The Lean Forward Moment
Here are the secrets of the craft of storytelling in script writing, directing, set design, sound and picture editing, music, visual effects and producting. Using examples from top films such as The Godfather and The Matrix, this book guides you through all the steps you need to become a better and more entrancing filmmaker. Softcover, 356 pp. $52.99.
American Independent: Directory of World Cinema
From the raw realism of John Cassavetes to the postmodern nightmares of David Lynch, the films that have emerged from the American independent sector represent a national cinema that has generated worldwide devotion and discussion. This book provides an insight into American Independent Cinema through reviews of significant titles and case studies of leading directors, alongside explorations of the cultural and industrial landscape of key genres. Softcover, 327 pp. $29.99.
Declarations of Independence
American independent cinema is a key cultural niche within the wider film industry and its success, since the early 1990s, proves that there is an audience for alternative media. This book offers an academic discussion of the genre and considers whether unique independent film can thrive or even survive in an industry of mass production and profit. Softcover, 224 pp. $35.95.
This user-friendly guide is a distillation of the basics you need to know, packed into a single volume. Road-tested by emerging filmmakers like you, this book offers real experience, real interviews and tried and tested ideas and techniques to offer the simplest, most direct way to get started making movies. Loaded with check lists, tools, and handy reference charts, this book covers everthing that you need to put your ideas up on the screen. Softcover, 303 pp. $22.95.
Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution
Filmmakers looking to get greater exposure for their short films will not want to be without this excellent book. Whether your short is meant to be a calling card, a segue to a feature film, or simply a creative endeavor, this book describes all of the potential paths for exhibition and distribution. Softcover, 304 pp. $28.95.
The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead: How to Make your Own Heart-Racing Horror Movie
From the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production, marketing, and distribution, this complete guide uncovers all the insider secrets of horror filmmaking. Author and award-winning filmmaker Danny Draven shares his personal experiences and shows you how to avoid common filmmaking pitfalls in order to create your own successful horror movie. Softcover, 310 pp. $45.95.
The Independent Film Producer's Survival Guide
Gunnar Erickson, Harris Tulchin & Mark Halloran
This indispensable book gives the independent producer vital information about the business and legal aspects of movie production. Detailed insights into the development process, deal making, hiring directors and actors, contracts, securing location rights, acquiring music, digital movie making, distribution, marketing, and finance are clearly explained in everyday language. Useful industry-standard forms are included for drawing up contracts. This is simply the undisputed bible for anyone thinking of making an independent film. Softcover, 464 pp. $32.50.
Filmmaking for Teens
Troy Lanier & Clay Nichols
Written specifically with the teenage filmmaker in mind, this new edition of this classic manual includes numerous additions reflecting the enormous changes impacting the world of digital video. Particular attention is given to HD technology and online marketing and distribution. Softcover, 198 pp. $26.95.
Shaking the Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video Projects
Shaking the Money Tree became and instant classic when its first edition appeared in 1994. Now considered the "bible" on fundraising for independent noncommercial film and video, this new expanded 3rd edition takes media makers -- and anyone interested in the art of fundraising -- into the 21st century, and included sidebars with practical advice from seasoned professionals in the field. Softcover, 170 pp. $33.95.
Making it Big in Shorts
In easy-to-follow steps, short film guru, Kim Adelman, shows you how to achieve your dreams by making that killer short film. Bringing together the artistic and business sides of filmmaking, this book gives filmmakers the skills to develop unique shorts that are creatively satisfying and can launch careers. Softcover, 286 pp. $27.95.
"Indiewood" is the place where Hollywood and the American independent sector meet, where lines blur and two very different kinds of cinema come together in a striking blend of creativity and commerce. This book is the first to provide objective analysis of this distinctive region of the contemporary American film landscape. Softcover, 294 pp. $30.50.
Introduction to Media Production
Robert B. Musburger & Gorham Kindem
This book provides aspiring media producers with a comprehensive guide to production, helping you to understand the entire process of media creativity, beginning with the conception of an idea and audience considerations, through the preproduction, production, and postproduction processes, and finally to distribution. Softcover, 509 pp. $59.95.
130 Projects to Get You Into Filmmaking
This inspirational bfook offers a complete introductory course in filmmaking skills and techniques, from writing, producing, and directing to marketing and publicizing your finished work. Using simple techniques and relying on readily available, low-budget equipment and software, this book allows you to get started immediately. Softcover, 127 pp. $26.50.
How Not To Make a Short Film
Featuring interviews with many of today's most talented writers, producers, and directors, as well as provocative stories from her own short film sets, Roberta Munroe walks you through the minefield of mistakes that aspiring filmmakers and seasoned pros make - so that you don't have to make them yourself! Softcover, 255 pp. $16.95.
