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21. Making an Animated Film: A Practical
22. Film Making (Master This)
23. It's So French!: Hollywood, Paris,
24. Making Short Films: The Complete
25. Celluloid Mavericks: A History
26. Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The
27. Third World Film Making and the
28. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
29. Teach Yourself Film Making (Teach
30. Making Documentary Films and Reality
31. The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide
32. The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy:
33. The Making of The X-Files Film
34. The Insiders Guide to Filmmaking
35. The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook:
36. The Alchemy of Animation: Making
37. Understanding the Basics of Film-Making
38. Essential Brakhage: Selected Writings
39. FilmMaking for SmartAsses - FilmMaking
40. Projections 3: Film-Makers on

21. Making an Animated Film: A Practical Guide
by Matt West
Paperback: 128 Pages (2005-02-01)
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If you’ve ever had an idea for an animated film and would like to know what to do to make it happen, then this is the book for you. Whether you’re using a 3D animation program, clay models, or pencil and paper, the skills covered will be invaluable to the novice and the experienced filmmaker alike. This book looks at the differences between animation types; explains how to plan a film thoroughly, write a strong script, and design winning characters; and gives details on the tools and tricks of animation to give the film a professional finish.
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22. Film Making (Master This)
by Todd Downing
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2009-09-24)
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This exciting series features a range of sports and hobbies, offering all the information budding enthusiasts will need to participate. Each titles information such as clothing and equipment, step-by-step skills and techniques and information on how to take the activity further, either by joining clubs, entering competitions or signing up for lessons. ... Read more

23. It's So French!: Hollywood, Paris, and the Making of Cosmopolitan Film Culture
by Vanessa R. Schwartz
Paperback: 272 Pages (2007-12-15)
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Asin: 0226742431
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The recent history of cultural exchange between France and the United States would appear to be defined by “freedom fries” and boycotts against Beaujolais—or, on the other side of the Atlantic, by enraged farmers toppling statues of Ronald McDonald. But this dismal state of affairs is a long way from the mutual admiration that followed World War II, epitomized in a 1958 cover of Look magazine that declared “Brigitte Bardot conquers America.” It’s So French! explores the close affinity between the French and American film industries that flourished in the postwar years, breaking down myths of American imperialism and French cultural protectionism while illuminating the vital role that cinema has played in the globalization of culture.

Hollywood was once enamored with everything French and this infatuation blossomed in a wildly popular series of films including An American in Paris, Gigi, and Funny Face. Schwartz here examines the visual appeal of such films, and then broadens her analysis to explore their production and distribution, probing the profitable influences that Hollywood and Paris exerted on each other. This exchange moved beyond individual films with the sensational spectacle of the Cannes Film Festival and the meteoric career of Brigitte Bardot. And in turn, their success led to a new kind of film that celebrated internationalism and cultural hybridity. Ultimately, Schwartz uncovers an intriguing paradox: that the road to globalization was paved with nationalist clichés, and thus, films beloved for being so French were in fact the first signs of a nascent cosmopolitan culture.

Packed with an array of colorful film stills, publicity photographs, paparazzi shots, ads, and never before seen archival images, It’s So French! is an incisive account of the fertile collaboration between France and the United States that expanded the geographic horizons of both filmmaking and filmgoing, forever changing what the world saw and dreamed of when they went to the movies.
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Book for Francophiles and All Who Love Movies
This is a breathtaking book that completely upends everything that I thought I knew about Americanization and globalization, the French New Wave, cultural cliches and so much more.It's So French shows -- in a lively and very compelling way -- how a partnership between Paris and Hollywood laid the foundations of post-war global culture.Schwartz is a great story-teller, and has dug up amazing stuff on Cannes, art-house theaters, and Bardot in America.A brilliant book that will make you think differently about everything from post-war cinema to Freedom fries!

2-0 out of 5 stars a good book but...
Schwartz's It's So French presents original research on a vital topic, and the book is very attractively illustrated. However, I regret to say that this is the most poorly edited serious academic book I have ever read.

Here are just a few examples of the many errors or misspellings: Mary Cassat (for Cassatt), Martine Carole (for Carol), Gérard Philippe (for Philipe), Edwige Feuillière (for Feuillère), Jean-Henri Clouzot (for Henri-Georges Clouzot), Edward Dymtryk (for Dmytryk), Wolfe Mankowitz (for Wolf), Siegfried Kracaueur (for Kracauer), Antonie de Baecque (for Antoine), Jean Domachi (for Domarchi), Ginnette Vincendeau (for Ginette), Akira Friye (for Iriye), John Tomlison (for Tomlinson), Barbara Wilinksy (for Wilinsky), Richard Matby (for Maltby), Moritz de Hdealn (for Hadeln), Berghann Books (for Berghahn), Paparrazi (for Paparazzi), Nôtre Dame (for Notre Dame), Arc du Carousel (for Carrousel), Lutton (for Luton), Du Rififi chez les homes (for hommes),Les enfants du paradise (for paradis), Les orgeuilleaux (for orgueilleux)... and so on.

It must be particularly galling for so gallophile an author to discover so many misspelt French names in her book. Much of this could be blamed on the poor copy-editing: the University of Chicago Press clearly did not hire someone who knew French or anything about film theory to do that job... in fact the frequent errors of punctuation, syntax and bibliographical form suggest they didn't hire a copy-editor at all. Schwartz thanks the editors at the press for accepting a book that would be `expensive to publish': I doubt if she is thanking them now.

That said, only she can be blamed for the several errors of fact in the book, for example: La symphonie pastorale is a film about a pastor in Switzerland, not a `French Resistance movie'; Le ballon rouge is set and filmed in Ménilmontant, not Montmartre; in the famous dance sequence of Et Dieu créa ... la femme, Bardot dances to a Cuban mambo, not a Brazilian samba, and the musicians in question are Mexican, not `clearly Afro-Brazilians'. On this last point Schwartz denigrates scholars `who have referred to the musicians as African'. Such hubris is what has prompted me to list in this review a few of the book's countless defects. I can only hope that the author and editors will read this review before embarking on a second edition.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's so smart -- and so original
Vanessa Schwartz's book opens with an amazing Look magazine cover from 1958: "Ike's Tragedy" on one side, "Brigitte Bardot conquers America" on the other.Historians have been teaching that this was the era when American popular culture conquered Europe and the world.But Schwartz shows that "Frenchness" became a crucial part of global film culture after WWII.The book is essential reading for anyone who cares about film in the fifties and sixties. ... Read more

24. Making Short Films: The Complete Guide from Script to Screen, Second Edition
by Clifford Thurlow
Paperback: 288 Pages (2008-03-15)
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Whether you are embarking on your first YouTube project or planning a more ambitious, collaborative film, Making Short Films give you the answers for everything you need to know. 
This new edition of what has become a bible for filmmakers internationally is completely rewritten, expanded and redesigned and now features a web-page with supporting information and access to the key films discussed inside. Just as the original, descriptions and explanations of the whole process to making a film is given as well as insider tips from producers and film makers. 
All the history of short-film-making, all the criteria about putting together a script, how to direct, securing funding and getting your short shown are packed into this must have for filmmakers of all types.
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2-0 out of 5 stars Is not what I expected from the Title.
Is not a bad Book. It's just not what the Title of the book tells. Well i mean, I thought it would show you some technics, some storyboards, some scripts from different movies, different problems from another directors, challenges. Nothing of that.

