If you dream of making a movie but don’t know where to start or you’re afraid that your film will end up being yet another unseen indie, this is the book for you.
Based on the real-life experiences of Sundance award–winning screenwriter/director Diane Bell, SHOOT FROM THE HEART will guide you through the process of making an indie film successfully ― from writing a stand-out script to raising finance, from getting the most out of your shoot to planning a profitable release.
Broken down into sixteen essential steps, this book provides you with a clear, actionable, real-world plan for turning your filmmaking dream into your reality. The method in this book is available to anyone, anywhere. You don’t need a ton of money or industry connections, you just need to be willing to do the work of each step.
In this book, you’ll find ass-kicking inspiration and motivational tips for the long journey filmmaking is, as well as the practical knowledge and insider’s information you need to make it happen. SHOOT FROM THE HEART will empower you to trust your creative instincts and leave you with no excuses for not making the best film you can. This guide is the only one you need if you seriously want to stop talking about making movies and actually make a great one.
Grab a camera! Make a difference! Whether you are an experienced filmmaker looking to expose social wrongs or someone who has never made a movie but wants to, this is the book for you.
Recognizing that film is the most powerful form of social and political activism, you will learn the keys to unlock the powers of Filmmaking for Change, from story ideas to production, film festivals through distribution.
Whether you are looking to produce documentary or narrative projects, this is the resource that will help you get your project made!
A one-stop film school, this book is packed with information, tips, techniques, and advice covering all aspects of filmmaking as gathered from the author’s years of experience working in short films, features, commercials, and music videos, as well as delivering workshops and lectures to film students of all ages. Everything you need to know – from generating an idea to delivering a finished film – is laid out in an informal and easy to read style.
Find everything from script formatting, choosing lenses, and location scouting, to where best to put the camera to film your scenes, working with actors, recording sound, and editing your shots.
Today’s digital technology allows teens to produce short films with enviable accessibility. But there is a darker side to today’s technology, too: the expectation to live and share your life online, to become an instant success with your first creations. Imagine being free to experiment and play with the medi-um, with a mentor beside you helping you craft solid, professional work that never looks like a home movie. Industry pro Deborah Patz is that mentor.
Much like writers pen journals they don’t publish (aka “writing practice,” as taught by Natalie Gold-berg), Write! Shoot! Edit! mentors teens in “first filmmaking” ― crafting complete, scripted movies in a safe place free from public exhibition and scrutiny, experimenting with the medium, and discovering one’s own visual storytelling voice.
You want to direct and edit, but your friend wants to write? Not a problem. Don’t read the book in order! Just follow the path. Write! Shoot! Edit! is written in three distinct and intertwining paths, so you can experience the book as you want to: as a writer, director / DOP, or editor.
Start making scripted films today so that you can be the overnight success of tomorrow!
Unlike film guides that list films alphabetically, give production facts, and offer rather dry descriptions, this book is designed to help people better understand themselves, their loved ones, and their romantic situations… or lack thereof. Scientific studies show that couples who watch romantic movies together and then discuss them and their feelings about them have a much higher “stay-together rate” than couples who enter traditional therapy. This fun and colourful rom-com movie guide can help people find the perfect film to match their mood, put them in a different mood, bring up things hard to talk about, or generally improve their romantic well-being.
Crowdfunding for Filmmakers offers practical information, tips, and tactics for launching a successful film campaign by detailing traditional models of fundraising, utilizing today’s technological and social innovations, and augmenting each step with an added personal touch. THis 2nd edition updates the latest techniques on Social Media to get your projects up and running asap.
Master of the Cinematic Universe is a guide to the future of trans-media storytelling. Content creators of every flavor are constantly needing to expand the mediums they can work in. This volume serves as a resource for using the timeless truths of story structure to craft established as well as up and coming short-form media formats.
In celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of Akira Kurosawa s Seven Samurai one of cinema s most superb and influential achievements Richard D. Pepperman presents this elegant book as a master class, and illustrates, with beautiful strokes of insight, how and why this film has inspired generations of filmmakers. Here is a handbook for directors, screenwriters, and editors, and a guide for all curious lovers of cinema.”
By always testing the limits, a young Michael had a yearning to understand “the secret of life” and began to “see things worth seeing.” During the turbulent ‘60’s in San Francisco he makes his first films exploring his inner world. Later, under the pressure to support a family, he moves to New York and lands “real jobs” in the entertainment industry. But while climbing the corporate ladder, he loses his footing on the spiritual path. With guidance from his mentors, friends, and wife, he regains his sense of purpose, which brings him today into the most productive and satisfying period of his life. This book is a record of that journey and of those things that are important to creating a contented life.
“Make Film History! is an entirely new concept: a read it learn it do it introduction to the movies. Make Film History! unleashes the filmmaker in you. Reading the book, you enter the history of movies by learning what great filmmakers of the past accomplished and how they did it. Working the webpage, you use simple hands-on filmmaking exercises and software already installed on your computer to introduce yourself to filmmaking by writing, shooting, cutting, and mixing as the great filmmakers did it. Make Film History! is both a book and a hands-on website. The book describes crucial moments when movies fundamentally changed. It explains how yesterday s great filmmakers live on today in contemporary films. On the website, simple hands-on exercises put you in the place of (or next to) great filmmakers as they solved filmmaking problems. You watch or second-guess or do it yourself as the building blocks of movies emerge. Make Film History! is for every movie lover who has ever asked, How did they do that? or ever said, I d like to make a movie, too! “
Hollywood Game Plan is an in-depth, how-to guide for aspiring Hollywood hopefuls. It provides a concrete, step-by-step strategy to land a job in the entertainment industry.
For 47 years, Howard Suber has taught generations of today’s top screenwriters, directors, producers, and film scholars at UCLA’s celebrated film school. He has lectured widely in the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China.
This book features letters to aspiring filmmakers and other creatives from one of the world’s leading teachers of film. Suber emphasizes that what is required of a professional in the world of film is not just technique, but an understanding and ability to deal with the realities of how films get made.
Foreword by Mike Medavoy, who has overseen production of more than 300 films as head of production for United Artists, co-founder of Orion Pictures, chairman of TriStar Pictures, and founder and chairman of Phoenix Pictures.
Written by an award-winning costume designer, this book offers an in-depth insight into the costume design business, department operations and management.
Learn the A to Z of how to perfrom any role at your highest potential. Practical advice is provided from a professional director who has trained Hollywood’s top actors for over two decades.
One of America’s most distinguished film professors provides the definitive A to Z course on the intricacies of film. Each entry in this remarkable book, which represents a lifetime of teaching film, has already inspired and educated several generations of Hollywood’s greatest filmmakers and writers. This book examines the patterns and principles that make films popular and memorable, and will be useful both for those who want to create films and for those who just want to understand them better. Advance Review Quotes: “”Howard Suber’s understanding of film storytelling fills the pages of this wise, liberating book. Much of it is surprisingly contrary to what ‘everyone knows.’ A remarkable work.”” Francis Ford Coppola