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on 16 June 2014
This is a fairly chunky book which, as it promises, gives you the lowdown on making a short film.
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.