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Independent Filmmaking

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.

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. $47.95.

The Complete Film Production Handbook
The 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.

Producing & Directing the Short Film and Video
Producing 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. This guide offers extensive examples from two award-winning short narrative films (Lunch Date and Truman) and one short documentary (Mirror Mirror), and includes insightful quotes from the filmmakers themselves describing the problems they encountered and how they solved them.

This edition expands on the director's role in pre-visualizing a project, aided by the addition of more than 50 new photos and illustrations. Issues such as storyboarding, lighting, and composition are addressed in detail. Other additions and enhancements include a discussion of the evolving role of digital technology on all aspects of production from script to screen.

Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video, Second Edition is accompanied by a companion website (www.focalpress.com/companions) 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. $74.95.

Film & Video Budgets
Film & 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 www.mwp.com. The book retails for $44.95.

Agents & Managers -- Volume 23

Over 1,300 companies and 4,600 names. The most complete directory of talent agencies and personal management companies and TV show casting directors. Produced by Hollywood Creative Directory. $87.95.

Producers -- Volume 45
Over 1,700 companies and 7,800 names. The most complete directory of producers, studios and network executives and TV shows and staff. Produced by Hollywood Creative Directory. $95.00.

Television Categories
Acting for Television
Art Direction/Special F/X
Crew Guides
Digital Editing
Independent Filmmaking
On Individual Shows
Producing/The Business
Screenwriting Software
Television Production
Voice/Voice Overs

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