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Attack of the Killer Video Book
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Mark Shulman and Hazlitt Krog have been making movies together for years. Shulman lives in New York, where he writes for children and adults. His books include "Zany Rainy Days" and "The Sleepover Cookbook." Krog lives in Marin City, California. He has worked in film and video production for 20 years. Martha Newbigging is a film animator, graphic designer and children's book illustrator.

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Gr 5-9-While video production equipment is cheaper and more accessible than ever before, and relatively high-end results can now be accomplished using consumer-grade cameras, recording decks, and/or the family's home computer, most kids fail to take advantage of this potentially rewarding hobby. This lighthearted primer uses lots of humor and colorful, cartoon-style illustrations to encourage readers to do a little planning, grab whatever video equipment and production supplies they can scrape together, and start having some big-time, creative fun making their own movies. Since the tools of the trade are rapidly changing, the book wisely avoids providing too much equipment-specific technical advice, instead focusing on the unchanging video fundamentals like scripting, storyboarding, shot selection and composition, audio, lighting, and editing basics-in short, all of the essential stuff aspiring filmmakers need to know to prevent their fledgling premieres from inducing nausea. Though light on technical detail, the book does provide enough analog and digital equipment basics to give students most of the requisite skills they'd need to start figuring out how the most common gear operates during shooting and is hooked up for post-production. A good choice for collections in need of an updated video-production guide that won't become dated too quickly.-Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

How to make awesome home movies... all the tools you need to make a killer debut film.
What a great book for aspiring filmmakers!... For filmmakers of any age who are looking for an easy-to-read guide. -- Victoria A. Vogel "VOYA" (08/01/2004)
A great book for kids: highly visual, funny and packed with information. I recommend it for your camera buff.--Sue Stauffacher"Grand Rapids Press" (09/05/2004)
What a great book for aspiring filmmakers!... [For] filmmakers of any age who are looking for an easy-to-read guide.--Victoria A. Vogel"VOYA" (08/01/2004)
Lighthearted primer uses lots of humor... big-time creative fun making their own movies... essential stuff aspiring filmmakers need to know.--Jeffrey Hastings"School Library Journal" (06/01/2004)
Extremely informative and humorous... An excellent resource for those aspiring to become involved in the movie production business.--Anne Hatcher"Resource Links" (06/01/2004)
Handy guide covers everything you need to know... This is a great book for kids: highly visual, funny and packed with information. I recommend it for your camera buff.--Sue Stauffacher"Grand Rapids Press" (09/05/2004)
This lighthearted primer uses lots of humor and colorful, cartoon-style illustrations to encourage readers to do a little planning, grab whatever video equipment and production supplies they can scrape together, and start having some big-time creative fun making their own movies... essential stuff aspiring filmmakers need to know.--Jeffrey Hastings"School Library Journal" (06/01/2004)
What a great book for aspiring filmmakers!... This book can be given to filmmakers of any age who are looking for an easy-to-read guide to the filmmaking process.--Victoria A. Vogel"VOYA" (08/01/2004)
The layout makes good use of color boxes, tips on every page, and comic-style illustrations... useful.--GraceAnne A. DeCandidio"Booklist" (05/15/2004)
Great fun to read and savvy enough to provide workable tips for serious videotaping.--Janet Groene"Family Motor Coaching" (06/01/2004)
An excellent and funny book that will help even the creatively challenged create masterpieces of video.... They take readers step-by-step through the technical aspects [and] finishes with suggestions for hosting a video premiere party.... The book is effortlessly funny, and the authors have very cool ideas to share with their readers. All of the information is presented in short, well-labeled sections that flow naturally through the stages of video production. Each section of the book is clearly illustrated with Martha Newbigging's cartoon drawings [which] in addition to adding colour and appeal to the book, often help to clarify the concept that is being explained in the text.... With its multitude of practical tips and breezy tone, Attack of the Killer Video Book will definitely appeal to all of the young Spielbergs out there. It is also likely to inspire those who would never have considered shooting a film to try it--all film-making mysteries are revealed within. A great addition to any collection. Highly Recommended.--Grace Sheppard"Canadian Materials" (06/18/2004)

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