Focal Press: Filmmaking and Postproduction

  • The Grip Book: The Studio Grip’s Essential Guide book cover

    The Grip Book

    The Studio Grip’s Essential Guide, 6th Edition

    By Michael Uva

    Gain the essential skills of a professional grip to become the jack and master of all trades on any movie or television show set. Discover vital insider tips ranging from how to operate cutting-edge rigging and lighting equipment to performing difficult camera mounts on aircraft, boats, trains, and…

    Paperback – 2018-04-24 
    Focal Press

  • Film and Video Editing Theory: How Editing Creates Meaning book cover

    Film and Video Editing Theory

    How Editing Creates Meaning

    By Michael Frierson

    Film and Video Editing Theory offers an accessible, introductory guide to the issues underlying how editing creates meaning. In this book, Michael Frierson synthesizes the theories of the most prominent film editors and scholars, from Herbert Zettl and Noel Burch to the work of landmark Hollywood…

    Paperback – 2018-04-02 
    Focal Press

  • The SHORT! Guide to Producing: The Practical Essentials of Producing Short Films book cover

    The SHORT! Guide to Producing

    The Practical Essentials of Producing Short Films

    By Charles Merzbacher

    In this book, Charles Merzbacher offers a concise, definitive guide to the essential skills, techniques, and logistics of producing short films, focusing on the practical knowledge needed for line producing and overseeing smaller-scale productions. Longtime instructor and accomplished filmmaker…

    Paperback – 2018-04-01 
    Focal Press

  • Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling: Creating Immersive Stories Across New Media Platforms book cover

    Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling

    Creating Immersive Stories Across New Media Platforms

    By Kelly McErlean

    Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling provides media students and industry professionals with strategies for creating innovative new media projects across a variety of platforms. Synthesizing ideas from a range of theorists and practitioners across visual, audio, and interactive media,…

    Paperback – 2018-03-16 
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  • Drawing the Line: Technical Hand Drafting for Film and Television book cover

    Drawing the Line: Technical Hand Drafting for Film and Television

    By David McHenry

    Drawing the Line: Technical Hand Drafting for Film and Television is the essential resource for students and aspiring professionals studying and working in film and television design. The book covers all aspects of scenic drafting by hand – a technique still used in film and television because of…

    Paperback – 2018-03-07 
    Focal Press

  • Smartphone Video Storytelling book cover

    Smartphone Video Storytelling

    By Robb Montgomery

    Smartphone Video Storytelling give readers the tools to find, capture and tell a visual story with just a smartphone. With mobile journalism on the rise, it’s becoming increasingly important for students to understand the entire production process, and be able to convey their story across multiple…

    Paperback – 2018-03-01 
    Focal Press

  • Aesthetic 3D Lighting: History, Theory, and Application book cover

    Aesthetic 3D Lighting

    History, Theory, and Application

    By Lee Lanier

    Aesthetic 3D Lighting: History, Theory, and Application delves into the history, the theory, and the practical and aesthetic application of lighting in the fine arts and 3D animation. In this book, animation industry veteran and lighting expert Lee Lanier examines the importance of lighting and…

    Paperback – 2018-03-01 
    Focal Press

  • DSLR Cinema: A beginner’s guide to filmmaking on a budget book cover

    DSLR Cinema

    A beginner’s guide to filmmaking on a budget, 3rd Edition

    By Kurt Lancaster

    The DSLR cinema revolution began over ten years ago. Professional filmmakers, students, video journalists, event video shooters, production houses, and others jumped at the opportunity to shoot cinematic images on these low budget cameras. The first edition of DSLR Cinema mapped the way focusing…

    Paperback – 2018-02-01 
    Focal Press

  • Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting: Aristotle and the Modern Scriptwriter book cover

    Classical Storytelling and Contemporary Screenwriting

    Aristotle and the Modern Scriptwriter

    By Brian Price

    Since we first arrived on the planet, we’ve been telling each other stories, whether of that morning’s great saber-tooth tiger hunt or the latest installment of the Star Wars saga. And throughout our history, despite differences of geography or culture, we’ve been telling those stories in…

    Paperback – 2018-01-17 
    Focal Press

  • After Effects for Designers: Graphic and Interactive Design in Motion book cover

    After Effects for Designers

    Graphic and Interactive Design in Motion

    By Chris Jackson

    After Effects for Designers teaches design students, artists, and web, graphic, and interactive designers how to design, develop, and deploy motion design projects using Adobe After Effects. Author Chris Jackson balances fundamental aspects of time-based design with related techniques and explores…

    Paperback – 2017-12-27 
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  • Documentary Editing: Principles & Practice book cover

    Documentary Editing

    Principles & Practice

    By Jacob Bricca

    Documentary Editing offers clear and detailed strategies for tackling every stage of the documentary editing process, from organizing raw footage and building select reels to fine cutting and final export. Written by a Sundance award winning documentary editor with a dozen features to his credit…

    Paperback – 2017-12-22 
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  • TV Writing on Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era book cover

    TV Writing on Demand

    Creating Great Content in the Digital Era

    By Neil Landau

    TV Writing on Demand: Creating Great Content in the Digital Era takes a deep dive into writing for today’s audiences, against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving TV ecosystem. Amazon, Hulu and Netflix were just the beginning. The proliferation of everything digital has led to an ever-expanding array…

    Paperback – 2017-12-20 
    Focal Press

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