What They Don't Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies For Making Your Own Movies No Matter What

Overview

Two filmmakers who've beaten the system give the real dope on what it takes to get your movie made.

Do you have to go to film school to get your movies made? No, say two young entrepreneurs who survived the grind. Here they offer 140 strategies for making movies no matter what. Amateurs as well as seasoned veterans can pick up this entertaining and incredibly useful guide in any place—at any point of crisis—and find tactics that work. Whether it's raising money or cutting your ...

See more details below
Paperback (1 ED)
$11.99
BN.com price
(Save 20%)$15.00 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (90) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $4.12   
  • Used (78) from $1.99   
Sending request ...

Overview

Two filmmakers who've beaten the system give the real dope on what it takes to get your movie made.

Do you have to go to film school to get your movies made? No, say two young entrepreneurs who survived the grind. Here they offer 140 strategies for making movies no matter what. Amateurs as well as seasoned veterans can pick up this entertaining and incredibly useful guide in any place—at any point of crisis—and find tactics that work. Whether it's raising money or cutting your budget; dealing with angry landlords or angry cops; or jump-starting the production or stalling it while you finish the script, these strategies are delivered with funny, illustrative anecdotes from the authors' experiences and from veteran filmmakers eager to share their stories. Irreverent, invaluable, and a lot cheaper than a year's tuition, this friendly guide is the smartest investment any future filmmaker could make.

Strategies from the book include: Love your friends for criticizing your work—especially at the script stage; Shyness won't get you the donuts; Duct tape miracles; Don't fall in love with cast or crew (but if you do...).

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Filmmakers Landau and White believe that "if you want to make films, make films." Since only four students in each class of 45 at the country's top film schools get chosen to direct an advanced narrative film, the authors urge hopefuls to honor the trial-and-error, Blair Witch-approved method: "if you want to be a filmmaker," they advise, "put down this book and pick up a camera." Though some of their imparted wisdom reads like an After School Special dialogue, the authors do project a healthy dose of industry know-how that could prove useful to those who have never entered the cutting rooms and bursar's offices of NYU, USC, UCLA or other prestigious establishments. The book offers concrete, creative suggestions for initiating a writing schedule, pooling financial resources (or choosing the right low-APR credit card) and feigning confidence in the face of blind fear. Among their best advice is this insight: "Your short film is only as good as your feature script" because "all that work and money [spent on the short film] add up, at best, to the invitation to submit a script to someone's office." The authors' enthusiasm for their subject is matched only by their delightful irreverence toward the industry itself, crediting doughnuts, duct tape and Red Vines as the stuff that reel dreams are made of. (Aug.) FYI: Landau and White are in preproduction for Three Loves, their first feature film. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786884773
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 8/16/2000
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 410,176
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Camille Landau and Tiare White are graduates of the American Film Institute and the USC film school. Together they have made over 30 short films, many of which have won awards in festivals throughout the world, and Freestyle, an award-winning feature-length documentary. They are currently in post-production for their first dramatic feature, Three Loves, and live in Southern California.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

The Credits ix
Introduction 1
Chapter 1. Everything you need to know 3
Chapter 2. The sign you've been searching for 10
Chapter 3. If all you really want to do is direct, what are you waiting for? 25
Chapter 4. Napkins, stoplights, and showers 33
Chapter 5. Fix the script, the rest will follow 46
Chapter 6. Sultans, dentists, and Uncle Al 57
Chapter 7. It's the budget, stupid 73
Chapter 8. Get the rights or get a lawyer 84
Chapter 9. Hustling 88
Chapter 10. Hype, for cheap 103
Chapter 11. Friends, enemies, lovers, and thieves 117
Chapter 12. It's a sad dog who can't wag its own tail 129
Chapter 13. Getting through the most terrible, wonderful few weeks of your life so far 136
Chapter 14. The road trip test 143
Chapter 15. Hire the actors with the shiniest shoes 159
Chapter 16. The emperor's parade 174
Chapter 17. Donuts, red vines, and keeping the crew together: The care and feeding of the set 179
Chapter 18. Grace under pressure: Directing under fire 186
Chapter 19. Sex, lies, and 16mm 193
Chapter 20. Don't make things more difficult than they are 197
Chapter 21. Location, location, and location 207
Chapter 22. The lost, the stolen, and the broken 216
Chapter 23. How I learned to stop worrying and love the sound 218
Chapter 24. Uses for duct tape and other quick fixes 227
Chapter 25. Don't leave the set without it 229
Chapter 26. Don't wait until the mix to fix it 231
Chapter 27. Point(er)s of distribution 234
Chapter 28. One or two more things before the lights come up 242
Chapter 29. Do it again 244
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    An honest and interesting read.

    While it can be condescending at times, this book is packed with helpful tips that you'll surely use if you want to pursue a career in film.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    This book is gold

    The first thing it urges you to do is just do what you can right where you are - with a video camera, a cheap film camera, and only yourself if you can get no other writers/actors at the moment. With that kind of self-accepting, sensible start, the rest is sure to be good.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)