The Hollywood Economist: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
Edward Jay Epstein
In a Freakonomics-meets-Hollywood saga, veteran investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein goes undercover to explore Hollywood's "invisible money maching," probing the dazzlingly complicated finances behind the hits and flops, while he answers a surprisingly difficult question: How do the studios make their money? Softcover, 236 pp. $20.50.
The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film
Gini Graham Scott
Veteran filmmaker Gini Graham Scott begins with how to write a short script, keeping in mind the goal of shooting it in one or at most two days. Scott discusses how to finalize your script by getting feedback and then preparing it for production by completing a scene breakdown and a storyboard. Softcover, 329 pp. $21.99.
The Health and Safety Guide for Film, TV, and Theatre
The only publication of its kind, this book outlines precuations to take against hazardous materials, recommendations for proper protective equipment, safety checklists for shops and classrooms, occupational safety and much more. Extended material includes recent precedent-setting lawsuits and material on fall protection. Softcover, 250 pp. $32.95.
Getting it Done: The Ultimate Production Assistant Guide
Joshua Friedman has worked on productions such as Law & Order, Gossip Girl, 30 Rock, and The Adjustment Bureau. In Getting it Done he teaches you how to become indispensable on film and television sets. As a tutorial for those starting out or a reference guide for seasoned filmmakers, this is an essential book. Softcover, 192 pp. $23.95.
C.O.N.F.L.I.C.T.: An Insider's Guide to Storytelling in Factual/Reality TV and Film
Based on his highly popular seminars, renowned TV consultant and producer Robert Thirkell sets out a professional toolkit for developing a compelling story in factual/reality programmes and films. Spilling the secrets of making award-winning programmes he reveals the surprising background to various popular series. Softcover, 332 pp. $29.00.
Film Production Management 101 Management and Coordination in a Digital Age
In effect, Film Production Management 101 is two books in one: a detailed insider's guide for production managers and another one for production coordinators. With an entertaining "nuts and bolts" approach, Deb Patz takes you on a journey from prep to post and even on to the audit with insider tips on budgets, cost reports, cash flows, interim financing, script revisions, location management, production insurance, completion bonds and much, much more! 36 in-depth chapters are complimented with more than 70 additional pages of essential forms. Softcover, $39.95. (www.debpatz.com/pm101.htm)
Producer to Producer
Maureen A. Ryan
This comprehensive guide to low-budget film producing is for emerging and professional producers. It is designed to take to production meetings with every aspect of the film-producing process outlined in detail, including checklists to keep you on track, from 12 weeks before shooting to the first day of principal photography and through postproduction. Don't produce your film without it. Softcover, 395 pp. $47.95.
Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video
Peter W. Rea & David K. David
Now in its fourth edition, this is the definitive book on the subject for beginning filmmakers and students. It clearly illustrates all of the steps involved in pre-production, production, postproduction, and distribution, and uses a unique two-fold approach to break down filmmaking from the perspectives of both the producer and director. Extensive examples from award-winning shorts show you how to create a successful short film or video, from script to final product. Softcover, 399 pp. $57.95.
The Complete Film Production Handbook
Eve Light Honthaner
Written with both students and working professionals in mind, this is a comprehensive guide that covers everything from pre-production through wrap and post-production and includes chapters on independent and low-budget filmmaking, television, commercials, incentives, effects, and new media. In addition to advice on negotiating good deals and valuable industry survival tips, you'll find all the essential production and accounting forms needed to make your film a reality. Softcover, 524 pp. $68.95.
Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry
Armed with the 3rd edition of this essential guide, filmmakers can expect to save themselves thousands of dollars in legal fees as they navigate the shark-infested waters of the entertainment business. Whether you are a producer, writer, director, or actor, veteran enterainment attorney Mark Litwak will help you make the most of your business dealings while steering you clear of the many contractual traps that may await you. Softcover, 467 pp. $39.95.
Dina Appleton & Daniel Yankelevits
Entertainment attorneys and Hollywood insiders Diane Appleton and Daniel Yankelevits explain the negotiation techniques and strategies used by seasoned professionals in entertainment dealmaking. This new edition captures the dramatic changes in the film and television industry over the past five years and includes new chapters on reality television and new media. With sample contracts, memos to illustrate key dealmaking points, and section-by-section summaries to clarify complex legal issues, this book is an essential resource for industry novices and veterans alike. Softcover, 313 pp. $29.95.
