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The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider's Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood

The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider's Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood
Your Price: $18.99 CDN
Author: Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Jonathan Sheldon
Publisher: Harvest Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 336
Pub. Date: 2005
ISBN-10: 0156029529
ISBN-13: 9780156029520

About the Book:

Less than a decade after they began working in the movies, Mark Polish and Michael Polish had established themselves as critically acclaimed, award-winning independent filmmakers. The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking follows the journey of making their first three films: Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot and Northfork. Their innovative approach to art direction, use of digital photography, and ability to attract stellar talent to their modestly budgeted films sprang from necessity; now these aesthetics have become admired trademarks of their work.

Infused with this same balance of artistic integrity and popular appeal, The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking is a practical guide to writing, shooting, editing, scoring, promoting, and distributing short and feature films. Writer-actor-producer Mark Polish and his twin brother director-writer-actor-producer Michael Polish have packed this book with star-studded, often hilarious tales from their own experiences — as well as helpful insider photos. This is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in filmmaking, whether a high school student with a $500 budget or a serious filmmaker looking for a fresh approach.

What people say:

"The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking is a well-organized, often hilarious guide for any first-time filmmaker's journey through the perilous and unpredictable world of independent filmmaking. By tracking the process of their films, from an idea's infancy to its realization in a distribution deal, the Polish Brothers take their unique and pragmatic methods and break them down into an easy how-to chronicle. Their determination, vision, and enthusiasm are evident both on screen and in writing. Their love of the process, the most important part of successful filmmaking, is inspiring." — Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Gladiator

"Like their movies, the Polish Brothers' book is funny, insightful, delightful, odd, smart, and full of good ideas and truths. It's completely accessible for the absolute novice, and yet will still be helpful to those who have some experience (after making six films, I still learned a thing or two). I certainly plan to recommend it when I teach or mentor young filmmakers." — Keith Gordon, director of A Midnight Clear, Waking the Dead, and Mother Night

"All do-it-yourself filmmakers must experience their own blood, sweat, and fears. But everything else to be learned from the independent adventure can be found in this priceless and entertaining guide. Tried, true, and terrific, it's like having your most credible filmmaking friends offer their shoulders to stand on. This book is an invaluable public service to would-be celluloid dreamers and schemers everywhere. Read it. It's your inalienable right." — Alan Rudolph, director of Afterglow and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

About the Author:

Mark Polish and Michael Polish are American identical twin film-makers collectively known as the Polish Brothers. They both live in the Los Angeles area.

Jonathan Sheldon was an associate producer on Northfork and was named the head of development for the Polish Brothers' production company. He lives in Los Angeles.