The Power Filmmaking Kit
Jason J. Tomaric
The Power Filmmaking Kit is a comprehensive, multimedia bood and DVD package that empowers you to produce your own Hollywood quality movie. Written by award winning director Jason J. Tomaric whose film, Time and Again, was notoriously shot for under $2000, this book will teach you how to achieve professional results on a microbudget, using the resources you have at hand. Softcover, 409 pp. $41.95.
Filming on a Microbudget
This Pocket Essential guide gives you all the information you need to put together a short film production - from scripting, planning and casting through location-scouting, shooting and editing, to distribution. Softcover, 308 pp. $12.95.
Making Short Films
Making Short Films is a practical and inspirational guide to students and independent filmmakers. This new edition of what has become a bible for filmmakers internationally is completely rewritten, expanded and redesigned. This is the only book to describe and explain the whole process - from creating an original or adapted script, to producing and directing, to managing budgets and people, to financing , marketing ande distributing your film. Softcover, 292 pp. $21.95.
Christine Vachon & Austin Bunn
In A Killer Life, Christine Vachon follows up her independent
producing handbook, Shooting to Kill,
with a behind-the-scenes memoir of the battle between creativity and commerce.
She recounts the rise of independent film and the evolution of her company, Killer
Films, revealing the stories behind star castings and firings and films that
never got made; how sexuality factors into the films she produces; and how the
often lethal combination of finance and creativity affects what we see on the
big screen. Softcover, 300 pp. $19.95.
Short Films... How to Make and Distribute Them
This book is for anyone who has ever wanted to make a short film. Focusing on the practicalities of filmmaking, it will guide you through all stages of the process, examining every available possibility along the way. From the development of your initial idea, to screening your finished film in front of an audience, it will enable you to make informed decisions, including which format to use, where to find a cast and crew, and how to get your short film distributed. An invaluable resource for new and more experiences filmmaker's alike, offering technical and creative solutions for the realisation of short films in all shapes and sizes. Softcover, 298 pp. $24.95.
Dale Newton & John Gaspard
From script to screen, every aspect of low-budget digital feature production is covered in this updated edition. It provides additional detail on new business structures for the independent filmmaker, looks at camera and editing system options that are available for budgets as low as $8,000, examines new trends in film festivals and distribution, and provides information for anyone who has the passion and the zeal to bring their cinematic dreams to life. Softcover, 291 pp. $35.95.
There's No Business Like Soul Business
A step-by-step guide, filled with in-depth exercises and breakthrough processes, this book equips artists and entertainment professionals with the spiritual tools and techniques to make their everyday walk in the business a more purposeful and prosperous adventure. Rydall empowers readers to achieve their dreams and create material that has a positive impact on the planet. Softcover, 236 pp. $29.95.
Independent Film Distribution
No matter how good your film is, if it doesn't get distribution, it will
never be seen by anyone! Learn how to break out of the pack and champion
your movie by getting it seen and heard by the biggest audience possible.
This comprehensive insider's view to the world of independent film
distribution wipes away the prevalent myths surrounding the process
and offers a harsh but useful examination of what is required to
get a movie picked up by a distributor. Softcover, 272 pp. $34.95.
The Complete Guide to Making a Movie: Low Budget and Beyond
Lorne M. Wales
As a movie maker, you have an overwhelming number of details to handle: How
to choose the best location... Staying on budget... How to get the
most out of actors, extras, and stunt people... And how to make your vision
truly come to life. With the right tool, you can make it happen. The
Complete Guide to Making a Movie: Low Budget and Beyond is the definitive
guide to making a film or video. Every detail you need is here--from
pre-production to post-production--as well as a step-by-step listing
of each crew member's duties and responsibilities. Softcover, 287 pp.
Putting the Pieces Together: The Graffiti Model for Indie Filmmaking
A behind-the-scenes look at the making of Quality of Life, including annotated
original screenplay and forward by Jim Prigoff. Softcover, $24.95.
The Rough Guide to American Independent Film
Unconventional, controversial and often downright disturbing, indie films
have given us some of cinema's most innovative and influential moments.
The Rough Guide to American Independent Film gives you the lowdown
on maverick filmmaking, from sleazy exploitation flicks and satirical
documentaries to chilling horror movies and quirky suburban dramas.
Softcover, 277 pp. $21.99.
Filmmaking for Teens
Pete Shaner & Gerald Everett Jones
You don't have to invest a small fortune, own expensive gear, and employ
an army of technicians to create a movie. Today's high-tech tools
will fit in your backpack and don't require the financial backing
of a major movie studio. With this book, you'll learn how to tell
your story on a budget, using tips from industry veterans. From developing
your idea and writing a script to planning for production, shooting
and editing, Digital Filmmaking for Teens covers every step. Softcover,
237 pp. $34.95.
