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First-Time Filmmaker F*ck-ups

Book Description

Learn to avoid the costly mistakes that commonly plague independent filmmakers with this concise and informative how-to guide. Laced with examples from famous movies, directors, and producers, author Daryl Bob Goldberg empowers you with the practical knowledge to achieve a dream that is not as intimidating as you might think

This book will help you avoid problems associated with fund-raising, budgeting, scheduling, casting, shooting, actors, crew, postproduction, distribution, legal issues, and much more, all written by someone who has learned these lessons the hard way-so you don't have to.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Full Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. PART 1 GETTING STARTED
    1. Fuck-Up #1 “I Can't Make a Movie”
    2. Fuck-Up #2 “I Just Want to Make a Movie”
    3. Fuck-Up #3 “The Script Is Done”
    4. Fuck-Up #4 “I Can Do This Alone”
    5. Fuck-Up #5 “My Buddy/Mom/Brother/Dog Is Going to Produce”
  8. PART 2 GETTING THE MONEY
    1. Fuck-Up #6 “I'll Never Get the Money”
    2. Fuck-Up #7 “Selling Is about Sales”
    3. Fuck-Up #8 “First, I'll Get Actors; Then I'll Get Money”
    4. Fuck-Up #9 “No Stars Will Want to Be in My Movie”
    5. Fuck-Up #10 “Stars Will Want to Be in My Movie”
    6. Fuck-Up #11 “My Actors Are Committed”
    7. Fuck-Up #12 “I Don't Care about Tax Incentives”
    8. Fuck-Up #13 “If I Can't Raise All the Money, I Can't Start My Movie”
    9. Fuck-Up #14 “There's No Harm in Getting Creative with My Financing”
    10. Fuck-Up #15 “I Don't Need a Business Plan”
    11. Fuck-Up #16 “I Don't Need a Lawyer”
  9. PART 3 PRE-PRODUCTION
    1. Fuck-Up #17 “We Don't Need Much Pre-Production”
    2. Fuck-Up #18 “I Don't Want SAG Actors”
    3. Fuck-Up #19 “Cast the Person Who Looks the Part”
    4. Fuck-Up #20 “We Don't Need Much Equipment”
    5. Fuck-Up #21 “We Don't Need to Go on a Scout”
  10. PART 4 SCHEDULING
    1. Fuck-Up #22 “I Have to Shoot My Movie in Script Order”
    2. Fuck-Up #23 “I Don't Need a Stripboard Schedule”
  11. PART 5 BUDGETING
    1. Fuck-Up #24 “Movies Cost_Dollars”
    2. Fuck-Up #25 “You Have to Buy Stuff”
    3. Fuck-Up #26 “The Rates Are the Rates”
    4. Fuck-Up #27 “People Don't Work on Credit”
    5. Fuck-Up #28 “My Budget Fits My Vision”
    6. Fuck-Up #29 “Post Is Cheap”
    7. Fuck-Up #30 “I Don't Need a Contingency”
  12. PART 6 ACTING
    1. Fuck-Up #31 “Acting Should Always Be Natural”
    2. Fuck-Up #32 “Acting Happens When You Have Lines”
    3. Fuck-Up #33 “Continuity Isn't as Important as Performance”
  13. PART 7 CREW
    1. Fuck-Up #34 “Hire a D.P. Based on Who Owns a Camera”
    2. Fuck-Up #35 “Grip? Electric? What's the difference?”
    3. Fuck-Up #36 “The Assistant Director Is the Director's Assistant”
    4. Fuck-Up #37 “Anyone Can Be a P.A.”
    5. Fuck-Up #38 “We Don't Need an Art Department”
    6. Fuck-Up #39 “I Don't Need a Script Supervisor”
    7. Fuck-Up #40 “Set Photographers Don't Help the Movie”
    8. Fuck-Up #41 “Sound Is Not Important”
  14. PART 8 LIFE ON SET
    1. Fuck-Up #42 “The Director Should Worry about Everything”
    2. Fuck-Up #43 “It's Quick On-Screen; It Shouldn't Take Long to Shoot”
    3. Fuck-Up #44 “I Need to Take My Time to Work”
    4. Fuck-Up #45 “Everyone Should Do What Needs to Be Done”
    5. Fuck-Up #46 “We Don't Need a Call Sheet”
    6. Fuck-Up #47 “I'll Start with My Close-Ups”
    7. Fuck-Up #48 “I Need More/Less Coverage”
    8. Fuck-Up #49 “I Know What Film Sets Should Be Like”
    9. Fuck-Up #50 “We'll Fix It in Post”
  15. PART 9 EDITING
    1. Fuck-Up #51 “Anyone with a Computer Can Edit”
    2. Fuck-Up #52 “You Don't Need to Watch ALL the Footage”
    3. Fuck-Up #53 “Editing Shouldn't Hurt”
    4. Fuck-Up #54 “Editing Will Take a Few Passes”
    5. Fuck-Up #55 “This Cut Is Good Enough to Show”
    6. Fuck-Up #56 “I Don't Need Outside Feedback”
  16. PART 10 MORE POST-PRODUCTION
    1. Fuck-Up #57 “Post Sound Isn't as Important as Picture”
    2. Fuck-Up #58 “Anyone with a Computer Can Do Post-Sound”
    3. Fuck-Up #59 “Dialogue Is Recorded on Set”
    4. Fuck-Up #60 “We Can Use Famous Songs”
    5. Fuck-Up #61 “We Can't Afford Good Music”
    6. Fuck-Up #62 “Cinematography Happens While Shooting”
    7. Fuck-Up #63 “I Gotta Have Effects!”
  17. PART 11 LIFE AFTER POST-PRODUCTION
    1. Fuck-Up #64 “The Movie's Done; I'm Done”
    2. Fuck-Up #65 “I'll Submit to Festivals and Then Await Success”
    3. Fuck-Up #66 “This Guy Can Sell My Movie”
    4. Fuck-Up #67 “A Distributor Will Pay to Finish the Movie”
    5. Fuck-Up #68 “Money, Fame, Power: Here I Come!”
    6. Fuck-Up #69 “There's No Formula for Success”
  18. References
  19. Index