presented with some good contributors but treat it as a 'for dummies...' book full of sage advice and you'll be happy but anyone with any experience hoping to learn some real, technical, movie-making gems will be left disappointed.
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on 16 February 2014
Price seems good. Arrived quickly. Small book packed with information which appeared useful for someone entering the film industry. would recommend
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