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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking: Practical Techniques for the Guerilla Filmmaker by [Rahmel, Dan]
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'Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking takes up where all the other guerilla filmmaking books leave off. If you want high screen value on a restricted budget, this book will stretch your money to the max.'
- James MacGregor, Penultimate Productions

'Indie filmmakers: Ignore this comprehensive production guide at your own peril. Everything you need to give your low-budget films that 'big budget' look is right here!'
- Michael Victor, Writer/Producer/Editor, FX Networks

"Rahmel provides the filmmaker with useful tips and detailed instructions for constructing low-cost alternatives to expensive professional gear. He also offers solutions to many common problems and encourages a thoughtful and safe approach to filmmaking."
-David White

"Nuts and Bolts is great for us renegade filmmakers! Rahmel does everything but write the script!"
John Wesley, Teamstunt Productions, Teamstunt San Diego

About the Author

Dan Rahmel has worked professionally on numerous films as Director, Gaffer, Electrician, Art Director, Grip, Set Decorator, Proper Master, Set Dresser, and Editor. He has worked with top industry professionals including Janusz Kaminski (Academy Award winning cinematographer), served as a key production employee in the Art Department of The Orlando Jones Show, and worked on the 2002 winner of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Student Film Award. He is the author of several books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 31214 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (21 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0094GAYZW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,326,412 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This book has given he hours on hours of things to think about, mull over and modify; what it hasn't given me is a selection of directly applicable projects. The majority of this book is based on things that are readily available in most states of America but are rare as rocking horse droppings over here.

Things like threaded iron pipe, aluminium flashing and pipe flanges are all technically available over here but ridiculously expensive. I worked out that for the price of building one of this C-stand alternatives, I could virtually buy a basic model. I could have a professional one with arm for the price of two of them.

The worthwhile, if difficult to see as "cheap" projects include the softbox [good because you can easily customise its size], the coffee can spotlight [a narrow throw is hard to find these days] and the apple boxes, all of which are well explained and cheaper to make yourself. The suspended reflector is also worth a look.

On the other hand, the C-stand, the car mount, the high hat [this one is extreme but you can get two 20kg ball heads off Ebay for the price of making one of these the way Dan suggests] and the microphone shock mount are all both easier and cheaper to buy in this country thanks to the parts used and our plumbing regulations.

Why buy the book? Mr Rahmel has so much else to say; Where else do you find advice for training for the role of microphone boom op? Where do you get so much down to earth advice on how to cope when placed in charge of an art department the morning of the shoot?

A lot of this book is either dated or not useful in Britain, but the starter and end pages of each chapter, plus the little tidbits sprinkled therein made it worth the price of admission for me. I rather wish Mr Rahmel had written a book entirely of his accounts of being on set, rather like Rebel Without a Crew.
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