Thursday, March 8, 2012


Alright, go read the previous post about the books. Did that? No, go do it now and then come back.
I will be giving away the three good books on the list. Not that last awful one.
Now, how do you win?
Simple, in the comments section give me your favorite film, why it's your favorite film and which book you would like of the three. After I have received 20 comments I will choose three at random and send them the book of their choice. So, part of it is how well you convey the film you love and part of it is the book you want. I only have one copy of each.
Have at it already!

Penguin Bookshelf

Recently Focal Press sent us a lot of books. They are all pretty cool and deserve a mention. And then there's a book that irritated me.
Let's begin, shall we?

First up is EDITING by Justin Chang.

Sure, it has that Godawful Dark Knight flick on the cover, but this gives some delicious images and true attention the the craft of the editor. For people considering the business or just curious how it works, this is a good starting place.

Next we have CINEMATOGRAPHY BY Mike Goodridge and Tim Grierson

Filled with many breathtaking pictures and interviews with legendary and contemporary cinematographers, this is a great little book. Slim, yet packed with information.

The last good book of the group is DIRECTORS TELL THE STORY: MASTER THE CRAFT OF TELEVISION AND FILM DIRECTING by Bethany Rooney  and Mary Lou Belli. 

These two ladies have been down in the trenches. They have seen it and done it and bring some valuable insight to anyone considering this kind of wild and crazy career. A really great book on the subject of directing.

Finally we have SHUT UP AND SHOOT by Anthony Q. Artis.

First up, name sounds fake. Second, and this is my biggest problem, the cover says, 'Any budget, any camera, any time' Horseshit! The cheapest camera he lists is in the thousand dollar range. I'm one of those guys who likes to shoot quick and cheap. I have my own cable access show and we do some short films from time to time. My camera costs less than 200 bucks. And this whole HD or hi-def thing? Yeah, when they came out with the commercial for hi-def paint, I said goodbye to HD. Over rated. Truffaut says you should only shoot in natural light so why am I buying a light package? This was just the worst book I have read in a while. Save your pennies on a camera instead.

So, look these books up and give them a whirl. Well, maybe not that last one, but the rest of them.

Monday, March 5, 2012

THE SNOW BLEW INN by Dian Curtis Regan

This delightful children's book tells of a small Inn that accepts weary travelers during a snowstorm. But as Emma, the daughter of the innkeeper watches the small Inn fill up she waits and waits for her cousin Abby who she has planned a sleepover.
The illustrations by Doug Cushman are wonderful. I tested this out on my grand daughter Izzy and she made me read it two times in a row. I would have liked some musical notes to give me a hint on how to sing the song at the end of the book, but all in all this is a wonderful book to read to your little one on a cold winter day.

Order it here!