It shows you how good are some directors, how lucky were others, how strong you have to work, how important is every part of a short, every part is important, and if you have money you will have better job. I mean... I think he opened my eyes... REally...

2-0 out of 5 stars You have to wade through this to get the good info which there isn't much of
Just a little background so you know where I'm coming from with this review. I've recently gotten into digital video production.I've completed 13 credits in production and editing at a local college.I've been reading as much as I can about the subject.I have 20 years experience in music, so I'm not new to the creative arts.I am also familiar with FCP7 and Vegas Pro.So far, of the books I've read on film production, this one is at the bottom of my list.

I personally would suggest getting area specific books (lighting, camera operation, direction, etc) as opposed to getting this book as it is anything but a complete guide.Basically what this is an academic style overview of the role of the producer, director, editor, and a few other positions in a short film production.There is some useful information in here such as nice condensed bullet point lists about script writing, producing, and directing.Unfortunately these are buried in pages of boring textbook style lectures on each subject where he spends a lot of time tooting his own horn and telling you about who he's worked with.The book starts with a long overview of the history of short films (going way way back), which, although historically interesting, has nothing to do with guiding you towards physically "making" a short film right here and now.

Furthermore, I would estimate that 85% of the resources he talks about in here (casting networks, short film organizations, etc) are all British.As an American, this information was not useful to me.So, if you are hoping to get this type of information for use in the USA, there is some in here, but the vast majority is for the UK.

Reading the cover of this book "The Complete Guide From Script to Screen" I was under the impression that this book would contain information on script writing, camera work, lighting, editing, and composition.The only one of those that it had any information on was script writing.

The book/author also seems to be a bit dated.One of the chapters talks about using mini-DV as a good option, but that has been eclipsed by HD for some time now.He also talks a lot about MTV playing some huge role in how young film makers are making films now.Really, MTV?MTV is pretty passe at this point.Things like Youtube (which he also talks about a good amount) are much more in the mainstream than MTV.I don't know anybody that watches MTV any more (and I know a lot of young people).MTV was in the spotlight in the 80's and 90's.He just seems a bit out of touch with the times.

There is some good info in here about marketing and networking as well as how to work well with others.The way he presents the information about the roles of directors, producers, editors, etc is good reading.

Overall, I would have given it a better rating if I hadn't been disappointed in this item not being a "Complete Guide From Script to Screen".In fact, if this was the only book you had, you might tbe able to figure out how to write a script (minus any info about formatting, brainstorming, writing dialogue), but you will have no idea how to use any of your equipment (technically or artistically).

My suggestions for better reading would be:Barry Braverman's "Video Shooter", "Lighting For DV and TV" by John Jackman, "Writing Short Scripts" by William H. Philips, "Setting Up Your Shots" by Jeremy Vineyard, "Film Directing Cinematic Motion" by Steven Katz, "FCP7 Apple Pro Training Series" by Diana Weynand, and "On Film Editing" by Edward Dmytryk. - These would be the complete guide to actually "MAKING" a short (or feature) film.

I repeat, you will find nothing in here about shooting, composition, lighting, or editing.You'll find out a little about what the director, producer, director of photography, and editor do, but not much about how to do it.

This would be better titled "A Brief History of Short Films and an Overview of the Professional Positions Involved in Making Them - and a Little Bit About Script Writing".

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the best guide there is
I sooo wish i had this book when i was doing film studies at college.there is simply nothing as good as this book. if you need any advice or knowledge about any stage of making a short film, then the info is here.BUY IT

5-0 out of 5 stars Exceptional Guide
There are a lot of books about film making out there but most seem to have been written for people who are already in the industry and know what steps you have to take to climb the ladder. Making Short Films is the exception, a book for absolute beginners that takes you by the hand and guides you through the entire process from writing a script to finding actors, cash and crew, directing, editing and finally showing your short to the world.

In one section of the book there are five scripts for five short films, and at the linked website www.making-short-films.com you can see the finished result online. The films are all very different, and they are not necessarily that great. That's the point. The exercise shows you how it is done, but leaves room for new film makers to learn from the mistakes and do better. There is nothing more disheartening than seeing short masterpieces and one has to remember, that many great film makers started out with mediocre shorts and got better by doing it. That's what the writer emphasizes: just do it. An exceptional piece of work, I can't recommend it enough.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book for reference
I am just beginning into the world of shorts.; This book answered alot of questions i had. I would recommend this book to anyone getting into film making. Lots of good resources to draw from. ... Read more

25. Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Film Making
by Greg Merritt
Paperback: 416 Pages (1999-10-05)
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Celluloid Mavericks: A History of American Independent Filmmaking documents this rich history, showing what it meant to be "independent" in the 1930s and what it means today. Author Greg Merritt distinguishes between indie and semi-indie productions, explores the genres represented under the independent umbrella, and addresses the question of what makes a movie independent -- its "spirit" or the budget backing the production. From one-reel flicks at the turn of the century to the blockbusters of the '90s, Celluloid Mavericks takes readers on a fascinating tour of the industry. 50 photos. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars my fave film book
This book blew me away.I love the way it covers the whole spectrum of indie film, not just "art" but "exploitation" as well.The story of how these films came to be against great odds makes for great reading.I learned something knew on every page.Highly recommended for fans of non-Hollywood films.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This was a very good read, masterfully told and researched.This is the only book that tells the COMPLETE history of indie movies.Highly recommended.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST BOOK ON THE TOPIC
This is the best book ever written on independent film.I wish I could give it move than 5 stars, because Celluloid Mavericks is a pure pleasure to read: witty, informative and always extremely entertaining.No otherbook comes close to its breadth and detail, especially in regards to thepreviously uncharted territory between 1896 and 1960.This is my all-timefavorite film book, well deserving of its many raves reviews.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Indispensible book, as entertaining as it is informed"
from the New York Press 3-29-2000 - copyright Matt Zoller Seitz

Merritt's book covers a century's worth of off-center cinema,including 1890s nickelodeons, 1940s chitlin-circuit black films, SamFuller's genre-busting work in the 50s and 60s, blaxploitation and hardcoreporn in the 70s and the Sundance wave of the 80s and 90s.The central ideaof free spirits bucking the system unifies waht might have been a too-broadhistorical text, and Merritt's tart wit enlivens the fact-packed narrative. His prose isn't merely amusing; it's lovingly polished, a real pleasure toread.He's honest enough to admit that most 70s blaxploitation films weregarbabe, "rarely as much fun as their posters or soundtracks." He coins a wonderful new phrase to describe the hillbilly flicks thatflooded rural drive-ins around the same time: "Whitezploitation." He describes Tom Laughlin's "Billy Jack" as a movie aboutpacifists who "come to worship a man of violence," and declares,"the real hoot is seeing the messiah take off his boots and kick thegrins off rednecks."

