What They Don’t Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies For Making Your Own Movies No Matter What

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  1. turtlex "turtlex" says
    49 of 55 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Great Book – Inspiring and Encouraging – Plus Useful !, September 24, 2001
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    This review is from: What They Don’t Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies For Making Your Own Movies No Matter What (Paperback)

    If you’ve read some of my other reviews, then you know that I’m a true filmmaker wanna-be.

    I love film and read about making films to feed my dream.

    I’ve read text book style books, handbooks, and how-to’s.

    This book actually defies those brandings and makes itself into something all together new – an ENCOURAGING, HUMORFUL and HELPFUL book about what you have to do to make a film.

    What a revelation I’ve found when by chance I purchased this book here at Amazon.

    For those wondering, this is NOT a how-to guide.

    What it is – well, it’s a great book which does something (repeatedly) that very few other books about the art and craft of filmmaking do – it ENCOURAGES YOU TO MAKE FILMS: small films or grand epics, or videos of your dog – it doesn’t matter – all they suggest is that you tell your story.

    It encourages you to make a film – no matter what – if that’s what you want to do – this book ENCOURAGES you to do so.

    There’s a whole lot of sensible information here, along with some gentle guidelines for deciding if filmmaking is really something for you.

    With chapters titled “Fix the script, the rest will follow”, “Sultans, dentists and Uncle Al” and my favorite “Donuts, red vines and keeping the crew together: the care and feeding of the set” you get a feel for the humor that’s also used throughout.

    Ultimately though, you have to ask the question, for a future filmmaker, is this book useful?

    I’d have to answer a resounding yes!

    It reinforces the notion that if you make a movie, no matter if it sells or doesn’t, makes a million or never screens for anyone but your best friends – you are a filmmaker. That’s a great gift to the reader.

    Buy this book before you invest too much else in text and handbooks, and how-to guides. You won’t be disappointed and you’ll be getting a very good read.

    Good luck making your film.

    Best Regards,
    turtlex

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  2. "jumpingjehosifats" says
    33 of 37 people found the following review helpful:
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Great for insomniacs!, December 9, 2003
    This review is from: What They Don’t Teach You at Film School: 161 Strategies For Making Your Own Movies No Matter What (Paperback)

    To try and level the playing field I felt I had to write this review. If you are an aspiring film-maker then you probably fall into one of three categories: 1. Going to film school, 2. Not going but going to use daddy’s money to make an artsy film, 3. Just wanna get out there and make a cool film or 10.

    The first 2 will probably enjoy the book. It doesnt tell you much about making films but feeds you with plenty of artsy stuff to impress the chicks at the coffee shop, ie “When having script-writing problems – Take out that picture of the moment you first met – Its a good idea when your just starting a project to write yourself a note about what it means to you and save it in a sealed envelope to take out in moments just like this!” – and this section continues with paragraphs headed, “Go on a special vacation together”,”seperation, or an open marriage”, “divorce….now that you and your script dont have an exclusive relationship with each other, it might be easier….”!!!!
    If this is the kind of stuff you enjoy reading then go for it. This book is really full of it.

    If you just want to get out there and make films read “Rebel Without a Crew” by Robert Rodriguez first of all!! Then read “How To Shoot a Feature Film for Under $10,000” by Bret Stern.

    Believe me after reading, “What they dont teach you at film school” I’m glad I didnt go to film school and I’m not sure that I learnt anything from this book either.
    I tell a lie, I learnt that there are some really dull and condescending books out there.

    In summary there’s not that much in here that will help you out if you actually want to write, produce and direct an actual film.

    Also cures insomnia. Only use under medical supervision!

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