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Filmmaking For Dummies

Filmmaking For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Michael Stoller
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Now updated--the step-by-step secrets to capturing great moments on film

With all the recent advancements in filmmaking technology, more people than ever are trying their hand at filmmaking. Keeping up with the newest information in this booming field, this updated edition of Filmmaking For Dummies features up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest and greatest hardware, software, accessories, and trends--including high-definition technology and new outlets for films such as YouTube and MySpace. It demystifies the nuts-and-bolts of filmmaking, from developing a project and securing financing to hiring a cast and crew, editing, and getting distribution. This new edition also provides new movie examples and updated contacts and resources. Whether people want to become professional filmmakers or simply shoot quality home movies, this practical guide has all the advice and tips needed to succeed.

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Now updated! Your step–by–step guide to turning your filmmaking dreams into reality So you want to make movies? Whether you′re looking to go pro or create quality home movies, renowned filmmaker Bryan Michael Stoller shares his extensive hands–on experience in shooting a successful film. From developing a script and securing financing to editing and working in high definition, he reveals secret tips for capturing great moments on film — even on a tight budget! Tell your story — explore the different genres and write (or find) a screenplay Gear up and start production — choose the right camera and format, scout a location, and hire the right cast and crew Add the finishing touches — edit your scenes, set your movie to music, incorporate sound effects, and more Get your film in front of an audience — enter film festivals and find a distributor Grasp the latest technology — understand the advancements in digital and HD; upload your movies to such sites as YouTube and MySpace Exclusive new interview — gain invaluable insights from Alan Horn, President and COO of Warner Bros. "From ′Fade In′ to ′Fade Out,′ from ′Action′ to reaction, Bryan Stoller gives us a comprehensive understanding of the art and science of making movies. Filmmaking For Dummies is the smartest book I′ve read on the subject." —Peter Saphier, co–producer of Scarface and executive at Paramount Pictures Open the book and find: Filmmaking tips and secrets not found anywhere else Expert advice on choosing the best equipment and format to use New movie examples, photos, and figures The latest on new digital technology, including affordable HD camcorders Ways to generate publicity for your film Unique Web sites for the independent filmmaker Cost–saving tips for film stock and software Updated contacts and resources

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2917 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470386940
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (24 Nov 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001NH4AR8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #284,987 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Book for Beginner Film-makers 14 Jan 2012
I've been toying with the idea of making a film for a little while. I've been part of a few in front of the camera and it has given me a desire to get on the other side of the view-finder.

I picked up this book not knowing what to expect - My reservations being that it might go too deeply into the technical side of film-making and put me asleep.

This book is a gem though. The chapters are clearly labelled so I was able to focus on areas I am interested in at the moment - Writing, directing, storyboarding, and shots. It is also great for helping you understand the various roles and "techie" speak - so you don't appear a dummy if and when you do get on set.

There will be more in-depth books on the market but this is a great jumping off place and there is plenty in here to keep you going.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get That Film Made! 28 Sep 2010
By M. J. Saxton VINE VOICE
For someone like me who is new to filmmaking this book is an absolute gift. It provides a lot of sensible detail with a touch of humour that makes it interesting to read and sparks off your own ideas of how to get a film made; whatever the budget.

The chapter summaries are really useful in preparing you for the detail that is to follow, and the way the whole book is set out makes it straightforward to read and easy to understand.

Its greatest asset is that after reading it, you feel you could attempt a film project and not be daunted. Also, you don't feel put off because your project is small and you can see how you could follow the path to bigger work.

Not only does it tell you how to go about the practical stuff and outlines who is responsible for what (and what those jobs are called), but it also makes sense of financing, marketing and getting your film seen.

I especially liked the chapter on getting your film to festivals.

It has everything you could wish to know at starting out, encourages you along the way and actually really boosts your confidence. This guy is an excellent writer and motivator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Jun 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK! 27 Jan 2014
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Great Books, I have been six months at my TV/FILM/MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHY Course now and I love it. I am in the middle of shooting my first short film. I don't like Editing so far, but with this book and my own PC at home, I am starting to get the hang of it. Great Books. I have bought my first movie camera, and starting to get to know it. This book helps, I like it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 7 Sep 2013
It is brilliant amazing thanks it was the most informative book I have read thanks very much mate and I'm glad I bout the books
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not a dummie anymore! 20 April 2013
By samg082
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I bought this book as I am taking film production at University next year and as my knowledge is, or was, very basic I needed to get my self into the word of film. Filmmaking for Dummies features most of the information that you would probably get from a two year A-level course if not more, it is split up into sections according to the different parts of film production and is presented very well. Although I have not sat and read it as a whole it allows you to pick up and read from any desired section which is something I love as I always find it difficult to sit and read. Could not recommend this book enough it is great for beginners and most likely people with experience within in the industry. A must buy!
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