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Sunday, April 01, 2007

In about eight weeks, we plan to be shooting my short, Twelve Ways to Say 'I'm Sorry', on a budget of about $20K.

What books do y'all recommend on shooting a low-budget film and/or a short? What are the most useful books you've read on the specifics of do-it-yourself production? Of nuts and bolts directing?

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THE DV REBELS GUIDE - especially if you are shooting digital.



Good luck!

By Blogger Bill Cunningham, at 2:52 PM  

I second Rebel Without a Crew.

I'd also like to recommend: The Ultimate Filmmaker's Guide to Short Films by Kim Adelman.

Chapter 8 is "Budgeting: Everything for Free." Nice.

By Blogger OpenChannel, at 3:05 PM  

I jumped in here to recommend 'DV Rebel's Guide' by Stu Maschwitz and see that I'll have to settle for seconding Bill. That and pointing you to his website at

'Rebel Without a Crew'... I really like Robert Rodriguez's process and ideology but it seems to me to be more of a cheerleader to keep you stoked about making the film rather than giving a lot of hard info.

'The Guerilla Film Makers Movie Blueprint' by Chris Jones lays out a lot of process.

For information on the hardware side of things there ain't no source better than, drop by there and read for a few hours and then call up Mike Curtis to consult on the acquisition and post process.

By Blogger Clint, at 10:04 PM  

FROM REEL TO DEAL would be my recommend.

By Blogger Piers, at 8:27 AM  

I really like Robert Rodriguez's process and ideology but it seems to me to be more of a cheerleader to keep you stoked about making the film rather than giving a lot of hard info.

Trust me -- When you've been on set for 16 hrs., everyone's exhausted, everyone's sick and tired of seeing the same faces every day; and no matter how hard you coax, cajole or castigate them, the cast can't get the scene down and you're going to lose your set in 20 minutes -- it's really good to remind yourself why you did this in the first place.

Speaking of cheerleaders, a director friend of mine once hired the local high school cheerleaders to come in at 3am and do a routine for the cast and crew. Everyone was laughing, re-energized and shaking their heads at the wonderful goofiness of it all...

The grips of course, were upset that the cheerleaders were not 'of age'.

By Blogger Bill Cunningham, at 12:14 PM  

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