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The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook

The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook
Your Price: $48.95 CDN
Author: Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 704
Pub. Date: 2004
ISBN-10: 0826414648
ISBN-13: 9780826414649

About the Book:

The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook is easily the most helpful and honest book ever written about what it takes to make an independent movie.

The best-selling low-budget filmmaker's bible in the UK has now, at long last, been totally revamped for the American market. The two authors have interviewed hundreds of film industry insiders, resulting in, without doubt, the most comprehensive, entertaining, information-packed book available in America on how to produce a low-budget movie.

The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook has 3 main sections: Anatomy of a Movie, Case Studies, and The Toolkit:

• Anatomy of a Movie features in-depth, candid interviews with a huge cast of people already working in the film industry — from script readers to bank managers; from casting directors to costume providers; and from sound mixers to negative cutters.

• Case Studies tells the stories of a selection of low-budget movies, and how they were made. These include Chris and Genevieve's own films, as well as international successes like The Blair Witch Project and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

• The Toolkit is an amazing resource for new filmmakers, incorporating a huge range of sample legal contracts and agreements, as well as templates for production forms like locations checklists, shooting schedules, and call sheets.

What people say:

"Your book is the greatest resource, filmmaking tool to come along in the last decade! Hell, I would put it up there with any of the technological advances in the industry, yes, it's that good … Your Handbook is truly the best. Thanks so much for writing it, you have done a service to the indie film community…." — Chris Gore, filmmaker and author: The Complete DVD Book

"A great guide to doing the only thing that really matters when it comes to making films — getting out there and making one…." — Neil LaBute, Writer-Director-Producer: In The Company of Men, The Shape of Things, Nurse Betty

"In The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook authors Jolliffe and Jones, guerilla film makers themselves have compiled a 'Bible' of everything anyone considering a career in independent film making would ever need to know. Every conceivable aspect of making an independent film, from training (film school or not), development, finance, talent, and production, to post-production, sales, and aftermath, is covered in depth. No detail is spared; absolutely everything, including catering, color temperature, ad working with animals, is covered. The style is easy to follow, and it is written clearly and in easy-to-understand language." — American Reference Books Annual

"The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook is a compilation of one hundred and eighteen interviews with filmmaking personnel, from agents to visual effects supervisors. The book is divided into ten chapters; each focuses on the stage of the production process, from training to distribution. There is a glossary and an index as well. The result of tremendous research, the book contains material for practically all levels and all interests in the filmmaking process. The sheer volumes of jobs covered in the book illustrates the complexity of the production process and is quite an education for the novice, who may have no idea how many people are involved in the production of most theatrically released films. There's plenty of practical information in this book, for the beginning as well as the more advanced filmmaker. The authors present the information in an accessible, readable and entertaining manner." — Journal of Film and Video

About the Authors:

Chris Jones is a UK based Filmmaker. He has made three feature films, all of which have been theatrically released in the UK and abroad and collected several festival awards. On top of writing and making films, Chris teachers new filmmakers and runs his business from the historic Ealing Film Studios in London. He has been teaching emerging film makers for over ten years, with over 1,000 delegates having attended his seminars in the UK, Germany, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

Genevieve Jolliffe has written, produced, and distributed award-winning low-budget feature films in the UK for the past ten years. Her awards include The Centerpiece Film of the London Film Festival, British Independent Film Award nominations for Best Director and Best Film, as well as earning her a place on Variety's list of Top Ten Directors to watch. Genevieve now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and writing partner, Andrew Zinnes. She is currently working on several feature films both independently and within the studio system.

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