Cheap Scares!: Low Budget Horror Filmmakers Share Their Secrets

Overview

This is a step-by-step guide to creating and selling a horror movie, from rough outline to film distribution, with an emphasis on storytelling and marketing. Chapters cover screenwriting, freelancing as a writer, collaborating, budgeting and pitching projects to industry decision-makers. Interviews with J.B. Bookwalter, Roy Frumkes, Larry Fessenden, Scooter McRae, Brett Piper and others all convey today's realities. Production stills, sample screenplay pages, and sample budgets ...

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Overview

This is a step-by-step guide to creating and selling a horror movie, from rough outline to film distribution, with an emphasis on storytelling and marketing. Chapters cover screenwriting, freelancing as a writer, collaborating, budgeting and pitching projects to industry decision-makers. Interviews with J.B. Bookwalter, Roy Frumkes, Larry Fessenden, Scooter McRae, Brett Piper and others all convey today's realities. Production stills, sample screenplay pages, and sample budgets are included. Fully indexed.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786437061
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/2/2008
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Lamberson is a novelist and filmmaker specializing in horror entertainment. He wrote and directed the cult classic Slime City and worked as the production manager on I Was a Teenage Zombie and as Frank Henenlotter's assistant director on Brain Damage. He lives in Cheektowaga, New York.

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Table of Contents

Preface Who the Hell Does This Guy Think He Is? 1

Introduction So You Want to Make a Horror Film 5

1 J.R. Bookwalter: The Filmmaker Next Door 9

2 Strange Bedfellows 24

3 Justin Wingenfeld: The Inside Man 29

4 Screamwriting 101 38

5 Robert Craig Sabin: Going Hollyweird 48

6 This Gun for Hire 60

7 Devi Snively: Trippin' from Festivals to the AFI 65

8 Development Hell 76

9 Jerry Gold: Brief Legal Briefs 85

10 Making a Budget 96

11 Roy Frumkes: Producing Screams and Laughter 103

12 Pre-production 126

13 Larry Fessenden: The Art of Horror 137

14 Production 154

15 Scooter McCrae: Micro-Budget Maverick 163

16 Directing 181

17 James Lorinz: Acting Scared 186

18 Post Production 199

19 Brett Piper: Renaissance Man 206

20 Distribution 221

21 Stephen Biro: Unearthing Films 232

22 Promotion 242

23 Paige Kay Davis: Marketing Mayhem 250

24 Justin Channell: New Blood 261

25 The Martini: Last Words 270

Index 273

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