Top 25 Digital Video Photography Film Making Books [Reviewed]
Looking for a digital video, film making book for your library, or to gift it to someone else?
Here’s a list of the top 25, ranked them in order of the number of books purchased by our readers at Amazon.
Video, Film Making Guides
DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Video
A rich and comprehensive examination of how filmmakers and cinematographers are creating stunning moving imagery with HDLSRs. One of the best book/training material about HDSLR video.
From Still to Motion: A photographer’s guide to creating video with your DSLR (Voices That Matter)
For veterans who understand both photography and video, this gives you a thorough understanding of the video-making process, from preproduction to post, and tries to ease your transition from still to motion.
Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts
The book is concrete and written in a slanged vernacular that will connect with the teens of today. Covers how to make your first short, how to keep the project do-able, scripting, pre-production, production, and post, and then onto teen-themed festivals listed by deadline date.
Little Digital Video Book
One of the better choices to get started with the basics of digital video. It gives sound advice on things like how to shoot, how and where to store and organize your footage, editing and ending up with an excellent finished product.
Tricks of the Trade
Rebel without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player
Read this book and it will make you feel that You can DO this too, one of the most inspiring books on filmmaking. By recounting his own adventures, the author aims to inspire the readers to go and do their own thing. Excellent Book!
The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production
This is one of the most clear and useful guide to making movies. It strikes a good balance between the guerilla style of independent filmmaking, that it encourages, and also reasons why a professional approach to documentary filmmaking developed.
Video Shooter, Second Edition: Storytelling with HD Cameras
Abundant information, tips, and procedures. It’s an excellent guide for amateurs and pros alike. It’s like a full year of film school in an understandable form
Digital Video Secrets: What the Pros Know and the Manuals Don’t Tell You
From suggested equipment, pre-shooting tasks, the shots you need, on site shooting, everything is put together in a nice manner and focuses on concepts rather than talking about the commercial aspects of models, crews, producers, directors, and editors.
Master Shots: 100 Advanced Camera Techniques to Get an Expensive Look on Your Low-Budget Movie
This is a great book for the beginner or the occasional filmmaker. It’s basically an encyclopedia showing several master shots, illustrated with stills from various films and with 3D models. A Great Collection of Templates for your Movie Project!
Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know
This book takes an intensive look at what takes years and lots of produced credits to learn. By using written scenes from movies, coupled with actual film scenes printed alongside, this book teaches visual storytelling in a way that few books have manged to do.
Mastering Multi-Camera Techniques: From Pre-Production to Editing to Deliverable Masters
Multicamera production is becoming increasingly relevant to many different genres and this book teaches you all that you need to know about Mastering Multicamera Techniques. It’s a must have for any Film Editor.
The Complete Film Production Handbook
A 500+ page resource book/manual/insider info that is an expansive and an exhaustive handbook that has literally hundreds of various forms, outlines, releases and confidential greement forms that are used in every major production in the United States.
Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great
A Fantastic Book on the Basics of Screenwriting, it has great advice on how to tighten up your writing, choose the right character and words, improve dialogue, end with the right words, etc. Straight to the point.
Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need
No matter how many screenwriting books you’ve read, this one is worth buying. It offers a valuable perspective from a writer who is eager to share, never condescending, and knows his stuff.
Lighting for Digital Video and Television
Unsure how to light a scene to achieve a particular look? This book is a must to help you deal with such scenarios and to help you understand the various lighting terminologies. Even pro’s will enjoy reading this guide to video and television lighting, a refresher course in case you have forgotten certain things.
Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook: Film Lighting Equipment, Practice, and Electrical Distribution
An excellent book on getting Technical knowledge, it focuses on what is important when working on-set: trouble-shooting, teamwork, set protocol, and safety. Learn the tricks and techniques for operating a vast array of lighting equipments.
Cut by Cut: Editing Your Film or Video
Worth reading if you’re looking to break out into the editing world, especially for digital video folks. Also recommended for producers, directors and cinematographers.
In the Blink of an Eye
From celebrated film editor Walter Murch’s vivid, this is a thought-provoking book on film editing. This book is what all, who have ever wanted to be an editor, looks up to.
Color Correction Handbook: Professional Techniques for Video and Cinema
Clear and in-depth, this is a complete guide to color correction, which is a fairly complex topic. The book makes this topic not only understandable, but entertaining as well. Packed with plenty of pictures and clear examples so that you don’t get lost.
Fix It in Post: Solutions for Postproduction Problems
Get help on fixing common problems in post production, ranging from shaky camera to film look. Provided is an array of concise solutions to the wide variety of problems that are faced by postproduction artists in the post process. A book for every video editor!
The Business of Media Distribution: Monetizing Film, TV and Video Content in an Online World
This book focuses on content creation and distribution in a concise and easy to understand way. Anyone who wants to know more about how films and TV shows are distributed will find a lot to learn here.
The Insider’s Guide to Independent Film Distribution
This book teaches you everything about distribution, something that will get you thinking in the right direction. If you’ve never had a movie distributed then this will definitely be a good book.
Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution
A must read For short filmmakers, it has a wealth of information and great advice from people who know the industry. Tells you everything from the making and marketing of short films, from original concept to international sales.
The Men Who Would Be King: An Almost Epic Tale of Moguls, Movies, and a Company Called DreamWorks
The book details the the complete DreamsWorks account, how director Steven Spielberg, studio executive Jeffrey Katzenberg, and billionaire music mogul David Geffen created DreamWorks, built the company on hype, and later sold the company to Paramount. It’s an incredibly detailed book that shines new light on these personalities with big egos. A must-have for any movie-making buff.
The Wedding Video Handbook: How to Succeed in the Wedding Video Business
For readers who want to become part of, and capitalize on the thriving wedding video industry. It covers a lot of ground quickly and contains valuable advice on many aspects of the wedding business, including structuring contracts.
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