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The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film

By Gini Graham Scott

The Complete Guide to Writing, Producing, and Directing a Low-Budget Short Film is a comprehensive step-by-step overview of how to complete and promote a low-budget short film. It begins with how to w... rating

Filmmaking Stuff: How to make, market and sell your movie without the middle-man.

By Jason Brubaker

The future of filmmaking is not Hollywood. It is the thousands of Filmmakers empowered by the digital revolution. In this filmmaking book, YOU will find out how how to get the script, use crowdfund... rating

Think Outside the Box Office

By Jon Reiss

The independent film community is a buzz with the collapse of the traditional independent film distribution model. No longer can filmmakers expect their films to be acquired and released nationally. B... rating

Getting Your Short Film Funded, Made and Seen

By Tricia Tuttle (editor)

Shooting People, the UK-based filmmaker community (with a New York offshoot), made a name for itself in the film book publishing world a few years back with the excellent UK Film Finance Handbook. Thi... rating

The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age

By Steven Ascher, Edward Pincus

Widely acknowledged as the "bible" of film and video production and used in courses around the world, this indispensable guide to making movies is now updated with the latest advances in high- definit... rating

Complete Guide to Digital Video

By Ed Gaskell

"Complete Guide to Digital Video" will walk you from beginner to expert, whatever your level of ambition. It's the shooting script for aspiring Spielbergs, both young and old, covering the basic techn... rating

Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking

By Dan Rahmel

Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking, an ideal book for the rapidly growing number of low-budget filmmakers, provides how-to information on the day-to-day techniques of actual low-budget production. Containing c... rating

Make Your Own Hollywood Movie

By Ed Gaskell

The advent of digital video and the decreasing costs of entry-level cameras and editing software have opened up filmmaking to a younger audience who were generally excluded unless they had rich parent... rating

Before You Shoot: Guide to Low Budget Film Production

By Helen Garvy

A practical guide for independent filmmakers on all aspects of film & video production - including planning, budgeting, scheduling, casting, production logistics, post-production, distribution, and mu... rating

Digital Babylon: Hollywood, Indiewood and Dogme 95

By Shari Roman

"Filmmaking must always be linked to a certain degree of risk." This is the philosophy of Dogme 95, a collective of film directors born in 1995 in Copenhagen, when Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark) ... rating

From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film

By Dov S-S Simens

The boom in interest in independent filmmaking witnessed during the 1990s gave birth to a cottage industry built around offering slimmed down, "just the facts" filmmaker training and taking advantage ... rating

Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices: How to Write, Produce, Direct, Shoot, Edit, and Promote a Feature-Lenth Movie for Less Than $15,000

By Rick Schmidt

Making a movie is an expensive enterprise no matter which way you try to cut costs. Many women filmmakers find themselves trying to stretch miniscule budgets without compromising quality. This book of... rating

All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger

By Lloyd Kaufman

Imagine Roger Corman and John Waters crossed with Howard Stern--and you'll have an idea of the demented genius behind Troma studios, one of the oldest (and most successful) independent film studios in... rating

The Guerilla Film Maker's Handbook

By Chris Jones, Genevieve Jolliffe

A guide to low-budget moviemaking in the UK and around the world. Featuring tips, a yellow pages listing, contracts, and other information needed to create a film, the book explodes industry myth. The... rating

Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint

By Chris Jones

The single most comprehensive, honest, information-packed book ever written on how to make a low budget movie. This amazing book explains EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW. From lighting to camera equipment... rating

Rebel Without a Crew: Or How a 23-Year-Old Filmmaker With $7,000 Became a Hollywood Player

By Robert Rodriguez

In Rebel Without a Crew, screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his remarkable debut film, El Mariachi, on a shoestring ... rating

The Independent Film and Videomaker's Guide (2nd Edition)

By Michael Wiese

Wiese's book sets itself apart in terms of balancing the creative aspects of filmmaking (idea development, brainstorming exercises) with the business aspects (financing, dealmaking).communicating to t... rating

Independent Feature Film Production : A Complete Guide from Concept Through Distribution

By Gregory Goodell

This new edition of the filmmaker's bible has been completely updated to reflect changes in every aspect of the moviemaking process. The comments speak for themselves: "This book is a must. It is a... rating

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Good - a worthy addition to your arsenal.


Adequate - it'll get the job done.


Poor - but it has it's uses.


Dire - don't waste your time!


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