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LEARN TO SPEAK FILM by Michael Glassbourg


A Guide to Creating, Promoting & Screening Your Movies

From the Learn to Speak… series

by Michael Glassbourg ; illustrated by Jeff Kulak

Age Range: 11 - 13

Pub Date: Aug. 15th, 2013
ISBN: 978-1-926973-84-5
Publisher: Owlkids Books

A quick overview of how movies are made, offering encouragement and generic advice rather than specific information.

Glassbourg, a veteran instructor of film and TV production, breaks the process of creating a movie down into simplified steps—from gathering ideas, creating a script, and learning how to think pictorially with still photography and storyboarding to production management, editing and marketing. Unfortunately, though he drops big names, uses recent and classic films as examples, and gathers comments from working professionals in the industry, the visuals are not stills or shots of actual sets or equipment but retro, graphic-style figures done in a limited range of solid hues that add color but only rarely any useful detail. He presents an almost dizzying array of film-related occupations, but his brief notes on what such arcane folk as location managers, production coordinators, Foley editors, key grips and other specialists do are unlikely to enlighten readers. Moreover, the vague references to CGI (confusingly dubbed “VFX,” which is actually an older, broader term encompassing more than just digital wizardry), electronic press kits, sound design, social media and other topics similarly just skim the surface.

Readers may come away knowing how to talk the talk, as the title promises, but little more. (Nonfiction. 11-13)