FADE IN: (HOW TO BEGIN)
In recent years there has been an
explosion of Independent filmmakers wanting to make movies. Many are wrapped
in a dream that they have the next "FARGO", "PULP FICTION" or THE FULL
MONTY" This book is designed to be a down-to-earth, practical guide to
the craft of Independent Moviemaking, to help you the beginning filmmaker
understand and realize your screen vision. Above all, we want it to be
accessible and fun.
CHAPTER #2 TO BEGIN (Sample budgets)
Budgets, no matter how well planned, are
not meant to be seen as the answer to everything. They are essentially
blueprints. In this chapter we will look at how budgets ultra low, low and
high, are made (keeping in mind that a good budget is one that works so well
on paper that it overwhelms the producer (you)) and it doesn't end there
remind me to tell you how to repay investors.
CHAPTER #3 The Quickest Course (Format)
This chapter gives emerging filmmakers
everything they need to know about preparing a film for shooting. Shortcuts
that have taken years to discover are revealed. We cover all the companies
willing to do business with the first time filmmakers. Names and numbers.
CHAPTER #4 So Where's it at? (Just before
The organizing principle behind every good
movie is what do I do next? This chapter will emphasize how to discover
through use the resources that are readily available to you no matter where
you are. Where is the starting point?
CHAPTER #5 Paperwork (Dreaded paperwork)
In this chapter we examine the paperwork
that is a necessary part of the production from the pre-production meeting
to the wrap and beyond. The paperwork world is more than just the location;
it also includes the shoot the post and beyond, and vice versa.
CHAPTER #6 The Money
There are many things you'll never know
about producing a film unless you do it yourself.You can read all the Michael
Weise books, The 7 Art Press, and all the A.F.I. information available online
and in the stores, all the CBS and Victor French trade on the market, but
until you produce a picture yourself you will not grasp the real meaning, exhilaration
and feeling of the final day of shooting, the cast party and the release of
your first picture. Don't think about MONEY.
CHAPTER #7 The many faces of financing (Or
how I invented the Atom BOMB)
Before you begin pre-production you must
determine how much money you need then get it. Don't roll one frame of film
till you have every cent you plan for. Otherwise you've set yourself up to
fail. If you make a $300.00 movie have three hundred dollars in hand and
budgeted before starting. If you plan a $500,000 movie have the financing in
place before the first slate is loaded. In this chapter we examine the many
forms of financing available to you.
CHAPTER #7 Who is the Producer?
This chapter will examine what the
Producer's duties entail and how to accomplish them even if a forty person
crew is betting this movie will never hit the screen.
CHAPTER #9 Writer, Writers Lightbulb !!!
Q. How many writers does it take to change
A. (writer) YOU WANT TO CHANGE
An in depth look at the writer and his
CHAPTER #10 The A Script (Includes Writers
Spelling out the writers
duties/expectations in the writers agreement is of the utmost importance and
the enclosed sample writers agreement while made for the independent writer
is just mapping out of his writing duties and how far his creative control
goes, Use it but rewrite it to your own specifications, have an attorney
read it in his free consultation.
Script Supervisor. Who needs one? You Do!
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To Be Continued