- 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
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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."
- 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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Top Customer Reviews
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)
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Slightly outdated for anybody looking into filmmaking today, for example, social media becoming a huge help for marketing and job searches as well as cloud services for data... Read morePublished on 13 Jan. 2015 by charlotte
It is brilliant amazing thanks it was the most informative book I have read thanks very much mate and I'm glad I bout the booksPublished on 7 Sept. 2013 by David Serling
I bought this book as I am taking film production at University next year and as my knowledge is, or was, very basic I needed to get my self into the word of film. Read morePublished on 20 April 2013 by samg082
Not what i expected but readable.Looking more for a few tips and adviceon making home video not fullblown movies to be shown in picture houses so not the book for me.Published on 13 April 2013 by LJ