How to Make Movies

Low-Budget/No-Budget Indie Experts Tell All


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About the Book

The success of low-budget independent films like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity have clearly demonstrated that successful movies can be made with very small budgets. Still, working on a tight budget requires both skill and ingenuity, and is an inevitable and continuous learning experience for the filmmaker.
Join two dozen truly independent filmmakers—those used to working, and delivering, within extreme limitations—as they bluntly chronicle their experiences creating features “from the trenches.” They cover the major stages of the filmmaking process, from financing, technical decisions, and handling actors and crew to music, production, and distribution. With loads of practical advice, actual case studies, and many behind-the-scenes photographs, this collection of war stories from the micro-budget front lines will benefit aspiring and experienced independent filmmakers alike.

About the Author(s)

Kevin J. Lindenmuth has worked in the film/television business for about 30 years, in New York and Detroit. He has written and produced a dozen features, with worldwide distribution, and seven documentaries, most of them for PBS. He is the author of three previous books on independent filmmaking.

Bibliographic Details

Kevin J. Lindenmuth
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 272
Bibliographic Info: 70 photos, filmography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7106-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-9301-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface  viii

Foreword by Eric Red  1

Making Movies  3

Film School  22

The Script  35

Equipment and Production  55

Budget and Funding  68

Production Crew  81

Actors  92

Locations: Where You Live and Where You Shoot  112

Special Effects  130

Music  141

How Long Does It Take to Make a Movie?  150

Publicity, Promotion and Distribution  166

Being an Independent Filmmaker  197

Working on Other People’s Independent Films  212

Your Career as an Indie Filmmaker  230

Epilogue  247

Appendix: The Filmmakers and Their Films  249

Index  253

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