Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release Date: February 6, 2014
“I clearly remember the sense of frustration I felt when I began making films. I’ve always been fascinated by process, by how things work, and I’ve always asked questions. So I was hungry for information, but no-one would give it to me… It seemed to me like the people who knew stuff weren’t crazy about passing on that knowledge…
…What I tried to do in this book is lay out the basics and, in some instances, try to second-guess what might go wrong during the process, and then suggest ways of dealing with these problems.
Above all I want this to be a REALLY USEFUL BOOK. A long time ago I made a resolution with myself that I would never withhold any information that I possessed – I would always pass it on…” –Mike Figgis (Introduction to Digital Film-making)
Digital Film-making is one of many books about the subject of making digital movies, a trend that Hollywood has become accustomed to in the past several years. Many films are digital films these days. Figgis focuses on making films with consumer or prosumer cameras. His advice is extremely generalized (and sometimes questionable). There are many good things in his text, but his information never digs beneath the surface of these general concepts. There is no specific “how to” information. With so many more comprehensive books on this subject, this volume seems terribly anemic. One wonders if Figgis isn’t holding information back from the reader after all. Is this really all of the information in his arsenal of knowledge?
Review by: Devon Powell