Category: Film Books

SHINE: 14-Yr Old Filmmaker Cruce Grammatico’s “Michigan Uncovered”

Posted by Anthony - March 22, 2012 - Education, Film Books, Filmmaker Spotlight Cruce4

A few weeks ago the Grammatico family of Michigan reached out to me to share their filmmaking experience with my Shut Up and Shoot series of filmmaking guide books.  I was so impressed with the story and work of 14-year old filmmaker Cruce Grammatico that he inspired me to start a new case-study blog segment [...]

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“The Shut Up and Shoot ” Series Does What It Was Supposed To…

Posted by Anthony - March 22, 2012 - Book Reviews, Education, Film Books, Filmmaker Spotlight Cruce5

A few weeks ago I received a very nice thank you letter from Deborah Grammatico, who has been using my Shut Up and Shoot filmmaking guides to help her son, Cruce, learn filmmaking.  Since I first published The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide in 2007, I’ve received many such letters from all over the world , but [...]

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BOOK REVIEW: Studio Daily Recommends My Newest Film Book for “Newbs”

Posted by Anthony - March 6, 2012 - Book Reviews, Education, Film Books shutup&shootBIG

In the latest review of The Shut Up and Shoot Freelance Video Guide, The Studio Daily Blog, the people behind Film & Video, Studio Monthly and FilmFest websites declare it to to be:   “… a straightforward, densely packed compendium of wisdom on video production…here’s a book brimming with practical advice, not justfor beginners but for anyone [...]

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STUDY HALL: Color Theory for Filmmakers

Posted by Anthony - February 24, 2012 - Cinematography, Education, Film Books, Lighting pariahstill

(Above: Scene from Dee Reese’s Pariah as “painted” by D.P., Bradford Young) This week while teaching interview lighting techniques to the documentary classes at NYU I began discussing the use of color as yet another element of storytelling and thought I would extend that conversation to this blog, because I don’t think color gets all [...]

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PEEP THIS: First Time Filmmaker F*ck-Ups (You Know You’ve Done Some)

Posted by Anthony - February 16, 2012 - Candid Advice, Film Books FirstTimeF-Ups

Check out this funny (but sadly all-too-true) trailer from my fellow Focal author Daryl Goldberg promoting his new book, First Time Filmmaker F*ck Ups. I can definitely relate to some of these, but I won’t say which ones.  How ’bout you?  Be honest, you’ve done at least one of these things along the way and [...]

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