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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2nd Revised edition edition (24 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470386940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470386941
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 1.8 x 23.6 cm
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From the Back Cover

"I know of nobody more suitable than Bryan Stoller to author a manual on how to get a film made."
Dan Aykroyd

Learn to:

  • Make professional movies, from feature films to digital Internet shorts
  • Use the latest technology and software
  • Edit and distribute your film
  • Create first class home movies

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

So you want to make movies? Whether you′re looking to go pro or create quality home movies, renowned filmmaker Bryan Michael Stoller shares his extensive hands–on experience in shooting a successful film. From developing a script and securing financing to editing and working in high definition, he reveals secret tips for capturing 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 and format, scout a location, and hire the right cast and crew
  • Add the finishing touches edit your scenes, set your movie to music, incorporate sound effects, and more
  • Get your film in front of an audience enter film festivals and find a distributor
  • Grasp the latest technology understand the advancements in digital and HD; upload your movies to such sites as YouTube and MySpace
  • Exclusive new interview gain invaluable insights from Alan Horn, President and COO of Warner Bros.

"From ′Fade In′ to ′Fade Out,′ from ′Action′ to reaction, Bryan Stoller gives us a comprehensive understanding of the art and science of making movies. Filmmaking For Dummies is the smartest book I′ve read on the subject."
Peter Saphier, co–producer of Scarface

Open the book and find:

  • Filmmaking tips and secrets not found anywhere else
  • Expert advice on choosing the best equipment and format to use
  • New movie examples, photos, and figures
  • The latest on new digital technology, including affordable HD camcorders
  • 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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A good detailed overview . tips on filming, editing, writing, directing, special effects, financing, post-production and more.

There's plenty of information about some of the more detailed aspects of how films get made and disturbed, but I imagine most buyers of this book would just like an introduction to film or tips on how to make low budget ones. The majority of the links are to American magazines which isn't that useful.

Chapter 23 - How to avoid Murphy's law is quite amusing + relevant.

Some of the social media it references are outdated, who uses Myspace anymore? (pg 31)
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Great gift
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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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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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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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By Dave on 28 Nov. 2012
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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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Great book, very helpful and has everything I've been looking for. I am a new student in film making so I think this is incredibly helpful. Recommended for novice - intermediate filmmakers.
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Great Books, I have been six months at my TV/FILM/MEDIA/PHOTOGRAPHY Course now and I love it. I am in the middle of shooting my first short film. I don't like Editing so far, but with this book and my own PC at home, I am starting to get the hang of it. Great Books. I have bought my first movie camera, and starting to get to know it. This book helps, I like it!
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