This isn't one of those fuzzy, ruminative bookswhere the author writes whatever strikes his fancy and crams it into abulging thematic suitcase after the fact.The preface carefully defines"independent" to mean any movie "financed and producedcompletely autonomous of all studios," and "semi-indie" as amovie that received studio funding at some point.The definitions castcertain well-known American films in a fresh light.I didn't know, forexample, that the Oscar-winning "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"didn't get a dime's worth of funding from any studio.

Chapter tochapter and page for page, "Celluloid Mavericks" is anindespensable book, as entertaining as it is informed.

5-0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD BOOK
This was a great read.Very well-written.It covered more than any other film book.I especially liked the exploitation stuff and how it mixed with art films: the yin and yang of indie cinema. ... Read more

26. Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom
by Mary C. Beltran
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2009-08-13)
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This book explores the role film and television stardom has played in establishing, reinforcing, and challenging popular ethnic notions of Latina/os in the United States since the silent film era of the 1920s. In addition to documenting the importance of Latina and Latino stars to American film and television history, Mary C. Beltrán focuses on key moments in the construction of "Hollywood Latinidad" by analyzing the public images of these stars as promoted by Hollywood film studios, television networks, producers, and the performers themselves. Critically surveying the careers of such film and television stars as Dolores Del Rio, Desi Arnaz, Rita Moreno, Freddie Prinze, Edward James Olmos, Jessica Alba, and Jennifer Lopez, Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes also addresses the impact of the rise in Latina and Latino media producers and the current status of Latina/o stardom. 

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27. Third World Film Making and the West
by Roy Armes
Paperback: 381 Pages (1987-07-29)
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Asin: 0520056906
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This volume is the first fully comprehensive account of film production in the Third World. Although they are usually ignored or marginalized in histories of world cinema," Third World countries now produce well over half of the world's films. Roy Armes sets out initially to place this huge output in a wider context, examining the forces of tradition and colonialism that have shaped the Third World--defined as those countries that have emerged from Western control but have not fully developed their economic potential or rejected the capitalist system in favor of some socialist alternative. He then considers the paradoxes of social structure and cultural life in the post-independence world, where even such basic concepts as "nation," "national culture," and "language" are problematic.

The first experience of cinema for such countries has invariably been that of imported Western films, which created the audience and, in most cases, still dominate the market today. Thus, Third World film makers have had to ssert their identity against formidable outside pressures. The later sections of the book look at their output from a number of angles: in terms of the stages of overall growth and corresponding stages of cinematic development; from the point of view of regional evolution in Asia, Africa, and Latin America; and through a detailed examination of the work of some of the Third World's most striking film innovators.

In addition to charting the broad outlines of filmic developments too little known in Europe and the United States, the book calls into question many of the assumptions that shape conventional film history.It stresse the role of distribution in defining and limiting production, queries simplistic notions of independent "national cinemas," and points to the need to take social and economic factors into account when considering authorship in cinema. Above all, the book celebrates the achievements of a mass of largely unknown film makers who, in difficult circumstances, have distinctively expanded our definitions of the art of cinema.

Roy Armes, who lives in London, has written nine books on film, his most recent being French Cinema. He spent more than three years researching this volume. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars don't require this book.
This book is so boring and awful that haflway through the class I stopped doing the readings. Teachers, please, do not require this book. Your entire class may kill themselves.

4-0 out of 5 stars Dated and slanted, but the best yet available
Roy Armes is a well-known name in film studies, and this book fills a much-needed void.Though "Third World Film Making and the West" was published in 1987, and is thus almost two decades old at this point, it is still the best available introduction to Third World (hereafter TW) cinema--with the caveat that the text spends as much if not more time passing judgment on the socio-economics and politics of filmmaking as it does charting the history of TW cinematic production per se. And since Armes' perspective is thoroughly Marxist, expect the de rigueur bashing of First World nations, along with the ideology and jargon characteristic of such a view.

The text is divided into four parts: the first situates Third World (hereafter TW) social and economic challenges against the horizon of colonialism, post-colonialism and capitalism, with some Third World art and film history thrown in for good measure--mostly towards the end of Part One; Part Two, entitled "The Theory and Practice of TW Filmmaking" finally begins to broach sustantial discussions of individual films and filmmakers; Part Three addresses TW filmmaking geographically, moving from India and Asia to Latin America, the Middle East and Africa; and the last part, "Cinema Astride Two Cultures," addresses six of the more important individual filmmakers (like Satyajit Ray, Yousseff Chahine, etc.) roughly representative of the geographical divisions articulated in Part Three.

The book provides a wealth of fascinating information, some well-known to film scholars and some not so--in fact, though the bibliography is impressive, I expected and would have appreciated much more robust and frequent references and citations for the plethora of details Armes provides.

In short, if you can handle the tone and navigate your way through the ideological landscape, this is the most knowledgable and comprehensive introduction to Third World filmmaking yet available.

3-0 out of 5 stars The
I had to read this book as a part of a film history class in school. To be honest, I wouldn't have read this at all beacuse of the my lack of interest in the subject, but had to because of a paper i had to write on the topic. The best thing about the book is that it explores a completely different world of filmmaking. It is very detailed and is a good resource on the topic of 3rd world filmmaking. This is a good resource for academic purpopes and if u dig foreign films u should check it out as this is as foreign as it gets. ... Read more

28. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and the Making of the Classic Film
by Richard Holliss
 Hardcover: 88 Pages (1994-10-28)
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Commemorating the video release of a classic animated film, a colorfully illustrated celebration of Walt Disney's masterpiece features preliminary paintings, background sketches, vintage posters, and studio art, all accompanied by a text examining the film's historic success. ... Read more

29. Teach Yourself Film Making (Teach Yourself: General Reference)
by Tom Holden
Paperback: 192 Pages (2007-05-07)
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Start your path to an Oscar today

If you have everdreamed of being the nextScorsese or Spielberg, TeachYourself Film Making is themost comprehensive, user-friendlyguide to masteringevery aspect of makingmovies. The book takesyou fromscriptwriting to financing,casting, and cameras, all theway to postproduction.

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good basic book
I bought this book recently and just finished reading it.Being new to movie making I found this book helpful to understanding the jargon of movie making; cuts; framing; and much more.

This is a good basic book for those new to movie making.Well worth the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful !
Hi ,
I bought this book a week ago .Iam a software engineer and i was never associated with film industry either in theory nor in practice .I actually wanted to read about scripts and i had mistakenly bought this book .

To my surprise ,this book is wonderfully written .To a non-art guy like me ,it was pure bliss reading this .He starts with the most common sense issues to topics like framing ,cut ways ,editing .He touches upon each and every aspect in the making the film .No false promises ,no hypes -Just plain common sense and knowledge .

The intresting aspect is that while he discusses all the technical aspects ,he does not assume the user to be film-savy guy or anything like that .Also ,there are few examples where the user can actually think of alternatives and be a active reader .

The bottomline - As a non-art student ,after reading this book ,i got a different way of appreciating films !Well ,isn't it more beautiful to appreciate arts than juding it ?

What are u waiting for ?Just go and grab this book !

