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Book Review: Indie Film Producing: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking

Learning how to produce ultra-low-budget feature films is a demanding and complicated task. Even earning a bachelor’s degree in Film, from many of the nation’s best film schools, often fails to provide the intricate methodology of professional producing. Continue reading

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The Barclay Hotel: New York’s Elegant Hideaway For The Rich And Famous

Opening its doors during the era that inspired The Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey, The Barclay Hotel offered its guests a touch of old world elegance amidst the swirling glitz and jazz of New York City?s Roaring Twenties. Gilded Age … Continue reading

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First-Time Filmmaker F*#>-Ups: Navigating the Pitfalls to Making a Great Movie
NYU Film School graduate and award-winning producer-director of everything from feature films to music videos and nationally televised commercials, Daryl Bob Goldberg has written a book that is both pragmatic and informative for first-time filmmakers. Continue reading

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Book Shelf 2012

Back in the 1960s when I first started studying film the only production text that seriously addressed the making of movies was a book by Raymond Spottiswoode called Film and Its Techniques (1951)… Continue reading

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Book Review: “Low Budget Hell: MakingUnderground Movies with John Waters”

John Waters does not want you to read this book! Why? Well let’s just say that Mr. Waters is revealed, in this compelling and engaging account, to have many flaws that are more reprehensible than simply being known as the “Pope of Trash”. Continue reading

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Book Review: MEMO From The Story Dept

Christopher Vogler’s Writer’s Journey was a ground-breaking look at the story process for motion pictures. “MEMO’ his latest book authored along with Columbia Professor David McKenna focuses like a laser beam on the most important parts of story– Continue reading

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Book Shelf: Producer to Producer – A Step-By-Step Guide To Low Budget Independent Film Production

Producer to Producer A Step-By-Step Guide To Low Budget Independent Film Production By Maureen A. Ryan Michael Wiese Productions Studio City, CA 91604 2010 One of the “Indie World’s” most highly respected producers, Maureen A. Ryan (Academy Award- winning Man on … Continue reading

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Book Shelf | 3-D Moviemaking: Stereoscopic Digital Cinema from Script to Screen

By Bernard Mendiburu Focal Press Boston 2009 “Eventually 3D will make its way into mainstream cinema the way color and sound did” observes visual effects artist and digital cinema engineer Bernard Mendiburu in his comprehensive and essential primer on this … Continue reading

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Getting the Money – It’s All in How You Ask: A Plan for Writing Business Plans

Jeremy Juuso’s Getting the Money is a step-by-step instruction booklet to writing a film business plan.  The book reads largely like an instruction manual, but in a sense that is exactly what it is.  Juuso puts things into perspective while … Continue reading

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Book Shelf: After Effects Illusionist

Review of AFTER EFFECTS ILLUSIONIST by Chad Perkins (Focal Press, 2009)   After Effects Illusionist has the feel of a friendly, helpful guide through the potentially confusing myriad of effects included in the software package.  Chad Perkins’ approach is professional and complete, but it is also very … Continue reading

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