Complete idiot's guide to film making


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The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Filmmaking will do for aspiring filmmakers what The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Screenwriting is doing for aspiring screenwriters. In fact, this book should have the added luxury of also appealing to aspiring screenwriters, especially those who have struggled to get their work purchased, who have considered trying to produce and direct their own screenplays. Regardless of motivation for picking up The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Filmmaking readers will find it to be the most comprehensive book on the subject-and on two different levels. First, it will cover every aspect of the filmmaking process, from script to pre-production, to directing, to post-production, to distribution. Secondly, it will cover virtually every form of filmmaking, including independent features, Hollywood films, television movies, documentaries, corporate and educational films, "reality films," digital/Internet films, and music videos.


1.Flashbacks: A Short History of Filmmaking.

The First Machines. The First Stories. The Silent Era. The 'Talkies'. More New Technologies: Color and the Widescreen. The Golden Age of Hollywood. Non-Fiction Films. A New Medium: Television.

2.Loglines: An Overview of Film Genres.

Exploring Fiction Film Genres. Taking Stock of Non-Fiction Films. Calling Cards: Short Films.

3.Mise-en-scène: Basic Elements of Films and Videos.

Getting the Picture. Mixing the Sound. Telling the Story. Adding Style: Art, Information, or Entertainment.

4.Making an Independent Film.

Packaging Your Script. Financing Through Potential Domestic Distribution. Money, Money, Money: Investor Financing. Financing Through Foreign Pre-Sales.

5.Making a Hollywood Film.

Selling the Script. Making the Deal. Staying Attached. Surviving Development Hell. Developing Television Movies.


6.Act I: Developing the Script.

What's the Story? From Concept to Script. Top Ten Reasons Scripts Get Rejected in Hollywood. The Non-Fiction Script. The Short Film Script.

7.The Set-Up: Script Breakdown and Shooting Schedule.

Breaking Down the Script Manually. Breaking Down the Script on the Computer. Preparing a Production Board. Determining the Schedule. Using Storyboards.

8.Show Me the Money: The Budge.

Choosing the Medium. Shooting for No Budget to Low Budget. Selecting Tools for Budgeting. Adding Up the Above-the-Line Elements. Filling in the Below-the-Line Elements. Estimating Documentary Budgets.

9.Collaborators: Hiring the Cast and Crew.

Casting the Leads and Supporting Actors. Unit Production Manager or Line Producer. Director of Photography. Production Designer. Editor. Production Sound Mixer. Other Departments and Crew.

10.Foreshadow: Planning the Shoot.

Arranging for Sets and Sound Stages. Scouting Locations. Permissions and Permits. Equipment. Laboratories and Sound Facilities. Food, Drink, and Accommodations. Insurance.


11.Directing the Crew.

Be Prepared. Knowing What Will Cut. The First Take. Pick-Up Shots and Wild Tracks. Preventing Crew Fatigue. Respect for the Locations and Community.

12.Directing Actors.

Knowing What You Want. Rehearsals. Respecting the Actor's Style. Directing the Actor on the Set. Handling Difficult Actors.

13.Directing Yourself.

Creating Movement. Finding the Right Pace. Communicating Through Composition. Introducing Sound Effects and Music. Focusing on the Narrative. Maintaining Consistency of Style

14.Dealing with Production Problems.

Dailies Can Save Your Film. Solving People Problems. Going in New Directions. Dealing with Equipment Breakdowns. Anticipating Weather Problems. Dealing with Scheduling Problems. Facing Budget Problems. Preventing Accidents and Injuries.

15.Producing and Directing Non-Fiction Films.

Developing a Non-Fiction Film. Going into Pre-Production. Interviewing Non-Actors. Directing Action in Non-Fiction Films. Writing and Directing Narration.


16.Preparing to Edit.

Editing History and Current Options. Getting Ready to Edit. Working with Your Editor.

17 - Editing the Rough Cut.

Knowing Basic Editing Principles. Scene Changes. Editing Dialogue.