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Independent Filmmaking

The Lean Forward MomentThe Lean Forward Moment
Norman Hollyn
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 CinemaAmerican Independent: Directory of World Cinema

John Berra
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 IndependenceDeclarations of Independence

John Berra
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.

Stand-Out ShortsStand-Out Shorts

Russell Evans
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 DistributionSwimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution

Sharon Badal
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 DeadThe Filmmaker's Book of the Dead: How to Make your Own Heart-Racing Horror Movie
Danny Draven
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 GuideThe Independent Film Producer's Survival Guide
Third Edition
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 TeensFilmmaking for Teens

Second Edition
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 TreeShaking the Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video Projects

3rd Edition
Morrie Warshawski
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 ShortsMaking it Big in Shorts

Kim Adelman
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, USAIndiewood, USA

Geoff King
"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 ProductionIntroduction to Media Production

Fourth Edition
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 Filmmaking130 Projects to Get You Into Filmmaking

Elliot Grove
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 FilmHow Not To Make a Short Film

Roberta Munroe
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 KitThe 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
Paul Hardy
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 FilmsMaking Short Films

Clifford Thurlow
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.

A Killer LifeA Killer Life
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 ThemShort Films... How to Make and Distribute Them
Nathan Parker
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.

Digital FilmmakingDigital Filmmaking

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 BusinessThere's No Business Like Soul Business
Derek Rydall
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 DistributionIndependent Film Distribution

Phil Hall
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 MovieThe 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. $31.95.

Putting the Pieces TogetherPutting the Pieces Together: The Graffiti Model for Indie Filmmaking
Benjamin Morgan
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 FilmThe Rough Guide to American Independent Film
Jessica Winter
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.

Digital Filmmaking for TeensDigital 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.

Splatter Flicks: How to Make Low-Budget Horror FilmsSplatter Flicks: How to Make Low-Budget Horror Films
Sara Caldwell
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.

I Wake Up Screening: What to Do Once You've Made That MovieI 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.

Fast, Cheap & Under ControlFast, Cheap & Under Control
John Gaspard
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.

On Film-MakingOn Film-Making
Alexander MacKendrick
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.

Making Short FilmsMaking Short Films
Jim Piper
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 to explore, 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. Over 300 stills throughout the book. Includes DVD of 30 short films. Softcover, 263 pp. $34.95.

$30 Film School$30 Film School
Second Edition
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 updated to cover advancements in video and audio editing, with many new tips and tricks on shooting, producing, and distribution. Also included is a companion DVD. Softcover, 516 pp. $40.95.

Documentary in the Digital AgeDocumentary in the Digital Age
Maxine Baker
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.

Practical DV FilmmakingPractical DV Filmmaking
Second Edition
Russell Evans
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 can be 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.

Movie Making CourseMovie Making Course
Chris Patmore
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 hands-on experience 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 FilmmakersA Critical Cinema 5: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers
Scott MacDonald
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.

The Portable Film SchoolThe Portable Film School
D.B. Gilles
In The Portable Film School, D.B. Giles explains the fundamental skills and techniques of screenwriting and making a short film, arming you with the two calling cards that you'll need to break into Hollywood -- without having to spend an enormous amount of money on tuition or a minute in a classroom. Softcover, 252 pp. $19.95.

Anatomy of a Guerrilla Film: The Making of Radius Anatomy of a Guerrilla Film: The Making of Radius
Helmut Kobler
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 Kobler offers 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 pp. $53.95.

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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Independent FilmmakingThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Independent Filmmaking
Josef Steiff
This all-in-one guide to independent filmmaking contains all of the information that you will need to get your great idea off the ground and onto the big screen. Inside you'll find an exhaustive compilation of technical details, industry terminology, real world examples, and inspirational stories about every aspect of the filmmaking process. Softcover, 363 pp. $26.50.

Girl DirectorGirl Director
Andrea Richards
All you need to make a movie is an imagination, a borrowed video camera, and a copy of this book. A must-have handbook for aspiring moviemakers of any age, Girl Director will give you the know-how, as well as the confidence to make your dream movie a reality. Softcover, 122 pp. $24.95.

A Critical Cinema 4A Critical Cinema 4: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers
Scott MacDonald
A Critical Cinema 4
is the fourth volume in Scott MacDonald's Critical Cinema series, the most extensive, in-depth exploration of independent cinema available in English. In this new set of interviews, MacDonald once again engages filmmakers in detailed discussions of their films and of the personal experiences and the poitical and theoretical currents that have shaped their work. The interviews are arranged to express the remarkable diversity of modern independent cinema and the network of interconnections within the community of filmmakers. Softcover, 399 pp. $41.95.