The Film Finance Handbook: How to Fund Your Film
New Global Edition
Adam P. Davis & Nicol Wistreich
For the first time in a single edition, this book brings together a complete guide to film finance around the world. Over 40 experts from six continents have contributed to this exhaustive reference guide for filmmakers, producers, funders and advisors. A must-have handbook. Softcover, 468 pp. $56.95.
Hollywood Creative Directory
The most complete reference to: Studios & Networks, Film & TV Executives, Production Companies, Projects in Development, TV Shows & Staff, and Production tracking. Softcover, 456 pp. $77.95.
Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films
This is the book that every filmmaker has been waiting for. It deviates from the traditional business-oriented film books that tell you how to get grants and explain how studio deals work but leave you at square one. Bankroll instead provides a fresh approach to financing that demonstrates that there is money all around you that you can start tapping into right now. His clearheaded strategy gives you the tools and confidence you need to put dreams into action. Softcover, 205 pp. $29.95.
Produce Your Own Damn Movie!
When it comes to producing, no one speaks with more authority than Lloyd Kaufman, founder of the long-running independent film studio, Troma Entertainment. Candid interviews, tips, tricks, and tidbits scattered throughout the book give filmmakers practical tools for getting a movie shoot off the ground, keeping it afloat and seeing it through to the end -- Lloyd Kaufman shows you how it's really done. Softcover, 290 pp. $23.95.
The Business of Media Distribution
Jeffrey C. Ulin
This book, written by an industry insider, demystifies how an idea moves from concept to profits and how distribution quietly dominates an industry otherwise grounded in high profile elements (production, marketing, creative, finance, law). Endorsed by Variety magazine, and providing a unique apprenticeship to the business by relating theory and practice across key global market segments -- including film, television, video and online -- this book is a unique and invaluable resource for anyone interested in media distribution. Softcover, 509 pp. $41.95.
Hollywood Representation Directory, 36th Edition
Includes contact information for: talent and literary agents, personal managers, entertainment attorneys, business affairs departments, publicity commpanies, and casting directors. Softcover, $77.95.
Starting with pre-production, through production, and until the end of post-production, the one resource that you will never put down in the Fonebook. A veritable encyclopedia of the Toronto film industry, this directory will put you in contact with the people and the companies necessary to make your film, TV series, music video, commericial, or industrial/corprate spot. Now only $10.00, there is simply no excuse not to own this essential book! Coil-bound, 238 pp. $10.00.
The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers
Sidestep the perils of film production where actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Arm yourself with the practical advice of a TV-producer-turned-entertainment lawyer. The format of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers is carefully designed for quick reference, so you get the answers you need, fast. Softcover, 342 pp. $33.95.
Film Business: A Handbook for Producers
This book explains all you need to know to become a successful producer. It covers building a business plan, selecting and analysing scripts, and creating strategies for deal-making, as well as the production and marketing of projects in a range of genres and markets - from traditional cinema to digital media and multi-platforms. With amusing anecdotes and invaluable advice from industry experts, this handbook provides you with the tools you need to run a sustainable business in both local and international screen production environments. Softcover, 451 pp. $40.95.
The Dream Team
In The Dream Team, Daniel M. Kimmel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Dreamworks' rise - and the end of the dream eleven years later, when most of the company was sold off or shut down. What caused the spectacular rise and fall of this seemingly unstoppable company? Kimmel offers intriguing answers, showing how the guys tilting at windmills unsually end up on the ground. Softcover, 238 pp. $18.95.
The Art of Film Funding: Alternative Financing Concepts
Carole Lee Dean
You can find the money to make your film! Let Carole Lee Dean show you the inside track to funds from corporations and individuals. Learn winning financing techniques to raise your budget and get the checks written. Here is the ultimate reference guide for creating the perfect pitch, inspiring your winning application, finding and connecting with funding organizations, making a successful "ask," and landing the money to make your film. Softcover, 251 pp. $35.95.
