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Old August 4th, 2003, 03:10 PM   #1
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My $1's worth of dv/film written word resource insight (tell me if you've heard this one before):

1. www.questia.com
For around $100 a year this online library gives us access to thousands of books on a wide variety of subjects, certainly dv/film included. A warm glow swept across my face when a search for books on documentary filmmaking returned, heaping. There are other online lib.s out there, I haven't found them all out; many are dedicated to classic literature, and are free. Read read read...

2. Inter Library Lending (ILL)
Go to local library and ask about this. Probably they will be able to get you books on whatever from any library in your US state, from any library in the country, even, as mine does. Profonde!!!

3. www.Amazon.com
I make mention of them on this shortest of presumably- lesser-known-tips-on-how-to-get-free-reference-books lists because along with many of the books they feature, featured also is a short sample of the book (5-6 pages of actual text). Usually, the sample is of the first six pages of the book, from introduction and/or the first chapter. A fine way to find out what book might best serve, whether or not the style isn't too terribly annoying, etc. And always the table of contents and index pages are given. Over this last weekend, while waiting for the next business day (today) that would see the arrival of my very own brand new Sony Dsr PDX10, I soothed my eagerness by doing just that: I surffed Amazon subject searches: on cinematography, on editing, on documentary video and filmmaking, on documentary theory, on film and video history, reading as many samples from dozens of books, following the path wherever it lead. Amazing what I've learned! And after several batch readings I had refined what I was most immediately curious about, what style I jived well with, etc., and saved those books in a Wish List, for future reference while at the library, public or online.

Hope this doesn't come off as didactic, but many forum questions here could be self answered with great pleasure, given some ground work.

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Old August 4th, 2003, 04:02 PM   #2
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Thank you for the tips, Shawn. The questia.com tip is news to me.
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