Extreme DV At Used-Car PricesExtreme DV At Used-Car Prices
Rick Schmidt
Just as his classic book Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices helped many indie film artists make their breakthrough no-budget features, award-winning moviemaker Rick Schmidt's Extreme DV at Used-Car Prices supplies the most current, step-by-step, cutting-edge guide for accomplishing your DV moviemaking goals. If you've ever wanted to know everything that you need to know to get a DV feature made, then look no further than this inspiring and instructive all-in-one filmmaking resource. Softcover, 340 pp. $25.00.

Plug In Turn On: A Guide to Internet FilmmakingPlug In Turn On: A Guide to Internet Filmmaking
Ana Kronschnabl & Tomas Rawlings
Plug In Turn On is a guide intended for use by anyone with an interest in making and showing films over the internet. The book is divided into two sections: THINKING -- where the authors consider how the internet is starting to provide filmmakers with the means to distribute ther work, and DOING -- in which the authors provide practical information on cameras, equipment, production, script writing, software, editing, compressing and internet distribution. Softcover, 254 pp. $26.95.

Spike Mike ReloadedSpike Mike Reloaded
John Pierson
Spike Mike Reloaded
is the sequel to John Pierson's definitive treatise about the American independent film scene. In this expanded edition -- which includes contributions from Kevin Smith -- he further reflects on the seminal works of Spike Lee, Michael Moore, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith and several other key figures. Softcover, 389 pp. $19.95.

Nuts and Bolts FilmmakingNuts and Bolts Filmmaking
Practical Techniques for the Guerilla Filmmaker
Dan Rahmel
This is a veritable cornucopia of techniques, tools, and tricks that can be used to solve the most common and difficult production challenges. Within these pages are detailed instructions and clear illustrations for how to: built various camera mounts, create a variety of light reflector and flag stands, apply make-up and wardrobe on a tight budget, design an inexpensive and effective sound boom, and solve a wide variety of other on-set problems. Softcover, 360 pp. $44.95.

In Short: A Guide to Short Film-making in the Digital AgeIn Short: A Guide to Short Film-making in the Digital Age
Eileen Elsey & Andrew Kelly
Through detailed analyses of key works, and interviews with selected directors, In Short offers a well-rounded look at the art of short films. Aesthetic considerations aside, this book also discusses practical issues such as funding, marketing, distribution, and exhibition. A history, a state of the art report and a production manual, In Short is essential reading for the film-maker, producer and indeed everyone interested in the future of cinema. Softcover, 171 pp. $41.95.

IFP/Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker's ManualIFP/Los Angeles Independent Filmmaker's Manual
Second Edition

Eden Wurmfeld & Nicole Shaw Laloggia
IFP/Los Angeles and producers Wurmfeld and LaLoggia present the second edition of their authoritative guide on the nuts and bolts of independent filmmaking. Using esamples from the successful indie films Swingers and Kissing Jessica Stein, this manual offers a single-volume reference covering every aspect of making a film from the line producer's point of view, including everything from preproduction to distribution. The companion CD-ROM features interviews with important figures in the industry as well as forms and checklists from the text. Softcover, 323 pp. $67.95.

Short Films 101 Short Films 101: How to Make a Short Film and Launch Your Filmmaking Career
Frederick Levy
With everything you need to know about budgets, cast and crew, equipment and landing the deal, Levy takes the reader from concept to distribution with advice from expert filmmakers. Short Films 101 also contains a selection of short film festivals, budgets, sample scripts and shooting schedules as well as a helpul short film glossary. Coil-bound, 268 pp. $22.00.

The Guerilla Film Makers' HandbookThe Guerilla Film Makers' Handbook
Genevieve Jolliffe & Chris Jones
This 720 page volume includes insider views from each and every field of filmmaking, courtesy of working professionals. The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook covers everything, from how to get into the business, how to make and sell your film, as well as how to avoid common (and not so common) pitfalls. Softcover, 720 pp. $38.95.

Risky Business: Financing & Distributing Independent FilmsRisky Business: Financing & Distributing Independent Films
Mark Litwak
Risky Business is the comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide to setting up an independent production project. Starting with the basic organization of the company and the preparation of production, collaboration, and screenplay agreements, it covers in detail everything from raising money via loans, presales, and investors through finding, contracting with, and policing the finished project's distributors. Softcover, 313 pp. $39.95.

