Filmmaking For Dummies

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Now updated–the step-by-step secrets to capturing great moments on film

With all the recent advancements in filmmaking technology, more people than ever are trying their hand at filmmaking. Keeping up with the newest information in this booming field, this updated edition of Filmmaking For Dummies features up-to-the-minute coverage of the latest and greatest hardware, software, accessories, and trends–including high-definition technology and new outlets for films such as YouTube and MySpace. It demystifies the nuts-and-bolts of filmmaking, from developing a project and securing financing to hiring a cast and crew, editing, and getting distribution. This new edition also provides new movie examples and updated contacts and resources. Whether people want to become professional filmmakers or simply shoot quality home movies, this practical guide has all the advice and tips needed to succeed.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (November 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470386940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470386941
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

From Home Movies to Feauture Films–there are no small roles…

10 helpful votes
 on January 7, 2015
By Julie Belmont
This is a very detailed reference book. It takes a person from the beginning phases of Filmmaking to the intricacies of the process of negotiations and the final Wrap up. Very valuable guidance, direction and you can tell Bryan Michael Stoller has walked his talk. He is very knowledgeable in this business of Filmmaking and shares his knowledge with clear delivery and wit–which helps to remember the steps to a Filmmaking Success. In this book he walks the reader though the process from the birth of an idea and story, pre-production, financing, all the technical matters involved in bringing the project to fruition and later post-production. He also goes into detail to perhaps the most important phase…promotion and marketing.

This is a wonderful book, especially if you are a one-woman/man show

8 helpful votes
 on September 12, 2014
By Book Addict
This is a wonderful book, especially if you are a one-woman/man show, this is all you need! I learned things in here that I didn’t learn in film school, that I further investigated on the internet. I will never let this book go!

Surprisingly Informative…

2 helpful votes
 on May 12, 2016
By Brooklyn Hudson
Surprisingly, a nice condensed collection of pertinent information. By no means does this book replace hands on experience, but if you’re about to step into filmmaking for the first time, or just want a broader knowledge of the terms, equipment, and processes of filmmaking, this is a well detailed manual that gives trimmed down information and takes the guesswork out of how things are done on set.

Really excellent !

4 helpful votes
 on June 18, 2014
By JustWrite
This is a really excellent book. It handles the filmmaking process, in detail, from concept to distribution. I was honestly surprised at how comprehensive it is. A wealth of information is presented clearly, and without fluff. Highly recommended.

Great book. It was very informative and I will …

 on July 30, 2017
By Tigria Carter
Great book. It was very informative and I will continue to use this book as my bible for the entertainment field. I don’t know how to thank the authors. I know that the entertainment field has a lot of jargon and they made the language easy enough to understand.

Excellent read

1 helpful vote
 on April 19, 2017
By Arik H.
Very, VERY, informational but still manages to keep the context understandable. Surprisingly, it is even funny at times. Definitely a must-get

A lot of good info! From the beginning steps of pre production …

1 helpful vote
 on March 16, 2015
By Agid Velasquez
A lot of good info! From the beginning steps of pre production and securing a budget to post production and finding ways to distribute your film. There are so many great topics covered.

For an average person like me, this book is very informative

 on May 12, 2017
By Raymond Alexander
For an average person like me, this book is very informative!

This is a good book for those people who wish to pursue a …

 on January 5, 2015
By Dinesh s/o Ananda Rajan
After reading this book, i have a more complete picture of what film making is all about. This is a good book for those people who wish to pursue a career in Film making.

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