The Complete Idiot's Guide to Filmmaking

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Filmmaking

by Joanne Parrent



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780028643403
Publisher: Alpha Books
Publication date: 03/01/2002
Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 7.37(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents


1. Flashbacks: A Short History of Filmmaking.
The First Machines. The First Stories. The Silent Era. The “Talkies” . More New Technologies: Color and the Widescreen. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Non-Fiction Films. A New Medium: Television.

2. Loglines: An Overview of Film Genres.
Exploring Fiction Film Genres. Taking Stock of Non-Fiction Films. Calling Cards: Short Films.

3. Mise-en-schne: Basic Elements of Films and Videos.
Getting the Picture. Mixing the Sound. Telling the Story. Adding Style: Art, Information, or Entertainment.

4. Making an Independent Film.
Packaging Your Script. Financing Through Potential Domestic Distribution. Money, Money, Money: Investor Financing. Financing Through Foreign Pre-Sales.

5. Making a Hollywood Film.
Selling the Script. Making the Deal. Staying Attached. Surviving Development Hell. Developing Television Movies.


6. Act I: Developing the Script.
What's the Story? From Concept to Script. Top Ten Reasons Scripts Get Rejected in Hollywood. The Non-Fiction Script. The Short Film Script.

7. The Set-Up: Script Breakdown and Shooting Schedule.
Breaking Down the Script Manually. Breaking Down the Script on the Computer. Preparing a Production Board. Determining the Schedule. Using Storyboards.

8. Show Me the Money: The Budge.
Choosing the Medium. Shooting for No Budget to Low Budget. Selecting Tools for Budgeting. Adding Up the Above-the-Line Elements. Filling in the Below-the-Line Elements. Estimating Documentary Budgets.

9. Collaborators: Hiring the Cast and Crew.
Casting the Leads and Supporting Actors. Unit Production Manager or Line Producer. Director of Photography. Production Designer. Editor. Production Sound Mixer. Other Departments and Crew.

10. Foreshadow: Planning the Shoot.
Arranging for Sets and Sound Stages. Scouting Locations. Permissions and Permits. Equipment. Laboratories and Sound Facilities. Food, Drink, and Accommodations. Insurance.


11. Directing the Crew.
Be Prepared. Knowing What Will Cut. The First Take. Pick-Up Shots and Wild Tracks. Preventing Crew Fatigue. Respect for the Locations and Community.

12. Directing Actors.
Knowing What You Want. Rehearsals. Respecting the Actor's Style. Directing the Actor on the Set. Handling Difficult Actors.

13. Directing Yourself.
Creating Movement. Finding the Right Pace. Communicating Through Composition. Introducing Sound Effects and Music. Focusing on the Narrative. Maintaining Consistency of Style

14. Dealing with Production Problems.
Dailies Can Save Your Film. Solving People Problems. Going in New Directions. Dealing with Equipment Breakdowns. Anticipating Weather Problems. Dealing with Scheduling Problems. Facing Budget Problems. Preventing Accidents and Injuries.

15. Producing and Directing Non-Fiction Films.
Developing a Non-Fiction Film. Going into Pre-Production. Interviewing Non-Actors. Directing Action in Non-Fiction Films. Writing and Directing Narration.


16. Preparing to Edit.
Editing History and Current Options. Getting Ready to Edit. Working with Your Editor.

17 - Editing the Rough Cut.
Knowing Basic Editing Principles. Scene Changes. Editing Dialogue. Creating the First Assembly. Editing Documentary Films.

18. Fine-Tuning the Film.
Starting the Fine-Cut Process. Finding the Pace and Rhythm. Using Optical Transitions. Focusing on Structure. Getting Feedback from Test Screenings. Finding the Right Length.

19. Finishing the Film or Video.
Planning the Sound Edit. The Sound-Effects Edit. Adding Music. Mixing the Sound. Adding Opticals, Titles, and Photographic Effects. Finishing on Film. Finishing on Video.

20. Completing Other Post-Production Tasks.
Making a Post-Production Schedule. Getting Clearances: Legal and Copyright Issues. Preparing Credits.


21. The Hollywood Distribution System.
Signing the Distribution Deal. Marketing Your Film. Release Strategies. Merchandising and Commercial Tie-Ins. Publicity Junkets and Premieres.

22. Independent Feature Distribution.
Getting Help from the Independent Feature Project. Going Where the Buyers Are: Film Festivals. Working the Festival. Meeting the Independent Buyers.

23. Television Sales.
The Television Deal. Public Television. Commercial Broadcast Networks. The Major Cable Networks.

24. Alternative and New Media Distribution.
The Life of a Conventionally Distributed Film. Four Walling and Distributors for Hire. Direct-to-Video. Short Film Distribution: Your Calling Card. Non-Theatrical Distribution. The Internet.

Appendix A. Who's Where? Appendix B. Online Resources. Appendix C. Further Reading. Appendix D. Glossary.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
Complete Idiot¿s Guide to Filmmaking is a book that will help any kind of beginning filmmaker out there. This book details just about everything one would need to know when braking in to the film industry. If you have an interest in film and would like to peruse a career in the field, this is the book for you. Parrent lays out the fundamentals beautifully and makes it so anyone can grasp the ideas she is trying to put across. Being an award winning independent filmmaker, I would suggest this book to anyone who love to make movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is great! It describes on how everything is done and how to direct your actors in it! The only problem was that it didnt describe how to do things in detail.