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The Art of Lean Filmmaking: An unconventional guide to creating independent feature films

The Art of Lean Filmmaking: An unconventional guide to creating independent feature films

by Kylie Eddy, David Eddy
The Art of Lean Filmmaking: An unconventional guide to creating independent feature films

The Art of Lean Filmmaking: An unconventional guide to creating independent feature films

by Kylie Eddy, David Eddy

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Overview

Lean Filmmaking is an explosion of creativity, turning conventional wisdom upside down to vigorously shake out obsolete ideas revered by the traditional film industry.

Writing a script. Pitching to investors. Surviving development hell. Before even picking up a camera. All while juggling a family, a social life and a day job. No wonder making an independent feature film feels out of reach.

Lean Filmmaking is different.

It celebrates experimentation and inventiveness, while forging a sustainable artistic practice.

It saves time, energy and money (but it's not just for low-budget or cheap ideas).

It takes advantage of surprising - often counterintuitive - strategies to dramatically improve the filmmaking process, including:

  • Collaborating in non-hierarchical, cross-functional squads
  • Working in ongoing iterative Make-Show-Adjust Cycles
  • Validating assumptions with early fan feedback
  • If you're ready to transition from shorts, series or online videos to creating independent feature films, go from idea to launch with the five-step Lean Filmmaking method.

    Get started immediately with tested techniques that will empower you to take action, bust through stumbling blocks and ignite your creativity.

    "Lean Filmmaking kickstarts an entire generation of new filmmaking voices, arming them with the tools and self-reliance to create original, important stories, then connecting them with the audience who especially craves them." -Perri Cummings and Paul Anthony Nelson, producers Trench

    "Lean Filmmaking revolutionizes how filmmakers work." -Melanie Rowland, producer Time Apart

    Cheeky provocateurs and creative agitators, siblings Kylie Eddy and David Eddy have combined their filmmaking experience and agile coaching expertise to re-imagine the development, production and distribution of independent films in an uncertain world.

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    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9780645200706
    Publisher: Lean Filmmaking
    Publication date: 06/30/2021
    Pages: 232
    Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.49(d)

    Table of Contents

    Introduction: A new way to make films with creativity at its heart

    Part 1: Core Values

    The Lean Filmmaking Philosophy

    Collaboration is key

    Fan focused first

    Story before production values

    Learn by doing

    Make-Show-Adjust Cycles

    Values can transform creativity

    What you need to start (and it isn't money)

    Part 2: Step by Step Guide

    The Lean Filmmaking Method

    Step 1: Form Squad

    Start with a squad, not a script

    Recruit for skills, not roles

    Choose the minimum viable squad

    Align squad goals

    A squad needs transparency and moxie

    You're done with this step when...

    Step 2: Discover Fans

    Let's talk about talking to fans

    Start with a spark

    Conduct research interviews

    Draft a fan experience

    Make tester videos

    You're done with this step when...

    Step 3: Develop Drafts

    Ceremonies empower the squad

    Restructure work by overlapping activities

    Delay decisions with just-in-time production

    Construct the Story Scaffold

    Run full-film draft Make-Show-Adjust Cycles

    You're done with this step when...

    Step 4: Produce Polishes

    Ask fans to pay for it

    Scale the squad (but only if you really need to)

    Prioritize with the Impact-vs-Difficulty Matrix

    Run full-film polish Make-Show-Adjust Cycles

    You're done with this step when...

    Step 5: Launch Film

    Stop obsessing about film festivals

    Demystify self-distribution

    Run marketing and sales experiments

    Release the film

    It's out, now what?

    You're really done when...

    Conclusion

    Glossary

    About Lean Filmmaking

    Acknowledgments

    Customer Reviews