Got this book recently from Amazon and was impressed from the start. It guides the reader through all the major aspects of DV production with plenty of project examples to get stuck into. Only downside is that the technology reviewed in the booked is already out of date, which I suppose is always the way with this kind of thing, and also I would have rated the Sony PD150 as a camera worth having if your budget can stretch that far. Apart from that, the basic principals behind the film making process outlined in the book are the same regardless of what technology is employed.
I have been making small documentary projects for a few years now, and eventually came to the point where I realised that learning by doing only gets you so far. This book has become my constant companion. It contains useful info for the beginning film maker who wants to get better and learn about technology as well as film style. The author includes lots of references to websites for more reading, projects to get you out of the armchair and behind the camera, tips on how to move forward and get out of a rut... All in all I can highly recommend this book to anyone who lives too far from film school or can't afford courses. This book really gets you hyped up to make films.
There are so many books to choose from on the subject of DV filmmaking that it can a complete nighmare for new filmmakers.
Practical DV filmmaking is perfect for amateur filmmakers working on producing their own work with low or no budget.
The author is clearly experienced in presenting information in an engaging and informative manner, you learn something new everytime either by flicking through the pages or focussing on one specific chapter. Each section is complemented by real life examples, pictures and mini-projects to help the amateur acquire sufficient know-how.
I am very impressed with the simplicity of the language and practical advice. Information is presenting in a logical format from creating the story, pre-production, shooting the movie, post-production and getting your movie seen.
The aim of the book and to explain how to make your amateur movie feel like a professional production and it does just that.
I have been working on our movie [...] and the book is always by side.