Review! Digital Filmmaking For Kids by Nick Willoughby

6 Aug

forkidsfordummiesDigital Filmmaking For Kids

By Nick Willoughby

336 pages – Ages 8+

Published by For Dummies on May 4, 2015

Synopsis- Have you ever wondered how to make your own movie, or mini-film? Have you ever tried to get a movie crew started with your friends but didn’t know how? Well, is this the book for you! Mr. Willoughby-filmmaker, teacher, and self-proclaimed film geek-gives you the step-by-step process of making your movie, from trailer to editing, all in one book! Are you up to the task? This book includes areas on learning the basics, making a film trailer, making a documentary, your first short narrative film, and much more!

What I Thought- Mr. Willoughby has written a pretty nifty book. It teaches you how to do all of the cool stuff mentioned in the summary. The book gives good sound advice (literally and figuratively 😉 ). Mr. Willoughby put in several fun projects to try out and use as a starting point for your film-making career. There were easy-to-understand diagrams, and well-organized chapters. There was a wide assortment of topics covered so the reader gets a good understanding of the basics. There were a few parts of the book I thought could have been explained a bit more (remember the book is for “Dummies”). For example, Mr. Willoughby used iMovie to edit his film, and he mentioned, amongst others, Microsoft Movie Maker for an alternate program, but it didn’t explain benefits or drawbacks with either program. I would have liked even just a small photo of a Movie Maker screen, with labels for the important objects. The majority of the content was very helpful and interesting to read.  I really liked this book. I would recommend this book to a kid in your life you wants to gt into movie/video making.

I give this book four out of five bookworms.fourbooks

25 Responses to “Review! Digital Filmmaking For Kids by Nick Willoughby”

  1. rnewman504 August 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

    My son would probably find this book to be a useful tool. He takes a film making class after school, and I’m sure he would love to new filming and editing techniques. Great review, Erik!


  2. Sue Morris @ KidLitReviews August 6, 2015 at 7:31 pm #

    Erik, I was also sent this book (yes, you won), and I immediately thought of you and your stop-motion project you mentioned last year. The book is pretty thorough, but I agree that it is based too much on iMovie (which means owning an iMac). I think it needed to have more options for kids, and explain a few of them. Your review is spot-on! (Maybe I’ll plagiarize this once and copy your review.) 😆


  3. Catherine Johnson August 7, 2015 at 8:22 am #

    This would be great for me, Erik. Matthew makes better videos than me. I should ask for a lesson. iMovie is great but it’s an Apple product. I’m on android.


    • ThisKidReviewsBooks August 7, 2015 at 8:26 am #

      Yay! And, yes, that is one of the reasons I don’t like that he only taught you how to use iMovie (Windows Movie Maker is available on a computer).


      • Catherine Johnson August 7, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

        I struggled with Windows Movie Maker and it’s too basic if that’s possible 😉


  4. julie rowan zoch August 7, 2015 at 2:54 pm #

    Think I know who might like this for Christmas!


  5. Steve August 8, 2015 at 8:51 am #

    I’ve sent my kids on some of Nick Willoughby’s courses. Always been impressed. Highly recommended.


  6. Michelle Isenhoff August 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm #

    This is a great idea for a kids book!


  7. LovableLobo August 10, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Sounds like an informative book for beginners. Nice review, Erik.


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