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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (17 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240804198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240804194
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.7 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Concise and complete, book is a how-to, how-not-to, where-to-find, where-to-go and what-to-do on filmmaking. A must for novices." - Variety

"...practical, accessible and essential reference for novice filmmakers, and is highly recommended resource for even the more experienced movie producer." - Bookwatch

"Do you want to save time? The Complete Film Production Handbook is a comprehensive review of everything relating to production management you thought you knew. This valuable collection of charts, forms, instructions, and guidelines is a must for producers, production managers, assistant directors, cinema students, and the industry as a whole. If you want to be up-to-date, this is a must-have handbook." - Howard Kazanjian, producer: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Demolition Man

"For anyone entering film production management, this book is a must own." Jay Roewe, Vice President of Production, HBO Films

"I've recommended Eve's production handbook to several people in this industry as well as purchased copies for my employees here at MGM. I strongly recommend this latest edition." - Robert E. Relyea, President-Production, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

"Based on her hands-on experience, Eve has compiled a remarkably well-researched and up-to-date guide to the complexities of motion picture production. The Complete Film Production Handbook serves as an essential resources and invaluable tool for the film professional or student." -Ron Lynch, Executive Vide President of Production, Universal Pictures

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This book provides producers and production managers with both a quick reference and refresher and an easy means of training their production staff on the day to day procedures needed to keep their production running smoothly. It provides film students with an in-depth look at what must be considered and accomplished before a single camera can roll and a more comprehensive understanding of the logistics that are required to complete and deliver a finished picture. First time independent filmmakers will find this the most comprehensive and helpful resource guide available.The third edition includes substantial updates throughout. New chapters examine such topics as:Basic accounting proceduresProduction team members and their responsibilitiesWorking with vendors--negotiating deals. Saving moneyWorking with extrasForeign locations--Work visas, shipping and customs

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Format: Paperback
For the better part of 15 long years, I have been looking for a singular film industry book that I could use to help create a budget for a business plan. There are many, many books on the techniques of filmmaking, theatrical, animation and documentary filmmaking. (As a matter of fact, Focal Press produces, in my opinion, the best titles in the industry.)

There are also industry-related books on marketing and financing. But, with the exception of Attorney Mark Litwak's publications, there hasn't been a book that provides all of the necessities to actually breakdown a script to dollars and cents, nor is there a book that helps you to allocate resources for specific and specialized areas within the production. And, provide the forms necessary to contract out certain services. But, within the pages of this book, it is all here, including original copies of SAG forms.

This book, THE COMPLETE FILM PRODUCTION HANDBOOK, 4TH ED., is so much more than that. It is a 500+ page resource book/manual/insider info that is an expansive and an exhaustive handbook that has literally hundreds of various forms, outlines, releases and confidentially-agreement forms that are used in every major production in the United States.

Chapter Highlights:
+ Ch. 1. The Production Team and Who Does What.
+ Ch. 3. Basic Accounting
+ Ch. 4. From Script to Schedule
+ Ch. 5. Incentives (tax-related discounts)
+ Ch. 6. Pre-Production
+ Ch. 7. Insurance Requirements
+ Ch. 9. Building Strong Industry Relations/ Making Good Deals/ Navigating the Politics
+ Ch. 11. Unions and Guilds
+ Ch. 15. Clearances and Releases
+ Ch. 16. A Guide to Music Clearances
+ Ch. 18- Ch. 21 Locations/ Travel & Housing
+ Ch. 24. Television
+ Ch. 25- 26.
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By A Customer on 6 July 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is quiet simply a must have for anyone either dipping their toe into, or already swimming in the deep end, of the film business...
Filled with as many forms as you may ever need and an EXTREMELY thorough guide on how to fill them all out, what they all mean, and hundreds of other useful tips to get your film made. Cd includes copies of all the forms however although not fully editable in the format they are provided in there are ways around that to make them completely editable. Written by someone who has worked on productions as big as Titanic and who also teaches, Eve certainly knows what she is talking about. Although not the most humourous of books ie. its not filled with interesting interviews and funny learning experiences this really is an absolute MUST HAVE and worth every penny for anyone who whats to learn about producing. Experienced or amateur, this book is a valuable asset to all.
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Eve Honthaner has been working and teaching in the film industry for many years. She has involved in some highly-acclaimed films including Titanic, Just Married, and Joy Ride. She summarizes her professional experience and in-depth research in "The Complete Film Production Handbook."

"The Complete Film Production Handbook" covers all the basics of film production and distribution, as well as the essential information of the film industry. It has 32 chapters and covers detailed information on film production team, office, and accounting, script, schedule, incentives, pre-production, insurance requirements, during the shoot, building strong industry relationships, deal making, navigating the politics, unions and guilds, principal talent, background talent, animals in films, clearance and release, music clearance, safety, locations, distant locations, foreign locations, travel and hosting, shipping, effects, specifically television, independent filmmaking, practical low-budget film making, new media, commercial production, wrap, post-production overview, greener filmmaking, and industry survival tips. It also has a very comprehensive glossary and index.

If you buy the book, you'll also get password to access the book's website to find editable versions of the forms from the book. This is a VERY important feature and will save you a lot of time.

Eve Honthaner covers the entire film industry in a book. "The Complete Film Production Handbook" has 546 pages (8 1/2 x11). It is VERY comprehensive. Highly recommended!

Gang Chen, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Author of "LEED GA Exam Guide," "LEED GA Mock Exams," "Architectural Practice Simplified," "Planting Design Illustrated," and other books on various LEED exams, architecture, and landscape architecture
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By A Customer on 3 Mar. 2006
Format: Paperback
I came across this giant of a book down at my local bookstore, it's perfect. this book is used within the industry itself and thats why it's so good. The most thorough informative bible i have come across to date.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I can only guess that the other reviews were for the paper book. I've been using Kindle for a while now and have become accustomed to the limitations and advantages. I wanted the book straight away, without having to pay shipping and wait for several weeks.

Unfortunately, unless I have a corrupt copy or something, there appears to be no table of contents or index. This makes a book of this size completely unusable on Kindle, in my opinion. I have worked linearly through the first couple of chapters which are well written. I suspect that the content is every bit as good as indicated by the other reviews.

My advice is to buy the paper book and wait for a useable Kindle copy to be released.

This was very dissappointing.

Amazon, please get your act together and ensure that all books you release on Kindle have been properly reviewed and have all the essential controls embedded to make them easily navigable. If, for some reason, you decide to release a book with no navigation PLEASE make this clear to the prospective buyer or expect well written books to be given very poor reviews. I would like to exchange this book for a paper one and pay the difference. The Kindle version is of no use to me whatsoever.
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