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Children's Nonfiction Film

Learn to Speak Film

A Guide to Creating, Promoting, and Screening Your Movies

by (author) Michael Glassbourg

illustrated by Jeff Kulak

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Aug 2013
Film, Media Studies
Recommended Age
9 to 13
Recommended Grade
4 to 8
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2013
    List Price

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"Seen any good movies lately?" is a question almost as commonly asked as "How are you?" We all love watching movies, as much today as when film began. But with all the information and technology that's readily available, today's filmgoers know that making a movie isn't an act of magic!

By starting with the most basic formula (images + motion = film), Learn to Speak Film does away with the special effects and gets to the heart of what makes movies so much more than just something to watch on a Friday night. The lessons within these pages range from choosing a camera to writing dialogue, from handling criticism to preparing a press kit. Whether young readers just love Oscar Night or want to pursue a career as a screenwriter, set designer, or director, Learn to Speak Film will appeal to the inner film buff in all of us.

About the authors

MICHAEL GLASSBOURG has been writing, directing, and producing for over 30 years. He has been teaching film and television production at Humber College in Toronto for over 20 years. He lives in Toronto.

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JEFF KULAK is an Edmonton-born, Montreal-based designer-illustrator. From his studio, a converted room in a former nunnery, he creates art for books, magazines, album covers, and event posters.

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  • Short-listed, Ontario Library Association Silver Birch Non Fiction Award
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets Top 10 Junior Non-Fiction List

Editorial Reviews

Every stage of filmmaking is broken down into navigable steps ... offers information that cannot be easily found with a Web search.

Quill & Quire

A valuable addition for creative and curious readers.

School Library Journal

...part how-to, part inspirational pep talk, and part behind-the-scenes anecdotes.


"Displaying a "hipster cool" visual vibe, it does not feel like an educational read, although it is filled to the brim with advice, step-by-step procedure, and appreciation for the artistic and creative elements of the craft."

Chico Enterprise-Record

"There is much here to attract the attention of those who have an interest in film itself, or in the art that is movie making."

Sal's Fiction Addiction

Comprehensive yet accessible

FamilyFun Magazine

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