Film Production: The Complete Uncensored Guide to Filmmaking

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Aims to provide the reader with real world facts about producing and selling a motion picture.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Eagle; 1st edition (February 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0943728991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0943728995
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces

Customer Reviews

Four Stars

 on September 14, 2016
By Amazon Customer
A lot of good info on production if your new or been around for awhile

Best book

 on October 23, 2017
By Barbara
the best book what I have.

Exactly as advertised. Needs updated though.

One person found this helpful.
 on July 30, 2010
By jgreen
A good A-Z book for an independent film maker. A little old though, perhaps an updated version dealing with digital and computers would be better. But definitely a lot of info on the process.

Great Overview — All Good Information, No Fluff

14 people found this helpful.
 on November 8, 2000
By Alex Woolfson
This is one of the best introductions I’ve ever read on making an independent feature film. It covers everything from writing the script to distribution in foreign markets and does so clearly, concisely, entertainingly and within 238 pages. As a film editor, I can say the chapter on editing basics is right on. The sections on money (both raising it and receiving it once your movie is distributed) are both eye-openers. It’s a very realistic, honest source of information about making an independent feature.

This is the best book available on independent filmmaking.

25 people found this helpful.
 on July 7, 1998
As an aspiring filmmaker, I’ve read more than twenty books on directing and producing independent films. Merritt’s book is easily the best, most comprehensive, and most revealing of them all. He tells you everything you need to know to finance, write, produce, direct, and sell a movie. I especially love all of the great “underground” tips about how to get free film stock and equipment, how to avoid permits, how to choose the right people, and a non-nonsense guide to distributors. Eveything is here, from catering tips to bank loans to guaranteed foreign video sales. This book will save me thousands of dollars as I make my first feature-length movie. I highly recommend it, as opposed to or in addition to film school. (I went to film school for 4 years for $65,000 and I learned MUCH more practical, real world, current advice with this $20 book.)

The Best How-To Book On Indie Film

37 people found this helpful.
 on November 23, 1999
After “The Blair Witch Project” and similar success stories, I was looking for a good general book on film production that included all the real dope on how the best known people have made successful low-budget movies. I was amazed by how much clear, precise info “Film Production: The Complete Uncensored Guide to Independent Filmmaking” has, such as precise budgets, deal-negotiating tips, crew member roles, distribution company reviews, and on and on. I also liked the way the book is organized. It takes you from the script and raising the money all the way through all the details of pre-production, production, and editing to selling the movie, promoting, and beyond. It answered all my questions (from stupid to tough) along the way.

This is the absolute best book on independent filmmaking!!

7 people found this helpful.
 on November 16, 1998
Scorsese, Tarantino, Spike Lee, Kevin Smith, John Carpenter–all of their greatest secrets are in this book. WOW! Merritt knows all the straight dope on low-budget movies and movie-making and he tells EVERYTHING. From tips that will save you thousands of dollars and help you make a much better movie to the most basic info about screenwriting, budgeting, shooting, etc. to all the wonderful insight from the best independent directors of the last 25 years– EVERYTHING–it’s all here. This book is a MUST BUY for every fan of indie films and for every beginning or intermediate director or producer (as well as screenwriters, editors, sound technicians, etc.). It’s amazingly thorough and illuminating.

This is an amazingly thorough and current book

3 people found this helpful.
 on November 5, 1998
Merritt names the names and tells you exactly how they did it. How he got all of this information is the greatest mystery. But I’m sure glad he did! Tarantino, Scorsese, Kevin Smith, Spike Lee–he tells exactly how they did it, down to the sneakiest detail. And he tells everything you’ll need to know to make a movie. I’m using this book as a guide as I write & direct my first film. It tells me all I’ll ever need to know. This is both a thorough textbook of ALL THE FILMMAKING BASICS and the ultimate guide to ALL THE INSIDE DOPE on low-budget movies and movie making. Great stuff!

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