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How to Create Animation in 10 Easy Lessons: Create 2-D, 3-D, and Digital Animation Without a Hollywood Budget
How to Create Animation in 10 Easy Lessons
Create 2-D, 3-D, and Digital Animation Without a Hollywood Budget
Hardcover      ISBN: 1633221822

Learn 10 key skills to create your own 2-D and 3-D animations

In this new addition to the Super Skills series, children will master animation in 10 easy lessons A professional animator teaches children 10 key skills to start creating their own 2-D and 3-D animations.

Each stage is fully illustrated with step-by-step illustrations and photographs, from learning how to make a simple flip book to crafting a stop-motion film of their own claymation creations. With professional tips and practical techniques, this book helps young readers become expert animators in no time. From planning what to animate and storyboarding to working with special effects and cameras, this book leads the way.

Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out
Roman Polanski
Odd Man Out
Hardcover      ISBN: 1905287216

Roman Polanski towers over modern Hollywood, and is responsible for some of the 20th century's most significant films. This retrospective look at Polanski considers the influences which have shaped his life and his development as a director, illustrating the skills which have enabled him to tackle varied subjects with unerring success.

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:

Essentials of Screenwriting: The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing
Essentials of Screenwriting
The Art, Craft, and Business of Film and Television Writing
Paperback      ISBN: 0452296277
Hollywood's premier teacher of screenwriting shares the secrets of writing and selling successful screenplays in this perfect gift for aspiring screenwriters.

Anyone fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter's legendary class at UCLA film school can be confident their career has just taken a quantum leap forward. His students have written more than ten projects for Steven Spielberg alone, plus hundreds of other Hollywood blockbusters and prestigious indie productions, including two Oscar winners for best original screenplay--Milk (2008) and Sideways (2006).

In this updated edition, Walter integrates his highly coveted lessons and principles from Screenwriting with material from his companion text, The Whole Picture, and includes new advice on how to turn a raw idea into a great movie or TV script-and sell it. There is never a shortage of aspiring screenwriters, and this book is their bible.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Making of Steven Spielberg's Classic Film
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Making of Steven Spielberg's Classic Film
Paperback      ISBN: 1557837104

"Morton has written the definitive book on this innovative movie by Steven Spielberg...Meticulous research of this caliber is not found in other books on Close Encounters. Fans will find Morton's take informative and fascinating." - Library Journal. Steven Spielberg's 1977 masterpiece used all of the power and magic of cinema to tell a story of man's first meeting with extraterrestrial beings. Renouncing the fear and pessimism of the day, writer/director Spielberg boldly envisioned this as a peaceful, spiritual event full of hope and possibility. This awe-inspiring message made a powerful impact on audiences desperate for something to believe in. The film was a massive box-office hit and revolutionized the movie industry; along with Star Wars, it helped to create the modern blockbuster and ushered in a new era of hi-tech effects. Based on in-depth research and the recollections of many of the film's principal creators, Close Encounters is the first book to chronicle the making of this classic film from its inception through its tumultuous production to its many releases in "special" editions. The book features new interviews with star Teri Garr, producer Michael Phillips, photographic effects supervisor Douglas Trumbull, production designer Joe Alves, and several cinematographers, screenwriters, and special-effects legends. John Hill, Jerry Belson, Hal Barwood, and Matthew Robbins; and special effects legends Richard Yuricich, Robert Swarthe, Dennis Muren, Scott Squires, Greg Jein, and Rocco Gioffre.

Lulu on the Bridge: A Film
Lulu on the Bridge
A Film
Paperback      ISBN: 0805059784

The insider's guide and perfect companion to the new film starring Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, and Vanessa Redgrave.Stunning and surreal, Lulu on the Bridge is a romantic mystery with a lot on its mind. It is the story of Izzy and Celia, two lonely, wounded, and mismatched strangers, transformed into soul mates by the uncanny powers of a phosphorescent stone. Destiny, as well as some bizarre and near-tragic circumstances, conspire to keep the lovers apart. But the audience and reader are privy to a grand and surprising finale that explains all. Thought-provoking, intriguing, and utterly romantic, Lulu on the Bridge offers a lyrical meditation on what distinguishes chance from fate, reality from illusion, and life from death. Following on the success of the screenplay cornpanion to Smoke and Blue in the Face, this book contains the shooting script; an interview with Paul Auster by Rebecca Prime; interviews with the producer, costume designer, editor, director of photography, and production designer; and stills from the film.

Writing the Romantic Comedy, 20th Anniversary Expanded and Updated Edition: The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen
Writing the Romantic Comedy, 20th Anniversary Expanded and Updated Edition
The Art of Crafting Funny Love Stories for the Screen
Paperback      ISBN: 0062950266

"Writing the Romantic Comedy is so much fun to read it could pop a champagne cork."--Alexa Junge, writer and producer of Friends

Revised and expanded to celebrate a new generation of romantic comedies, Billy Mernit's insightful look into the mechanics of writing Hollywood's most enduring genre features case studies that reveal the screenwriting secrets behind classics new and old.

Whether you're a first-time screenwriter, an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, or a professional wanting to explore the latest genre trends, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning and innovative script will take you step by step from "meet cute" all the way to "joyous defeat." You'll learn the screenwriting secrets behind some of the funniest scenes ever written; how to create characters and dialogue that getsparks flying; why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat; and much more.

Written in a refreshingly accessible style and updated and expanded to recognize the contributions of a fresh generation of romantic comedies, this newly revised 20th Anniversary edition of Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic classics such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve to modern-day favorites including Hitch, (500) Days of Summer, Bridesmaids, and Silver Linings Playbook. Field-tested writing exercises are also included, guaranteed to short-circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration.

The Big Lebowski: The Making of a Coen Brothers Film
The Big Lebowski
The Making of a Coen Brothers Film
Paperback      ISBN: 0393317501

The Big Lebowski is a razor-sharp comedy thriller of mistaken identity, gangsters, bowling, kidnapping, and money gone astray, written by the Coens, directed by Joel Coen, and produced by Ethan Coen. In addition to Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, the film stars Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Willem DaFoe, Sam Elliot, and Ben Gazzara.
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.

How to Write a Movie in 21 Days (Revised Edition): The Inner Movie Method
How to Write a Movie in 21 Days (Revised Edition)
The Inner Movie Method
Paperback      ISBN: 0062995839

In this classic bestselling screenwriting guide--now revised and updated--author and film consultant Viki King helps students go from blank page to completed manuscript through a series of clever and simple questions, ingenious writing exercises, and easy, effective new skills.

Viki King's Inner Movie Method is a specific step-by-step process designed to get the story in your heart onto the page. This method doesn't just show how to craft a classic three-act story but also delves into how to clarify the idea you don't quite have yet, how to tell if your idea is really a movie, and how to stop getting ready and start. Once you know what to write, the Inner Movie Method will show you how to write it.

How to Write a Movie in 21 Days, first published in 1987, has been translated in many languages around the world and has become an industry-standard guide for filmmakers both in Hollywood and internationally.