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential College Reading - par excellence
Did anyone forget that making films should be fun? The guy who wrote this book sure didn't. This has got to be the first book where everything is infused withareal sense of enjoyment and fun, but at the same time combined with simple and structured learning. I've read some real stinker film making guides for my media production college course, but this book bucks the trend big time.
Highly reccomended reading for the media or film production student!!
Read, enjoy, have fun, learn.

4-0 out of 5 stars Gem of a book!
Gotta say, with many, many books telling you how easy it is to make a hit film it's nice to have come across and read this honest, and highly readable, approach.
I liked the size, unlike several other film making guides it wasn't some 'Book of Lore' that requires lifting equipment to read. You could probably fit this in your back pocket and read it over a couple of afternoons(or nights...)
It's simple, it doesn't fly away with obscure technical speech, and I liked the way when some film making process was on the verge of getting complicated, there's a breather and explanation that allows the reader to follow EVERYTHING.
It actually talks about creativity and how to go about writing scripts and thinking of stories as well as how to get the most out of camera and methods and procedures of making a film. I don't think I've ever seen a book or on-line guide that merged these themes so well. Three for the price of one!!
I guess the British guy who wrote this, knows what it takes to get a film started and made. OK, there's a few Britishisms, but the information is pretty universal and above all simple and helpul.
Definitely good background reading to my film studies course.
I feel as though I have discovered a real gem here.
T.D. ... Read more

30. Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries of Real Events
by Barry Hampe
 Paperback: 368 Pages (1997-01-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos is the perfect text for students of filmmaking who would like to make a documentary. Barry Hampe, who has made more than 150 documentary films and videos, traces the two main approaches to documentary--recording behavior and re-creating past events—and shows students how to do both effectively. Covering all the steps, from conceptualization to completion, the book includes chapters on visual evidence; documentary ethics; why reality is not enough; budgeting; and casting, crew, and equipment selection.
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good overall. Could have been shorter.
Overall, this book is really great. One of the best things about this book is that it offers valuable insight for every reader--no matter how involved with video production they may be. If I take one thing from this book, its the importance of keeping the documentary VISUAL. After devoting an entire chapter on the subject, Hampe continues to drill that fact into the reader's mind. It really stresses the importance of having visual "evidence" to show instead of the dreadful "talking heads" telling you about the visuals you should be seeing.

Overall a great book. I give it a 4 out of 5 simply because it could have been a little shorter making it less repetitive towards the end.

Still, a great read!!

1-0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't recommend this seller.
I ordered the book "Making Documentary Films and Reality Videos" and I never received it. I contacted the seller a week after it was supposed to arrive and then again a few days after that. The seller never even replied. The least they could have done was writte a simple 2-sentence reply to pretend as if they were going to try and fix the problem. If you have other choices, don't pick this seller.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good, in-depth, but there are better books out there
Hampe is clearly an experienced and skillful documentarian.The book has some great insight for overall technique with regard to planning, shooting, and interviewing.

But you know what would make this book a lot better?Illustrations and/or photos.Shooting technique is discussed but not shown. Editing technique is discussed but not shown.Ironically, Hampe spends a lot of time driving home the point that it's important to SHOW the action as opposed to relying on interviews and narration.

Another problem is that the book is grossly outdated. The updated version of the book is here: Making Documentary Films and Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries.

Hampe delves into his experiences of shooting on film throughout the 70's & 80's, and talks a bit about video. He seems to mention his own work quite a bit. One more thing: If Hampe refrained from needlessly repeating himself, the book would be half as thick.

I would recommend a far better book on documentary filmmaking, which is The Shut Up and Shoot Documentary Guide: A Down & Dirty DV Production

5-0 out of 5 stars Good, But the Second Edition Is Better
I wrote this book in 1995-96. Since then it has helped a lot of people around the world make their first documentaries. Also since then I have written an updated version, Making Documentary Films and Videos: A Practical Guide to Planning, Filming, and Editing Documentaries, second edition, published in December of 2007.

That's your best buy. It's about 40 percent new material, yet it costs you only a little over a dollar more to get the latest edition.

Barry Hampe

4-0 out of 5 stars Good book for beginner
I haven't read much, but the book is very thorough.Good for someone just getting into documentary films. ... Read more

31. The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films: Making It Big in Shorts
by Kim Adelman
Paperback: 251 Pages (2004-02-01)
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Brings together the artistic and business sides of filmmaking.
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After attending her class at UCLA, I was very interested in buying her book, I am reading it right now and it is helping me a lot with my idea of making short movies.
A lot of advice, good examples, a lot of useful information about short film festivals, youtube, and everything you need to start shooting a short film, thanks Kim!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for young teenage filmmakers!
This is a very good book. It provides all the information that could help a short filmmaker basically any filmmaker. I'm an aspiring filmmaker and I was looking for a book to motivate me to go into film-making. And this was the right book. The best part about this book was that it includes information on how to become successful on You tube. Right now, there isn't really any books that will tell you how to become a successful short filmmaker or how to become popular from You tube. If you are a wannabe filmmaker (young or old), This is the book for you. It's a MUST-HAVE!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great guide for short filmmakers
Kim Adelman has created a super great resource for the beginning and novice short filmmaker. As a beginning filmmaker I was very excited to get this kind of advice, all in one place.Advice such as how to get started, how to market your short, how to cast, budget, get locations, etc.

There is even great advice on how to secure music rights, what film festivals to enter (or not), how to make an effective poster/postcard and alot more.

Thanks Kim!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Covers all aspects of the short-film making world
I don't think in terms of short films.When I teach my screenwriting class we hardly touch on films that are "shortish" in nature.Why?I really don't know.

When it came time for me to go into production on my film, I decided to go feature length because I figured there are a glut of short films in the marketplace.You've got them on YouTube and various other places where you can post your films for the world to see.That is, of course, where my feature film lacked.I couldn't just splay my feature anywhere.

This isn't to say that I haven't touched short films.I wrote an award winning 48 Hour film challenge short film and I've fiddled a bit with VERY low-budget "I'm baby-sitting these kids - what should I do?I know, I'll make a movie with them!"But I've never actually sat down and thought about short films and the impact they can have.

Kim Adelman's book is OUTSTANDING in thinking over every single comprehensive thought when it comes to making your short film.From production to marketing, from concept to casting, from the finest details to the grand design...you can't go wrong with this book.

As much as I learned about short filmmaking while reading this book - I also learned things that would have helped me out greatly in my feature filmmaking (getting music rights, the importance of sound, etc.).So don't let the title fool you - you will learn aspects of short filmmaking that you will easily carry over into feature filmmaking.

Bottom line:Kim Adelman walks you through the mine field that is making short films, exploring all aspects of production, and the new arenas in which to show and distribute short films.This is a perfect book for anyone with a YouTube account.

