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From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film
Dov S-S Simens
0446674621
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Based on his acclaimed "2-Day Film School"(tm), Dov S-S Simens serves up a flawless and detailed blueprint for creating successful independent films. With his signature in-your-face, no-holds-barred advice, the Godfather of Independent Film teaches readers everything they need to know to create full-length feature films. From screenwriting ("There are two types of scripts: It's great or it sucks!") to distribution ("Who are the whores of Hollywood?"), Simens provides encyclopedic, precise, and creative instruction for making a vision a reality. By the end of the book, readers will know exactly what to do to make their films.

About the Author
Dov S-S Simens lives in Sherman Oaks, California.


Before You Shoot: A Guide to Low Budget Film and Video Production
Helen Garvy
0918828171
January 1995
Textbook Paperback
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Todd Flinchbaugh, Film/Television Instructor, DeAnza College
"Outstanding book of concise, no nonsense information essential to anyone considering producing a film."

Pat Ferrero, Professor of Cinema, San Francisco State University
"Practical, down-to-earth common sense primer for independent filmmakers. Producing is a skill and Garvy lets you eavesdrop on her troubleshooting and problem-solving on a range of film/video projects. Highly recommended."

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Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos : A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events
Barry Hampe
0805044515
January 15, 1997
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
YA?A comprehensive and well-written introduction for aspiring filmmakers. Every aspect of production is covered, from conceptualizing an idea to seeking distributors for the final product. Technical aspects of video and film equipment are touched upon, but are not covered to such a degree that they become laborious. For instance, the subject of lighting, which could easily be a book unto itself, is addressed in a few pages. A filmography of classic documentaries and an appendix describing how to join the International Documentary Association are included. An invaluable tool for future producers and an excellent title to supplement videography and film-production classes.?John Kiefman, Fairfax County Public Library, VACopyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A Fine Romance
Darcie Denkert
0823077748
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
•Every fan of musicals will want this book •Sparkling text, glowing photographs, innovative design •Royalties from the sale of this book are being donated to The Motion Picture & Television Fund, Hollywood’s charity of choice, and The Actors’ Fund Broadway’s favorite charity. For everyone who loves movie musicals, for everyone who loves Broadway musicals, this entertaining illuminating book provides insights on exactly what happens when stage meets screen. Do sparks fly—or do they fizzle? Are there fireworks—or waterworks? Each show, each movie, has its own history, its own juicy stories, its own dark side, its own ironic twists. Spectacular photographs—many published here for the first time—let theater buffs and movie lovers alike witness these intricate,...


Setting up Your Shots: Great Camera Moves Every Filmmaker Should Know
Jeremy Vineyard
0941188736
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
Over 100 storyboards with simple descriptions.


Hollywood Cartoons
Michael Barrier
0195167295
Sept 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The fruit of exhaustive research, from interviews with more than 200 cartoon creators to the unearthing of piles of personal papers, dusty artwork and even hectographed memos from the 1930s, this long-awaited survey of American animation has taken Barrier (during the 1960s, the editor and publisher of Funnyworld, a periodical devoted to animation) more than 25 years to write. Barrier has screened thousands of films, including hundreds of silent pictures and "almost all the short sound cartoons produced for theatrical release by the Disney, Harmon-Ising, Schlesinger, Warner Bros., MGM, UPA, and Iwerks studios," and his command of the material is astounding. He covers everything from creative character development to artistic influences, budget limitations, box office returns and technological advances such as the...


What They Don't Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies to Making Your Own Movie No Matter What
Camille Landau
0786884770
August 2000
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Filmmakers Landau and White believe that "if you want to make films, make films." Since only four students in each class of 45 at the country's top film schools get chosen to direct an advanced narrative film, the authors urge hopefuls to honor the trial-and-error, Blair Witch-approved method: "if you want to be a filmmaker," they advise, "put down this book and pick up a camera." Though some of their imparted wisdom reads like an After School Special dialogue, the authors do project a healthy dose of industry know-how that could prove useful to those who have never entered the cutting rooms and bursar's offices of NYU, USC, UCLA or other prestigious establishments. The book offers concrete, creative suggestions for initiating a writing schedule, pooling financial resources (or choosing the right low-APR credit...