Planning the Low-Budget Film
Robert Latham Brown
Using stories from his thirty years in film production, Robert Latham Brown illuminates the principals of film planning from a unique perspective. From the missing swamp to dealing with polar bears, this book will entertain as well as instruct. He shows you how to break a script down into its basic components, and takes you through every line of a film budget, explaining how to squeeze the most value out of your funds. Softcover, 414 pp. $37.95.
The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution
This comprehensive manual for filmmmakers and producers is dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace. Learn how to sell your movie to a studio, a cable network, a video distributor or international buyers. As well, you'll read about success stories from a number of sources. Softcover, 202 pp. $31.50.
Bambi vs. Godzilla: On the Nature, Purpose, and Practice of the Movie Business
In Bambi vs. Godzilla, David Mamet, the award-winning playwright and screenwriter, gives a subversive inside look at Hollywood from the perspective of a filmmaker who has always played the game his own way. He tells the reader who is favorite actors and what his favorite movies are, who he thinks is the most perfect actor to grace the screen, and who he thinks should never have appeared there. Hardcover, 250 pp. $28.00.
Hollywood Creative Directory: Hollywood Music Industry Directory
4th Edition 2007
Matt Hayes & L.M. Siegel
This 4th edition contains info on record companies, A & R executives, agents and managers, music publishers, soundtrack executives, music supervisors, film & TV composers and recording studios. Softcover, 360 pp. $89.95.
The Phone Book to Hollywood: Hollywood Creative Directory
59th Edition 2007
Sharon Bordas & L.M. Siegel
This 59th edition contains contact information for studios and networks, film and TV executives, production companies, independent producers, TV shows and staff, projects in development, production tracking and selected credits. It now also includes mobile content producers. Softcover, 496 pp. $89.95.
Film Production Management
Film Production Management is a practical guide to what it takes to get a screenplay produced in Hollywood and onto the big screen or television. This book contains chapters on contracts, insurance, and special tips for low-budget films. This new edition has been updated to include new information on shooting permits, immigration and temporary work permits, digital FX, completion bonds, festivals, and film schools. Updated forms have also been included, such as new versions of deal memos, budgeting sheets, and script breakdown sheets. Softcover, 225 pp. $43.95.
Selling The Sizzle 2: The Sequel
Selling The Sizzle 2: The Sequel is the ultimate guide to the galaxy of
entertainment marketing. This insightful "how-to-guide" takes
the reader by the hand on a fast-paced, provocative journey to the
glamorous but disciplined world of marketing just about every form
of entertainment. From sponsorship to the controversial practice
of product placement and the role of media buying and the power of
developing great creative, Selling The Sizzle 2 is a must-read for
anyone promoting entertainment or even considering a career in the
industry. Softcover, 241 pp. $24.95.
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.
A Killer Life
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
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
of finance and creativity affects what we see on the big screen.
Hardcover, 279 pp. $34.99.
Film Business: A Handbook for Producers
This book explains all you need to know to become a successful producer.
It covers building a business plan, selecting and analysing scripts,
and creating strategies for deal-making, as well as the production
and marketing of projects in a range of genres and markets -- from
traditional cinema to digital media and multi-platforms. With amusing
anecdotes and invaluable advice from industry experts, this handbook
provides you with the tools you need to run a sustainable business
in both local and international screen production environments. Softcover,
451 pp. $40.95.
Developing and Maintaining a Design-Tech Portfolio: A Guide for
Theatre, Film & TV
If you are in theatre, film, or TV and entering the fields of scenery, costume,
lighting, or sound, this will arm you with the tools needed to apply
to graduate school or get your dream job! This book shows you how to
create, develop, and present a successful portfolio. It is loaded with
industry knowledge, expert advice, and lists of DOs and DON'Ts. Developing
and Maintaining a Design-Tech Portfolio will help you highlight all
your wonderful skills and start your career in the right direction.
Softcover, 185 pp. $41.95.
Through, Selling Out, Dropping Dead and other notes on Filmmaking
This guide to Hades for those who aspire to direct features is packed with
valuable information and practical advice on both the craft of filmmaking
and on the wiles necessary to survive in a "rotten system." Bayer
talks about things that nobody has ever mentioned like agents, collaboration,
nudie films, production managers, screening rooms, unions, television,
titles and turkeys. Breaking Through is tough, opinionated, witty,
cynical, angry, idealistic, and highly informative. Newly revised
and expanded. Softcover, 234 pp. $22.50.
