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The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook [Paperback]

Chris Jones , Genevieve Jolliffe
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3 Aug 2000
The new edition of this best-selling book is the ultimate guide to low-budget movie making. Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe provide a step-by-step guide to all aspects of production, from copyright law to casting agents, directions to stuns, cash sources to distribution. Case studies and a Producer's Toolkit with information on legal documentation, including blank forms and a complete budget breakdown make this an invaluable tool for any independent filmmaker.

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.; 2nd Revised edition edition (3 Aug 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826447139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826447135
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.8 x 4.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The most useful book you'll ever buy!
If you're interested in making a low-budget movie, and you want one book that tells you EVERYTHING you need to know, then this is the one. Just check out these quotes:

'Absolutely indispensable. This book should be within arm's reach throughout the entire film making process.' Dan Myrick, Director, The Blair Witch Project.

'It's the one book on my shelf that I wouldn't roach.' Justin Kerrigan, Director, Human Traffic.

'I wish I had this book when I started out, it would have saved me three years!' David Nicholas Wilkinson, Independent Distributor.

'A revelatory read which will inform and inspire in equal measure.' Empire Magazine.

This massive new edition is packed with advice, tips, interviews, case studies and photos. It has a yellow pages directory at the back, and now comes with a free CD-ROM that will help you with legal documents, contracts and forms.

This book is, simply, brilliant.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Anyone even considering making a feature film or short film should read this book before going any further.
Brutaly honest, informative and at times funny, this book gives you a blow by blow account of how to take that initial spark of an idea all the way through to the premiere screening.
It dispenses with overly wordy industry speak and gives plain English advice that is indespensible to the low and medium budget film maker. Come to think of it there's probably a few big budget film makers who should take notice of a few of the writers pearls of wisdom(e.g. Putting aside a little money to spend on treating the crew with beer and chocolate at the end of a long day). It's also very frank about the realities of film making including, in one chapter, discussing the painfull facts about insolvency and bankruptcy. Something that is all too often the end to many low budget film makers dreams of celluloid success.
Because this book is writen by people who have made the mistakes and are not afraid to admit it this makes it worth it's weight in gold to anyone considering following in their footsteps.
Rather than being a series of lectures by the writers on the various areas of production this book, for the large part, uses interviews with industry specialist as their tool to illuminate the reader. They ask all the right questions including getting their subjects to translate technical jargon into laymans terms whenever it looks like things are getting too confusing.
I've worked in the film industry for 15 years and this book still opened my eyes to a lot of aspects of the movie making process I wasn't fully aware of.
In a word "brilliant!"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 23 Jan 2001
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Format:Paperback
Being entirely new to film-making, I really needed a book that would sit me down and tell me everything I needed to know. Though not a tutorial on the technical and creative aspects of film-making, it makes you aware of the issues involved in the complete life cycle of film-making and offers sound advice on how to deal with them.
There are also facinating insights into prominent British film-makers: their successes and their failures. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in films or film-making.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Just Keeps Getting Better 2 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An excellent guide to independent no-budget film making. I carry my copy round with me! It's one of those books you just keep going back to time and time again.
One of it's best features are the case studies, and attention paid to selling and marketing a film once it's finished - an oft neglected subject, and one which can mean the difference between your film being released and gathering dust on a shelf!
I'm looking forward to the Digital Video update!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Irrelevant 12 Jan 2011
Format:Paperback
Meh, look the simple truth is I bought this thinking it would be helpful.

The problem is the information is 10 years out of date and a lot changes in 10 years, especially the movie industry.

By the most recent copy, not this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Six stars 23 Oct 2003
Format:Paperback
Great book. Short chapter from different experts in the film business. Great reference, easy to read. Anyone who has any interest in film making will find this book an interesting read. Covers just about every aspect of film making.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is, in a word, brilliant. Indie filmmakers Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe are quite remarkable, not only for their achievements in the film industry but also for this wonderful compendium of how-tos and how-not-tos relating to the world of low-budget filmmaking.
Everything is covered in this terrific book from film stock and processing to drawing up contracts and even the perils of casting your mates as actors ! Anything you could possibly want to know about the filmmaking process is included and I was particularly impressed by the relevance of the stories from Jones and Jolliffe's various shoots. You always feel as though the information imparted is intended to teach aspiring filmmakers a few useful lessons rather than to simply brag. There are so many useful tips that I can't begin to put them down here but I do think it's worth mentioning the amount of detail given to contracts and accountants, in other words the business side of the business. When starting out, paperwork can be easily ignored and the authors pay close attention to this, as well as making the subject genuinely intriguing.
I can say absolutely that this book is a necessary buy for anyone serious about making a movie and, from someone who's studied film, it'll teach you more than you'll ever learn at uni and possibly film school. Forget any other publication on the subject-this really is the Holy Grail us hopeless hopefuls have been searching for. I dropped out of a film degree but reading this book has inspired me to return to what I love so there's no better recommendation than that !
The only book that could possibly better this one is the next in the series, the Guerilla Filmmaker's Blueprint. This actually takes you through the process of making a film on a shoestring, holding your hand through every step. So excuse me, I'm just nipping off to buy it !
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