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The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn't Know You Need to Know about Making an Independent Film

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Staff Pick

What's great about The Reel Truth isn't simply its usefulness, but its thoroughness. Martin doesn't gloss over the difficulties of the medium (filmmaking is a constant, uphill struggle, no matter how successful you are). Nor does he make any attempt to soften the blow for eager neophytes or offer insincere promises of fame and glory. This is the film business, warts and all — and if you truly love it enough (or are just plain crazy), Martin's invaluable book will help you navigate the treacherous terrain of the modern independent film scene... or, at least, point you in the right direction.
Recommended by Chris Bolton, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Did you know that most of the biggest indie filmmakers, screenwriters, and producers working today each made the same avoidable mistakes early on in their careers?

The Reel Truth details the pitfalls, snares, and roadblocks that aspiring filmmakers encounter. Reed Martin interviewed more than one hundred luminaries from the independent film world to discuss the near misses that almost derailed their first and second films and identify the close shaves that could have cut their careers short. Other books may tell you the best way to make your independent film or online short, but no other book describes so candidly how to spot and avoid such issues and obstacles as equipment problems, shooting-day snafus, postproduction myths, theatrical distribution deal breakers, and dozens of other commonly made missteps, including the top fifty mistakes every filmmaker makes.

From personal experience and his years as a freelance reporter covering independent film for USA Today and Filmmaker magazine, Martin uncovers the truth about the risks and potential rewards that go with chasing celluloid glory. Whether you're writing a screenplay, looking for financing, about to start shooting, or thinking about investing time and money (or someone else's money) in an independent film, The Reel Truth is a must-read.

Review:

"Film marketer and business professor Martin has created a step-by-step guide on how to make an indie film and includes stories from and about such industry insiders as producer Christine Vachon and directors Doug Liman and Kimberly Peirce. Martin covers everything from raising money to distribution, while including invaluable details such as the average cost of a soundtrack song (about $15,000, but $500,000 if it's the Rolling Stones) or the price of renting a New York City theater for a one-week run ($10,000 — $50,000). Using current examples like the trial and tribulations of Sideways director Alexander Payne or the financing behind Swingers, Martin dispenses practical advice culled from real-life indie hits and misses that is both inspiring and cautionary. For certain technical information (sample budget breakdowns and representation contracts), Martin includes a solid appendix in what is ultimately an informative and very entertaining account of the indie film for would-be independent filmmakers and producers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"A brilliant how-to manual for tackling and mastering the industry." Anthony Bregman, producer of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Review:

"This book is indispensable." Tom Bernard, Copresident, Sony Pictures Classics

Review:

"The path to the premiere and beyond of any feature film is a minefield. With The Reel Truth, Reed Martin has given new filmmakers the battalion of bomb detectors necessary for survival." Ted Hope, producer of The Ice Storm

Review:

"Reed Martin has created a smart, engaging read that is also one of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge looks at the changing face of independent-film production and distribution today. This is the one book I would call essential for anyone who really wants to make a career out of filmmaking." Drew McWeeny, aka Moriarty, Ain't It Cool News

Synopsis:

Did you know that most of the biggest indie filmmakers, screenwriters, and producers working today each made the same avoidable mistakes early on in their careers?

The Reel Truth details the pitfalls, snares, and roadblocks that aspiring filmmakers encounter. Reed Martin interviewed more than one hundred luminaries from the independent film world to discuss the near misses that almost derailed their first and second films and identify the close shaves that could have cut their careers short. Other books may tell you the best way to make your independent film or online short, but no other book describes so candidly how to spot and avoid such issues and obstacles as equipment problems, shooting-day snafus, postproduction myths, theatrical distribution deal breakers, and dozens of other commonly made missteps, including the top fifty mistakes every filmmaker makes.

From personal experience and his years as a freelance reporter covering independent film for USA Today and Filmmaker magazine, Martin uncovers the truth about the risks and potential rewards that go with chasing celluloid glory. Whether youre writing a screenplay, looking for financing, about to start shooting, or thinking about investing time and money (or someone elses money) in an independent film, The Reel Truth is a must-read.

About the Author

Reed Martin has taught film finance and marketing at a variety of institutions, including Columbia Business School, and is the former director of marketing at Cary Woods's Independent Pictures.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571211036
Author:
Martin, Reed
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Author:
Reed, Martin
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film & Video - Amateur Production
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction.
Subject:
Independent filmmakers.
Subject:
Film
Subject:
Video/Direction
Subject:
Production
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes an Appendix and an Index
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.48 x 1.36 in

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What's great about The Reel Truth isn't simply its usefulness, but its thoroughness. Martin doesn't gloss over the difficulties of the medium (filmmaking is a constant, uphill struggle, no matter how successful you are). Nor does he make any attempt to soften the blow for eager neophytes or offer insincere promises of fame and glory. This is the film business, warts and all — and if you truly love it enough (or are just plain crazy), Martin's invaluable book will help you navigate the treacherous terrain of the modern independent film scene... or, at least, point you in the right direction.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Film marketer and business professor Martin has created a step-by-step guide on how to make an indie film and includes stories from and about such industry insiders as producer Christine Vachon and directors Doug Liman and Kimberly Peirce. Martin covers everything from raising money to distribution, while including invaluable details such as the average cost of a soundtrack song (about $15,000, but $500,000 if it's the Rolling Stones) or the price of renting a New York City theater for a one-week run ($10,000 — $50,000). Using current examples like the trial and tribulations of Sideways director Alexander Payne or the financing behind Swingers, Martin dispenses practical advice culled from real-life indie hits and misses that is both inspiring and cautionary. For certain technical information (sample budget breakdowns and representation contracts), Martin includes a solid appendix in what is ultimately an informative and very entertaining account of the indie film for would-be independent filmmakers and producers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "A brilliant how-to manual for tackling and mastering the industry."
"Review" by , "This book is indispensable."
"Review" by , "The path to the premiere and beyond of any feature film is a minefield. With The Reel Truth, Reed Martin has given new filmmakers the battalion of bomb detectors necessary for survival."
"Review" by , "Reed Martin has created a smart, engaging read that is also one of the most comprehensive and cutting-edge looks at the changing face of independent-film production and distribution today. This is the one book I would call essential for anyone who really wants to make a career out of filmmaking."
"Synopsis" by ,

Did you know that most of the biggest indie filmmakers, screenwriters, and producers working today each made the same avoidable mistakes early on in their careers?

The Reel Truth details the pitfalls, snares, and roadblocks that aspiring filmmakers encounter. Reed Martin interviewed more than one hundred luminaries from the independent film world to discuss the near misses that almost derailed their first and second films and identify the close shaves that could have cut their careers short. Other books may tell you the best way to make your independent film or online short, but no other book describes so candidly how to spot and avoid such issues and obstacles as equipment problems, shooting-day snafus, postproduction myths, theatrical distribution deal breakers, and dozens of other commonly made missteps, including the top fifty mistakes every filmmaker makes.

From personal experience and his years as a freelance reporter covering independent film for USA Today and Filmmaker magazine, Martin uncovers the truth about the risks and potential rewards that go with chasing celluloid glory. Whether youre writing a screenplay, looking for financing, about to start shooting, or thinking about investing time and money (or someone elses money) in an independent film, The Reel Truth is a must-read.

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