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The DV Rebel's Guide: An All-Digital Approach to Making Killer Action Movies on the Cheap

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Written by Stu Maschwitz, co-founder of the Orphanage (the legendary guerrilla visual effects studio responsible for amazing and award-winning effects in such movies as Sin City, The Day After Tomorrow, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), this book is a must-have for all those budding filmmakers and students who want to produce action movies with visual effects but d ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Peachpit Press (first published January 1st 2006)
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Nov 07, 2014 Ulina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: video-filmmaking

I almost didn't finish this book. Not because it is a bad book, ... maybe a little bit because of the jokes*, but because I felt a lot of the information that was given in the begining and middle of the book did not pertain to me (or I should say what I currently want to learn). The book goes over the whole process of making a film from start (staff, actors, locations) to creating a master. The book also goes into a long section/chapter(s) about using guns or replica guns. I am more intereste
Jan 12, 2014 Robbiemcqueeney rated it liked it
I really liked the book, it shows all the steps of making a film, mainly an action one. Much of it was very basic though, so since I read it to learn, I didn't really get that. It felt more like I was just talking to someone who also knows about this stuff then actually learning anything. Other then that though, its always nice to hear another persons opinion on a topic, since if film making was as easy as following one golden rule, why is every movie not good? Overall, I thought it was, enjoyab ...more
Sean Dailey
Jan 19, 2009 Sean Dailey rated it really liked it
i think maschwitz provides a lot of good advice here. it's worth it for the ae scripts and plugins for cc alone. but the short feature "the last birthday card" is so terrible that it actually undermines the author's credibility.
Andrew Bauer
Nov 25, 2008 Andrew Bauer rated it it was amazing
Stu has done something wonderful with this fun, wonderfully readable, technical manifesto: fulfill all the hoopla of "The DV Revolution" by writing a book about what all DV filmmakers purport to be doing--making films (or videos that look and, more importantly, feel like movies). He does so by providing guidance, both technical and conceptual, and demanding discipline--as opposed to "run-and-gun, you-can-fix-it-in-post, shoot-as-much-as-you-want-'cause-tape-is-cheap!" advice. The result is a boo ...more
Apr 26, 2009 Todd rated it it was amazing
I saw Stu Maschwitz speak at NAB 2009, and promptly picked up this book and read it in a couple of days.

Here's the important distinction between Stu's book and a lot of the other D.I.Y. film books out there (i.e. Michael W. Dean's underwhelming $30 Film School): The DV Rebel's Guide actually shows you how to make a GOOD cheap movie. It's not just about shooting whatever you want and throwing it together, it's about getting great footage (on the cheap of course) and then using sophisticated, powe
Val O. Morris
May 29, 2014 Val O. Morris rated it it was amazing
Shelves: filmmaking
This is one of my favorite filmmaking books. The author knows his stuff. For one, he's a creator of the Magic Bullet software and a superb photographer. Every time I read DV Rebel's Guide it makes me want to grab my camera and run out the door and shoot anything. Which I know isn't wise to do without a filmmaking plan (not to mention a script!), but that's what reading this will do to ya. It's exciting. It's informative. And with its conversational tone, it's inspiring.
Mar 15, 2009 Daniel rated it really liked it
Stu Maschwitz's book is ostensibly for amateur filmmakers who want to make short action films. Its techniques, and general pilosophy, however, can be applied to any filmmaking/videomaking genre, because what he cares about is maximizing production value-- the sleek spectacle of big-budget movies-- with a lot of ingenuity and a low budget. If you're not afraid of graphics software like Photoshop, and if you can look at production from an alternate angle, then you can make some beautiful moving pi ...more
Graham Holliday
Feb 10, 2015 Graham Holliday rated it it was amazing
Ultimate guide for independent action movie film makers
Steven Gaskin
Oct 10, 2010 Steven Gaskin rated it really liked it
Ignoring the focus on action films and action sequences, this is a fantastic crash course in low-budget dv film production. The money-saving approaches to achieving higher levels of production quality more than offset the cover price. It's also highly entertaining, and the scene analyses of famous films - by way of illustration - further enhance the value. The first book any aspiring indie film maker should read.
The Doctor
Dec 02, 2009 The Doctor rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I have read on moviemaking. "GO-GET IT" attitude, deconstruction of classics, it has taught me about photography, theory of color and how to have a good time doing what you like. Follow Stu at his blog and get a taste of what the book is all about.
A must for any lover of films and movies.
Belal Khan
Jul 18, 2013 Belal Khan rated it it was amazing
Stu is an inspiration in every way possible for aspiring filmmakers and visual effects artists. This is a must have book for anyone who is considering making videos, whether it's for just for YouTube or an actual film project.

Follow Stu on twitter @5tu and reach his blog:
Jan 18, 2009 Dan rated it it was amazing
This book is about everything I don't know about film making, and nothing I already know. It's not about how to make movies, it's about the next steps. How to decrease costs and increase quality.
Jun 02, 2008 Mitch rated it really liked it
Shelves: media-filmmaking
This is the best DIY/no-budget filmmaking book I have ever read. Read "Rebel Without a Crew" for pure inspiration, then follow it up with this book for technical know-how.
Nathan Benmargi
May 05, 2009 Nathan Benmargi rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
An awesomely simple and straight forward approach to achieving high production value on a low budget.
Jason Craft
Jul 30, 2012 Jason Craft rated it it was amazing
Awesome guide to created low-budget films from a professional in the business.
Apr 05, 2007 Adam rated it it was amazing
Wow, it's like someone made a book about how to do what I do!
Oct 17, 2011 Peter rated it really liked it
Shelves: film
This book has some really great tips on DIY visual Effects.
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Aug 20, 2013 Omar Manjouneh rated it really liked it
Shelves: film-making
Inspiration flutters through pages here..
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