Raindance Producers' Lab: Lo-to-no Budget Filmmaking, Volume 1

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Elliot Grove
Taylor & Francis, 2004 - Performing Arts - 398 pages
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If you're looking for clear-cut information on how to make a film on a minimal budget that is based on tried and tested techniques - look no further. Elliot Grove has worked on hundreds of low-budget productions, teaches Lo-to-No Budget filmmaking courses and runs the Raindance Film Festival (the largest independent film festival in Europe.) His wealth of teaching and filmmaking experience combined with knowledge of the winning formulas that work is the basis of this book. Refreshingly clear, no-nonsense tricks of the trade. The free CD provides all the contracts and material you need to run a production company and make successful low budget movies; how to schedule, budget and break down a script and how to get it shot with what you have, not what you want.


This is a must have read for filmmakers serious about making and selling films. Creative and technical expertise coupled with a behind the scenes look at the film industry makes this book an excellent starting point for beginners. For experienced filmmakers there are plenty of practical approaches in here for you to try, from developing CV's, showreels and business plans to information on pitching, raising finance, creating publicity and much much more. Use it as a point of departure or as an everyday reference tool. The accompanying CD-ROM contains sample budgets, publicity plans, trailers and interviews.

*Adopt the tried and tested techniques that work
*Get the inside view from the Director of the Raindance Film Festival
*Experience 'results-orientated' filmmaking expertise
  

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A truly wonderful guide for a would-be or established producer. Having been an in-house producer for 17 years I then became in independent producer. I wasn't expecting to get that much from this book, but it's compulsive reading, full of rock-solid sensible, realistic and practical advice. It's also inspiring and entertaining. Worth every penny.  

Contents

1 Nobody Knows Anything
1
2 The Hollywood Zoo
9
3 Budgeting and Scheduling
19
4 Originating Formats
43
5 Labs
59
6 The Camera Package
69
7 Sound
81
8 Cinematography
95
16 Preparing the Marketing Plan
245
17 Publicity
255
18 Film Festivals
273
19 Film Markets
291
20 Distribution
301
21 Best Laid Plans
323
22 Ten Tricks and Traps of Producing
335
23 The Development Process
339

9 Production Values
115
10 Locations And Permits
127
11 Office and Essential Paperwork
141
12 The Shoot
155
13 Thirteen Steps of Postproduction
167
14 Above the Line
181
15 Moving the Budget Up
231
24 Production Financing
359
25 Resources
377
High Definition
383
Film Festivals
387
Index
391
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About the author (2004)

Elliot Grove founded Britainas Raindance Film Festival in 1993, The British Independent Film Awards in 1998, and Raindance TV in 2007. He has produced more than 150 short films and five feature-length films. He teaches writers and producers in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Japan, and has written two previous books on filmmaking, as well as a soon-to-be published novel.

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