Making Short Films, Third Edition: The Complete Guide from Script to Screen Paperback – 23 May 2013
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'An easily assimilated, fact packed tutorial with all the dynamism and panache of a contemporary novel.' -- Mike von Joel in 'State'
'A riveting read, packed with rare anecdotes and expertly chosen examples from across the film world. And by weaving throughout tales from the likes of Cocteau, Bunuel or Fellini, Clifford Thurlow provides a refreshing and much needed focus on the artistic and creative - as well as the technical - aspects of filmmaking.' -- Nic Wistreich, development director of Shooting People and co-author of Get Your Film Funded
'Nobody should think about making a short film without reading this first. Thurlow takes new filmmakers through the steps of shooting film in a way that will save time and money. Plus it's a good read!' -- Producer Jennifer Fate Velaise, Fate Productions, Los Angeles
'Clifford Thurlow's book is the definitive must have for any filmmaker contemplating making and marketing a short.' --Elliot Grove, Director of Raindance
About the Author
Clifford Thurlow is a writer and independent filmmaker. He co-produced Salvador Dali: A Biography and co-produced and presented The Dali Triangle for Yellowbay Films. The winner of a screenwriting award from EMDA, the European Media Development Award, his screenplay Zeitgeist is in development with Hub Media.
Max Thurlow is a journalist who has written for a number of publications including the Daily Mail and the Independent. He has shot, edited and screened a number of travel and short films.
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For example, the book provides a sample press-kit for if ever you put your film into a festival, but it doesn't give you more basic essentials such a call sheet or a production schedule which you will need to get your film made.
On the plus side, this books is still a fascinating read for anyone interested in film-making and I couldn't put it down once I started. The sample scripts and interviews with film-makers were especially well-selected.
I would definitely recommend this book, but if you have never made a short film before then you may need to do some more research on top of what this book gives you.
But, it feels slightly unbiased in its views. Of course, every book has a bias, but in art, perhaps there shouldn't be any. In each chapter, and almost every interview with working professionals, it feels like the author is trying to get their views about filmmaking confirmed (what psychologists call "comfirmation bias"), rather than remaining open.
I found that off-putting at times.
In a nutshell: a solid book, but sometimes, with an agenda.
Like a decent newspaper, only one owned by the government.
The authors look at various roles in part I, writer, director producer, before looking at pre-production, production, and post-production in parts II-IV. Following this in part V are interviews with filmmakers and in part VI are six short films, accompanied by interviews with those involved in the film and scripts. Part VII takes a look at editing, scriptwriting and scheduling/budget software while Part VIII is about careers, the merit of film school and a history of short films. Part IX and X are great resources as diverse as forms (e.g. for permissions) when you are filmmaking, all the way to top 10 filmmaking blogs.
Because the book looks at who does what in a film, as well as advice from those people in the plethora of interviews provided, it gives you a good idea of what making a short film is like. Of course, it doesn't pretend that a book is a substitute for going out there and doing it but it can prevent some common pitfalls and make you more knowledgeable when you do make a film. The resources are there in the book to take the next step, with valuable advice regarding marketing the film. Although the book is specific to short films, and always keeps its content relevant to this, the vast majority of the advice can be applied to any length of film. If you want more information about making short films, this is a book you should get.
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