Lights, camera, action! We all have at least one movie in us, and the amazing and affordable advances in digital technology makes it increasingly easy to make your dream a reality and share it with the world. Filmmaking for Dummies is your definitive guide to bringing a project to life, from the comedy antics of loveable pets to the deepest, most meaningful independent film. Bryan Michael Stoller is your friend and guide, sharing his knowledge gained over 100 productions (directing and working with Dan Aykroyd, James Earl-Jones, Barbra Streisand and Drew Barrymore, among others) to show you how to take your movie from the planning and storyboarding stage, through shooting and editing, to making it available to your adoring audiences through television broadcast, streaming online or in movie theaters.
For the do-it-your-selfer, the book includes tips on how to finance your project, a look at the latest software and apps, including advancements in digital technology, and for the passionate director, advice on how to hire and work with your cast and crew and find great scenic locations. Whether you want to become a professional filmmaker or just create great YouTube videos or nostalgic home movies, shooting with your smartphone or with consumer or pro-gear, this practical guide has it all.
- Learn how to compose your shots and when to move the camera
- Make the perfect pitch to sell your story
- Take advantage of helpful contacts and tons of new resources
- Get up-to-date on the latest and greatest digital technology
- Find the right distributor, or learn how you can be your own distributor!
CHAPTER 1: So You Want to Be a Filmmaker
CHAPTER 2: Genres in General
CHAPTER 3: Penning and Pitching a Great Story
Part 2: Gearing Up to Make Your Movie
CHAPTER 4: Scheduling and Budgeting Your Movie
CHAPTER 5: Financing Your Movie
CHAPTER 6: Location, Location, Location
CHAPTER 7: Crewing Up: Hiring Your Crew
CHAPTER 8: Assembling Your Cast of Characters
CHAPTER 9: Storyboarding Your Movie
Part 3: Ready to Roll: Starting Production on Your Movie
CHAPTER 10: Shooting through the Looking Glass
CHAPTER 11: Let There Be Lighting!
CHAPTER 12: Sound Advice: Production Sound
CHAPTER 13: Directing Your Actors: . . . And Action!
CHAPTER 14: A Sense of Direction: Directing Your Movie
Part 4: Finishing Your Movie in Post
CHAPTER 15: Cut to: Editing Your Movie — Shot by Shot
CHAPTER 16: Posting Your Movie’s Soundtrack: Adding Music and Effects to the Mix
CHAPTER 17: Conjuring Up Special Effects
CHAPTER 18: Giving Credit and Titles
Part 5: Finding Distribution for Your Movie
CHAPTER 19: Distributing Your Movie
CHAPTER 20: Exploring and Entering Film Festivals
Part 6: The Part of Tens
CHAPTER 21: Ten Tips for Discovering New Talent
CHAPTER 22: Ten Ways to Get Publicity for Your Movie
CHAPTER 23: Ten Ways to Avoid Murphy’s Law
CHAPTER 24: Ten Tips for Shooting on Your Smartphone
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