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There is no mandatory textbook for our training workshops, but we have found the following materials to be very helpful:


Filmmakers Handbook 2008 Edition, by Steven Ascher & Edward Pincus

Description: A great technical reference about film and video. This is the 'bible' for figuring out what all those names and acronyms mean, and gives a good basis in both traditional and modern methods.
Making Documentary Films & Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries, by Barry Hampe

Description: An excellent overview of the process of documentary filmmaking.



Documentary Storytelling, Third Edition: Creative Nonfiction on ScreenDS
by Sheila Curran Bernard

Description: In our workshops we are always driving home the importance of story. This book is an excellent primer to effective storytelling for visual media.


Wildlife Filmmaking
by Derek Bouse

Description: a first-hand description of the life and lessons of a natural history filmmaker.