5-0 out of 5 stars Short filmmakers' bible!
As someone who is embarking on making her first short, I found "Making it Big in Shorts" extremely valuable.Kim Adelman provides not only the inspiration needed, but also the kick-in-the-pants, get-off-your-rear motivation to just "do it."Her book is full of helpful insights on everything a short filmmaker needs to know, from subject-matter, to casting to festivals and marketing.The book is packed with ideas, as well as the nuts-and-bolts of getting it done.It is now my filmmaking bible! ... Read more

32. The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy: A Study of the Chaotic Making and Marketing of Atoll K
by Norbert Aping
Paperback: 280 Pages (2008-07-23)
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The remarkable story behind the planning, development and marketing of Laurel and Hardy's ill-received final film, Atoll K, has been little explored. Details on the script development, cast, crew, locations, and even basic information on running times and release dates have been sketchy at best since the film's 1951 release. This work reconstructs the circumstances surrounding this unusual international co-production (Atoll K was a French-Italian film with English-speaking stars). Through lost documents detailing the film's production and funding, previously unreleased behind-the-scenes photos, and a rare interview with French movie star Suzy Delair, the author explores the continuous changes to the film's script during its chaotic production and the final marketing of the film's many different versions (Atoll K was also released as Robinson Crusoeland in the United Kingdom and as Utopia in the United States). Several appendices detail alternative sequences and cut scenes in various versions of the film and include French box-office reports from 1951 to 1952 as well as a complete filmography. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars One wishes the movie was as thoughtful as its bio
I am of two minds after reading The Final Film of Laurel & Hardy. On the one hand, the book is a meticulously researched and detailed history of L&H's final theatrical movie. On the other hand, considering how mostly unbearable the book's subject is to watch, the book is rather look using a state-of-the-art telescope to examine an anthill.

Author Norbert Aping obviously wrote this book with the best of intentions, and he probably did so at the right time. For decades, L&H legend maintained that (a) everything that needed to be said about L&H's movies had been said by the late 1970's; and (b), the quality of Laurel & Hardy's movies went straight downhill after they left the Hal Roach Studios and were forced into the "studio system" manner of making movies. But Randy Skretvedt's glorious 1988 L&H bio proved the first theory to be wrong, and a decade later, Scott MacGillivray's revisionist bio put the lie to the second theory. So Aping must have figured that the time was right to revisit Atoll K and show that it wasn't nearly as bad as it's been made out to be.

The trouble is that Atoll K -- or Utopia, as it is more commonly known from public-domain tapes and DVDs -- speaks for itself, often quite bitterly. If you start watching an L&H/Fox film with the knowledge that The Boys were often hampered by the studio system, there are still moments -- indeed, entire scenes -- of the Fox films that you can enjoy. But you can make all the excuses in the world for Atoll K, and yet once you are assaulted with Stan's sickly appearance, Ollie's larger-than-usual obesity, horribly dubbed foreign actors, and subplots that come and go with the wind, the movie practically talks you out of laughing at it for long stretches of time.

Aping is so eager to plead a positive case for the movie, he ends up doing his own schizophrenic dance trying to cover his tracks. At one point, he'll tell you that distributors who were several generations removed from the original film have tampered with it and ruined it with editorial omissions. Then later, he'll say that excisions which were never called for by the movie's original makers have considerably improved the story and tempo of the movie.

Aping also points out that different countries' versions of Atoll K (in America, England, and Europe) are very different from each other, ostensibly concluding that if we could get only one, clearly realized version of the movie, we'd all realize what a masterpiece it could have been. But unlike film buffs who still search the world for a complete print of The Rogue Song or Hats Off, there's never been a documented case of anyone (other than, perhaps, Aping) who has viewed Atoll K and determined that there's a pile of gold buried somewhere beneath this drek.

Also, as detailed as Aping's book is, it still leaves several questions unanswered. One is why Stan Laurel -- who, at the Roach Studios, was famous for throwing aside a script in favor of improvising his comedy -- was so unquestionably attached to the notion that a good script would have made this movie better, when all evidence along the way demonstrated otherwise.

Another anomaly is that Aping is inexplicably pleased about any script development that shows the supporting characters carrying the majority of the plotline and/or the comedy. For a movie that its European producers were eager to plug as Stan and Ollie's return to the big screen, it's very bizarre that nobody connected with the movie was bothered by L&H being removed from the storyline (by mostly inferior and irritating supporting characters) for long scenes at a time.

Aping's obvious research and good intentions are to be commended, and any L&H buff would like very much to believe that the movie Aping describes is the movie as it stands. But considering that the movie inspires more nausea and sorrow than laughs from its viewers, one is very surprised that Aping maintains, in his final line of the book, that "These two comic gentleman had no need to be ashamed of their final film together."

4-0 out of 5 stars "Atoll K" Revisited
Historian Norbert Aping does a fine job examining Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy's ill-fated "Atoll K" (1951). Despite the hefty price tag, "The Final Film of Laurel and Hardy" shows why the maligned French-Italian production is worth another look - particularly in regard to the now-available German version. If you have only seen the mutilated public-domain dupes of "Utopia" (the 1954 U.S. release), the 87-minute "Dick und Doof erben eine Insel" is quite a surprise in terms of its excellent print quality and the additional subplot with co-star Suzy Delair. Though somewhat marred by Stan and Ollie's declining health (which Aping chronicles in telling detail), the admirably offbeat "Atoll K" remains superior to the team's post-Hal Roach efforts of the 1940s. A must-read for any Laurel and Hardy fan.

3-0 out of 5 stars A dry atoll....
I was always a fan of Laurel and Hardy films.Atoll K (or, Utopia, or Robinson Crusoeland, etc.) was the production with the least amount of attention paid.Most film historians write the film off as "an abortion" (Stans' assessment), or as a sad reminder of the teams' former glory.Well, despite what one thinks of the finished film, information on the making of it, and the marketing, reviews, grosses, and aftermath were often limited at best, or sloughed off with information culled from available sources.Upon seeing this book for sale I jumped at the chance to finally read all about the final Laurel and Hardy film, despite the stiff price.
The results?There's good news and bad news.The good news is that the book is loaded with everything you need to know about the film, the bad news is that it's very dryly reported.I found myself losing interest as the author rattled another of the many synopses of one of the many versions of the film.I didn't feel that I knew Stan or Babe any better but I sure knew what was cut from the Italian version of the film.

So, if you want to read Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Atoll K this book is for you.If you were hoping to read the same story from a more human angle it's pretty tough going.

5-0 out of 5 stars Compelling look into the latter moments of Laurel And Hardy
An expertly written and researched look into one of the last outings from the legendary duo LAUREL AND HARDY. A compelling and interesting story and analysis of a much maligned project that sheds new light and thus creates a greater appreciation. I love books like this, that can shift your focus and educate your viewpoint. A worthy effort that should be considered a landmark filmbook among the legions of L&H scholars.

