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Filmmaking For Dummies [Kindle Edition]

Bryan Michael Stoller
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Book Description

Now updated--the step-by-step secrets to capturing great momentson film

With all the recent advancements in filmmaking technology, morepeople than ever are trying their hand at filmmaking. Keeping upwith the newest information in this booming field, this updatededition of Filmmaking For Dummies features up-to-the-minutecoverage of the latest and greatest hardware, software,accessories, and trends--including high-definition technology andnew outlets for films such as YouTube and MySpace. It demystifiesthe nuts-and-bolts of filmmaking, from developing a project andsecuring financing to hiring a cast and crew, editing, and gettingdistribution. This new edition also provides new movie examples andupdated contacts and resources. Whether people want to becomeprofessional filmmakers or simply shoot quality home movies, thispractical guide has all the advice and tips needed to succeed.

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Now updated! Your step–by–step guide to turning your filmmakingdreams into reality

So you want to make movies? Whether you′re looking to go pro orcreate quality home movies, renowned filmmaker Bryan MichaelStoller shares his extensive hands–on experience in shooting asuccessful film. From developing a script and securing financing toediting and working in high definition, he reveals secret tips forcapturing 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 andformat, scout a location, and hire the right cast and crew

  • Add the finishing touches edit your scenes, set yourmovie to music, incorporate sound effects, and more

  • Get your film in front of an audience enter filmfestivals and find a distributor

  • Grasp the latest technology understand the advancementsin digital and HD; upload your movies to such sites as YouTube andMySpace

  • Exclusive new interview gain invaluable insights fromAlan Horn, President and COO of Warner Bros.

"From ′Fade In′ to ′Fade Out,′ from ′Action′ to reaction, BryanStoller gives us a comprehensive understanding of the art andscience of making movies. Filmmaking For Dummies is the smartestbook I′ve read on the subject."
Peter Saphier, co–producer of Scarface and executive atParamount Pictures

Open the book and find:

  • Filmmaking tips and secrets not found anywhere else

  • Expert advice on choosing the best equipment and format touse

  • New movie examples, photos, and figures

  • The latest on new digital technology, including affordable HDcamcorders

  • 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

About the Author

Bryan Michael Stoller is an international–award–winning filmmaker who has produced, written, and directed over 80 productions, including short comedy films, half–hour television shows, music videos, commercials, and feature films. He has worked with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including actors and studio presidents.

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  • 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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #297,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Slightly outdated for anybody looking into filmmaking today, for example, social media becoming a huge help for marketing and job searches as well as cloud services for data storage and all the new cameras such as the black magic cinema camera.

For productive side of things though, this book is extremely helpful on where to go next if you're still in the early stages. I would recommend investing in a more up to date book or websites surrounding the technical side of things so as to keep up to date on what production services are using currently. DSLRs, for example, are slowly on their way out for bigger production companies.
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I'd say this book is fairly useful. The one big draw back I'd say it has is that it really is focused primarily on the intricacies of making a film in Hollywood or the US rather than just about anywhere else. I wasn't sure if this book would go into a whole lot of detail regarding the use and operation of Cameras specifically and it doesn't really, it's more of a guide to creating a production than just learning to use a camera. Coming from a student's perspective I'd say that Digital Video for dummies would have been a bit more useful in that regard. If you want to learn about putting a film together this book should be a least a start but for learning specifically about how to use a Camera and editing software I'd probably go somewhere else.
Naturally it conforms to the high standards of most For Dummies books but none the less pretty much just offers an entry level insight into the subject at hand (obviously) which it must be said it does do very well.
The one thing that did really grate on me was that there was definitely a bit of an air of self-promotion and product-placement that I really didn't think was particularly professional but then again that might just be a bit of an Industry standard with this sort of thing, the Author did tend to get a bit precious sometimes as well.
By no means the be-all, end-all of guides to Film-making It's made a fairly robust starting point and is quite worth the price, I'd definitely recommend going off and reading more after this, however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review 28 Nov. 2012
By Dave
The book is good, pretty much my entire film course is in this book as I am studying film production at university. However the writer, Stoller, creates a bit of deception. Personally I would say that his films have not entirely been successful. A good book written by the wrong man is what I call it but to any film student I do advise an investment in this book
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get That Film Made! 28 Sept. 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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