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Be a Director of Photography: Make Every Shot Count

. 9781538322741. ea vol: 32p. (Moviemakers' Film Club). further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. PowerKids. Jan. 2018. lib. ed. $26.25.
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Gr 5–8—Each book in this set includes a list of traits and skills crucial to the role in question. Students are encouraged to recognize their existing talents ("I'm good under pressure and I'm cool with making decisions—I'd make a good director!"). Each title teaches the specialized terminology of filmmaking: roles, commands, shot descriptions, camera movements, and equipment. Lots of pictures of young people of all ages actively making movies add appeal, and an abundance of sidebars, examples, inspirational quotes, and text boxes will hook readers. Resourcefulness and creativity are emphasized over fancy equipment ("Most people start moviemaking using any camera that can record video"), and budget-friendly tips abound. The series stresses planning and observation as a means to a satisfying end.
VERDICT Breaks the complex process of making a movie into comprehensible steps and roles. Ideal for any school where students use video.

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