Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 Or Less Reviews

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  1. THOMAS BRANDSTETTER "pahdooshay" says
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    If you’re flying solo check this one out., October 2, 2010
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    This review is from: Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 Or Less (Paperback)

    Great book. I’m making my first short and while a great deal of the methodology in this book is identical to mine, it’s also given me plenty of new information. If you want to know about something ask someone who’s gone down the path and Mr. Carroll is on the filmmaking path. He covers all aspects of the process and is able to back up his points with personal experience. I agree with the other reviewer who said this might be as good as the Rodriguez book. I go through filmmaking books like a rock pig on pizza and this one is a standout.

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  2. Anthony D'Juan Shelton says
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    Nude Photos, August 22, 2010

    Mike Carroll opens his book with a confession when he tells us he wants people to buy the book. He wants people to read the book. He has titled it “Naked Filmmaking” with full awareness that the onlooker will be drawn to it since sex controlled America is lured to perversions like a movement in the peripheral. He’s an artist with a grasp on the reality of this ever expanding world of technology (the digital age)and holds no illusions in the possibility of being left behind (perhaps his largest fear?). Carroll chapters his book with layers of straight talk, not of the failed outsider but the active explorer who is eager to share his knowledge. One is inspired to take on the task because Carroll makes it seem possible (and it is!), all the while jabbing the low tech thinkers and non-creative hacks with unsettling reality. This book is what got me through the making of my film and I can say, without shame, it stands as the best book on one-man filmmaking (true independence) since “Rebel Without a Crew” by Robert Rodriguez.

    – Anthony D’Juan Shelton

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  3. Solomon Stadtner says
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    Essential reading for independent filmmakers, June 7, 2010
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    Naked Filmmaking is a much-needed book for people who are serious about making independent movies. Mike Carroll has been brave enough to make 2 full-length features on his own, and he’s now sharing his experiences with the world.

    He starts by explaining how to write a script that is unique and personal, but that will also be entertaining for the audience. He describes how to make use of the resources available to you when writing a screenplay. Included are sample pages of scripts that he’s written, which help illustrate his point.

    He then discusses how to find the perfect camera for your project, where to buy it, and how to identify everything that the camera is capable of. There is information about recording effective sound, making use of natural light (both indoors and outdoors), and being your own camera operator.

    Carroll makes the solid point that movies are nothing without actors and he explains how to find great actors, the advantages of working with theater actors, how to collaborate with them, and how to build an efficient production around their schedules.

    Great detail is given regarding film editing as well. He explains how to make the movie flow, how to polish the sound and picture quality, and the importance of getting feedback from others.

    The book concludes with advice on promoting films once they’re finished. There are excellent sections on film festivals, press kits, advertising, and self-distribution through DVDs and online streaming. He also stresses the importance of controlling how the films are presented at screenings.

    Mike Carroll demystifies the process of making movies. He describes every technical and creative detail about film production in ways that are easily understood. This is one of the best filmmaking books that I’ve ever read.

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