5-0 out of 5 stars A detailed look at Laurel and Hardy's last film.
When you bring up the subject of Laurel and Hardy's last film to Laurel and Hardy buffs, many may cringe. It was terrible, the boys were sick, it never should have been made etc. Many refuse to even watch the film, so bad is its repuatation. But author Norbert Aping makes the case that Atoll K, while not a great film, is NOT the abomination people believe it is. Aping writes about the film from its conception, the writing, the filming, the editing, and the many versions that were released in different areas of the world. He also details the health problems Laurel and Hardy dealt with during the filming. Aping includes rare photos taken on filming locations, sample pages from the script, and lobby cards and advertising from all over the world. Also included are details of scenes that were cut from the original version of the film, French box office reports, and a filmography of the verious versions of Atoll K. Atoll K is a Laurel and Hardy film that needs another look, and this book is a good start. ... Read more

33. The Making of The X-Files Film
by Jody Duncan
Paperback: 128 Pages (1998-07-01)
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"We are close to something here, Scully. . . ."
--Fox Mulder

The movie is The X-Files, the premiere feature-length film based on the groundbreaking dramatic television series from Chris Carter starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. In this exclusive book, Jody Duncan takes you behind the camera, on location, and into the hearts and minds of the incomparable creator, cast, and crew whose dedication and hard work resulted in a multimillion dollar motion picture--from the preproduction to final cut and finished product--in just one year.

How the movie came within ten minutes of not being made

The wizardry behind the film's more than 220 special effects

Behind the scenes with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson

What "Blackwood" means

What it's like to work with a swarm of 300,000 bees

How the huge, complicated sets were created and filmed-from a snowy ice cap in April to the 115 degree heat of the California Desert in July

And much, much more!

Whether you're an X-Phile or a film buff, The Making of the X-Files is you're exclusive pass to this extraordinary filmmaking achievement.Amazon.com Review
The Making of the X-Files: Fight the Future brings the reader onto the set and into the studios. If you are not familiar with the intricaciesof producing a film, prepare to be boggled by the hectic schedule requiredto make Fight the Future possible. Combining a past-tense narrativeon the various stages of production, withfirst-person, present-tense journal entries for anecdotal flavor, Duncanoffers a dual perspective on theevolution of the movie. Her narrative is punctuated with stills from thefilm, and behind-the-scenesphotographs. The movie's concept illustrations also adorn the pages, andmake for interesting backgrounds to the text and photos. Die-hard X-phileswill get their dose of trivia, with interesting facts on everything fromsecrecy protocols to set construction to bee wrangling. While some"making of" books are little more than marketing tie-ins with big movies,Duncan actually tells the story of Fight the Future's "life," fromconception to completion, creating a "making of" book with both substanceand style. --Brian Patterson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have to ULTIMATE X Files Fan
I didn't know if I would like it when I first bought it, but as soon as I started reading I fell in love with it.I was great, it tells you all the details about the movie, how each scene was shot and the special effects. It also concentrates on every character, not just on Mulder and Scully.Ithink it is great.If you are a true X Files fan, you have to have it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for what it was.
The book was good for what it was.It goes into great depth of how hard it is to make a movie.I thought the book got boring at times.I would recommend this book to the true x-files fan or just anyone who wants to seehow a movie is made.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for what it was.
The book was good for what it was.It goes into great depth of how hard it is to make a movie.I thought the book got boring at times.I would recommend this book to the true x-files fan or just anyone who wants to seehow a movie is made.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff!
This book was written for everyone....from newbies to real X-files addicts.It takes you to the whole process.A definitive must-read.You'll enjoy it!

4-0 out of 5 stars This book is exactly what it says it is.
It contains great pictures and sometimes exhaustive details about the making of this feature film.From the concept of the movie to post production work, you get an inside look at all of the planning and hard work involved in getting this film into theaters.If you are interested in the steps involved in movie-making and the X-files in general then this book is for you.It gave me a better appreciation for the movie. ... Read more

34. The Insiders Guide to Filmmaking - How to Produce a Professional Film on a Shoestring Budget
by Marianne Hutcheson
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-07-15)
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Have you ever wanted to make your own film? Is there a story you want to tell? You might even think that this is impossible. “Studios make films, not the little guy”. This is probably what you tell yourself. Do you watch films with more than a casual eye? You probably want to know how they were able to get perfect lighting in your favorite scene, or how to write a professional screenplay. Do you watch the Actor’s Studio and hang on every word they say? My last question is, do sit in your seat at the movie when it’s over watching the credits as everyone else files out the door .

Why Don’t You Make Your Own Movie?

I know you have dreamed about it, but have you ever seriously contemplated making your own film? Yes Virginia, you too can make your own film, all on your own. If you have played with the idea of what it would be like to direct a film then you have already made an imaginary plan. Why not make it a reality. What else are you doing with your time, going to work at the factory everyday?

Are you thinking that Filmmaking is only for studios and professionals? I believe that Independent film has changed all the rules. Doors are opening all over for aspiring filmmakers. Why not give it a try, what do you have to lose? With a little imagination and a lot of hard work you can do this, but you need the basics to get your started. If you feel like you don’t know where to start the process, I will show you.

This book will give you the necessary information in filmmaking that it would take a couple years in college to get. Not to mention hefty tuition fees. Everything you will need to know to get started is in this publication. I give you the benefit of what I have learned over the years. With this information you should be able to get started with a professional looking film. Who needs the studio to make a film when you can do it yourself.
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35. The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook: The Ultimate Guide to Digital Film Making!
by Chris Jones, Andrew Zinnes, Genevieve Jolliffe
Paperback: 320 Pages (2010-03-22)
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* How other young film makers made their first movie and found massive success
* How to take your great ideas and turn them into great films
* How to build a team to make your movie now
* How to harness cheap technology to make expensive looking films
* How to avoid hundreds of pitfalls many other film makers will fall into
* How to find audiences and even make money from your movie

Veterans of the indie film scene, the authors have produced numerous low budget feature films, sold projects to Hollywood studios, come perilously close to an Oscar nomination, and even ended up in prison! They're also the team behind the best selling Guerilla Film Makers Handbooks series, selling over 100,000 copies around the world and they've taught thousands of emerging film makers the key skills needed to make their own great movies to launch a career. Their offices are at Ealing Studios in London and in Los Angeles. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Guide
I'm Noah Serry
I am an amateur photographer, I have considerable experience in the field of video clips, I like to say that this book is very cool, its usually with me because its small size allow to me tocarry it anywhereeasily.
Of course, I consider it as simple and powerful at the same time. It brings a lot of experiences from Chris Jones, Andrew Zinnes, Genevieve Jolliffe and Philip Bloom.
I liked it a lot and I liked the practice of providing information in a manner the question and the answer more, which is easier to get the information that I want. It's advised me and encouraged me a lot on the production of my work after that you're afraid to start my own project,
Because my current job in the field of motion graphics... This book in its small size shape measured in a large-scale with its information which gave me a strong push forward.
Thank you Philip Bloom, because I knew your blog through this book and thanks for the great Chris Jones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to Film making
Great introduction to filmmaking. The book is split into pre-, production, and post- and is made up of a series of short interviews with experts who are professionals in the field being discussed. The whole builds up to make a complete picture of the filmmaking process and helps a beginner like myself get a handle on what is involved. Worth reading cover to cover and a very convenient pocketable size.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tardis pocket book?
Yes like Doctor Who's tardis it really is bigger on the inside! Packed with need to know information and the new cutting edge technology.

Chris Jones is now in his prime as a teacher and film maker. Responsible for unleashing hard to find film secrets onto the world in the form of his Guerilla film book series and seminars, now reaches new highs in this all new pocket book. Everything you need to know and more.

