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Earlier, I posted a very, very short clip of me and a co-worker fighting with lightsabers.

This was shot, and SFX'd by another co-worker of mine. Who is starting to get really, really into it. And asked me if I knew any good books to recommend.

My response was "How the hell would *I* know anything?"

But, I *do* have at least two filmgeeks in my friends here...and they know more. So, I put this question forth: Know any good books for a starting wanna be flimgeek?
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ardaniel From: ardaniel Date: January 16th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Start with this. Stu Maschwitz is the lead nerd at the Orphanage, up your way, and the Rebel's Guide is an excellent primer on digital moviemaking. Buy it new, it has a CD in the back.

For effects, if he's using After Effects at all, Trish and Chris Meyer are the reigning AE-book gods. Start with Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, volume 1 and score a copy of After Effects in Production if possible. New is better, unless you're absolutely sure the used seller has the CDs. CMG volume 1 comes with a trial copy of After Effects 6.5, too, which is nice.

I have yet to find a good FCP textbook. None of my instructors used one; some of my classmates carted around the relevant Apple Pro Training text. At one point, one of my classes used In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch as a theoretical guide. Buy it used, it doesn't have any additional material.

Likewise, I think Film Directing Shot By Shot by Katz is a great book, even if I had it as a storyboarding text and not a directing text. Again, used.

Wedge would step in here and recommend Masters of Light as well. That should be easy to get his hands on; if he doesn't have the attention span for it, he ought to rent and watch Visions of Light.

Edited at 2008-01-16 06:40 pm (UTC)
wedgex From: wedgex Date: January 16th, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
The saving grace of Masters of Light is that it's anecdotal, and not a textbook. It makes it really easy to read. The same with Visions of Light. Good times even if you're not really aspiring to anything.
wedgex From: wedgex Date: January 16th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and my old screenwriting prof would probably hunt me down and kill me if I didn't refer to pretty much anything Linda Seger's written on the subject if they're looking for writing tips.

And, hey, what the hell, I'll hawk her book too. Comes with a dvd of the films referenced within, all written and produced by FSU Film School students. You'll see my name in the credits (gaffer) for Coolbreeze and Buzz.
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