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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. Independent Filmmaking
+ Ch. 28 Commercial Production (Bidding on projects)
+ Ch. 29- 30. Wrap and Post Production
+ Ch. 32 Industry Survival Tips

THE COMPLETE FILM PRODUCTION HANDBOOK, 4TH ED, is an indispensable tool for anyone interested or working in the entertainment industry. This is a well-researched, well-written and fully documented publication. It is a repository of forms, rules and inspirational insights that is, in my humble opinion, undeniably essential. This book comes with my highest recommendation.

THIS IS A MUST-OWN BOOK. 5 gargantuan stars.
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on 19 October 1998
This book gives you forms from A to Z so you won't get screwed later on. It also comes with a CD-ROM that works with MS Word 6.0 or higher on your PC. Very useful for the, much needed, organization for short to feature length films.
-Erik Bowen
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on 6 July 2004
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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on 1 October 2011
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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on 16 November 2010
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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on 3 March 2006
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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on 8 February 2012
This book is amazing in that it covers all of the bases when it comes to understanding the paperwork and production side of creating a feature film.
The only down-side being that this is a U.S. book, and therefore is written with American terminology, and has references to American Film Guilds (DGA etc).

That said; this book is vital for your collection if you are serious about becoming a Producer, or just want to be in the know of what happens.
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on 3 December 2014
Appsolultly love this book as it has all the pre-produciton paper work in it I needed, has helped me so much with my assignments great purchase recommend it to all.
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on 30 December 2012
This is a very useful book for media classes. I bought it a long time ago when I was teaching IT and suddenly was given a class studying Media.
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