Notes from the Napkin: A Director's Cut on Filmmaking

Notes from the Napkin: A Director's Cut on Filmmaking

by CJ Powers


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"Every film starts with an idea...logical...experiential...
fueled by passion...originated on a napkin...filled with stars. And then there's the rub...a movie must be physical...until a sense of logic is formed." CJ Powers authors his fourth groundbreaking book as an out-
growth of his popular CJ's Corner blog.

Notes from the Napkin is filled with golden nuggets of truth or Easter eggs of knowledge for the independent filmmaker. Based on CJ's Corner, each chapter is loaded with CJ's practical experiences or insights from processionals that CJ met on set, at festivals, conferences and workshops, or on location.

The book is written in three sections based on the viewpoints of a screenwriter, director and producer. Some chapters are written for up and coming filmmakers, and other chapters are aimed at independent professionals. CJ's style is informal and enjoyable to follow, as he unpacks complex issues in his simple, easy to understand fashion.

CJ thrives on learning from others, especially those little tips that universities and books don't cover. Many of the insights shared in this book came from professionals during passing off-the-cuff moments. The conversations weren't planned and the professionals hadn't memorized any elevator speeches, but instead genuinely shared from their heart on filmmaking, which CJ is now passing on to his readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780979929434
Publisher: Powers Productions Incorporated
Publication date: 07/17/2013
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

CJ Powers (writer/director/producer)

CJ's films released internationally and television programs aired on CBS, PBS, ABC, the Family Channel, and various syndicated stations. The majority of CJ's directing awards, including the Silver CINDY and Crystal Communicator of Excellence, were for family films. He received additional honors from the U.S. and International Film and Video Festival and the New York Film Festival.

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