Filmmaking For Dummies

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Film is a powerful medium. Successful filmmakers possess the passion to visually tell a story that will affect people's emotions, make them see things differently, help them discover new ideas, or just create an escape for them.

Whether you love the experience of being enthralled by movies or the excitement, challenge, and magic of making the movie yourself, Filmmaking For Dummies is your primer to creating a respectable product. For the seasoned professional, this friendly reference can inspire you with fresh ideas – before you embark on your next big flick. Get ready to roll with expert information onDefining the difference between independent and studio filmsKnowing what genre fits your fancyFinding perfect locationsStoryboarding your filmDirecting the actionGiving credit and titles

Written from the author's 30 years of hands-on work as a writer, producer, and film director, Filmmaking For Dummies carries you through from screenplay to distribution, with lots of experience-packed insight intoWriting or finding a screenplayRaising financing for your filmBudgeting and scheduling your filmHiring the right actors and crewPlanning, shooting, and directing your filmPutting your film together in the editing roomFinding a distributor to get your film in from of an audienceEntering (and maybe even winning) film festivals

Taking into account the advent of digital technology, author Bryan Michael Stoller focuses on creative elements that apply to both film and video production. He also points our technical differences and notes the many similarities between traditional and newer age making of motion pictures – all in a fun and engaging way that'll have you shooting for the stars!

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (August 8, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764524763
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764524769
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Customer Reviews

Great for first year film-making students!

One person found this helpful.
 on October 13, 2014
By Saba
This is a great guide to have for basic film-making. It’s full of resources and great websites.

The Best Filmmaking Course on a Budget!

42 people found this helpful.
 on September 5, 2003
I always love to learn about subjects that interest me, and even though I may have read through dozens of books on a subject to gain the maximum know-how about it, it’s always a thrill to pick up a read that is truly superb. Bryan M. Stoller, the author of Filmmaking for Dummies, has accomplished one of the best jobs on this subject matter that I’ve found so far over the years. He’s categorical and precise and I’d call it the best Filmmaking Course on a budget. The reader can learn in this inexpensive book just as much as in many 8-week filmmaking courses that often cost thousands of dollars and the good part is that with this book you already have the notes printed in front of you. The author offers a volume of resources discussing the differences of using actual film vs. video and new 24fps digital camcorders like the Panasonic AG-DVX100 Cinema Camera. He has excellent chapters on lighting, sound and camera filters, as well as on the commercial aspect of idependent film distribution and film festivals, etc. This is a very practical, right-to-the point book and it’s an enormous resource from a qualified guy who’s been interested in filmmaking for a long time and who has at least 20 years of on-hand in-the-field experience. Stoller also offers very helpful Website addresses for further information, even where to buy or rent equipment, etc., etc. Every aspiring and even professional filmmaker will definitely benefit from this book. Amazingly, this book is so updated as if it was just written a few weeks ago including the newest technological developments regarding digital film formats.


One person found this helpful.
 on October 27, 2008
By D. Walker

Directing and Producing Independent Films

 on February 5, 2015
By Jon W
Filmmaking For Dummies is an important book to me as a Producer of Indie Films so I can teach myself about fundraising. I am hoping it will challenge my new skills in Directing so I will know what it’s like to be behind the camera. This book stands out to me because Michael Stoller is a known filmmaker and knowing that it helps me in opening up a new level of understanding in Filmmaking.

Excellent refrence book!

6 people found this helpful.
 on November 15, 2007
By Cristiana DiPietro
I recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t read in a linear sequence. I tend to skip around in books to get the info I need and the way this book is formatted, it allows me to effeciently get the answers I want without any missed beats. Stoller effectively breaks down every aspect, from pre, principal photography, budget breakdown, contracting, scouting, editing, post to distribution and much more. For filmmakers, no matter what your budget or title(s), this book saves you money, time and a lot of guessing. Thank you Bryan Stoller!

Filmmaking for Dummies

16 people found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2005
By Gabriel Flores
The book is very helpful. It brings a lot of good information for new filmmakers. You can find tricks, terminologies, tips, techniques, and more to start your career as a new filmaker. There are many good material to learn. The author uses recent movies as examples. It covers many aspects of the filmmaking industry and how to make a low budget film. Beside, the book brings a lot of links to interesting web pages related with the filmaking industry.

the low budgeters dream guide

2 people found this helpful.
 on July 11, 2009
An excellent book for making your first second third and any other film after that. Being a big fan of the for dummy series, it was good to have a film making guide that covered every area of film making. From preproduction to postproduction. It is a good investment and a worthy compainion as one works on a size project.


One person found this helpful.
 on September 30, 2008
By Nik
If you want to learn filmmaking, buy this book. Filmmaking is too simple a process for universities and professors, to make a mess of (and they do). I absolutely loved this book and would give this book as gifts to filmmakers, etc. This book is in leymans terms, telling the reader what they need to know straight out. No games, no guess work, no tests… Get this book!!!

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