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Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers’ Guide by Paul Dudbridge (book review)

July 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers’ Guide by Paul Dudbridge (book review)

When I saw this book, ‘Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers’ Guide’ by Paul Dudbridge, I did wonder at the proximity of having another film production book from Michael Wiese Productions so soon after the last on the subject. Then again, like artbooks, you can never have too many which Dudbridge also asserts at the […]

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Superheroes On World Screens edited by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward (book review).

June 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Superheroes On World Screens edited by Rayna Denison and Rachel Mizsei-Ward (book review).

I was rather amused by the introduction saying there wasn’t many books out there about comicbook characters being adapted into movies when I have two more in my current pile on the subject from the same publisher. The title, ‘Superheroes On World Screens’ is a bit of a misnomer because what this book is mostly […]

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Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers by Deborah S. Patz (book review).

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers by Deborah S. Patz (book review).

As the title, ‘Write! Shoot! Edit!: A Complete Guide To Teen Filmmakers’, suggests, Deborah S. Patz’ book is aimed at teen-agers who have a yen to become film-makers. Patz describes how she started that way herself so her lessons aren’t out of other books but her own experience. The book is divided into three sections: […]

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Making The Magic Happen by Peter D. Marshall (book review).

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Making The Magic Happen by Peter D. Marshall (book review).

‘Making The Magic Happen’ has nothing to do with conjuring but as the sub-title of Peter D. Marshall’s book proclaims, ‘The Art And Craft Of Film Direction’. In many ways, this book feels like a supplement to the previous book, ‘Producer To Producer’, this month as Marshall explores the film making organisation process as a […]

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American International Pictures: The Golden Years by Gary A. Smith (book review).

April 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
American International Pictures: The Golden Years by Gary A. Smith (book review).

If you look at the title and wonder what ‘American International Pictures’ is, go by the initials AIP and this is the company that distributed Roger Corman and Alex Gordon’s films and the penny should drop. Well, Alex and his brother, Bert, only up to the 1960s when disputes over money arose. Gary A. Smith’s […]

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Producer To Producer (2nd Edition) by Maureen A. Ryan (book review).

April 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Producer To Producer (2nd Edition) by Maureen A. Ryan (book review).

From the start, in her book ‘Producer To Producer’, Maureen A. Ryan points out there is always a need for a producer on a low-budget film and this is the roots she comes from as this is where she works and gets her awards. Essentially, the producer is the instigator and organiser that ensures the […]

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Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers by Tom Weaver (book review).

April 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers by Tom Weaver (book review).

Just when I thought Tom Weaver wouldn’t have any other books to surprise me, I came across ‘Eye On Science Fiction: 20 Interviews With Classic SF And Horror Makers’ in Eurospan’s back catalogue. Looking at the twenty people interviewed, there are several who worked well into the 60s and 70s, far beyond Weaver’s usual cut-off […]

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Badass Women Of Cinema: A Collection Of Interviews by Chris Watson (book review).

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Badass Women Of Cinema: A Collection Of Interviews by Chris Watson (book review).

When you see a title like ‘Badass Women Of Cinema: A Collection Of Interviews’, you have to be piqued a little to at least see who is covered. Chris Watson was a director for Roger Corman back in the 1970s including doing films with the likes of Pam Grier and at the start of making […]

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Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: The Making Of A Classic by Mark Thomas McGee (book review).

February 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: The Making Of A Classic by Mark Thomas McGee (book review).

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when looking through BearManor Media’s back catalogue. Mark Thomas McGee’s name kept coming up against books based on particular films and your mind tend to think they must be roll-offs. That is, quickly written, drawing from sources that the author had to rely on because he was too […]

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Movie Comics: Page To Screen/Screen To Page by Blair Davis (book review).

February 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Movie Comics: Page To Screen/Screen To Page by Blair Davis (book review).

To many people, the first SF comicstrip that went on film was ‘Flash Gordon’ in 1936. However, I was surprised to discover that it wasn’t the first comicstrip. Back in the silent movies era, the ‘Katzenjammer Kids’ appeared in 1898 followed by a dozen shorts of ‘Happy Hooligan’ from 1900-1903. When it comes to the […]

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