Guerilla Film Makers Handbook / Edition 3

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Overview

The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook contains over 150 interviews with top film industry insiders... We have asked them all questions that you NEED the answers to... This 720 page volume includes insider views from each and every field of filmmaking, given by working professionals. It covers EVERY aspect of filmmaking, from how to get into the business, how to make your film, how to sell it to Hollywood Studio executives and distributors... And how to survive it, and go on to make another! Learn what pitfalls to avoid and what opportunities should not be missed. Expert advice comes from Steven Soderbergh's crew, Universal and Fox Studios executives, top lawyers, top agents and managers, post-production gurus, distributors and film festival co-ordinators among others. There are also Case Studies of indie filmmakers and their films such as Thirteen, The Good Girl, Donnie Darko and the Project Greenlight series. They tell the story of how they got their pictures made and how you can too. There are hundreds of useful tips, info, websites, addresses and phone numbers in easy to read side bars.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826479884
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/25/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 756

Meet the Author

Chris Jones has been making micro-budget features since he and Genevieve Jolliffe made The Runner in 1992. In 2009, his short film "Gone Fishing" was Oscars shortlisted, won the prestigious Producers Guild of America's Best Short Film and collected over 40 international awards. He co-authored the bestselling Guerilla Film Makers Handbook in 1996, and also wrote the hugely successful Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint. On top of writing and making films, Chris teachers new filmmakers and runs his business from the historic Ealing Film Studios in London.

Genevieve Jolliffe met Chris Jones at film school and the two went into independent filmmaking through their production company, Living Spirit Pictures. She directed their third film together, Urban Ghost Story, in 1998. After moving to Los Angeles, Genevieve was a major force in pulling together the US edition of The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, and she also co-authored The Documentary Film Makers Handbook in 2006. With her husband and screenwriting partner Andrew Zinnes, she has sold projects to Warner Bros and has two indie features set to be filmed in 2010.

