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The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking: An Insider's Guide to Making Movies Outside of Hollywood

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Publisher Comments:

"The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking is a well-organized, often hilarious guide for any first-time filmmaker's journey through the perilous and unpredictable world of independent filmmaking. By tracking the process of their films, from an idea's infancy to its realization in a distribution deal, the Polish Brothers take their unique and pragmatic methods and break them down into an easy how-to chronicle. Their determination, vision, and enthusiasm are evident both on screen and in writing. Their love of the process, the most important part of successful filmmaking, is inspiring."--Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Gladiator

"Like their movies, the Polish Brothers' book is funny, insightful, delightful, odd, smart, and full of good ideas and truths. It's completely accessible for the absolute novice, and yet will still be helpful to those who have some experience (after making six films, I still learned a thing or two). I certainly plan to recommend it when I teach or mentor young filmmakers."--Keith Gordon, director of A Midnight Clear, Waking the Dead, and Mother Night

"All do-it-yourself filmmakers must experience their own blood, sweat, and fears. But everything else to be learned from the independent adventure can be found in this priceless and entertaining guide. Tried, true, and terrific, it's like having your most credible filmmaking friends offer their shoulders to stand on. This book is an invaluable public service to would-be celluloid dreamers and schemers everywhere. Read it. It's your inalienable right."--Alan Rudolph, director of Afterglow and Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

Mark and Michael Polish have written, produced, and directed three feature films: Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot, and Northfork. Their filmmaking awards and citations include the John Cassavetes Award at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards and a 2001 Seattle International Film Festival New American Cinema Award. Their films have collectively been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards. They both live in the Los Angeles area.

Jonathan Sheldon was an associate producer on Northfork and was named head of development for the Polish Brothers' production company. He lives in Los Angeles.

Book News Annotation:

Successful independent filmmakers Mark and Michael Polish explain how they did it. They cover each stage of the process, from developing the initial concept for a movie through casting, filming, directing, and postproduction editing. They also offer tips for obtaining financing and getting the finished product into distribution. The volume is illustrated with photos from the Polish brothers' award- winning projects: Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot, and Northfork. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Critically acclaimed, award-winning independent filmmakers Mark and Michael Polish offer this practical guide to writing, shooting, editing, scoring, promoting, and distributing short and feature films--an indispensable resource for anyone interested in filmmaking.

Synopsis:

Less than a decade since they began working in the movies, Mark and Michael Polish have established themselves as critically acclaimed, award-winning independent filmmakers. Their innovative approach to art direction, use of digital photography, and ability to attract stellar talent to their modestly budgeted films sprang from necessity; now these aesthetics have become admired trademarks of their work.

Infused with this same balance of artistic integrity and popular appeal, The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking is a practical guide to writing, shooting, editing, scoring, promoting, and distributing short and feature films. Mark and Michael have packed this book with star-studded, often hilarious tales from their own experiences--as well as helpful insider photos. This is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in filmmaking, whether a high school student with a $500 budget or a serious filmmaker looking for a fresh approach.

A Harvest Original

About the Author

Mark and Michael Polish have written, produced, and directed three feature films: Twin Falls Idaho, Jackpot, and Northfork. Their filmmaking awards and citations include the John Cassavetes Award at the 2002 Independent Spirit Awards and a 2001 Seattle International Film Festival New American Cinema Award. Their films have collectively been nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards. They both live in the Los Angeles area.

Jonathan Sheldon was an associate producer on Northfork and was named the head of development for the Polish Brothers' production company. He lives in Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface ix

Introduction: The Pipe Dream 1

What Makes a Film Independent? 7

Our First Day 15

Writing 27

Pricing Your Film 55

Financing Your Film 65

Preproduction 89

Casting 105

Production Design 123

Camera 143

Producing 161

Directing 175

Postproduction 193

Film Editing 203

Music 215

Sound 227

Independent Distribution 241

Welcome to Hollywood 259

Epilogue 267

Acknowledgments 271

Glossary 272

Movie Synopses 295

Index 298

Photo Credits 311

Product Details

ISBN:
9780156029520
Author:
Polish, Mark
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Author:
Polish, Michael
Author:
Sheldon, Jonathan
Subject:
Film - Reference
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Independent filmmakers.
Subject:
Film & Video - Reference
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Production and direction.
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
October 17, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9 to 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white photographs throughout
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 6.5 in 0.86 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Synopsis" by , Critically acclaimed, award-winning independent filmmakers Mark and Michael Polish offer this practical guide to writing, shooting, editing, scoring, promoting, and distributing short and feature films--an indispensable resource for anyone interested in filmmaking.

"Synopsis" by ,
Less than a decade since they began working in the movies, Mark and Michael Polish have established themselves as critically acclaimed, award-winning independent filmmakers. Their innovative approach to art direction, use of digital photography, and ability to attract stellar talent to their modestly budgeted films sprang from necessity; now these aesthetics have become admired trademarks of their work.

Infused with this same balance of artistic integrity and popular appeal, The Declaration of Independent Filmmaking is a practical guide to writing, shooting, editing, scoring, promoting, and distributing short and feature films. Mark and Michael have packed this book with star-studded, often hilarious tales from their own experiences--as well as helpful insider photos. This is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in filmmaking, whether a high school student with a $500 budget or a serious filmmaker looking for a fresh approach.

A Harvest Original

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