The Digital Filmmaking Handbook
If you’re starting from scratch, the first thing to do is buy some equipment. Chapter six goes into great detail on the difference between single-chip and three-chip cameras, and how to evaluate image quality. It will arm you with enough information to stride confidently into a camera shop and not be bamboozled by jargon. The book isn’t entirely devoted to DV the Macintosh way, as PC-use is covered too. However, because one of the authors is Ben Long, who writes for our US sister-magazine the Mac forms a prominent element of the book. It’s only fair to point out that the book US-centric, and much of the useful contact information is for US residents only. However, if readers from the UK, or anywhere else, want to find out about more local issues there is a Web site (www.dvhandbook.com) to partner the book. Here, you’ll find not just excerpts from the book, but forums, where you can discuss the finer points of DV film-making. There are a few experts – including the scriptwriter of The Ewok Adventure – there to moderate the discussions, though because the book is new, there aren’t many hot topics right now.
Even if you already have experience as a camera operator, sound engineer or best boy, this book will give you an insight onto how the rest of the production process works. If you want to be your own crew and make a movie single-handed, the book has all the info needed too. Anybody who isn’t already a director can’t fail to learn something from this book – it’s an incredibly thorough and helpful read, and a must-have for anybody involved in DV movie-production.