Digital Filmmaking 101
Dale Newton
0941188337
January 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
Celluloid will always be their first love, acknowledge the authors of Digital Filmmaking 101: An Essential Guide to Producing Low-Budget Movies. But after their second feature-length film, Beyond Bob, Dale Newton and John Gaspard recognized that they might never shoot in such an expensive medium again, "at least not when we were putting up the money." With chatty, postslacker humor and savvy one chapter is called "Special Effects (Please Pass the Construction Paper)" they guide the novice through each stage of using digital film: writing the script, drawing up a budget, getting funding, equipment, cast, crew, etc. Would-be indie filmmakers seeking practical, friendly advice will find this a handy reference. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Digital Video Handbook
Tom Ang
0756609429
Apr 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Taking the reader through every stage of making videos, from handling the camera to using editing software and posting finished work on the Internet, the Digital Video Handbook is a jargon-free, easy-to-understand guide that explains how digital photography works, assesses equipment and software, covers downloading images to computers, and takes a look at common problems experienced by beginners. Digital Video Handbook is the indispensable handbook on digital video-whether videoing a birthday party, a vacation, a short feature, or a documentary.

About the Author
Tom Ang is a widely exhibited professional photographer, teacher, and has worked as a technical editor and photo editor on many magazines. Ang is also the author of numerous books, including DK's...


Video Shooter
Barry Braverman
1578202892
Jan 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
Video Shooter is a guide to both the mechanics of the video camera and the craft of shooting. Written by a veteran in the industry and utilizing an engaging, conversational style (including illustrative anecdotes from the author's many years of experience), the book takes the reader beyond "button pushing" to teach the complete range of skills required to capture compelling images. Topics include equipment selection, camera setup and operation, shooting techniques, and working with lighting and audio. Although the techniques illustrated in Video Shooter are appropriate for users of a wide range of camera models, the book focuses on the most popular 3-CCD DV and HDV cameras. A chapter on issues and techniques relating to DVD output makes the book especially suitable for industrial, educational, and...


Independent Feature Film Production: A Complete Guide from Concept through Distribution
Gregory Goodell
0312181175
May 1998
Paperback
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Review
"This book is a must. It is a straightforward, insightful, and articulate account of what it takes to make a successful feature film."--Ridley Scott, director of Alien, Blade Runner, and Thelma & Louise

"Saves one from having to learn the hard way."--David Lynch, director of Lost Highway and Blue Velvet

"Superb in both its conception and execution."--David Puttnam, producer of Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, The Killing Fields, and Memphis Belle

"The first and most thoroughly researched compilation of information dealing with all aspects of feature films, from financing to production to post-production to distribution and marketing."--Michael Apted, director of Gorillas in the Mist, and Nell

"A clear, direct guide. I wish I...


The Filmmaker's Guide to Production Design
Vincent Lobrutto
1581152248
May 2002
Paperback
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From Library Journal
In this outstanding book on production design, LoBrutto, an independent filmmaker and freelance film editor, goes to great lengths to cover the essentials-storyboarding, set decoration, budgeting, architecture, screenwriting, props, and wardrobe. He begins with an explanation of and introduction to design before dedicating a chapter to each particular facet of production, including one on genres with useful research techniques. LoBrutto tells readers step by step what to do and then illustrates his points by discussing scenes from different films that students can watch to understand and appreciate fully the scope of the text. Ending each chapter are practice exercises to reinforce the techniques. LoBrutto includes a list of 100 films to study, a glossary of terms, plus tools for further research. Ward...


Film and Video Budgets
Deke Simon
1932907106
January 2006
Paperback
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Book Description
This book tells you how to prepare all kinds of budgets, gives actual samples with detailed explanations and has extra sections on Setting Up a Company, Pre-Production and Money-Saving Ideas.


Filmmaking for Dummies
Bryan Michael Stoller
0764524763
July 2003
Paperback
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Review
"I found Filmmaking For Dummies a thorough and informative read: a complete A to Z that demystifies not only production, but pre- and post- production as well. Stoller paints a picture of filmmaking so basic that you'd have to be not just a dummy but completely braindead if you're unable to make your own movie after closing the book." (Entertainment Weekly, September 5, 2003)

Book Description
Film is a powerful medium. Successful filmmakers possess the passion to visually tell a story that will affect people's emotions, make them see things differently, help them discover new ideas, or just create an escape for them.

Whether you love the experience of being enthralled by movies or the excitement, challenge, and magic of making the movie yourself, Filmmaking For...



Digital Video Production Cookbook : 100 Professional Techniques for Independent and Amateur Filmmakers (Cookbooks (O'Reilly))
Chris Kenworthy
0596100310
November 23, 2005
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Book Description
Have you ever watched a big-budget Hollywood movie and wondered "How did they do that?" or, perhaps, "How can I do that?" While digital technology greatly simplifies the filmmaking process, there are many tried-and-true production tricks that only those lucky enough to work in the world of high-budget professional film production get to know. The truth is that setting up a car chase, making a realistic-looking alien, staging a fistfight, creating atmospheric lighting, and using special effects are often not as difficult to master as you might think.

