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Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint Paperback – 3 Jul 2003

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Continuum; 1 edition (3 July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826414532
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826414533
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.1 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 424,203 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Short of offering tips on casting and couch etiquette and how to salt the popcorn, this guide strives to cover every possible step and potential hicup in making your first film. The open layout 0 with easy-to-follow diagrams and flow charts - and conversational text make even the most complicated aspects accessible to the layman, while interviews with industry experts offer practical advice. As a reference guide (and sometime comfort blanket) for wannabe Spielbergs, it's indispensable. 5 stars. --Empire Magazine

About the Author

Chris Jones is one half of the team who wrote The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, the best-selling low-budget film book in the UK. He has made 3 low budget movies: The Runner, White Angel, and Urban Ghost Story. Now that he's finished writing this book, he hopes to make another movie.


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I bought the Guerilla Film Makers Handbook two years ago and found it an amazing resource. When I heard Chris Jones had written another book, The Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint, I wasn't sure how the GFMH could be improved. But by god he has done it! The Movie Blueprint is just that, a blueprint of exactly what to do, when, where and how much its going to cost you. It's not a sequel to the original GFMH, in fact it's radically different and is actually thirty blueprints, covering everything from camera and casting, through catering and sales and distribution. While it's MASSIVELY detailed, it's also easy to read, partly because Jones writes with such enthusiasm, but also because he has an ability to make complex concepts appear clear and simple. There are loads of diagrams and picture too, making it a pleasurable feast for the eyes. Best of all, and unlike any other book I have ever read, it takes you on the journey of a film maker, holding your hand as you jump through all the required hoops, AND giving you a sense of how you will feel when you do it. I read it cover to cover in three days and now dip in and out on a daily basis. I can't recommend this enough!
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The Guerrilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint ( 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 Movie Blueprint ( 2003) – a tome of some 600 pages written by a budget film maker by Chris Jones ( see also his Guerrilla Film makers hand book co written with his sometime partner in budget movies Genevieve Jolliffe)
This book 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. It is laid out in sections as blueprints and action flow charts
The “ blueprints” covered are
Setting up a company ( make it Limited) ; The Screenplay ( if it ain’t good , the film won’t be) ; The Directors job ( directing) ; The Producers job ( blagging the cash) ; The Crew ( what it may consist of depending on the budget) ; The Budget ( never enough) ; Casting and Actors ; Scheduling ; Assistant Director ; Production team ; Costume ; Make up ; Production design ; Sound ; Camera ; Catering ; Editing ; Post production Lab / sound ; Music ; Mastering ; festivals ( getting your film shown) ;Press and Publicity ; Sales and Distribution AND finally a discussion of the ( then) most popular video editing system.
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And I mean this literally: I produced my first film, a full-length feature, in the US with the help of the Blueprint which never left my or the director’s side. The book covers all any aspiring filmmaker needs to know to go out there and do it themselves. It prepares you for the traps and minefields that lurk at every level. I could never thank the Living Spirit crowd enough for this "Film school made simple". I for one have a great film to show for it. (You can take a look for yourself at [...] This is truly an indispensable handbook!
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I was exceptionally impressed with the author's style of writing which was jargon-free and, more importantly, without ego. Having read other material on the same subject, I have been disappointed and irritated by most authors' cynicism and frequent disdain for the new film maker. Aware as I am of the egomaniacal nature of the industry, Chris Jones's book was a breath of fresh air over and above its very practical nature. He achieves precisely what he should, a rare authoring skill.

The user-friendly yet detailed overview of the film maker's objectives and challenges is incredibly helpful. Coupled with a good sense of humour that doesn't undermine the subject to hand, I would strongly recommend this book for all industry new entrants who are serious about film making.
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I bought this book because there was stuff I knew I didn't know. What shocked me was the mountain of stuff I didn't know, I didn't know. I consumed this book in a weekend. I have made three short films so really thought I knew my stuff. Boy oh boy!
Ignore the comments from the person below. The whole point of this book is to move past messing around with your camcorder with your mates, and into the real world of film making, with real actors, scripts and a real understanding of the journey from concept, to shoot, to premiere, to sales, and beyond. It covers everything and in some considerable depth. What makes this a stand out piece of work is the ease with which Mr Jones gets over extremely complicated concepts. And as far as I know, Mr Jones has made three indie features, one for under £10k! I suggest that does allow him to be considered a guerilla film maker!
The other thing thats great about it is the way you get to 'feel' what its like. This is not a classroom concept book, this is a real world experience. Another aspect is the sheer depth. How each department is run, who runs it, how long it takes, how much it costs, what you can get away with, what you cannot etc.
As for the reviewers (below) comments on Avid and Film etc., the book is completely Pro Choice and goes a great distance to stress this, but the essence of it is 'Best Practice', not cheapest, not personal favourite editing platform, not fastest etc., but BEST PRACTICE for someone with little or no money to bring a profesional movie to the marketplace and launch their carreer.
Buy it. I promis you that you won't be disappointed.
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