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The Location Sound Bible (Review)

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Going one step further – you should only hire the sound guy. Sound is more important than the image. Repeating: SOUND IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN IMAGE. Why? There are many, many films out there that could be deemed “artsy” – from the closing scenes of 2001 a Space Odyssey to the long one-take shots from the film Children of Men. Bad acting, bad directing, bad set direction pale in comparison to bad sound. If the sounds in the above mentioned films were terrible – people would have been running for the exits.


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Something Startling Happens (Review)

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Using films as diverse as “Juno” and “The Godfather” (and pretty much everything in between) Mr. Klick shows how each film – in their own way – has the same beats. Even if the genre is completely different, or the director is George Lucas or Woody Allen, there are similarities in place here that you may not see (and probably DON’T see). But they are there.


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Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound (Review)

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For both the amateur and the novice, Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound is a great resource to add to a film producer’s library. Weaving stories with practical insights, Yewdall gives both producers and sound engineers a glimpse into the world of motion picture sound. Yewdall also offers pages upon pages of insights for keeping a film audio budget low, making this book an especially important read for the micro-cinema filmmaker. As if that wasn’t enough, the DVD of sound effects included will save you hours of recording sound effects on your own time. If you want instruction, encouragement, and practical insights into motion picture sound, be sure to consider Practical Art of Motion Picture Sound.


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Make Your Story Really Stinkin’ Big (Book Review)

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Houston Howard’s book challenges screenwriters/authors to take their simple story and turn it into a complex world. The focus of Mr. Howard’s book is to incorporate a concept entitled “360 Degree StoryWeaving,” where the author of said story looks not only at the core story they want to write but looks far beyond it. These concepts not only include the past/present/future of the story being told, but to the entire universe it exists inside of. (As such, this framework can easily help you bridge into other platforms such as computer games…


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John Badham on Directing (Book Review)

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In my experience, the mantra that states “you can’t teach directing” is true. Directing can be a painful process of learning by trial and error. While nobody can “teach you” how to have a unique vision, there are people that can give you valuable information that can help you execute it. There are plenty of books written by accomplished and very respectable directors that serve this purpose. Iʼve read several of them and among the ones that have helped me the most as a beginner director have been written by John…


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