The Filmmaker's Handbook - the "bible" of video and film production


The Filmmaker's Handbook: a Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age


Widely acknowledged as the "bible" of video and film production, and used in courses around the world, this bestselling guide is now updated with the latest advances in HD and new digital formats.

For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensible handbook
covers all

Completely revised for 2013.

818 pages. Published by Penguin.

Written by
Steven Ascher and Edward Pincus. Updated and expanded by Ascher in 1999, 2007 & 2013. With contributions by David Leitner.


More than 300,000 copies sold.


"The bible, updated." -- The Independent

"Seminal." -- New York Times

"Gold-standard technical reference book for filmmakers."
-- Boston Globe

"This is an essential book."
-- Self-Reliant Filmmaking

"Simply amazing. If you have to have only one book about video production, this is it."

"You need this book. Billed as the authoritative guide to filmmaking from fundraising to distribution, the book
achieves this in clear, accessible language using current up-to-date information. It's easy to see why this has
become a standard text in many film schools. A gilt- edged investment for aspiring and beginning filmmakers
and it would not be out of place in the libraries of experienced professionals either."
-- James MacGregor,

“Anyone who is serious about learning the language and techniques of this art, whether amateur or professional,
must have this comprehensive reference.”  
- Bookviews  
“Speaking as a member of the 'figure it out yourself' camp, I consider most 'technical' reference books to be nothing
more than leisure reading. This one is worth its salt. Every page is relevant and fascinating. When I find a chapter that
refers to something we've done, I realize that every mistake we made was covered, if only we'd thought to read up beforehand.”

"This edition of the book is awesome. I don't know how you managed it. Such a mass of information so expertly
organized and so clearly presented! Amazing."
-- Alfred Guzzetti, Professor, Harvard University

"I was thrilled to find your book, which is a gem. No matter what corner of the subject I poked into, looking
for cogent explanations, the Handbook passed with flying colors. So please accept my admiration, appreciation
and thanks."
-- Pat Jackson, Assitant Professor, San Francisco State University

"I read the thing like it was the Bible for almost a full year. I have never been to film school, but the knowledge it
gave me was more than enough to "make it" in the industry. I honestly cannot thank you enough. "
-- L.G.

  • Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, corporate, broadcast and experimental films and videos

  • Shooting with DSLRs, Video, Film and Digital Cinema cameras

  • Extensive coverage of digital editing and postproduction with the latest nonlinear editing systems

  • In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording and mixing

  • The business aspects of funding and producing your project

  • Getting your movie shown in theaters, on TV or on the Web



Read Chapter Excerpts:

Chapter 2 - Before You Begin Production

Chapter 9 - Shooting the Movie

Appendix B - Digital Data Rates and Storage for Different Formats


Published by Penguin. 818 pages.


As a courtesy for those who are still editing film projects on film with workprint and editing tables
an excerpt from the 3rd Edition is provided to help with syncing, splicing, conforming.
Editing Film from 2007 Edition


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