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The Independent Filmmaker's Guide to Writing a Business Plan for InvestorsThe Independent Filmmaker's Guide to Writing a Business Plan for Investors
Gabriel Campisi
Sure you've got a great idea for a film, but how do you aquire the finances to get it made? This book helps to connect the creative process and the business side of independent filmmaking by providing a practical guide for assembling a business plan that filmmakers can present to producers and potential investors. Indispensible. Softcover, 216 pp. $59.95.

Digital CinemaDigital Cinema
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.

The Guerilla Filmmaker's Movie BlueprintThe Guerilla Filmmaker's Movie Blueprint
Chris Jones
This is the ultimate all-in-one how-to book for the budding independent filmmaker. The Guerilla Filmmaker's Movie Blueprint takes each and every aspect of the independent filmmaker's journey, from concept to completion, and explains it clearly and comprehensively. If you've ever fancied yourself a filmmaker, then reading this book is your first step towards success. $56.00.

Is There Life After Film School?Is There Life After Film School?
Julie MacLuskey
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
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.


Make Your Own Damn Movie!Make Your Own Damn Movie!
Secret of a Renegade
Lloyd Kaufman
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.

Underground U.S.A.Underground U.S.A.: Filmmaking Beyond the Hollywood Canon
Xavier Mendik and Jay Schneider
Underground U.S.A.
offers a fascinating overview of this area of maverick movie-making by considering the links between the experimental and exploitation traditions of the American underground. This volume brings together leading film-writers and filmmakers who take as their focus those directors, films and genres not easily assimilated by the mainstream. Softcover, 235 pp. $32.95.

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?Shoot Me: 
Independent Filmmaking from Creative Concept to Rousing ReleaseShoot Me:
Independent Filmmaking from Creative Concept to Rousing Release

Rocco Simonelli & Roy Frumkes
This informative and witty guide to moviemaking tells you everything that you need to know to get your independent film made. Includes chapters on targeting an audience, raising money, casting, locations, producing, directing, editing, and distributing. Authors Simonelli and Frumkes both teach filmmaking at the School of Visual Arts, and this book has been written in conjunction with the production of their film The Sweet Life . Softcover, 230 pp. $31.95.

The Complete Film Production HandbookThe Complete Film Production Handbook
Second Edition
Eve Light Honthaner
The Complete Film Production Handbook is a comprehensive step-by-step guide covering the essentials of the business, from checklists and sample pre-production and post production schedules to contracts and company policies relating to insurance, talent management, and even customs and immigration details. The book contains all of the many necessary forms including SAG, DGA, and WGA forms, together with standard production forms, deal memos, and release forms which are found both in the book and on companion CD. $90.95.

How to Make a Great Short Feature Films
How to Make Great Short Feature Films:
The Making of Ghosthunter

Ian Lewis
Making a short film is one of the first vital steps to becoming a filmmaker. This book and DVD is a 'short filmmakers kit' for aspiring producers. It combines advice and inspiration with essential practical information as well as a real-world case study of the making of the short film, 'Ghosthunter', providing a rare inside view of the process. Softcover book & DVD, $49.95.

Producing & Directing the Short Film and VideoProducing and Directing the Short Film and Video
Second Edition
Peter Rea
David K Irving
Considered by many to be the definitive book on the subject, Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, Second Edition clearly illustrates all of the steps involved in preproduction, 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 videoóall the way from script to final product.

Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, Second Edition is accompanied by a companion website ( containing useful forms and information on grants and financing sources, distributors, film and video festivals, film schools, internet sources for short works, and professional associations. Large-format softcover, $74.95.

Film & Video BudgetsFilm & Video Budgets
Third Edition
Deke Simon
Michael Wiese
This classic best selling book has been updated to include new budgets for digital video feature films, a "no budget" feature, and the all-important digital video transfer to 35mm for theatrical release.

All the budget forms featured in the book are provided as fee downloads from an accompanying website, which can be accessed via The book retails for $44.95.

Shooting to KillShooting to Kill:
How an Independant Producer Blasts Through Barriers to Make Movies that Matter
Christine Vachon
Hailed by the New York Times as the "godmother to the politically committed film," Christine Vachon has made her name with such bold, controversial and commercially successful films as Boys Don't Cry, Kids, Safe, I Shot Andy Warhol and Velvet Goldmine. Over the last decade, she has become a driving force behind the most daring and strikingly independant filmmakers and helped put them on the map. In this savagely witty and straight-shooting guide, Vachon reveals the guts of the filmmaking process and offers shrewd practical insights and troubleshooting tips on handling everything from hysterical actors and disgruntled teamsters to obtuse marketing executives. $18.50.

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