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Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices: How to Write, Produce, Direct, Shoot, Edit, and Promote a Feature Length Movie for Less Than $15, 000 Paperback – 29 Jun 2000


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; 3rd edition (29 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140291849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140291841
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 431,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Create a high-quality, low-budget, feature-length motion picture, the moviemaker must think of a film concept that not only excites his or her imagination, but that also can be made on, and that stands a chance of actually benefiting from, the severe restrictions of a used-car budget. Read the first page
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Nov 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the book that could help start the digital revolution for you. Rick Schmidt gives you everything you need to start and finish your film, less the cash, of course. There is the layout, the script writing, the shooting, which includes sound, visual tricks and clever tips. Then he goes on to tell you how to edit your materpiece. Finally there is the all important distribution factor. Of course he does not pull punches when it comes to money matters either. He is pragmatic and inventive in all aspects of the book and, let's be fair, he has a track record to prove it. So why have a film in your drawer when you could have it on the silver screen! Rick Schmidt's book is a must for all wannabe filmakers and I would urge them to order now to get in on the great new technology that is ready to make you an Independent Film Director.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By King Boy D on 17 Aug 2002
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All second hand cars are old, this one is a vintage piece from 1984 . Although no Orwellain nightmare ,it is starting to show its age. Although this is an updated version , but all this means is from time to time ,Rick has added in brackets statements like ( There's more info on the WWW ) or ( Today DV is used as much as 16 mm ) . As much as ?!? Or a billion times more than ?
A lot of time is wasted talking about hands on films editing , although there is a 'new' chapter that says if you buy a DV camera , computer and firewire you can edit in your own home. Children do this at school , I don't need to spend £10 to go back to learn the bleeding obvious.
Ricks biggest gaff is when he confuses HD TV , high definition television , with digital television . He says that when everything is broadcast in HD you'll have to get a special adapter to watch it on a normal TV. Nothing is going to be broadcast on HD things are going to be RECORDED on to it.
This is a old school book for blokes with beards and wind-up camera's. Kick its sad deflated tyres, shake your head and walk away.
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By Ben Hubbard on 1 Sep 2014
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Very Good read. Very informative! Well worth the money!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Mar 2002
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The author brings too much of his personal bias (bitterness?)to his presented view of the movie industry. At one point he states that you should stay away from professional distributors and "go it alone" as he doesn't trust them. If your ambition to to always be making films at used car prices then this is the book for you. If you hope to be doing more than that for the rest of your career then this book might make an interesting read but not much else. An average book with an 'average' outlook on film production.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Thanks to Mr Schmidt we were able to produce a movie! 9 July 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Rick Schmidt's book "Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices" is a very important book for any new filmmaker to read. He explains how to make a movie without spending a fortune.
Mandy Wildman and I formed Wild Heart Films in 1998. We produced our first feature, "In the Open" for only $7,000 using Mr. Schmidt's techniques. Although it was challenging, it was not impossible! Now we are in pre-production on a film with a higher budget.
If you are considering producing a movie, it would be a good idea to read this book cover to cover and apply the data!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Time for an update 27 Feb 2005
By Gaines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is hopelessly outdated (as are my own), so I can't rate it any higher; but at least this guy is sincere. Some of the other reviewers act as if they expected the keys to the kingdom for under 20 bucks. And L Roc from Chi-town certainly got up on the wrong side of the crab dolly, except, of course, for hyping another book. In an age when you can buy your own production and editing equipment for under $10K, you don't need the strategies in this book or any other--save your money for tape stock--or to listen to the nay-sayers.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Good on setups but a bit technically challanged 12 Oct 2003
By OverTheMoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I would recommend this book on the bases that if you want to get into film making then you should see how this guy went about doing it. It is not a bad book but is a bit technically challanged. For instance the writer has a huge section on building your own editing suite for actually cutting the film by hand. This may be good for some film makers but you will certainly get better results if you meet up with an actual editor who will cut your film for you while you sit by his side.
The book basically tells you what you need to get up and started and how to go about shooting your first film on a low budget. This book is pretty much written in a "One-man-band" sort of fashion and although it is possible to make a film this way you would do a lot better by actually meeting up with people who know a little bit about film making too - probably in a film school or weekend course. Anyhow, lots of helpful hints and tips but you will need other books to supplement this one and you will need a bit more help from experienced film makers (even amateur ones) to help you on your way.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Congratulations Rick ! 11 Sep 2003
By "snoble48" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Congratulations Rick !
I commend you on all your efforts, perseverance and your success, as I recently purchased your book. I am inspired by your strong will and determination to show people that Hopes & Dreams do come true! Reading the Preface gave me a great deal of insight into pursuing my 23 year dream of producing my own feature film.
I researched several books (online & at the bookstores) before purchasing yours, I am very happy with my choice.
You have written this book as if you are with the person and coaching them along, a very nice personal touch,
Once again Rick, Congratulations on your success!
Cheers: Steve in BC.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very good, Not exactly what it says but super none the less 16 Nov 2002
By A. Kaltsas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this book greatly helpful. I'm in collage and I really want to be a filmmaker. This books is full of tips and pointers on how to do it. If anything it provides that boost of self confidence that yes I can do this, even if i am the only person that belives in my self. Read this book and you'll know that you too can make movies.
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