am 7. Juni 2000
Few filmmaking textbook writers give a reader all the information needed in a textbook to label it one of the top ten books for self-starters in the film industry. This one contains: Technical information about recording sound and about post-production, a practical guide to motion picture set protocal (when to say action), budgeting information and how to avoid budgeting errors based on actual filmmaker's experiences.
The author shows sample budgets and explains in detail with specific examples how using some popular budgeting software, that leaves out "line items", will push a film's expenses over budget (Waterworld!). He offers his personal experience about how people who sign contracts for a production, who have no knowledge of the process, often do not interpret a contract correctly for foley and other post-production sound. This contract mistake can make a budget skyrocket. His emphasis on equating budget control with artistic control makes this a top ten book for aspiring or working Producers and Directors, as well as Sound Professionals.
In my last few years running a website for alternative learning in the filmmaking industry, after reviewing about 70 textbooks, I have yet to find ten books that give professionals with no inside knowledge of the film industry both practical step-by-step insider knowledge of the business as well as artistic and technical information that is understandable to persons with basic skills. I interpret basic skills as technical (camera, computer), artistic (creative), and business.
Tomlinson Holman's Sound for Film and Television textbook is almost wholly technical compared to Yewdall's Practical Art. Holman is the creator of the THX sound system.
For all the reasons above and particularly for Yewdall's use of plain language and specific examples, this textbook is on my list of top ten books, to read and own, as an alternative or supplement to actual hands on experience in the filmmaking industry!
Pamela Curry/Webmaster, Film Director in Training, Film Studio Faux
am 2. Juli 2000
Author/recordist David Yewdall does a terrific job explaining the highly-technical goings-on behind the scenes in the world of film sound. Recording, mixing, dubbing, and digital audio techniques are all covered in a way that never talks over the reader's head.
The content is absolutely state-of-the-art (as of mid-2000), and is the first thorough book I've ever seen on the subject. Anybody who's interested in recording sound for TV or films -- high budget, low budget, or inbetween -- will get something positive out of this book. Highly recommended!