Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint Paperback – 3 Jul 2003
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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This book is good and you can't really fault it but I think it needs updating to reflect todays Filmmaking journey. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
A well known and excellent book. It's a shame that no UK based filmmakers have written such a book as there are differences between us and the US.Published 3 months ago by TimKerr
A must have for any Filmmaker, this book has given me so much information that only a professional would be able to provide you.Published 16 months ago by Film Autre
No matter how much experience you already have, this book will teach you a few new things. And even though the technology has evolved, the principles remain the same. Buy it!Published 17 months ago by World Explorer
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A very good gift for a friend, she has used it a lot and found it very informative makes good reading as a reference bookPublished on 14 Feb. 2014 by Pammy
Its a good read and I have enjoyed it and it will never find it's way onto the book shelve but will sit on my deskPublished on 2 May 2013 by Quentin Robinson