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Planning the Low-Budget Film
Planning the Low-Budget Film

Planning the Low-Budget Film

PERFORMING ARTS

432 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

PDF, $23.95 (US $23.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: April 2007

ISBN 9780976817833

Rights: WOR

Chalk Hill Books (Apr 2007)

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Overview

"On all the movies [Bob Brown] worked on with me, he never failed to bring a film in on time and on budget. This book is a must read for anybody who is even thinking of producing a film!" —Mel Brooks

Finalist, 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards, for Best New Voice Nonfiction and Professional/Technical Novice and aspiring filmmakers seeking to learn how to develop a feature film will find a step-by-step blueprint in this guide. Drawing upon the more than 30-years experience of an industry professional, the book examines how to identify and break down shooting sequences in scripts, scout locations, create a production board and shooting schedule, deal with unions, budget a film, and rebound when it all goes wrong. Along the way, readers learn how to economize to get the most value from limited funds and what to look for in a prospective crew. To facilitate an understanding of the concepts, a real-life example of a complete budget and production board for an independent low-budget feature film, The Anarchist Cookbook, is provided. The guide’s concise list of contacts—film commissions in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and England; payroll companies; and vendors of supplies—along with a directory of unions and guides will simplify sourcing. Other supplementary aids include a complete glossary of industry terms, a list of all safety bulletins issued by the Industry Wide Labor/Management Safety committee, and a comprehensive index.

Reviews

"On all the movies [Bob Brown] worked on with me, he never failed to bring a film in on time and on budget. This book is a must read for anybody who is even thinking of producing a film!" —Mel Brooks

"This comprehensive book . . . can apply to films of any sized budget. I wish all film schools used it." —Gary Martin, president of production, Columbia/Tristar Motion Picture Group

"You will make a better movie for less money using this book . . . the ultimate guide to budgeting and scheduling the low-budget movie." —Bruce Block, producer, Father of the Bride, Something's Gotta Give, and What Women Want

"An invaluable resource for anyone who wants to make a movie; essential for students and professionals alike." —Brenda Goodman, senior lecturer and head of the production track at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.

Author Biography

Robert Latham Brown teaches production planning at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. His credits include producer, line producer, production manager, and second-unit director on films such as The Anarchist Cookbook; Child's Play; Child's Play 2: Chucky's Back; Child's Play 3: Look Who's Stalking; Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom; Local Color; Robin Hood: Men in Tights; S.W.A.T.; and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. He lives in Los Angeles.

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