Attack of the Killer Video Book: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors by Mark ShulmanAttack of the Killer Video Book: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors by Mark Shulman

Attack of the Killer Video Book: Tips and Tricks for Young Directors

byMark Shulman, Hazlitt KrogIllustratorMartha Newbigging

Paperback | March 6, 2004

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A fun and funny guide to making great videos.

Anyone can make a video (we've all seen other people's home movies, ugh!). But can anyone make great videos? Of course! Say hello to Attack of the Killer Video Book.

Hilarious yet instructive text provides kids with a thorough overview of all the tricks of the movie-making trade. From coming up with great ideas, to organizing a video shoot, to finally piecing it all together, Attack of the Killer Video Book walks readers through every stage of video production.

Camera-less activities like scriptwriting and storyboarding will help bring ideas to life. Simple suggestions on camerawork will turn technophobes into sharp-shooters. There are even hot tips for safe special effects and handy hints for the big premiere. Meanwhile, hip and helpful illustrations will keep everything cool and clear.

All this makes Attack of the Killer Video Book as sensible as it is sidesplitting, and kids who use it are all but guaranteed fame! Okay, they may not have fame, but they'll sure have fun (and learn something too).

Chapters include:

  • The Story
  • The Technology
  • The Special Effects
  • The Big Show
  • The Final Touches

Mark Shulman and Hazlitt Krog have been making movies together for years. Shulman lives in New York, where he writes for children and adults. His books include Zany Rainy Days and The Sleepover Cookbook. Krog lives in Marin City, California. He has worked in film and video production for 20 years. Martha Newbigging is a film anima...
Title:Attack of the Killer Video Book: Tips and Tricks for Young DirectorsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:64 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.16 inShipping dimensions:11 × 8.5 × 0.16 inPublished:March 6, 2004Publisher:Annick PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550378406

ISBN - 13:9781550378405

Appropriate for ages: 10 - 15


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic For Kids This is a fantastic book for kids. it uses words that kids understand and it has some funny parts. This book basiclly teaches kids how to shoot home videos and write scripts for their own. A movie would be a great summer activity. Happy Reading
Date published: 2006-06-04

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Getting Started Even if you don't make a million dollars right away, you can make outrageously good videos. All you need is a little creativity, some patience, lots of light, and this book.* (* And a video camera.) If you want to say something, see something, or save an experience forever, video is the way to go. You can create entertainment or an audiovisual diary. You can practice being a director, writer, actor, singer, or interviewer. And believe it or not, five or ten years later, you'll be happy to see what you look like at this age. Whatever you choose to do in the age of video, understanding the art and science today can help you take a starring role tomorrow. You are very wise indeed to be reading this book. We have packed hundreds of tons of useful information and helpful hints into just 64 pages (not including the font and back cover). In fact, by the time you are finished with this one page, you will know more than when you began. For instance, video cameras don't do well when they are dropped. They are not a bath toy. And cameras are more expensive to throw than rocks. See how much you're learning? The info in this book is a good start. We'll give you the basics, from thinking to planning to shooting to editing, without being scary. And then we'll let you loose on the world. Every videomaker has a story to tell. Just press the REC button, and tell it. Road Map The Inspiration When video ideas come in a brainstorm, it's customary to shout "Eureka!" (a brand of vacuum cleaner). Some people shout "Hoover!" or "Electrolux!" but it still means you've got a great idea for your video, and that's the first step. Full Team Ahead Many videos need multiple people. Some are the crew (behind the camera), and others are talent (loosely speaking), and others others sell popcorn on opening night. Some do all three. Don't be a maniac; moviemaking is a team sport. It's more fun to share the details of planning, scripting, shooting, and editing. Let others have input, or they'll leave you holding the camera bag. The Story Remember screaming about vacuum cleaners? Grab a pen and put that brilliant brainstorm on paper. This helps you keep focused when the craziness of shooting starts, and it gives your team a goal to remember. Don't forget this -- there's a quiz later: Every video tells a story, and everything in the video should help tell the story. Your video may need a script or a visual storyboard or just a loose set of notes. Without a script, you'll be shooting from the hip and probably miss your target. There are simple tricks to telling a story on video, and learning them will keep your audience coming back for more. Planning Preproduction is Hollywood lingo for "planning before you get in too deep." First talk with your team and makes some decisions about the equipment, costumes, locations, and more. Figure out the locations where you're going to shoot. Make a list of the props (the parachute, the sword) and costumes (the fake nose, the Viking helmet) you're using. Make sure everyone brings what they need -- or promised to bring -- before shooting starts. Write down your shooting schedule. It sounds like homework, but that's only because it is homework. The Technology Want to know what it takes to get rolling right away? Having a camera's a good start. Buy, beg, or borrow, but don't steal one. You won't need the latest and greatest. A 20-year-old camera can do the job nicely. A videotape is also useful, and so are a few other essentials to get before you get started. The Technique Do yourself a favor. Do your audience a favor. Learn the basics of holding a camera, moving a camera, zooming the lens, controlling the sound, controlling the light, and controlling your stomach when it starts growling. You won't believe the difference a little learning can make. The Special Effects You may not have the Star Wars budget of George Lucas, but you can have his imagination. With real-time visual effects, sound effects, and camera tricks, you'll shock and amaze everyone. Especially yourself. The Burden of Leadership Remember the days when directors screamed through megaphones and carried little whips? Neither do we. Camera skills and writing skills are important, but directing is also about people skills. Use them (the skills) or lose them (the people). The Final Touches Once you've got everything you need on tape, you're mostly done. Now comes the polishing part. Final editing helps the pieces come together. Adding music, titles, and other effects will help make your mild-mannered move a marvelous masterpiece. The Big Show Premiere means "first," so be sure your first show is first class. Make invitations. Make posters. Make popcorn. Make them be quiet. You've put a lot of time into your video. Keep them in their seats without using glue. Roll the End Credits Tales from the Script Glossary Index Brought to You by...

Editorial Reviews

An excellent and funny book that will help even the creatively challenged create masterpieces of video.... They take readers step-by-step through the technical aspects [and] finishes with suggestions for hosting a video premiere party.... The book is effortlessly funny, and the authors have very cool ideas to share with their readers. All of the information is presented in short, well-labeled sections that flow naturally through the stages of video production. Each section of the book is clearly illustrated with Martha Newbigging's cartoon drawings [which] in addition to adding colour and appeal to the book, often help to clarify the concept that is being explained in the text.... With its multitude of practical tips and breezy tone, Attack of the Killer Video Book will definitely appeal to all of the young Spielbergs out there. It is also likely to inspire those who would never have considered shooting a film to try it--all film-making mysteries are revealed within. A great addition to any collection. Highly Recommended.