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The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty Dv Production
The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide
A Down & Dirty Dv Production
Paperback      ISBN: 0240809351

So you want to make a documentary, but think you don't have a lot of time, money, or experience? It's time to get down and dirty Down and dirty is a filmmaking mindset. It's the mentality that forces you to be creative with your resources. It's about doing more with less. Get started NOW with this book and DVD set, a one-stop shop written by a guerrilla filmmaker, for guerrilla filmmakers. You will learn how to make your project better, faster, and cheaper. The pages are crammed with 500 full-color pictures, tips from the pros, resources, checklists and charts, making it easy to find what you need fast.

The DVD includes:
* Video and audio tutorials, useful forms, and interviews with leading documentary filmmakers like Albert Maysles (Grey Gardens), Sam Pollard (4 Little Girls), and others
* 50+ Crazy Phat Bonus pages with jump start charts, online resources, releases, storyboards, checklists, equipment guides, and shooting procedures

Here's just a small sampling of what's inside the book:
* Putting together a crew
* Choosing a camera
* New HDV and 24P cameras
* Shooting in rough neighborhoods
* Interview skills and techniques
* 10 ways to lower your budget
* Common production forms

Note: if you purchased an ebook version of The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide, the material from the DVD packaged with the print version of the book is now available on a website. Please visit:

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The Independent Filmmaker's Guide: Make Your Feature Film for $2 000
The Independent Filmmaker's Guide
Make Your Feature Film for $2 000
Paperback      ISBN: 0879104236

Award-winning independent filmmaker Glenn Berggoetz shares all he knows about making a marketable feature film for $2 000. While most books on independent filmmaking talk about how to make a film with a budget of anywhere from $50 000 to half a million dollars or more, the reality of the indie film world is that most filmmakers rarely have more than a few thousand dollars at their disposal for making their film. This book is written specifically for those filmmakers, and for filmmakers who would typically waste years trying to raise tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars to make their film simply because they're not aware that there's another, more efficient way to go about it.

Brick Flicks: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Stop-Motion Lego Movies
Brick Flicks
A Comprehensive Guide to Making Your Own Stop-Motion Lego Movies
Paperback      ISBN: 1629146498
  • Ideal choice for fans of the LEGO movie who want to try stop-motion animation in their own movies
  • Provides practical tips on how to film using stop-motion animation
  • Professional advice on art, lighting, effects, and more

Did you love the LEGO movie? Are you inspired by Alfred Hitchcock and other professional filmmakers? Would you like to learn how to use the LEGO blocks in your house for more than building? If so, then this book is for you. From lighting to storytelling, this guide will lead you through making your own stop-motion animation films with LEGOs. You may have seen the LEGO movie. Now it's time for you to be the director and make your own.

This guide will walk you through the steps of making a LEGO movie. It covers crafting a story, cinetech, animation, and the dynamics of making your vision come to life. Become a filmmaker and learn about directing with this clever and thorough guide.
The Gardener's Son: A Screenplay
The Gardener's Son
A Screenplay
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0880014814

In the Spring of 1975 the film director Richard Pearce approached Cormac McCarthy with the idea of writing a screenplay. Though already a widely acclaimed novelist, the author of such modern classics as The Orchard Keeper and Child of God, McCarthy had never before written a screenplay. Using nothing more than a few photographs in the footnotes to a 1928 biography of a famous pre-Civil War industrialist as inspiration, the author and Pearce together roamed the mill towns of the South researching their subject. One year later McCarthy finished The Gardener's Son, a taut, riveting drama of impotence, rage, and ultimately violence spanning two generations of mill owners and workers, fathers and sons, during the rise and fall of one of America's most bizarre utopian industrial experiments. Produced as a two-hour film and broadcast on PBS in 1976, The Gardener's Son recieved two Emmy Award nominations and was shown at the Berlin and Edinburgh Film Festivals. This is the first appearance of the film script in book form.

Set in Graniteville, South Carolina, The Gardener's Son is the tale of two families: the Greggs, a wealthy family that owns and operates the local cotton mill, and the McEvoys, a family of mill workers beset by misfortune. The action opens as Robert McEvoy, a young mill worker, is having his leg amputated -- the limb mangled in an accident rumored to have been caused by James Gregg, son of the mill's founder. McEvoy, crippled and isolated, grows into a man with a "troubled heart"; consumed by bitterness and anger, he deserts both his job and his family.

Returning two years later at the news of his mother's terminal illness, Robert McEvoy arrives only to confront the grave diggers preparing her final resting place. His father, the mill's gardener, is now working on the factory line, the gardens forgotten. These proceedings stoke the slow burning rage McEvoy carries within him, a fury that ultimately consumes both the McEvoys and the Greggs.