Flicks: How to Make Low-Budget Horror Films
Turn that demented story and skeletal budget into a real horror movie!
From concept to screen, this comprehensive guide shows aspiring filmmakers
how today's most successful creators of horror finance, produce,
and market their films. Softcover, 215 pp. $24.95.
Wake Up Screening: What to Do Once You've Made That Movie
John Anderson & Laura Kim
In I Wake Up Screening, John Anderson and Laura Kim tell emerging
filmmakers how to (and how not to) get their films talked about, written about,
sold, and seen. They explain how to get independent films evaluated, how to put
together the perfect team, how to deal with the media, how to navigate the festival
circut, and how to win friends and influence people. The authors' advice is supported
by insightful interviews with more than sixty top industry insiders. Softcover,
218 pp. $24.95.
Cheap & Under Control
Other filmmakers -- with as little money, as little time, and just as many pressures
as you're facing -- have achieved remarkable feats in low-budget filmmaking.
They have overcome the same problems, and some that you could never imagine.
With this book you will learn hard-earned lessons from such low-budget mavericks
as Steven Soderbergh, Roger Corman, Jon Farveau, Daniel Myrick and several others.
Softcover, 281 pp. $35.95.
In a priceless examination of the director's craft, the materials that
made Alexander MacKendrick's reputation as an instructor are collected
here for the first time, offering a chance for professionals as well
as students to discover a methodology of film-making that is challenging
yet refreshing in its clarity. Softcover, 291 pp. $34.50.
Are you eager to express yourself creatively in short films, but
don't know how to get started? Making Short Films will show you how
innovate, and experiment in poetic visually exciting ways. This expansive
primer guides the reader through story development, script-writing,
equipment operation, shot composition, editing, sfx, soundtrack assembly.
stills throughout the book. Includes DVD of 30 short films. Softcover,
263 pp. $34.95.
Michael W. Dean
You don't need to spend tens of thousands of dollars at film school --
make your low- or no-budget movie now! This new edition has been completely
to cover advancements in video and audio editing, with many new tips
and tricks on shooting, producing, and distribution. Also included is
DVD. Softcover, 516 pp. $40.95.
in the Digital Age
If you want to learn from leading lights in today's revolution in documentary
filmmaking, Maxine Baker has written the guide you need to own. You will discover
many different and innovative approaches to documentary form and style arising
from the use of new digital technology. A tribute to the mavericks of creativity,
inside you will find interviews and advice from ground-breaking documentary makers
from the UK, USA, and Europe, as well as extensive listings of useful worldwide
contacts and organizations. Any and every fan of the documentary will experience
anew the passion and wonder of the factual film. Softcover, $40.95.
This book provides a state-of-the-art guide to the process of making a film
with low-cost digital equipment: from development through to production,
post-production, and distribution. In addition to technical matters,
this book puts special emphasis on filmmaking principals and how they
applied towards developing a unique cinematic style. This volume is made
complete by instructions to 15 hands-on projects, over 80 high quality
film stills, and up-to-date information on the most recent advances in
DV technology. Softcover, 406 pp. $38.50.
This carefully structured book teaches a full range of filmmaking skills
to anyone interested in creating short movies for private screenings,
festivals, competitions, and broadcast on television or the web.
From initial planning
to assembling a cast and crew, you will discover how to get your
movie up and running. Practical projects and exercises give students
for working in different genres, from ten-minute documentaries to
pop videos, short dramas and action sequences. There's also advice
on putting together
a showreel and getting a finished film seen.
Softcover, 144 pp. $28.99.
Critical Cinema 5: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers
A Critical Cinema 5 is the fifth volume in Scott MacDonald's Critical
Cinema series, the most comprehensive, in-depth exploration of independent cinema
available in English. In all, there are fourteen interviews, each of which
is accompanied by a detailed filmography and a selected bibliography.
Portable Film School
In The Portable Film School, D.B. Giles explains the fundamental
skills and techniques of screenwriting and making a short film, arming
with the two calling cards that you'll need to break into Hollywood
having to spend an enormous amount of money on tuition or a minute
in a classroom.
Softcover, 252 pp. $19.95.
of a Guerrilla Film: The Making of Radius
Want to make a guerrilla film of your own? Learn how as first-time director
Helmut Kobler takes you through the highs and lows of creating his ambitious
film RADIUS on a meager budget. Kobler explains how he and his team accomplished
each step of the filmmaking process -- from writing the script and financing
it with credit cards to completing the final sound mix, marketing the
film, and distributing it for others to see. Go behind the scenes as
a frank account of what went right and what went wrong. This unique guide
is a must-have for all aspiring guerrilla filmmakers. Softcover, 391
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