Short Films 101: How to Make a Short for Under $50K-and Launch Your Filmmaking Career [NOOK Book]

Short Films 101: How to Make a Short for Under $50K-and Launch Your Filmmaking Career

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Overview

Where does a young filmmaker begin? With the right short-film concept and this book!



The right short can be a filmmaker's "business card" in Hollywood. Here's the authoritative handbook by one of Hollywood's most connected insiders that offers a step-by-step guide through the entire creative process of shooting a short film, as well as expert advice from established filmmakers, and a final game plan for promoting and selling the film once it's in the can.
Topics covered include:



€ Concept

€ Budget

€ Finding equipment

€ Assembling a crew

€ Casting

€ Arranging for location

€ Locating festivals and ancillary markets

€ Working with the unions

€ Film vs. digital video



Plus:
€ A list of film schools

€ Oscar-winning shorts and nominees

€ A selection of short-film festivals

€ Actual short-film budgets

€ Sample scripts and shooting schedules

€ A helpful short-film glossary
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Successful filmmakers like Luke Greenfield (The Animal) and Peter Lord (Chicken Run) began their careers by making short films. In this guide, Levy (Hollywood 101; The Hollywood Way) aims to help aspiring filmmakers reach informed decisions on issues of casting, crew, editing, budgeting, presenting a strong story line, and, most important, applying for financing. Unlike most filmmaking scribes, he does not give technical instructions; instead, he takes the reader through the process from start to finish. Included are budgeting plans, sample fund-raising letters, and sample scripts that were made into well-known shorts. Quotes and insights from professional filmmakers help to validate Levy's points. Kim Adelman's The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films: Making It Big in Shorts covers similar material and would make a great companion. This is an excellent resource for all serious film students; anyone interested in starting to make films will find it invaluable. Purchase where there is interest. Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Lib., Broward Cty., FL Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440621345
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/4/2004
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Frederick Levy is the owner of Management 101, a firm that guides the careers of actors, authors, screenwriters, and directors. He also develops and produces film and television, most recently producing Frailty, starring Bill Paxton and Matthew McConaughey, for Lions Gate Films. Before founding Management 101, Levy was the vice president of development and production at Marty Katz Productions, whose films include The Four Feathers, Impostor, Reindeer Games, Titanic, Mr. Wrong, and Man of the House.



Levy is also the author of four books about the entertainment industry: Short Films 101: How to Make a Short and Launch Your Filmmaking Career (Perigee, 2004); The Hollywood Way (St. Martin's Press, 2002); two-time Los Angeles Times bestseller Hollywood 101: The Film Industry (Renaissance, 2000); and The Ultimate Boy Band Book (Pocket Books, 2000). Currently, Levy teaches film classes at UCLA Extension, the USC School of Cinema-Television, and the Los Angeles branch of Boston University. He is a sought-after speaker who has lectured at Harvard, Yale, NYU, USC, Rutgers, Boston University, and numerous writing seminars throughout the country. He has also been a featured guest on many TV stations and talk shows, including CNN, Fox News, MTV, VH-1, CBS News, Entertainment Tonight, The G. Gordon Liddy Show, and National Enquirer TV.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Getting started : why make a short film? 1
2 Concept : telling a great story 14
3 Budget : how to spend the money 46
4 Equipment : the tools you'll need 60
5 Crew : the people who will help you achieve your vision 76
6 Cast : finding actors to bring your script to life 89
7 Action : the set comes to life once the camera rolls 102
8 Post-production : everything after wrap! 116
9 Marketing : coming soon to a theater near you 125
10 Distribution : getting your film to the right people 134
11 Landing the deal : let the hard work pay off 152
Conclusion : famous last words 173
Appendices 175
Glossary 255
Index 261
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