Low Budget Filmmaking Producing

Book Review: The Digital Filmmaking Handbook (5th Edition)


Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR

Release Date: July 3, 2014

Once upon a time, digital filmmaking was the bastard stepchild of cinema. It allowed for a dramatic increase in independent films, but few Hollywood films were produced in the digital realm. Today, film is unfortunately nearing extinction. Nearly every Hollywood is shot using digital cinema technology, and it is becoming a popular distribution and projection method. In other words, The Digital Filmmaking Handbook could have easily been titled The Filmmaking Handbook.

When one compares Sonja Schenk and Ben Long’s text to similar texts (such as Single-Camera Video Production), this 5th edition has the obvious advantage. It covers a slightly wider range of topics, and does so in a more comprehensive manner than many other texts. It is certainly an informative guide for the beginning filmmaker, and should be a wonderful refresher for those that simply want to keep up with the advancements in technology. Teachers might also find that the text is a useful classroom tool, and the pages include various tutorials that should be ideal for certain learning environments.

Review by: Devon Powell

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