Getting Past Me: A Writer's Guide to Production Company Readers
Getting Past Me
A Writer's Guide to Production Company Readers
Paperback      ISBN: 0879103914

Story analysts, also known as script analysts or readers, are the gatekeepers at production companies and agencies. Working behind the scenes, they make or break writers' entr e into the company for which they read. A typical scenario: "I'm sorry, but the reader passed on your script" - which means you have gotten a big, fat NO. You get only one shot at that particular company. What happened? Getting Past Me tells the writer exactly what happened and how to ensure it will not happen again. Most writers have no idea of what goes through story analysts' mind as they look at a screenplay, manuscript, magazine article, treatment, or any other project. The book explains how story analysts think and what you as a writer can do, letting you in on readers' trade secrets and giving you invaluable, key information that will ensure your work is reviewed favorably and fairly. Story analyst and industry insider Mindi White goes beyond such basic subjects as character development and pacing and point of view, to focus on a POV the writer cannot get anywhere else: what influences a reader's take on submitted material. Fast-paced, acerbic, and extremely informative, making the valuable lessons easy and fun to absorb, Getting Past Me offers insider tips, trade secrets, and real-life examples that are consistently illuminating and often surprising.

The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
The Case of Beasts
Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hardcover      ISBN: 0062571370

New York Times bestseller

Take a front-row seat and witness the filmmaking magic that brought J.K. Rowling's script for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them to the screen. Explore the realm of fantastical creatures that roam the wizarding world and discover the magical cast of characters in pursuit of them.

Officially licensed by Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and designed by MinaLima, designers of the graphic props for the Harry Potter films as well as Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Case of Beasts delivers an enchanting interactive experience by sharing filmmaking secrets, film photography and artwork, and behind-the-scenes stories from cast and crew. Full of removable, facsimile reproductions of props and paper ephemera from the movie, along with some very special effects, this collectible volume offers a unique look from the talented group who created this movie magic.

Finding Funds for Your Film or TV Project: The Most Effective Strategies to Use for Different Types of Films and Budgets
Finding Funds for Your Film or TV Project
The Most Effective Strategies to Use for Different Types of Films and Budgets
Paperback      ISBN: 0879108789

Finding Funds for Your Film or TV Project includes a complete overview of the many different ways to get funds for your film - from preparing the materials you need, such as business plans, private placement memorandums, trailers, sizzle reels, and crowd-funding pitches - to how to make effective presentations to prospective funders, from as family members, friends, and business associates, to angels, private investors, established producers, and film financiers. Scott provides a comprehensive introduction to the many options for fund-raising, and includes information on how to prepare the materials necessary, from business plans and Private Place Memorandums to video and PowerPoint presentations to using crowd-funding techniques. Covered are these key topics: - The overall film industry and trends in film production - Deciding what to produce, preparing a script or treatment, determining your needed cast and crew, and coming up with a rough estimate of your budget - Putting together the needed documents, including creating a schedule and budget, preparing a producer package, business plan, and private placement memorandum - Creating a crowd-funding campaign - Developing a trailer and sizzle reel - Creating your marketing and promotional materials and getting a publicity buzz going - Developing and presenting your pitch to prospective investors - Closing the deal and getting your money

Behind the Cameras: Minnesotans in the Movies
Behind the Cameras
Minnesotans in the Movies
Paperback      ISBN: 1932472533

Rolf Canton explores the careers of Minnesotans who have worked behind the scenes in the movie industry. Canton draws from many sources to flesh out the film careers and the Minnesota connections of the talented individuals who make movies happen.

Film Directing, Cinematic Motion: A Workshop for Staging Scenes
Film Directing, Cinematic Motion
A Workshop for Staging Scenes
Paperback      ISBN: 0941188140

The follow up to Steven Katz's best-selling 'shot by shot'...an essential book for both seasoned and novice filmakers. Thes success of any film is greatly dependent on how the scenes can best be shot, and how soon they can be completed. Ultimately it is up to the director to find the answer to these questions. Knowing how to get all your camera setups within the day's shooting schedule comes from experience, experience which ultimately affects a director's creative success. Film Directing, Cinematic Motion is a staging and blocking guide with 24 basic variations covering many dialogue and dramatic situations. Unique to this apporach is the practical evaluation of each staging strategy from the production point of view. The book includes interviews with well-known professionals who comment on the practical aspects of production. John Sayles writer/director] Van Ling special effects, Terminator 2] Dusty Smith key group] Ralph Singleton producer] Harold Michelson art director] Allen Daviau ASC cinematographer] Steven D. Katz is the author of the best-selling book Film Directing Shot-by Shot. Katz, a filmaker with 20 years experience, has worked as an editor, director and writer. book. he has recently created techniques for animating storyboards on Macintosh computers.

Conversations With Woody Allen: His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking
Conversations With Woody Allen
His Films, the Movies, and Moviemaking
Hardcover      ISBN: 0375415335

From the author of the bestselling biography Woody Allen comes this collection of the most revealing conversations from Laxs 36 years of interviewing the great comedian and filmmaker. Photographs throughout.