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3.0 out of 5 starsA good pep talk for the novice filmmaker, but not a great "how-to" resource.
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2018
I think this book might have made a better impact if I hadn't already written, produced, and directed a short film. I look books on filmmaking with examples, images, illustrations, or realistic practices with "weight" and this was mostly a "checklist" of things to remember and even with that it was a "glossed" over. More of a "cheerleader" book for those getting started but nothing with "weight". If you want a good book, check out Producer to Producer by Maureen Ryan.
My title says it all. Some people, mostly the author's friends, may say this book is good, especially those few who somehow enjoy his UTTERLY BORING attempts at humor (throughout the entire book!!!), but for the rest of us that aspire to make a movie there are absolutely DOZENS of better books here on Amazon. This one was a real letdown.
5.0 out of 5 starsA quick and easy read FULL of great content; It will pay for itself immediately.
Reviewed in the United States on April 6, 2018
This is an excellent and worthy guide to getting started on a shoestring budget. There were a number of tips and recommendations that I have have made myself and quite a few that I learned and will now incorporate. It is worth the cover price for the organizational tips alone. Whether you are going to film festivals, shooting for YouTube, or trying to up your game with fun family/friend videos, this is a great book and required reading.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe definitive manual for filmmaking on a budget!!
Reviewed in the United States on June 8, 2017
This book is perfect for anyone looking to make films. It covers every aspect of taking your concept from script to screen. This book is highly recommended for those who want to get into filmmaking and/or want to know step by step what goes into creating a short film. With Rickey Bird's years of cinematic experience you are in good hands as he guides you through the entire process of creating a short film at a modest budget. Thank you Rickey for sharing your knowledge and love for film with the world. Stay Hectic!!
5.0 out of 5 starsbut holy crap this is solid gold
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2018
I rarely ever review a book until I'm done with it, but holy crap this is solid gold! So many nuggets of info, so helpful for first time filmmakers! And it's an easy read with a lot of good humor in it. Bravo, Hectic Films!
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book for amateur ultra-low budget, student, and teen filmmakers!
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2017
I teach film and video for high school students and am always looking for great ideas to teach that don't cost an arm and a leg. Not only are there a ton of really good ideas in this book, but the "looks" they give now allow their short films to be entered and compete into short film festivals that will match the competition. My students really like the writing style in the book--the pace is fast and entertaining. Like most independent filmmakers, I don't have a lot of money for my projects, and a minimal amount for my students (fundraising budget), and now this book helps even the playing field.
His book is full of information! It had a no-BS approach and gives you the appropriate information in a way that’s easy to understand, even if you are a beginning filmmaker. It walks you through the steps of making a film from conception through budget, filming and marketing.
2.0 out of 5 starsRemove “tricks.” And that’s the original title.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 9, 2021
This has a misleading title in a way, it’s my fault for thinking it has tips and tricks to make certain creative camera techniques but it’s just your basic indie film maker guide book that talks about his cousin Larry numerous times.
Good book if you have never read a film making book.
5.0 out of 5 starsGREAT BOOK FOR FIRST TIME INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS
Reviewed in India on May 2, 2019
It is a truthful attempt to tell the aspiring filmmakers what and how to do with regard to a short film project. It is humorous and reader-frienly. As a screenwriter I gained great insights into the craft of making films on a budget. The crisp information about visual and sound SFX and participation in Film Festivals is also very helpful. On the whole - a great book indeed!