Digital Video Production Cookbook will show you how to create sophisticated-looking visual effects, dramatic shots, and powerful sequences using low-cost methods adapted from high-end professional techniques. Author and award-winning filmmaker Chris...



Short Films 101
Frederick Levy
0399529497
May 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Where does a young filmmaker begin? With the right short-film concept and this book!

The right short can be a filmmaker's "business card" in Hollywood. Here's the authoritative handbook by one of Hollywood's most connected insiders that offers a step-by-step guide through the entire creative process of shooting a short film, as well as expert advice from established filmmakers, and a final game plan for promoting and selling the film once it's in the can. Topics covered include:

€ Concept
€ Budget
€ Finding equipment
€ Assembling a crew
€ Casting
€ Arranging for location
€ Locating festivals and ancillary markets
€ Working with the unions
€ Film vs. digital video

Plus: € A list of film schools
€...


Girl Director
Andrea Richards
1580086756
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Chock-full of fascinating photographs and colorful directives, GIRL DIRECTOR is an instruction manual, history lesson, scrapbook, and celebration of women and film rolled into one. Director and cinephile Andrea Richards all but hands the reader a camera as she raucously paves the way for young women to make their own films. Sharing tales of the coolest femme filmmakers from history and recounting advice from the best women directors now in the business, Richards explains step by step how anyone can make a film using a standard video camera. Covering such topics as screenwriting, storyboards, set design, editing, distribution, Claymation, music videos, film festivals, and the digital revolution, GIRL DIRECTOR is a must-have handbook for the aspiring auteur of any age.

From the...


Indie Producers Handbook : Creative Producing From A to Z
Myrl A. Schreibman
1580650376
August 1, 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Myrl Schreibman has written a straighfoward, insightful, and articulate account of what it takes to make a successful feature film.


Editing Digital Video: The Complete Creative and Technical Guide
Robert M. Goodman
0071406352
September 2002
Paperback
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The Cut, October 2002
will be re-read ... amazed ... how much ... covered in a single book ... how valuable the information was ... I recommend this book.

Review
Creative Cow : By Paul Werner
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts|Riverfront

I have read many system specific books that cover editing techniques for a particular program, Avid, Final Cut, Premiere, etc. Editing Digital Video by Robert M. Goodman and Patrick McGrath has a different goal. It aims to teach editing as a general tool and gives tips for all applications. I like this approach from the get go. The authors do an excellent job of clearly explaining both the technical and aesthetic role of the editor. They include many tips like editing with the right hand on the mouse and the left on the keyboard. They...



Teach Yourself Film Making
Tom Holden
0071398244
July 2002
Paperback
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Book Description

If you have ever dreamed of making a film, Teach Yourself Film Making is for you. It demystifies the process and proceeds with step-by-step advice while providing pointers on creative and technical elements along the way. It highlights the joys as well as the pitfalls of making a film, without the usual industry jargon. Areas covered include script writing and casting, finding locations, financing, useful contacts, and many more.



Camera Assistant, The, First Edition : A Complete Professional Handbook
Douglas Hart
0240800427
December 27, 1995
Hardcover
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Book Description
Veteran camera assistant Doug Hart describes in this comprehensive technical guide all of the important facets and duties of the first and second camera assistants' jobs. Whether it is feature films, episodic television, documentaries, commercials, or music videos, The Camera Assistant: A Complete Professional Handbook explains both the practice and theory behind it with a concentration on technique rather than equipment. In addition, personal anecdotes from the author's years behind and beside the camera provide insight into this demanding field.

Key topics include film formats and aspect ratios, testing lenses and camera equipment, focus theory, film loading and labeling, scene blocking, marking actors, shooting tips, slating, paperwork, equipment maintenance, set etiquette, and finding work. This is not a...


Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents
Louise Levison
0240805364
December 2003
Paperback
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Review
"Thank you so much for all your help from the business plan to the emails and introductions. You have helped this film become what it is today." Robin Cowie, Producer, The Blair Witch Project

"Levison's book gives filmmakers an inspiring and coherent merger of plain English, film lingo, and traditional business-speak. It helped me create a straightforward and thorough business plan that ultimately raised $2 million for my new project." --- Stu Pollard, Producer/Director,
Keep Your Distance

"Buying this book is the first step to becoming a successful, independent filmmaker. It helped me launch my company."
- Rick Pamplin, The Pamplin film Company

"If Louise Levison's Filmmakers & Financing were only about business plans it would be worth more than its cover price. In addition, Levison gives sage, savvy...

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