The A to Z Guide to Film Terms is a comprehensive pocket-sized dictionary that contains photographs, illustrations and over 800 definitions of current terms and phrases used in film theory and filmmaking. Written by a film industry veteran of more than 20 years, the book has sold over 20,000 copies to film students, movie buffs and film industry professionals world-wide. This book explains terms actually in use by film crews, and contains many colorful real-life examples of being on-set, written from an insider's perspective. There are also icons that link each definition to its department, allowing you to see at a glance which aspect of filmmaking it relates to. Stand by, picture's up! Cameras are rolling. Scene 24, take 2, A and B camera common mark...Speed! And...Action!
Although there are various guides floating around the place, the aptly named A to Z Guide to Film Terms stands tall above these, both for its comprehensiveness and for the fact it is more than just a dictionary it has numerous real life examples, written from a true insider s perspective. And its pocket-friendly size means that new and not-so-new filmmakers can keep it handy for a sneak peak on set when the need arises. The A to Z Guide to Film Terms is a must own book for any serious filmmaker. Filmmaking.net gives this book 5 stars out of 5. —filmmaking.net
This little encyclopedia is great for beginning filmmakers in school, and for experienced auteurs who forget the terms used by their colleagues. It fits easily into trouser or tote pocket so there is no struggle retrieving it when needed. Even the layout is good so there is no problem finding the terms you need, and the type is easy on the eye. This modest book fills a big need, and it s a charmer. —Eleanore Speert, Drama Bookshop
The A to Z Guide to Film Terms is a great pocket sized resource book for anyone in the film biz. I have used it in my film orientation classes for the past 12 years and recommend it to all newcomers to the industry. It's an invaluable tool. —Jane Still, Capilano University Film Program