Filmmaking

Filmmaking books covering Directing, Cinematography, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, Postproduction, Visual Effects, Motion Graphics and all aspects of the filmmaking process. Focal Press is an imprint of Routledge

Our filmmaking books are filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies and written by the best in the business. No matter what your filmmaking interest is or your skill level, we have the tools to help you master your craft.

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  • Documentary Storytelling

    Creative Nonfiction on Screen, 4th Edition

    By Sheila Curran Bernard

    Documentary Storytelling has reached filmmakers and filmgoers worldwide with its unique focus on the key ingredient for success in the growing global documentary marketplace: storytelling. This practical guide reveals how today’s top filmmakers bring the tools of narrative cinema to the world of…

    Paperback – 2015-12-23
    Focal Press

  • TV Outside the Box

    Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution

    By Neil Landau

    TV Outside the Box: Trailblazing in the Digital Television Revolution explores the new and exploding universe of on-demand, OTT (Over the Top) networks: Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, CW Seed, Vimeo, AwesomenessTV, and many more. Featuring in-depth conversations with game-changing content creators…

    Paperback – 2015-12-22
    Focal Press

  • Television Production

    16th Edition

    By Jim Owens

    Gain the skills you need to succeed in the television industry and master the production process, from shooting and producing, to editing and distribution. This new and updated 16th edition of Television Production offers a thorough and practical guide to professional TV and video production…

    Paperback – 2015-12-18
    Focal Press

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The below video tutorial is a quick look at how Metadata works when shooting RAW. It is just one of the video tutorials that is included on the companion website for Blain Brown’s book The Filmmaker's Guide to Digital Imaging for Cinematographers, Digital Imaging Technicians, and Camera Assistants.

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  • Simon Jacobs, Editor

    Simon Jacobs is an editor on Focal Press’s/Routledge’s film and video list. He acquires in the areas of postproduction, editing, motion graphics, visual effects, and 3D. He works closely with Emily McCloskey, who acquires in the areas of film business, producing, cinematography, directing, documentary, film production, screenwriting, and sound. Emily and Simon publish academic textbooks in these areas, as well as books for aspiring and working professionals in the industry.

  • Emily McCloskey, Editor

    Emily McCloskey manages and commissions books for the Focal Press Filmmaking list. She acquires in the areas of film business, producing, cinematography, directing, documentary, production, screenwriting, and sound. She works closely with Simon Jacobs, who acquires in the areas of postproduction, editing, motion graphics, visual effects, and 3D. Emily and Simon publish academic textbooks in these areas, as well as books for aspiring and working professionals in the industry.

  • Felisa Salvago-Keyes, Editor (Routledge Research)

    Felisa Salvago-Keyes publishes monographs and scholarly edited collections in communication studies, media and cultural studies, art and visual culture, and library and information science. Topics in these disciplines include digital media, journalism, film and television studies, public relations, rhetoric, intercultural communication, arts practice and theory, and library and information management, to name but a few. Books offer innovative and leading-edge contributions to the fields, with a global resonance.

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