DV Rebel’s Guide comes to the iPad and Kindle
Like most directors, my shelves are lined with books about film theory, story structure, shot construction, and production techniques. Among my favorites are Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434, Hitchcock’s Notebooks, Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez, and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey.
Yup, I’ve bought a LOT of books for myself over the years. But, there’s only one book I’ve bought for other filmmakers. In fact, I think I’ve purchased copies for about 15 friends so far. I’ve done this because this book should be read by every filmmaker on earth.
I’m talking about The DV Rebel’s Guide by Stu Maschwitz.
Now that the Rebel’s Guide has been released for the iPad and Kindle, I finally have an excuse to rave about it on HHH! To celebrate the launch of the epub version, Stu is giving away some related After Effects goodies on his site.
I won’t go into too much detail (that’s what the AppStore and Amazon are for), but I will say that the book clearly explains the techniques and tools required to achieve Hollywood-style results on backyard budgets. It’s geared towards action movies (there’s a whole section on guns), but any media maker will benefit from the read. I especially loved the chapters on post workflow and color correction. I found the shot breakdown of La Femme Nikita to be, for lack of a better word, inspiring.
The Guide was originally published a few years back, before people started shooting HD video on their iPhones and DLSR cameras, but the book’s information remains relevant, and Stu’s guidance is just as motivating. By the way, if you don’t know who Stu Maschwitz is, you need to get out more.
So, if you’ve been looking for a reason to finally launch iBooks on your iPad, let this be your excuse.
Go get it. Go read it. Go make movies.
The DV Rebel's Guide
by Stu Maschwitz
The DV Rebel's Guide
This is the eBook version of the printed book.
Written by Stu Maschwitz, co-founder of the Orphanage (the legendary guerrilla visual effects studio responsible for amazing and award-winning effects in such movies as Sin City, The Day After Tomorrow, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), this book is a must-have for all those budding filmmakers and students who want to produce action movies with visual effects but don't have Hollywood budgets. The Orphanage was created by three twenty-something visual effects veterans who wanted to make their own feature films and discovered they could do this by utilizing home computers, off the shelf software, and approaching things artistically. This guide details exactly how to do this: from planning and selecting the necessary cameras, software, and equipment, to creating specific special effects (including gunfire, Kung Fu fighting, car chases, dismemberment, and more) to editing and mixing sound and music. Its mantra is that the best, low-budget action moviemakers must visualize the end product first in order to reverse-engineer the least expensive way to get there. Readers will learn how to integrate visual effects into every aspect of filmmaking--before filming, during filming and with "in camera" shots, and with computers in postproduction. Throughout the book, the author makes specific references to and uses popular action movies (both low and big-budget) as detailed examples--including El Mariachi, La Femme Nikita, Die Hard, and Terminator 2. Note from the Publisher: If you have the 3rd printing of The DV Rebel’s Guide, your disc may be missing the data files that accompany the book. If this is the case, please send an email to Peachpit in order to obtain the files at firstname.lastname@example.org