Finalist, 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards, for Best New Voice Nonfiction and Professional/TechnicalNovice andaspiring filmmakers seeking to learn how to develop a feature film will find a step-by-step blueprint in this guide. Drawing upon the more than 30-years experience of an industry professional, the book examines how to identify and break down shooting sequences in scripts, scout locations, create a production board and shooting schedule, deal with unions, budget a film, and rebound when it all goes wrong. Along the way, readers learn how to economize to get the most valuefrom limited funds and what to look for in a prospective crew. To facilitate an understanding of the concepts, a real-life example of a complete budget and production board for an independent low-budget feature film, "The Anarchist Cookbook," is provided. The guide's concise list of contactsfilm commissions in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and England; payroll companies; and vendors of suppliesalong with a directory of unions and guides will simplify sourcing. Other supplementary aids include a complete glossary of industry terms, a list of all safety bulletins issued by the Industry Wide Labor/Management Safety committee, and a comprehensive index.
About the Author
Robert Latham Brown teaches production planning at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television. His credits include producer, line producer, production manager, andsecond-unit director on films such as"The Anarchist Cookbook"; "Child's Play";" Child's Play" "2: " "Chucky's Back";" Child's Play 3: " "Look Who's Stalking";"Indiana Jones" "and the Temple of Doom"; "Local Color"; "Robin Hood: Men in Tights";"S.W.A.T.";and "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi."He lives in Los Angeles."
"On all the movies [Bob Brown] worked on with me, he never failed to bring a film in on time and on budget. This book is a must read for anybody who is even thinking of producing a film!" Mel Brooks
"This comprehensive book . . . can apply to films of any sized budget. I wish all film schools used it." Gary Martin, president of production, Columbia/Tristar Motion Picture Group
"You will make a better movie for less money using this book . . . the ultimate guide to budgeting and scheduling the low-budget movie." Bruce Block, producer, Father of the Bride, Something's Gotta Give, and What Women Want
"An invaluable resource for anyone who wants to make a movie; essential for students and professionals alike." Brenda Goodman, senior lecturer and head of the production track at the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.