The Portable Film School: Everything You'd Learn in Film School (Without Ever Going to Class)

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"Just when you think there aren't anymore books to write about filmmaking, here comes D.B. Gilles' The Portable Film School: a wonderful on-paper process that shows you how to write screenplays and make both short and long films. Ideal for anyone who doesn't go to film school."

—Lew Hunter, screenwriter, author of Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434, and UCLA Screenwriting Professor and Chair Emeritus

"Will completely de-mystify the process of ...

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Overview

"Just when you think there aren't anymore books to write about filmmaking, here comes D.B. Gilles' The Portable Film School: a wonderful on-paper process that shows you how to write screenplays and make both short and long films. Ideal for anyone who doesn't go to film school."

—Lew Hunter, screenwriter, author of Lew Hunter's Screenwriting 434, and UCLA Screenwriting Professor and Chair Emeritus

"Will completely de-mystify the process of making a movie. Everything you need to know is here; you'll only have to supply the guts and a good story."

—Chris Vogler, Former Fox development executive and author of The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers

"The Portable Film School should be mandatory reading not just for those unable to go to film school, but for anyone thinking about it or even currently attending it."

—David Benullo, former student and co-writer of the screenplay for Around The World In 80 Days

"A crash course in a film school education. The Portable Film School is rated "R" for required reading."

—Sheldon Woodbury, author of Cool Million: How to Become A Million-Dollar

Screenwriter, and screenwriting professor in the Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University

"An excellent starter set for the fledgling filmmaker."

—David McKenna, professor at Columbia University, Film Division

"Not only is The Portable Film School loaded with pertinent and valuable information told in an easy to absorb style but also it's truly enjoyable and fun to be in his "class." This instructor deserves high marks himself!"

—Rick Rosenberg, Chris/Rose Productions, Emmy and Peabody Award Winning Producer. "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," Miramax’s "Down In The Delta," A&E’s "The Crossing"

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"The Portable Film School should be mandatory reading not just for those unable to go to film school, but for anyone thinking about it or even currently attending it."

—David Benullo, former student and co-writer of the screenplay for Around The World In 80 Days

"A crash course in a film school education. The Portable Film School is rated "R" for required reading."

—Sheldon Woodbury, author of Cool Million: How to Become A Million-Dollar Screenwriter, and screenwriting professor in the Department of Dramatic Writing at New York University

"An excellent starter set for the fledgling filmmaker."

—David McKenna, professor at Columbia University, Film Division

"Not only is The Portable Film School loaded with pertinent and valuable information told in an easy to absorb style but also it's truly enjoyable and fun to be in his "class." This instructor deserves high marks himself!"

—Rick Rosenberg, Chris/Rose Productions, Emmy and Peabody Award Winning Producer. "The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman," Miramax's "Down In The Delta," A&E's "The Crossing"

Library Journal
DIY film literature grows with these two additions to the genre. Drawing on many years of experience as a screenwriting professor and story analyst, Gilles (NYU Tisch Sch. of the Arts; The Screenwriter Within) now attempts to venture into a broader topic: the experience of going through film school. Readers hoping for a comprehensive encapsulation will be disappointed. Direction is only touched on and technical aspects are barely considered in favor of a focus on writing (not a bad strategy for film beginners to adopt). Included are essays on finding script ideas, writing exercises, writing short scripts, and rewriting, as well as extensive guidance on treatment writing and outlining and advice about working with agents. Filmmakers Mark and Michael Polish employ a drastically different style and method, culling their experience writing, producing, and directing three moderately successful feature films-Norfolk, Jackpot, and Twin Falls Idaho. Chronicled here is the entire filmmaking process, from conception and fund-raising to shooting and finishing to selling and marketing one's film. Overall, the Polish brothers, joined by Jonathan Sheldon, head of their company's development, write in a way that illuminates the details more clearly than most technical scribes. While this approach doesn't raise Declaration above some of the genre's standards, e.g., Lenny Lipton's Independent Filmmaking, the authors' narrative form will certainly appeal to aspiring filmmakers. Meanwhile, what Gilles really offers is explicit guidance on film writing; that isn't to say that his book doesn't have a place in the growing canon of filmmaking books for neophytes, just that the title is misleading. Both works are recommended for general collections and especially for film libraries and performing arts collections.-Michael Tierno, New York Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312347383
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 582,093
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

D.B. Gilles, author of The Screenwriter Within, has taught in the Undergraduate Film & Television Department at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for fifteen years. He has also taught in NYU’s Department of Dramatic Writing and in the Graduate Film Department at Columbia University. Many of his former students have been finalists in screenwriting contests, gotten deals, sold scripts and directed films. He has written for the stage, screen and TV and is a member of the Writers Guild of America.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    This book is a must buy for film students or people interested in making their own films. This book takes the reader through the steps of the whole film making process. I found it very helpful for getting started on your project. A lot of people don't know where to start this book will HELP!!

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