Widely acknowledged as the bible of video and film production,  used in courses around the world.  New 5th Edition now available! 

AMAZON PAGE IS INCORRECTLY LABELED AS 2013 EDITION.  If you order the book with this cover on Amazon you will get the NEWEST 2019 EDITION.

Written by Steven Ascher with Edward Pincus. Updated and expanded by Ascher in 1999, 2007, 2013 and 2019. With contributions by David Leitner.

882 pages. Published by Penguin.

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“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.” Zenera.com

“If you think you know it all, The Filmmaker’s Handbook will prove you wrong.  It is both teacher and reference manual. For those of us with a passion for making movies, it will become a constant companion. It is the most comprehensive book about film making that I have ever encountered. It wasn’t written in a hurry, it was written with the wisdom of a born teacher possessing a fountain of knowledge that only comes with years of experience. It is a truly impressive work, accomplished with aplomb.” Amazon Review

“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, Netribution.co.uk

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, Professor, San Francisco State University

“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.” Genericfilms.com

“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.



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For students and teachers, professionals and novices, this indispensable handbook covers all aspects of movie making.

  • Techniques for making dramatic features, documentaries, and short films and videos.
  • Shooting with DSLRs, video, film, and digital cinema cameras.
  • In-depth coverage of lenses, lighting, sound recording, editing and mixing.
  • Understanding HDR, RAW, Log, 4K, UHD and other formats.
  • Learning the business aspects of funding and producing your project.
  • Getting your movie shown in theaters, and on television, streaming services, and online.


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THE FILMMAKER’S HANDBOOK: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age. Published by Penguin.  882 pages.  List price $35. Amazon price around $12 – $23 (depends on format).

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If you could only buy one book – consider this one first. I have an entire library of filmmaking books…Very few of my collection come close to this one for breadth and depth.” – Kindle Customer

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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