Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook: The Ultimate Guide to Digital Film Making

Overview

IF YOU'VE NEVER MADE A FILM BEFORE, THIS AMAZING BOOK WILL TELL YOU:

* 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 ...

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Overview

IF YOU'VE NEVER MADE A FILM BEFORE, THIS AMAZING BOOK WILL TELL YOU:

* 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441180780
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 445,439
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 0.77 (d)

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.

Andrew Zinnes has worked in development at Paramount Pictures and at USA Networks. He left to become a script analyst, and worked for Morgan Creek Productions, Artisan and several script analyst companies. Using his documentary filmmaking experience, Andrew was the perfect co-author for The Documentary Film Makers Handbook. He has taught documentary at the NY Film Academy and has lectured on filmmaking at schools and colleges around the US. He is a founding partner of the film company Crazee Pictures.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION THE SETUP - Meet The Guerilla Film Makers What do you really need?
Being the best on the cheap PPP - A strategy for success Goals to set now WORDS OF WISDOM FROM OUR FRIENDS

CHAPTER ONE: SCREENPLAY WRITING A FEATURE FILM - BLAKE SNYDER What makes a great story?
Writing dialogue WRITING FOR LOW BUDGETS - GENEVIEVE JOLLIFFE Writing low budget What is a genre script?
Short or feature?
SCRIPT DOCTOR - JULIE GRAY Script editing Writing narration JAWS and the classic 3 act structure WRITING A SHORT FILM - CHRIS JONES External versus internal Documentary story basics Screenplay formatters

CHAPTER TWO: PLANNING PRODUCING FOR LOW BUDGETS - GENEVIEVE JOLLIFFE Form a company FUNDING - CHRIS JONES The problem with deferred fees Keeping investors happy Crewing up - how big is your crew?
DOING DEALS - IVAN CLEMENTS Doing deals eFail - How to make enemies and alienate people P.A. - JUDY GOLDBERG CASTING - TERRY TOCANTINS &JJ MAYES Casting and actors Building relationships LOCATIONS - KATHY MCCURDY Location, location, location How long will it take?
Rewrite for the shoot INSURANCE - PAUL CABLE Fiscal sponsorship The business plan

CHAPTER THREE: PRODUCTION CAMERA - PHILIP BLOOM Buying a camera Depth of field Shooting HD DSLR basic kit SOUND - ADRIAN BELL Sound gear ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - NICOLAS HARVARD Script timing Coverage tips Script visualisation PRODUCTION DESIGN - MELANIE LIGHT Building a set Prop problems COSTUME - SHANNA KNECHT Costume tips Story days MAKE-UP - KAT BARDOT Micro budget make-up Make-up tips STUNTS AND FX - NILS STEWART Stunts Stunts on no money Practical effects WORKING WITH ACTORS - JAN DUNN Blocking a scene Casting experience What to negotiate PRODUCER'S OVERVIEW - CHRIS JONES Catering

CHAPTER FOUR: POST-PRODUCTION EDITOR - EDDIE HAMILTON The marathon begins The editor's job Editing tips Pickups and reshoots AUDIO POST PRODUCTION - BERNARD O'REILLY Track laying at home Sound elements Recording foley at home MUSIC - JERMAINE STEGALL Spotting and timing Temp music Music rights Online music DOCUMENTARY EDIT - AMAYA CERVINO Editing docs POST, THE PRODUCER'S OVERVIEW - CHRIS JONES Kit and setup for post

CHAPTER FIVE: FESTIVALS AND SALES FESTIVAL ORGANISER - PATRICK SCHWIESS Festival bliss Which festivals?
Our favourite festivals FESTIVAL VETERAN - SUSAN COHEN Stuff you will need for a festival push Don't forget your toothbrush!
Q&A at festivals MARKETING - SHERI CANDLER Start marketing early Publicity tips Handling interviews SALES AGENT - JULIAN RICHARDS Why not sell yourself?
Sales agents tips
10 things to spot in a contract Delivering the micro budget film What is all that stuff?
DOMESTIC DISTRIBUTION - DAVID WILKINSON Distribution pointers DVD sales from home SHORT FILM SALES - LINDA 'O' OLSZEWSKI Shorts - what are they worth?
Delivering the short BEYOND TRADITIONAL DISTRIBUTION - JON REISS WHAT NEXT? - CHRIS JONES Coming to Hollywood

CHAPTER SIX: CASE STUDIES COLIN - MARC PRICE INK - JAMIN &KIOWA WINANS TEN DEAD MEN - ROSS BOYASK TREEVENGE - JASON EISENER &ROB COTTERILL THE BLACK HOLE - PHIL SANSOM &OLLY WILLIAMS DEAD WOOD - DAVID BRYANT&SEBASTIAN SMITH PARANORMAL ACTIVITY - OREN PELI GONE FISHING - CHRIS JONES FROM SHORT TO FEATURE - JONATHAN NEWMAN

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