Guerilla Film Makers Handbook 3e Paperback – 25 Jan 2006
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"'This book will save you about five years worth of trials, errors, heartbreaks, and unpleasant credit card statements... Totally indispensable... It really doesn't get much better than this.' TOTAL FILM 'It's in an undisputed position as the indispensable guide for first-time filmmakers.... Astonishing.' FILM REVIEW 'Comprehensive and invaluable... a revelatory read that will inform and inspire in equal measure' EMPIRE 'Immensely informative and entertaining to read... a terrific book for anyone interested in films' BBC Radio 4"
About the Author
Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe are independent filmmakers and their experience in the field is unparalleled.
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One reviewer stated that, in tone, the book seemed a little daunting. I've just finished a rough cut on my most recent film and I can say with my hand on my heart that the ENTIRE process of making just one film is daunting - let alone making a career out of it. Every time I do anything film related I have to take a breath because, despite being truly awesome, I know it'll be tough and at times I will hate the process or myself - this book is written by someone who will not sugar coat that for you. If you can't handle that then maybe writing for Empire or Total Film is the job for you instead - that way you get to sit in a warm chair inside writing reviews :)
I've just spent quite a lot of money on a year at a top London film school. If you're lacking in the kind of cash you need to attend film school then I would urge you to buy this book (and also a couple of others) and just spend the money on making some films. You'll learn at least all the same stuff as me and your films will not be any less good if you treat them seriously and enjoy yourself.
Chris Jones is a very inspiring writer and for the price of the book you not only get a MASSIVE number of interviews with industry professionals but you also get a CD-ROM. I found the interviews with film industry employees the most useful part of this book for me in particular.Read more ›
What makes this book so much more relevant for the beginner Guerilla is the combination of fantastic guides and information on filmmaking, born from Jones and Jolliffe's personal experiences on all three of their indie features, but also the vast amount of "personal experience" stories littered throughout and compiled at the back of the book.
When I was starting out, I gained a huge amount of knowledge from this book, but I also found it both inspiring and reassuring that there were conversations with filmmakers who had been where I was and managed to achieve their goals.
Written in a clear, concise style and easy to dip in and out of for tips, information or success stories, this is a must-have for any aspiring filmmaker and, I'd venture to say, should be on the shelf of all successful filmmakers, too.
This is the book that entirely demystifies the film making process. It tells you absolutely everything you need to know, from how and where to get your film insured and financed all the way through to how to create special effects and stunts - everything is covered and no stone is left unturned. Starting out as a film maker myself, this book proved invaluable in helping me figure out the the dos and do nots of an industry that is built on networking, connections and who you know. Knowing practically no one in the industry, The Guerilla Film Maker's Handbook was a huge help in getting me started and I still use it today, as I'm sure I will for many more years to come.
Written by actual successful filmmakers (their latest short film Gone Fishing won awards at over 40 festivals worldwide and was on the top ten Oscar shortlist for best short film) and using interviews with key industry figures to provide answers to the most common problems a filmmaker encounters, it will really help you get your film off the ground and give you a far better idea of where to start.
Filmmaking is a hard, slow and very expensive process - this book doesn't beat around the bush in this regard, but it honestly and realistically breaks down the process, providing you with all the help and advice you need to make your film. From the experienced filmmaker all the way through to the enthusiastic amateur, The Guerilla Filmmaker's Handbook is without a doubt an essential purchase!
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Never read this, but enjoyed flicking through it. Looks great though.Published 2 months ago by M. S. Parkinson
even though I just got the book Im about 25% through and I am truely inspired, educated and relieved.
why relieved? Read more
Lots of useful information. Hope to dip into this when I get to making my first short film.Published 20 months ago by Customer
Q & A says it all for the layout of this book. Everything is layout as an interview, it's bit like sitting across a table from someone and talking to them directly. Read morePublished on 22 May 2014 by LKG Povey
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. Read morePublished on 27 Jan. 2014 by J J Walsh
As a young film enthusiast I was debating the pros and cons of going to film school or attempting to break into the film industry alone. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2013 by Natasha Creamer
As I was interested in film making, and being a novice I bought this book and found it very informative, a good buyPublished on 6 Nov. 2013 by Pammy
Got both Guerrilla Film makers handbook and blueprint and even though haven't read every page - as there is a lot! Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2013 by alex84surfing