Monday, December 12, 2011

Couple of New Books to Check Out

 Here's a couple of filmmaking books brought to our attention at the DIY Film Fest.  Check 'em out!

 FilmCraft: Editing

FilmCraft: Cinematography
Available Now!

New York, NY - November 30, 2011 - Ever wanted advice from today's most respected film insiders? Look no further than theFilmCraft Series, the latest books in filmmaking featuring a visually stunning look at each topic through the eyes of respected professionals in each field. The first releases in the series, entitled 'FilmCraft: Editing' by Justin Chang and 'FilmCraft: Cinematography,' by Mike Goodridge and Tim Grierson, each offer deep insight into the working practices of the world's most distinguished professionals, covering their inspiration, collaboration, and work on set.  These two installments in the FilmCraft Series feature interviews from Bob Murawski, (Oscar-winning Editor for "The Hurt Locker," "Spiderman"), Dylan Tichenor (Editor: "Boogie Nights," "Brokeback Mountain", "There Will Be Blood"), Pietro Scalia (Editor: "Gladiator," "Good Will Hunting," "JFK," "Black Hawk Down"), and Vittorio Storaro(Cinematographer: "Apocalypse Now") to name a few.

These two books provide readers with a fascinating inside look at the filmmaking art, and a wealth of knowledge that they can apply to their own work. For more information or to purchase your copies, visit: (Editing) &

Each book in the FilmCraft Series features:
  • Discussions with the world's most notable filmmakers, giving concrete examples of their craft and insights into professional practice, working relationships, and influences
  • Sidebars featuring practical advice on topics that filmmakers can apply to their own work
  • "Legacy Sections" focusing on the work of past filmmaking greats

'FilmCraft: Editing'
This book employs stills and screenshots to show how an editor created a scene with the filmmaker and explores the complex relationship between a director who has just shot a movie and the editor who must complete the director's vision. Click here for an excerpt from this book:

'FilmCraft: Cinematography'
This book covers the complex craft of cinematography (motion picture photography) through interviews with well-known cinematographers. The book also features extraordinary photos and in-depth exploration of contemporary projects, such as Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, and Nine.'Cinematography' gives readers exclusive access to lauded professionals, providing them with the perspective to think like professionals and create a compelling visual story. Click here for an excerpt from this book:

About The Authors:

Justin Chang - 'FilmCraft: Editing'
Justin Chang is senior film critic at Variety, editing and overseeing the paper's film reviews. He currently serves as secretary of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. He holds a journalism degree from USC. Before joining Variety in 2004, he was a freelance entertainment writer for the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times.

Mike Goodridge - 'FilmCraft: Cinematography'
Mike Goodridge is the editor of Screen International and has been writing about film for over twenty years. He is an accomplished critic and has written for many outlets including The TimesThe IndependentThe Evening StandardEl Mundo in Spain, and Sight & Sound. He is is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the London Film Critics Circle, and FIPRESCI.

Tim Grierson - 'FilmCraft: Cinematography'
Tim Grierson is a film and music critic whose writing has appeared in Screen International, L.A. Weekly, Blender, Revolver, Vulture, Wired, and The Village Voice. He is the Rock Music guide at and the author of the forthcoming book "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations: The Story of Eels." Tim has spoken at the Palm Springs International Film Society and the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle. He is currently vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

Here's where to locate the books via FOCAL PRESS