Introduction: Third Edition, 2018



As I was preparing the third edition of Voice & Vision, I carefully read over my two previous introductions. The first edition intro, written in 2007, essentially asserts that filmmaking is more than just having a good story—it argues that one must gain a degree of familiarity, if not mastery, over the tools and technology of the medium in order to become truly expressive and fluent. Too many times beginners launch into a film project without really understanding how a lens, or light, or an edit, or a sound effect can contribute to telling a compelling story on the screen.

The introduction to the second edition, however, seemed a reversal of this concern. Only a few years after publishing the first edition, ...

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