Low Budget Filmmaking

Book Review: The Filmmaker’s Handbook – A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age


Publisher: Plume Publishing

 Release Date: November 27, 2012

 Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus have probably written the most comprehensive book about film production for anyone that is interested in independent filmmaking. Nearly every element of production is covered in exhaustive detail, but the book is written so that it is easily understood. The only real criticism that one might have about the text is that there is so much detail, that the timid may find that they become overwhelmed. However, anyone that makes it to the end of this 790 page text will have gained a level of knowledge that can only boost their confidence, and increase their creative potential. Admittedly, this book tends to lean towards the technical aspects of the filmmaking craft. However, knowledge is power. It opens one’s mind to the creative possibilities so that they can move forward with confidence. This alone is worth the price of the book.

 Review by: Devon Powell