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Complete with behind-the-scenes diary entries from the set of Vachon's best-known fillms, Shooting to Kill offers all the satisfaction of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmakins, from one of its most successful agent provocateurs — and survivors. Hailed by the New York Times as the "godmother to the politically committed film" and by Interview as a true "auteur producer," Christine Vachon has made her name with such bold, controversial, and commercially successful films as "Poison," "Swoon," Kids," "Safe," "I Shot Andy Warhol," and "Velvet Goldmine."Over the last decade, she has become a driving force behind the most daring and strikingly original independent filmmakers-from Todd Haynes to Tom Kalin and Mary Harron-and helped put them on the map.

So what do producers do? "What don't they do?" she responds. In this savagely witty and straight-shooting guide, Vachon reveals trheguts of the filmmaking process--rom developing a script, nurturing a director's vision, getting financed, and drafting talent to holding hands, stoking egos, stretching every resource to the limit and pushing that limit. Along the way, she offers shrewd practical insights and troubleshooting tips on handling everything from hysterical actors and disgruntled teamsters to obtuse marketing executives.

Complete with behind-the-scenes diary entries from the sets of Vachon's best-known films, Shooting To Kill offers all the satisfactions of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmaking, from one of its most successful agent provocateurs-and survivors.

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A nuts-and-bolts guide to independent filmmaking that reads like a rollicking adventure story.

Hailed by the New York Times as the "godmother to the politically committed film" and by Interview as a true "auteur producer", Christine Vachon has made her name with such bold, controversial, and commercially successful films as "Poison", "Kids", "Safe", and "I Shot Andy Warhol". So what does a producer do? "What don't they do?" she responds. "Basically, a low-budget film is a crisis waiting to happen". In this witty and straight-shooting guide, Vachon addresses everything from nurturing a director's vision, cobbling together a budget, and drafting talent to holding hands, stroking egos, stretching every resource to the limit, and pushing that limit. Marked by practical insights, creative strategies, and useful resources gleaned from a decade of experience, "Shooting To Kill" also offers all the satisfactions of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmaking.

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Christine Vachon has emerged over the last ten years as one of the key leaders of the New York independent film movement. She lives in New York City, where she heads her own company, Killer Films.

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Lindsay Waite, August 14, 2012 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
If you want a glimpse into low budget independent film-making, check out Christine Vachon's book. Anyone who has produced or been on a crew of a low budget film will relate to the stories and insights offered. Though a bit dated, it still offers advice and information about dealing with low or no budgets, finding actors and crew, and the festival route. For those who don't know, she has worked with Todd Haynes on films such as "Velvet Goldmine" (my favorite), "Safe," "Poison" and the more recent televised "Mildred Pierce" -- as well as other productions. She continues to produce films and documentaries (including the 2012 documentary on the LCD Soundsystem's final show at Madison Square Garden). I worked on a year (Sundays) on an independent film in Baltimore and definitely related to a lot of the experiences reiterated in "Shooting To Kill."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780380798544
With:
Edelstein, David
Author:
Edelstein, David
Author:
by Christine Vachon
Author:
Vachon, Christine
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film - Amateur Production
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film & Video - Amateur Production
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.00x5.40x.85 in. .59 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A nuts-and-bolts guide to independent filmmaking that reads like a rollicking adventure story.

Hailed by the New York Times as the "godmother to the politically committed film" and by Interview as a true "auteur producer", Christine Vachon has made her name with such bold, controversial, and commercially successful films as "Poison", "Kids", "Safe", and "I Shot Andy Warhol". So what does a producer do? "What don't they do?" she responds. "Basically, a low-budget film is a crisis waiting to happen". In this witty and straight-shooting guide, Vachon addresses everything from nurturing a director's vision, cobbling together a budget, and drafting talent to holding hands, stroking egos, stretching every resource to the limit, and pushing that limit. Marked by practical insights, creative strategies, and useful resources gleaned from a decade of experience, "Shooting To Kill" also offers all the satisfactions of an intimate memoir from the frontlines of independent filmmaking.

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