Use, Free Use and Use by Permission: How to Handle Copyrights in all Media
Fair Use, Free Use and Use By Permission provides comprehensive guidance
for determining when creative works can be used without permission and without
payment and clarifies how to obtain permission to use copyrighted works
when necessary. This easy-to-understand guide also explains copyright basics,
such as duration and scope, public-domain and avoiding infringement; determining
fair use and how to find copyright holders, request permissions, etc.
Engaging examples, comprehensive checklists, useful information about
the Copyright Office and Internet resources, sample letters, and ready-to-use
agreements make this book a necessity for researchers, teachers, librarians,
writers, artists, songwriters, filmmakers and anyone else who uses creative
material. Softcover, 247 pp. $34.95.
and Directing the Short Film & Video
David K. Irving & Peter W. Rea
Considered by many to be the definitive book on the subject, Producing
and Directing the Short Film, Third Edition, clearly illustrates all
steps involved in pre-production, production, postproduction, and distribution.
Its unique two-fold approach looks at filmmaking from the perspectives
of both producer and director and explains how their separate energies
must combine to create a successful short film or video. This third edition
been expanded to include a chapter on animation, the history of the short,
and an expanded film school appendix. Softcover, 402 pp. $63.95.
Budgets the Canadian Way
A How-to Guide for Film and Video
This definitive and easy-to-use book is the only resource available which focuses
exclusively on budgeting for the Canadian film & television industry. Inside
you will find sample budgets by industry professionals from across the country,
along with a Canadian budget form and line-by-line budget defintions. Sample
budgets range from $34,000 to $21,000,000 and include commercials, documentaries,
series, movies of the week, independent features and mid-size US features.
Softcover, 921 pp. $113.95.
Film & Video
4th Updated Edition
Simon Deke & Michael Wiese
For almost 20 years, Film & Video Budgets has been the essential handbook
for both beginning and professional video and filmmakers. This book tells
you how to prepare all kinds of budgets, and gives actual samples with
detailed explanations. Included are eight sample budgets, including ones
features, documentaries, music videos, and student films. Softcover, 477
Complete DVD Book
Chris Gore & Paul J. Salamoff
Learn how to release your own film on DVD with this step-by-step guide
that walks you through the entire process, and offers detailed information
that will help you to create a DVD that will sell. Softcover, 224 pp.
Eve Light Honthaner
Written by a Hollywood insider, Hollywood Drive: What it Takes
to Break in, Hang in & Make it in the Entertainment Industry offers invaluable
advice to those who have set their sights on a career in film and/or
TV. This book goes beyond what it takes to get your foot in the door
you the tools, attitude, philosophy and road map you'll need to give
yourself a good fighting chance at success. Softcover, 380 pp. $29.50.
Studio Report: Film Development
This is a complete breakdown of films in development and project
tracking. It lists spec screenplays sold, hot studio projects, and
features an A-Z listing of titles.
Softcover, 192 pp. $55.95.
Producing, Financing and Distributing Film
Paul Baumgarten, Donald C. Farber & Mark Fleischer
In this classic book, three experts in entertainment law carefully explain
the complex procedures involved in bringing film to the screen, from
acquiring rights and financing, to negotiating workable agreements with
craftspeople, to distributing and exhibiting the finished motion picture.
Clear, concise, and authoritative, this book is an essential reference
for the teacher of film, the independent producer, the would be filmmaker,
anyone interested in the business of making movies. Softcover, 242 pp.
and Nightmares: Terry Gilliam, The Brothers Grimm, & other
Cautionary Tales of Hollywood
Dreams and Nightmares is Bob McCabe's eyewitness account of
Hollywood's movie-making practices -- reported from the set of Terry Gilliam's The
Brothers Grimm. McCabe sits in on confidential meetings, speaks to the
stars and stagehands, sees studio interference first-hand, and collects enough
tales of Tinseltown to make the toes curl before being forcibly ejected by studio
staff. Combining his own experiences with personal diaries and candid interviews
with Gilliam, Matt Damon and others, he reveals exactly why it is so hard to
get a movie made in today's Hollywood system. Hardcover, 296 pp. $39.95.