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Table of Contents

Training
Becky Rolnick & Amy Collins - Film School Graduates 14
David Von Ancken - No film school 20
Susan O'Leary - Fox Searchlab 24
Eli Holzman - Project Greenlight 28
Michelle Satter - Sundance Labs 32
Development
Robert Kosberg - Pitching 34
Keya Khayatian - Literary Agent 41
Christopher Vogler - Script Guru 48
Dov S. Simens - Just Do It! 52
John O'Brien - Spec Script Market and Writer 56
Robin Schiff - TV or Film? 62
Anonymous - Script Reader 68
Margaret Grohne and Kay Schaber - Writers Guild of America 70
Organizations
Gail Silva - Film Arts 76
Dawn Hudson, Patrick Roddy, Josh Welsh - IFP Los Angeles 80
Michelle Byrd - IFP/New York 84
Jacques Thelamaque - Film Makers Alliance 88
Elizabeth Stanley - DGA (Directors Guild of America) 90
Rich Hull - PGA 96
Tom Bower - SAG (Screen Actors Guild) 98
Matt Loeb - IATSE 104
Joel Merrow - Transport (Teamsters) 108
Finance
Mark Litwak - Lawyer 112
Demille Haliburton - Insurance 126
Lew Horowitz - Finance 132
Hal Sadoff - Finance 138
Greg Trattner, Maureen Duffy, Matt Warren - Completion Bonds 142
John Manulis - Alternate Ways 146
John Schmidt - Major Indie 154
Chris Hanley - Major Indie 158
Talent
Michael Nilon - Agent 162
Rosalee Swedlin - Manager 166
Paul Petersen - Working with Kids 170
Michelle Gertz - Casting 174
Gary Marsh - Breakdown Services 182
Production
Gilly Ruben - Unit Production Manager 184
Amy Hansen - Accountant 192
Steven Fishman - Payroll Services 202
Paul Sessum - Crew Agent 208
Greg Jacobs - First Assistant Director 224
Ken Lavet - Location Manager 184
Mary Fry - Studio Rental 230
Tracey Wilson - Storyboards 232
Eric Stolz - Actor 238
Lorette Bayle - Film Stock 240
Charles Tammaro - Camera Rental 244
Xavier Sotela - Grips Rental 250
Richard Pilla and Jeremy Ramsaur - Lighting Rental 254
Eric Alan Edwards - Director of Photography 262
M. David Mullen - The Digital DP 184
Jim Plannette - The Gaffer 286
Liz Ziegler - Steadicam Operator 292
Mark Weingarten - Production Sound 294
Jeff Blauvelt - Renting HD 302
Phil Messina - Production Design 308
Susie DeSanto - Costume Designer 314
Judy Lovell - Make Up Supervisor 322
Annie Wells - Script Supervisor 326
Julie Weinhouse - Product Placement 332
Mic Rogers - Stunts and Action 334
Matt Sweeney - Special Effects (Physical) 340
Boone Narr - Animal Trainer 346
The Hanna Brothers - Catering 348
Post Production
Mike Munson - The Lab 350
Jeff Betancourt - Editor 360
David Gray - Dolby 368
Jonathan McHugh - Music Supervisor 370
Harry Gregson Williams - Composer 374
Doreen Ringer Ross - BMI 382
Kevin Coogan and Diana Szyszkiewicz - ASCAP 384
Debbi Datz-Pyle - Music Contractor 386
Mark Graham - Music Copyist 389
Phil Ayling - RMA 390
Peter Brown - Sound Design 392
Nerses Gezalyan - Foley 392
Tom Lalley - Foley Engineer 403
Mike Minkler - Re-recording Mixer 404
Tim West - Indie Film Mixer 410
Sheena Duggal - Visual Effects Supervisor 412
Stu Maschwitz - Magic Bullet 418
John Knowles - Telecine 420
David Hays - Tape to Film 430
Pacific Title - Titles and Opticals 434
Dan O'Grady - Negative Cutting 438
Matt Lian - Trailers 444
Derek Hildebrandt - DVD Production 448
Sales
Tom Ortenberg - Domestic Distribution 452
Andy Gruenberg - Theatrical Releasing 458
Carole Curb - International Sales 460
Holly Becker - Independent Film Channel 472
Aaron Ryder - Indie Distribution 474
Bob Berney - Marketing 480
Laura Kim - Publicity 484
Chris Wilson - Preview Theaters 488
Lesli Lawrence - The Image 490
Jeanette Volturno and Trey Wilkins - Self Distribution 494
Greg Laemmle - Indie Theaters 496
Jeff Dowd - Producers Rep 500
Peter Belsito and Sydney Levine - Film Finders 506
Geoffrey Gilmore - Sundance Film Festival 508
Dan Mirvish - Slamdance 514
Nancy Schafer - Tribeca Film Festival 519
Kenneth Turan - Film Critic 520
Aftermath
Renee Tab - Agent 526
Shaun Redick - Agent 529
Carlos Goodman - Entertainment Attorney 530
David Berke & Stephen Israel - When Disaster Strikes 534
Josh Deighton - Fox Studio Executive 542
Donna Langley - Universal Studio Executive 545
