About the Book


THE DIGITAL FILMMAKING HANDBOOK, FIFTH EDITION is the one-stop resource to guide you in taking your digital film project from initial concept to finished project. Covering everything from writing and pre-production planning to shooting and post-production editing and effects, the book has been thoroughly updated to cover the latest hardware, software, and production processes. It also now includes coverage of the latest filmmaking-related apps and the shift toward digital distribution. You'll learn the ins and outs of the craft and you'll pick up techniques for creating shots and effects that transcend typical "low-budget" productions. Whether your goal is to create an industrial project, a short subject for a website, or a feature-length movie for film festival, THE DIGITAL FILMMAKING HANDBOOK, FIFTH EDITION will guide you every step of the way.  

-Sonja Schenk and Ben Long





This website is the companion to The Digital Filmmaking Handbook by Ben Long and Sonja Schenk, now in its fifth edition from Cengage Learning.

On this website you'll find the tutorial media and other supplementary resources for the printed book, updates about technology and other filmmaking resources by Ben and Sonja, and the website for Sonja's feature film, "The Olivia Experiment." shot on two SLR HD cameras.




Filmmaking involves much more than just buying a camera and a computer and the Digital Filmmaking Handbook covers everything you need to know, whether you’re making a feature-length movie, a series of webisodes or even your first short film.

This one-stop digital filmmaking resource will guide you from your initial idea to getting your finished project “in the can.” It will show you how to create shots and effects that are rarely associated with low-budget productions. In addition there’s a special new chapter on shooting your indie film with a DSLR and an advanced discussion on finishing your film for digital cinema projection.




Ben Long (San Francisco, CA) is a writer, producer, videographer and the author of the bestselling book Complete Digital Photography as well as numerous other books and articles on the creative use of digital technology and a popular tutorial series at Lynda.com.

Sonja Schenk (Los Angeles, CA) is a writer, producer and director who has worked on a number of popular television shows and films and is the author of several other books and articles on filmmaking and editing. She recently completed production on a feature film, "The Olivia Experiment."




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