This was on my shopping list the moment I heard through the grapevine. My advice is to buy this book now in case it sells out.

Mark Morris

5-0 out of 5 stars Pocket full of Inspiration!
I'll keep things simple.

MJ Slide.

I'm 17 years old.

Indie Filmmaker in the United States of America.

My review The Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook.

When one as the opportunity to stumble upon a book that is powerful enough to change the course of their entire life, people take notice. How can they not? Those seem like two very strange sentences to start out a review on a small six inch 320 page book but I couldn't think of anything more appropriate. The following paragraphs are as much a review of the new Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook (GFP), as they are a reflection of how books can drastically alter lives, mine to be more specific.

The Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook written by indie film masterminds, Chris Jones, Andrew Zinnes, and Genevieve Jolliffe is the offspring of their ever popular collection of film guides that include The Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook, (GFH) which happens to be the very first book on filmmaking I have ever bought.

I was 13 and highly impressionable. On a whim I asked for the massive Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook for my 14th birthday after seeing it on a shelf at my local Barnes & Noble. I silently thank my older brother every day for obliging my request. Long story short, I read the whole thing, all 714 pages of it. I couldn't get enough. The advice, case studies, and open intimate writing style fired up my mind. My dreams of becoming a filmmaker swiftly jumped from the simmering back burner to the main focus of my free time. I was inspired; the passion that Chris and Gen displayed on paper was unavoidably contagious. Basically what I'm saying is simply this; Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe and The Guerilla Filmmakers Handbook are the reason I am, now at 17 years old, in the middle of pre-production for my senior project short film THE SAVING. I used to carry the GFH with me everywhere; it was my guide so when I read on twitter that Chris and Gen had teamed back up for a pocket version of their life changing volume, my nerdy grin spread from ear to ear. I had joined twitter about 3 months before that and it's all a bit of a blur now but somehow I found and followed Chris Jones's account (@livingspiritpix). For me, that was HUGE. My filmmaking hero was only Direct Message away! *still tries not to hyperventilate*

It was only a few weeks ago and I was systematically nerding out tweet style about how excited I was to purchase the Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook when as if like heaven itself had opened and DM'd me a message arrived in my inbox. It was from Mr. Jones and the summary was this "Hey, if you buy the book off my website, I'll sign it and you don't need to worry about shipping." from that point on Chris Jones' hero status was secured forever in my mind's eye. Of course I said yes and the book arrived in the mail, along with a copy of his Oscar short listed film GONE FISHING exactly a week ago. And in exactly a week I have read the whole thing cover to cover. Besides the fact that the book fits quite nicely in pocket of my jacket and doesn't cause my shoulder to ache, it wields the same amount of Oomph the larger version does. Take it from me. I would know. J

From the opening page, signed by Chris, Gen, and Andrew the book envelopes all the bases of Digital Filmmaking in this digital age. I read each page hungrily, the advice is similar to GFH but updated for the current technological advances available to indie filmmakers. Each section is comprised of advice stuffed interviews from individuals active in the indie film scene with a sidebar breakdown of the sections main points to reread on the fly. From Gen's guide to writing with your budget in mind (DO IT, it'll save you loads of time and heartache), camera guru Phillip Bloom's (@PhillipBloom) lowdown to shooting on DSLR to Sheri Candler's (@shericandler) highlights to promoting yourself and your film through social networking and the like (yes getting a twitter is totally worth it.) it's all there. Covering the span that starts with that good idea for a killer film that pops into your head while your staring off into space when you should be concentrating on homework *cough cough* all the way through post production editing and the festival circuit.

The Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook is the ultimate crash course, the Ultimate Guide to Digital Filmmaking, and I recommend it to everyone. BUY THE BLODDY BOOK, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. No matter if your just getting your start or are a veteran of the industry, the Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook can serve as a foundation for your film knowledge or a great refresher course.

So there it is. Thank you Chris for acting as my inspiration and co-writing the book that drove me to the art of filmmaking. I'm entirely indebted to you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook, so incredibly good I had to record a video review!!
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R3QZZQ7B67UDPI Hi guys, I'm Danny Lacey, new indie filmmaker on an incredible journey to establish myself as a respected filmmaker. This journey is being made loads easier with the series of Guerilla Film Makers books. The latest episode, the pocketbook, is the icing on the cake of filmmakers books for me. So much so that I just had to record a video review.

The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook is awesome and will be my companion on set for my next film project.

I promise, buying this book will be the best thing you'll do today!

You can find out how the pocketbook is helping my career via my film blog [...] ... Read more

36. The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age
by Don Hahn
Paperback: 144 Pages (2008-10-07)
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The Alchemy of Animation: Making an Animated Film in the Modern Age is a step-by-step introduction to animated filmmaking from one of the foremost producers of animated features. By drawing (sorry!) upon more than seven decades of Disney’s classic and beloved animated films, this stunning book explores the role of the directors, story artists, songwriters, and animators who each play an integral role in the creation of an animated feature.

This book includes a special focus on the digital techniques of filmmaking and fresh, behind-the-scenes work from the most current Disney films, including Chicken Little, Meet the Robinsons, and Bolt, as well as showing other forms of animation such as the stop-motion of Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Is it the alchemy!
I'm in Brazil and had no problem. The service is very good and I recommend to everyone. This book is amazing!

2-0 out of 5 stars The Alchemy of Animation:this
this is good, but really not what I wanted to help with my drawing....I wish I had known that when I bought it...karen

5-0 out of 5 stars Just like going on an animation studio tour
Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2UH5J70FZ5206 This book is like a pass that will give you access to a tour in an animation studio. The tour guide here is Don Hahn, who has been in the animation industry for years, directing some popular movies like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, etc.

Don Hahn brings us down to the production floor, visiting every department, talking about the people and their role in movie production. You may have seen many making-of videos from DVDs but this book is the one stop source to the introduction to animation.

The book introduces the process of animation from idea creation to the ending post production work. It looks at three forms of animation that exist today and talks about how they are created. They are the computer-generated, 2D hand-drawn and stop-motion production.

Included concept art, sketches, set photos, sculptures, storyboards, 3D renders and some discarded ideas are included. This is like walking along studio corridors looking at all the art pinned on the boards.

The roles and responsibilities of every crew working on the film is explained. In a sort of way, it's also a guide to finding what kind of jobs are available in the animation industry. For the longest time, I've been trying to find out what a clean-up artist does and now I know, which is to "clean up" characters making sure they are consistent in style.

For people interested in the animation industry or how animated movies are made, this book provides a very good introductory background.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)

4-0 out of 5 stars Animation
An animator friend wanted this book for his birthday. I figure it has to be good if he wants it. He's very picky!