You Want to Be a Producer
Examining all the nuts and bolts of production, such as raising money and
securing permissions, finding a story and developing a script, choosing
a director, hiring actors, and marketing your project, So You Want
to Be a Producer is a must-have resource packed with insider information
first-hand advice from top Hollywood producers, writers, and directors,
offering invaluable help for beginners and professionals alike. Softcover,
273 pp. $21.00.
Your Film Funded: UK Film Finace Guide 2004
Caroline Hancock & Nic Wistreich
Get Your Film Funded: UK Film Finace Guide is an exhaustive roadmap to film
funding structures and opportunities in the UK. From low-budget short
film schemes through to multi-million pound international co-productions,
is an essential reference guide for producers and filmmakers raising
finance at any level. Softcover, 243 pp. $38.95.
Paul Mason & Don Gold
Budding filmmakers, television producers, directors, writers, and
students get a crash course on the independent production scene in
this riveting account of the business and its key players. Two veteran,
award-winning producers provide a unique overview of the producer's
journey, all the while teaching aspiring filmmakers the nuts and bolts
of filmmaking. Softcover, 275 pp. $29.95.
Harold L. Vogel
Entertainment Industry Economics is a comprehensive, up-to-date
reference guide on the economics, financing, production, and marketing
of entertainment in the United States and overseas. Investors,
business executives, accountants, lawyers, arts administrators,
readers will find that the book offers an invaluable guide to how
entertainment industries operate. Hardcover, 611 pp. $75.95.
Movie Business Book
Jason E. Squire
Drawing on a variety of experts in an industry that has seen
advances since the second edition, The Movie Business Book, Third Edition,
offers the most comprehensive, authoritative overview of this fascinating, global
business. This definitive sourcebook covers the nuts-and-bolts details about
financing, revenue streams, marketing, DVDs, globalization, the Internet and
Softcover, 552 pp. $23.00.
Law for Producers
Phillip H. Miller
This comprehensive handbook explains, in lay terms, the myriad
of legal issues that producers face on a regular basis: production
contracts, permits, permissions and clearances, releases, insurance,
libel and privacy concerns, working with guilds, royalties and residuals,
as well as protecting the finished production through copyright and
trademark registration. A must for producers. Softcover, 399 pp.
Thom Taylor and Melinda Hsu
Intelligent and accessible, this book addresses the needs of
independent filmmakers in the age of digital cinema. The roles of
agents, producers, distributors, studios, and financiers are all
discussed in light of what is regarded as an immenent metamorphosis
in the industry. Softcover, 235 pp. $41.95.
Is There Life After Film School?
For film students who dread the daunting task of infiltrating the film industry after
they graduate, Is There Life After Film School? shows that there are more
options available to students than they may think. Through a series of interviews,
the book reveals a range of career paths taken by accomplished scriptwriters, production
designers, producers and marketers. Softcover 216 pp. $29.95
The Complete Independent Movie Marketing Handbook
Mark Steven Bosko
From landing a distribution deal and getting free media coverage to staging a low-cost
premiere and selling your movie to video rental chains and over the Internet, this
book is a must-have for any independent film or video maker looking to seriously
launch and sustain a career in the entertainment industry. Softcover, 363 pp. $63.95.
Your Own Damn Movie!
Secret of a Renegade
Make Your Own Damn Movie! is a hilarious yet informative crash course in filmmaking
written by America's legendary renegade filmmaker. Using real-life examples from
Kaufman's own thirty years in the business, this book is written for anyone who's
ever wanted to make a movie but didn't know how. Softcover, 329 pp. $21.95.
Production Management 101
Deborah S. Patz
In this greatly expanded second edition of "Surviving Production", Deborah Patz taps into her eighteen years of experience to advise you from preproduction through production, wrap, postproduction, and even audit. She shares secrets and systems and tells it like it is. Softcover, 460 pp., $51.95.
The Hollywood Way: A Young Movie Mogul's Savvy Business Tips For Success In Any
Levy's wide-ranging and easy-to-implement tips are applicable to every career, from
the mailroom to the boardroom. The only requirement is you must want to become first
in the pack and move ahead of the curve. Softcover, 270 pp., $21.95.
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