Fast, Cheap and Under Control: Lessons from the Greatest Low-Budget Movies of All Time

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Learn the tricks and pitfalls of low-budget filmmaking from 33 successful indepent films and the filmmakers who created them. This is the most important book an independent writer/director/producer may ever read. Includes never before published interviews with low-budget mavericks such as Steven Soderbergh, Roger Corman, Jon Favreau, Henry Jaglom, and many more.

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Publishers Weekly
Films like Night of the Living Dead and sex, lies and videotape prove low budgets aren't a barrier to creating innovative cult movies and box-office bonanzas. Gaspard (Digital Filmmaking), an independent filmmaker, has written a fun, user-friendly handbook for wannabe filmmakers with big visions but few funds. While providing helpful tips and telling anecdotes, this how-to guide focuses on 33 independent films to extol the benefits of self-financing. Gaspard opens by interviewing Roger Corman, the godfather of low budgets, who preaches both the importance of preparation and the need for flexibility. Corman, who brought Little Shop of Horrors to the screen, influenced everyone from Ron Howard to Martin Scorsese. Though Gaspard nabs an impressive list of directors, including Steven Soderbergh, he's also happy to cull insights from magazine articles and DVD commentaries. He ends with a list of 69 quick-hit lessons: two key lessons, "cast with care" and "use reality to your advantage," helped turn The Blair Witch Project and Swingers into hits. One lesson in particular is inspiration for any enterprising filmmaker: "Get past the notion that you're trying to make a movie. There is no try. You either do it or you don't. So do it." (Aug.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932907155
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 281
  • Sales rank: 1,290,108
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaspard was in filmmaking for 20 years, as a writer, director and producer.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Corman & company 1
Ch. 2 Fiercely independent 33
Ch. 3 Out of this world 67
Ch. 4 In a league of their own 95
Ch. 5 Fake out! 129
Ch. 6 The new establishment 157
Ch. 7 The digital realm 193
Ch. 8 The lessons redux 229
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