Though I didn't climb any mountains to consult the sages, I did try to talk to the best professionals around before writing this book. The questions asked were How do you work? and Why do you do things this way? and, occasionally, What is the most important thing that you have learned over the years? This book is a distillation of the answers and advice I received and represents how experienced professionals tackle film and video problems. But the book also comes out of my own experiences as a filmmaker and is affected by my quirks, background, and experience. I have been making films for about twenty-five years and have developed various techniques and approaches that make sense to me. They represent an attempt to put logic as well as emotion into that very peculiar process we call filmmaking.

However, a warning is in order: First, all filmmakers are different. My method of filmmaking may not work for you. Our temperaments and our approaches to film may be light-years apart. And that's fine. And second, this book is not sacrosanct. There are no rules in filmmaking. What is accepted as gospel today is rejected tomorrow.

I hope that you will read the book and accept what is useful. Then, go out, break all the rules, and make the greatest film ever.

Part One


Film Making

Film Making

If you have ever wanted the secrets to making your own film, here it is: Indy Film Insider Tips And Basics To Film Making. Have you ever wanted to make your own film? Is there a story you want to tell? You might even think that this is impossible. Studios make films, not the little guy. This is probably what you tell yourself. Do you watch films with more than a casual eye? You probably want to know how they were able to get perfect lighting in your favorite scene, or how to write a professional screenplay.

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