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The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook Paperback – 3 Aug 2000


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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,845 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 By nrgorton@aol.com on 12 Sept. 2000
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 By A Customer on 23 Jan. 2001
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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 By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2001
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The_Animator on 12 Jan. 2011
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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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The Guerrilla Film Makers Handbook (2nd Edition 2003)

Where do budding Spielberg’s / Ridleys/ (insert any famous directors’ name here) come from? Mostly from film makers who made the hard way starting with budget movies!
Sadly, making a film involves a good script, hiring actors / equipment specialists/raising money /blagging resources and finally organising sale and distribution. It is possible to be a one man band – but extremely rare. So what is essential in making your own (wannabe) blockbuster? Attend film school – maybe!?
Enter The Guerrilla Film Makers Handbook (2003 – there is a more recent version) – a tome of some 638 pages written by a budget film maker by Chris Jones with his sometime partner in budget movies Genevieve Jolliffe)
(See also his Guerrilla Film makers Blue print – reviewed separately)
This book documents their experiences in budget movie making and goes step by step through the key elements of making a movie (film or video - to be sold to be shown publically) with interviews/advice from existing players in the field.
The key areas covered are:-
Section 1 Anatomy of a movie
Pre Production; Production; Post production; Sales (All these areas are subdivided into general comments, interviews with experts and some of the authors failures/mistakes
Section 2 Case Studies
More in depth interviews with budget film makers and their experiences (positive, negative and the inevitable failures/mistakes)
Section 3 the toolkit
Useful model contracts and other documentation for hire of staff, actors and sale of the finished product. Typical production forms used in filming to control the process are included.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Lj Hart on 21 Jan. 2014
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This item should have a CD with it, which supports the book and provides all the vital forms etc for film making. The item was described as being complete and in clean condition, there was no mention of the CD being missing. The book was clean and in good condition and was received promptly, but the integral part of the book, the CD was missing. I have been in touch with Bloomsbury and a replacement CD will cost £18, so unfortunately the book does not represent good value without the CD.
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