Zen Filmmaking

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  1. Wolfgang Hell "WildRebel" says
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Most Realistic Book on Low-Budget Filmmaking, January 25, 2010
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    Joshua Owens
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    This review is from: Zen Filmmaking (Paperback)

    I read this book last year, struggling to get my first feature film made. I basically went “Zen” on it…threw away the script, and made a feature film. I can’t recommend this book more for people who want to think realistically about low to no budget filmmaking.

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    Highly Recommended, August 1, 2008
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    Wolfgang Hell “WildRebel” (Vienna, Austria) –
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    This review is from: Zen Filmmaking (Paperback)

    This is one of the best books about Filmmaking I have ever read. Zen Filmmaking just is. It has no ultimate definition. It has no script because all of the stories have been told. There are no rules. Just go out and do it! Allow yourself creative freedom.

    In the first part of this book Scott Shaw talks about the definition of Zen Filmmaking. He introduces the reader to the best equipment to use, talks about the casting, the producing, filming and editing. He helps and guides the reader through this process like a real friend.

    He also takes a look behind the scenes of Zen Film Classics like “The Roller Blade Seven” (which is my favourite Zen Film, just look at the beautiful golden colour, the great shots, the video-style editing and the wonderful actors and actresses), “Toad Warrior” or “Guns of El Chupacabra” (I also love both of them), which he co-created with Donald G. Jackson and his own work as a director, producer, writer, composer and actor like “Samurai Vampire Bikers From Hell”, “Rockn’ Roll Cops” and “Hitman City”, which are all cult movies.

    Scott Shaw, who grew up in Hollywood, also takes a look behind the scenes of Hollywood and how the industrie really works. It may disappoint some wanna-be actors but it is the awful truth!

    This book includes also a few interviews Scott gave to various magazines, the last was made this year in 2008. For Filmmakers it is more than worth to read, especially if you have made your first movie and it didn’t work out the way you thought it would be, for Fans of Zen Films and people who always wanted to take a look behind the scenes it is much more than interesting.

    Zen Filmmaking is about getting out there and making your film. Be creative and spontaneous, make art, free yourself from the domination of a screenplay (because “scripts are for sissies”) and – like Scott Shaw would say – live. Because this is where all the inspiration for filmmaking comes from – living!

    I really loved and enjoyed this book. Highly recommended to you!

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