• Detour: Hollywood

  • How to Direct a Microbudget Film (Or Any Film, for That Matter)
  • By: William Dickerson
  • Narrated by: William Dickerson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • 3.0 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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In Detour: Hollywood, Dickerson puts the making of his “underground hit” Detour on display for all to see. He will teach you what you really need to know about making a microbudget film, or a film of any budget, for that matter.

From the nuts and bolts of directing to getting your movie made and out into the world, this comprehensive filmmaking manual will lead you through every step of the process.

Dive into such topics as: the director as the sole defense for the story; the two main ingredients of filmmaking, subtext and point of view; avoiding the trap of “style over substance”; and the importance of theme in your work. Also included are guidelines to beat out a script, a template for creating the perfect director's binder, and a list of dramatic action verbs to help adjust performance.

This is an essential book for amateur and professional filmmakers alike. It not only includes a detailed behind-the-scenes look at the thrilling, and often harrowing, pre-production, production, post-production, and distribution of Detour, it also examines the filmmaking techniques behind numerous noteworthy films from the likes of Scorsese, Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson, and other master filmmakers.

Detour: Hollywood is a crash course in filmmaking that is both deeply instructive and highly entertaining. Aspiring directors looking for answers - look no further than this indispensable guide.

©2015 William Dickerson (P)2021 William Dickerson

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You will not learn from this Book

After reading, I was hoping to gain a new skill. Instead, this book talked about the author’s experience and I was left without any new knowledge. Do not buy if you are trying to learn how to produce and direct low budget movies. 

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