17 Apr

National Reading Day 2018 Video Challenge – Resources to get you going!

Missed the videography workshops held in February and March? Clueless about video production but still want to submit a video for the National Reading Day 2018 Video Challenge? Here are some resources you can make use of:



  1. How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck (2011)

Author: Steve Stockman

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

How to Shoot Video That Doesn’t Suck is all about the language of video. It’s about how to think like a director, regardless of equipment. It’s about the rules developed over a century of movie-making – which work just as well when shooting a two-year-old’s birthday party.”

Available from: Overdrive

  1. The Filmmaker’s Handbook (2012)

Author: Steven Ascher & Edward Pincus

Publisher: Plume

“Widely acknowledged as the ‘bible’ of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, The Filmmaker’s Handbook is now updated with the latest advances in HD and new digital formats. For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making.”

Available from: Overdrive

  1. Video Shooter (2011)

Author: Barry Braverman

Publisher: Elsevier Science

“Tired of the dry rudimentary guidebooks that ignore the art of telling compelling video stories? Video Shooter takes you to a new level of competence and expertise by presenting the camera as a potent storytelling tool.”

Available from: Overdrive 

Book summaries taken from Overdrive.



  1. Learning Video Production and Editing (2015)

Author: Rob Garrott

Duration: 19m 25s

Learn about the core genres of filmmaking and the three main phases of production. Topics include planning and writing, lighting and shooting, and storytelling via editing.

  1. Video Pre-production for Low-Budget Films / Video Post Production for Low-Budget Films (2016)

Author: Eduardo Angel

Duration: 56m 42s / 1h 5m

The author takes you behind the scenes, through the actual pre-production process of an ultra-low-budget film, sharing real life insights from concept to distribution, while exploring the apps, tools and challenges that go into each and every decision. He also focuses on essential post-production process, including planning, editing your film, working with a composer and adding audio.

  1. Creating a Short Film (2017)

Author: Chad Perkins

Duration: 4h 44m

A 13-part training series that features some of the best actors and crew in the Seattle area, sharing their expertise on how to create a brilliant short film.

Other search terms: Final cut, Premiere

Available from: LyndaLibrary


  1. Huges, Michael K. (2012). Digital Filmmaking for Beginners. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Call no.: English 777 HUG –[ART]

Cameras don’t make great movies; filmmakers do. This book covers best practices from planning to post production, filming gear, and the best editing software to fit your budget. There are also fully illustrated tutorials on composition, framing and other visual storytelling techniques.

  1. Goldstein, Taz. (2012). Hand held Hollywood’s filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone. Berkeley, Calif.: Peachpit.

Call no.: English 777 GOL –[ART]

This book will transform your iOS device into a revolutionary filmmaking tool, perfect for everything from brainstorming, screening to storyboarding, shooting and editing. Featuring the most helpful apps for iPad and iPhone, this guide will benefit any mobile mover maker who wants to get the most out of the technology they already own.

  1. Hand, Carol. (2017). Getting paid to produce videos. New York: Rosen Publishing.

Call no.: English 384.558 HAN

This comprehensive guide to building a career in video production and filmmaking takes a look at how to get an education in the field, which types of businesses are hiring and why.

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