Case Studies
The Living Spirit Pictures Story 549
Thirteen - Catherine Hardwicke 634
Donnie Darko - Sean McKittrick and Richard Kelly 646
The Singing Detective - Keith Gordon 654
Suture & The Deep End - Scott McGehee & David Siegel 662
The Slaughter Rule - Andrew and Alex Smith 674
Chuck & Buck and The Good Girl - Miguel Arteta & Mathew Greenfield 682
Being a Producer - Jeff Baliss 690
Lovely and Amazing - Nicole Holofcener 696
Glossary
Film Lingo 702
Top North American Film Festivals 703
Example Indie Budget ($1.7m) 704
State to State Incentives 706
Major Studios 707
Contract Terminology 708
International Film Festivals 710
Canadian Film Commissions 712
Shooting Overseas / Co-productions 713
Index
Index 715
Training
Virgin Directors 16
Is Film School For You? 17
Film Help Websites 19
Internet Shorts Websites 19
Chrysler Million Dollar Film Festival 21
Directing Books 22
Working From Home 25
Film Schools 26
Global Film School 27
The Gatekeeper or Assistant 30
Development
Tips on Negotiating Yourself or Your Movie 36
Pitching Tips 37
Pitching Competitions and Festivals 38
The Writers Bookshelf 41
A Question of Genre...? 44
Script Options 45
Dogme Films 46
Copyrighting your script or film 47
Top Screenwriting Competitions 51
Top 10 Reasons script readers reject submissions 55
Screenplay Formatters 57
John Truby - Another View on Story 58
Public Domain 59
Script Tracking - The Film Executive's Info Network 60
Script Tips for a low budget movie 63
Development Hell 70
Top 10 screenwriting websites 72
Writers Block 73
Top Film Bookstores 74
Literary Agents Contact Details 75
Organizations
Minority Filmmaking Sites 78
Top Short Film Festivals North America 79
IFP Minneapolic / St. Paul 82
Independent Feature Project (IFP) Loactions 85
IFP NY 87
Women In Film 91
AMPAS 93
LA Screening Rooms 94
AFTRA 102
Method Acting & Classical Training 103
Cinema Libre Studio 106
IATSE Schemes and Contacts 107
Movement Lists / Travel Itineraries 110
Finance
Making a Contract 114
Top 10 Points to look out for in an Agreement 124
Production Budget 125
Filming Overseas 131
Safety 145
Permits for shooting in LA 148
EIDC - Entertainment Industry Development Corporation 148
Production Books 153
Talent
Actor Deals 164
Agent or Manager? Large or Small? 165
Work Time For Kids 173
Getting a work permit for a kid 176
Extras 177
Casting and Audition Tips 179
Using Friends As Actors 180
Casting - The Directories 181
Production
When To Shoot 185
Union v Non-Union 186
Negotiating Tips 187
Production Binders 188
Office Stuff 188
UPM Checklist 189
Catering 190
Petty Cash 195
Money Matters 197
Accountant Show Reports 198
The Wrap 201
401k & IRAs 204
Crew Websites 209
Getting Your Crew With Little Cash 210
The Crew And What They Do 212
The Daily Call Sheet 215
Final Script Rewrite 217
Scheduling Problems 218
Scheduling 219
Day Out of Days 221
Week at a glance 222
Ready, Set, GO! 223
Problem Props 223
Script Planning 226
Location! Location! Location! 227
A Carnet 228
Filmmakers Code Of Conduct (Locations) 229
Stages V Locations 231
Directing - Basic Tips 234
Storyboard Abbreviations 235
Blocking 239
Film Graininess 241
Aspect Ratios for Final Presentation 246
Camera Kit 247
Shooting Formats 249
Lighting Books 252
Gels 256
Lighting Equipment 257
Color Temperature 260
Basic Film Camera Package 263
Depth Of Field 264
Lenses 265
Coverage 266
Lens & Focal Length 267
Simple Lighting Setup 268
Visual Tricks 269
The Camera Report Sheet 270
Film Frame Rates (slower and faster) 271
The Light Meter 272
The Gray Card 273
T-stops and F-stops 275
Shooting Ratio 276
Over or Under Exposing 277
Follow Focus 277
Cheap Special Effects Filters 278
The Rule of Thirds 279
HD vs. FILM 280
HD vs. Film Cost Analysis 281
HD vs. DV 283
Video Formats 284
Viable Shooting Formats 284
Film formats 284
Video Assist 285
How much power? 287
Lighting Types 289
Barney and the Blimp 294
Getting Good Sound 296
The Slate/ Clapperboard 297
Sound Equipment for Low Budget Shoots 298
Sound Report Sheet 300
Microphone Patterns 301
HD Spectrum 303
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