Here’s the sequel to my post about great filmmaking software. I’ll be talking about the filmmaking books in my library.
Making Digital Videos, by Ben Long. ISBN: 1-58450-099-9
An overview of filmmaking with your home computer. Long does a great job of explaining what hardware and software to get, how to write a good script, how to shoot good video, and how to edit in a natural fashion. Unfortunately, this one was written a few years ago, so most of the information about computers is way out of date. If you already have a good computer for the job, though, this will walk you through your first movie and beyond.
Digital Video Hacks, by Joshua Paul, et al. ISBN: 0-596-00946-1
Describes various tricks, large and small, useful and useless. Great to read for inspiration or just for to laugh at silly things that you can do with various equipment.
Alright, I know. It’s not a book. But I’ve discovered lots of tips and tricks for filmmaking in this amazing publication. They run film projects in almost every issue; ranging from launching a model rocket with a camera attached, to building your own camera stabilizer (My favorite! I use it all the time!). MAKE has not disappointed me yet.