Focal Press 2013-2014

Photography, Film and Video, Animation/Game, Media Communication, Theatre, Web, Audio and Media Technology

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  1. The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide

    A Down & Dirty DV Production, 2nd Edition

    By Anthony Q. Artis

    To anyone who wants to make a doc but doesn’t have a lot of time, money, or experience, Anthony Artis says: "It’s time to get down and dirty!"—a filmmaking mentality that teaches you how to be creative with your resources and do more with less. Written by a guerrilla filmmaker for guerrilla...

    Published May 6th 2014 by Focal Press

  2. Cinematography: Theory and Practice

    Image Making for Cinematographers and Directors, 2nd Edition

    By Blain Brown

    There's more to being a DP than holding a light meter! With this book as your guide, you are on your way to learning not only about the equipment and technology, but also about the concepts and thought processes that will enable you to shoot professionally, efficiently, and with artistic mastery. A...

    Published July 17th 2011 by Focal Press

  3. Digital Storytelling

    A creator's guide to interactive entertainment, 3rd Edition

    By Carolyn Handler Miller

    Digital Storytelling shows you how to create immersive, interactive narratives across a multitude of platforms, devices, and media. From age-old storytelling techniques to cutting-edge development processes, this book covers creating stories for all forms of New Media, including transmedia...

    Published May 13th 2014 by Focal Press

  4. Vintage Game Consoles

    An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time

    By Bill Loguidice, Matt Barton

    Vintage Game Consoles tells the story of the most influential videogame platforms of all time, including the Apple II, Commodore 64, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Sega Genesis, Sony PlayStation, and many more. It uncovers the details behind the consoles, computers, handhelds, and arcade...

    Published February 6th 2014 by Focal Press

  5. Bloggers Boot Camp

    Learning How to Build, Write, and Run a Successful Blog, 2nd Edition

    By Charlie White, John Biggs

    Anyone can build a blog. It’s quite easy. The difficult part is keeping it relevant, technically sound, and popular. Bloggers Boot Camp shows you how to blog for success. It teaches you how to find a niche, find your unique voice, and how to hold a conversation with an audience. It...

    Published April 27th 2014 by Focal Press

  6. Sound and Recording

    Applications and Theory, 7th Edition

    By Francis Rumsey, Tim McCormick

    Providing vital reading for audio students and trainee engineers, this guide is ideal for anyone who wants a solid grounding in both theory and industry practices in audio, sound and recording. There are many books on the market covering "how to work it" when it comes to audio equipment—but Sound...

    Published March 5th 2014 by Focal Press

  7. A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting Third Edition

    By Steven Louis Shelley

    In the first edition of A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting, Steve Shelley cracked open his production book and showed how to prepare a lighting design and create the paperwork needed to mount a production.In the second edition, he pulled back the curtain and showed the methods and processes that...

    Published October 25th 2013 by Focal Press

  8. No Plastic Sleeves: Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for Photographers and Designers

    2nd Edition

    By Larry Volk, Danielle Currier

    A polished and professional portfolio—including both print pieces and an online presence—is more important than ever for photographers and other creative professionals to make a great first impression and secure employment. This new edition of No Plastic Sleeves has been updated to address all...

    Published July 18th 2014 by Focal Press

  9. Close Up Photography in Nature

    By John and Barbara Gerlach

    Capturing the grandeur of landscapes or mood of a certain natural light is challenging but often the simple details of a texture or color evade photographers most of all. In Close Up Photography in Nature, best-selling authors and nature photography pros, John and Barbara Gerlach,...

    To Be Published September 30th 2014 by Focal Press