5-0 out of 5 stars A well-illustrated overview of the process of creating an animated movie
Legendary animator Don Hahm provides a well-illustrated overview of the process of creating an animated movie. Less a textbook and more an illustrated guide, "The Alchemy of Animation" won't make you an animator, but will give an interested reader an insider perspective of the work flow, as well as the techniques and work that goes into each step of the process. Hahm covers the three major types of animation, illustrating each with many pictures from Disney and Pixar movie. The computer animation section is heavy on recent movies and provides some preview art of the upcoming Bolt! movie. The 2D (or hand-drawn) animation section is fairly light, particularly considering the amount of art history that Disney could draw from. The stop motion section is almost entirely Tim Burton land--Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach- -but both are amazingly well done and classics in the field. ... Read more

37. Understanding the Basics of Film-Making
by wings of success
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-08-10)
list price: US$2.99
Asin: B003Z9JS6K
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Does The Mere Thought Of Directing A New Film Give You Nightmares? Have You Lost Sleep Thinking About The Story And How Would You Sustain In The Race? Are You Super Confused And Don't Know Where To Even Start?

Finally! A Complete Guide That Would Hold Your Hands Through The Whole Film-Making Process And Give You Excellent Tips To Make Your Film-Making Experience A Great One…! Save Loads Of Time, Hassles, And Unwanted Stress!

Do you aspire to become a film maker? The eBook “Understanding The Basics Of Film Making” can guide you to create your first film, an achievement that you will surely cherish throughout your life. This 78-page book can teach you the ABCs of the great art of film making in simple, non technical terms. Reading this wonderful eBook could very well be the first step to a successful career.

These Are Some Of The Tips You Will Find In The Book :

Can You Hear Me Now

Finding A Location Or Your Film

How Can I Learn Film Making Without Going To School?

How To Produce Your Own Film Making Endeavor?

So Many Cameras, So Little Time

Let There Be Light

Film Making Equipment Rental: All That You Should Know

The Joys Of Film School

How To Make An Entry Into Film Making Industry?

What Will My Film Making Crew Expect From Me?

What About Film Making And The Internet?

What About Internships In Film Making?

What Are The Top Five Film Making Producer Skills?

Where Can I Go To Learn Film Making?

Why Should I Work For Free In Film Making?

Finding A Location For Your Film - 9 Easy Tips

Fly Filmmaking – A 10 Day Challenge

How Can I Learn Film Making Without Going To School?

How To Produce Your Own Film Making Endeavor?

Promoting Your Film

Selecting The Right Camera

Film Making And The Internet - Over 10 Benefits

Film Making Finance – 12 Points To Remember

Internship In Film Making - 7 Easy Ways To Try Your Luck

Investing In Film Making

Being A Producer – 5 Top Skills Required

Los Angeles Film School

Film Making – A Booming Industry

Working For Free In Film Making - 12 Good Reasons And More!


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38. Essential Brakhage: Selected Writings on Film-Making
by Stan Brakhage, Bruce R. McPherson
Paperback: 232 Pages (2001-08-03)
list price: US$18.00 -- used & new: US$11.15
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Asin: 092970164X
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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In the course of making nearly 400 films over the past 50 years, Stan Brakhage became synonymous with independent American filmmaking, particularly its avant-garde component. This major collection of writings draws primarily upon two long out-of-print books--Metaphors on Vision and Brakhage Scrapbook. Brakhage examines filmmaking in relation to social and professional contexts, the nature of influence and collaboration, the aesthetics of personal experience, and the conditions under which various films were made. Brakhage discusses his predecessors and contemporaries, relates film to dance and poetry, and in A Moving Picture Giving and Taking Book provides a manual for the novice filmmaker. Lectures, interviews, essays, and manifestos document Brakhage's personal vision and public persona. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars the best brakhage book
After plodding through Brakhage's "Metaphors on Vision" as well as "the Brakhage Scrapbook" during my research on this amazing filmmaker, I was thankful to find Brakhage's most interesting and significant writings collected into this single volume.It truly is the "essential brakhage."Personally, I don't really think that much of what else remains in those OTHER two volumes (all those difficult writings and collections of artist's notes and confounding letters full of puns)is worth the reading effort for most readers. ... Read more

39. FilmMaking for SmartAsses - FilmMaking Secrets - Indy Film Insider Tips And Basics To Film Making
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-02-13)
list price: US$4.99
Asin: B0038HENFA
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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About this Film Making (filmmaking book)

This Filmmaking book will give you the necessary information in film making that it would take a couple years in college to get.Not to mention hefty tuition fees.Everything you will need to know to get started is in this publication.I give you the benefit of what I have learned over the years.With this information you should be able to get started with a professional looking film.Who needs the studio to make a film when you can do it yourself.

With Indy insider tips you will benefit by...

Benefits of Indy Insider Tips:

1) You will be able to go from Pre-production to Post once you read Indy Insider Tips.

You will have the information you need to go from concept to screenplay and from the shoot to Post-production.You will discover how easy it is to make your own film with info on how to make your film look as professional as possible.

2) Promotion, Film Festivals and Distribution.

Once your film is finished you will get the tips on how to promote it.You will learn the value of film festivals in the filmmaking process.All the info written in this E-book will assist you in getting to distribution.
Here is what you will learn inside this guide....

·How to develop a concept

·How to write a professional screenplay.

·How to purchase and operate the camera.

·How to light your scenes professionally.

·Audio for your film.

·Finding a location.

·How to make a production schedule.

·A list of equipment you will need.

·How to promote your film.

·And a lot more!

This filmmaking book will cut through all the double-talk and cover only the pertinent info that you need to make your own film.

This is not about film theory and critical viewing, it is the nuts and bolts of filmmaking.This information in other books are spread out over 3 or 4 full books.

So if you are looking for concise, to-the-point filmmaking information, tips, and secrets, this book is for you... ... Read more

Customer Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Filmmaking tips
For basic/beginner filmmakers. If you are interested in film making or just like to do it as a hobby, I would highly suggest this book. It gives you tips and techniques on film making that you may have not thought of before. It is always good to learn more about the process so give this book a try and you will watch your talent grow.

1-0 out of 5 stars Nothing special
This book really had nothing in it that you couldn't find on the Internet for free. If you are seriously looking to film a movie you will probably already know most of this information.

5-0 out of 5 stars Film making, filmmaking, etc. finally made easy
I like this filmmaking book because it was simple to read and understand, no fluff, could tell it came from an insider who wants to tell you how it really is.Film making has always been an interesting subject for me.Found out what I needed to know if I ever want to pursue that dream of making movies and film, etc.

5-0 out of 5 stars Filmmaking Book for Future Filmmakers, say that real fast.
Filmmaking book for future film makers and fun field information. Just thought I would be a smartass. This filmmaking book, or is it film making, who cares.If you want to pull a matt damen or sylvester stallone and become a star after creating a sript or movie, this will be good for you.Tells you the honest facts of the filmmaking business.I found the advise pretty sound. It's short and to the point, which is good for smartasses like me that don't want to read forever to get to what I want to know about filmmaking. ... Read more

40. Projections 3: Film-Makers on Film-Making
by John Boorman
Paperback: 228 Pages (1994-04)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$7.89
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Asin: 0571170471
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Projections is a forum for film-makers in which the practitioners of cinema write about their craft. The centrepiece of this issue is the journals of Francis Ford Coppola, whose films, such as the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now, are considered masterworks of contemporary cinema. This volume also contains articles by leading film-makers about the state of the art at this moment. ... Read more

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