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Persistence of Vision : Impractical Guide to Producing a Feature Film for Under 30, 000 Dollars - Dale Newton

Persistence of Vision

Impractical Guide to Producing a Feature Film for Under 30, 000 Dollars

Paperback Published: 31st December 1996
ISBN: 9780941188234
Number Of Pages: 456

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The ultimate low budget ""how-to"" film book on the market.

Acknowledgmentsp. xiv
Introductionp. 1
The Dream: Taking A Leapp. 9
The Script: If It Ain't On The Page ...p. 15
The Basicsp. 15
Storyp. 16
Three-Act Structurep. 16
Writing For A Tiny Budgetp. 17
Creating Unique Charactersp. 18
Mysteryp. 18
Twistsp. 18
Dramatic Tensionp. 19
Testing Your Storyp. 19
Number of Charactersp. 20
Number of Locationsp. 22
Write What You Ownp. 24
Night vs. Day and Big vs. Smallp. 26
Other Constraintsp. 27
Finding The Write Stuffp. 28
The Budget: And How To Budge Itp. 33
Essentialsp. 34
Almost Essentialsp. 35
Luxuriesp. 36
"Beyond Bob" Budget Breakdownp. 37
Pinching The Pennies (Until Abraham Yells)p. 40
Squeezing The Budgetp. 43
Story and Rightsp. 43
Cast and Crewp. 43
Set Constructionp. 46
Model Buildingp. 47
Wardrobep. 47
Makeup and Hairp. 51
Lighting and Lighting Suppliesp. 52
Camera Equipmentp. 54
Sound Equipmentp. 58
Vehiclesp. 59
Mealsp. 60
Locationsp. 61
Film Stockp. 62
Processing and One-Light Work Printp. 65
Production Stillsp. 66
Sound Transfersp. 67
Film Vault Rentalp. 67
Film and Fullcoat Edge Numberingp. 68
Flatbed Editing Tablep. 68
Video Dubsp. 69
Slug For Editingp. 69
Music, Sound Effects, Dialogue Loopingp. 70
Transfer of Post-Production Soundp. 70
Post-Production Sound Mixp. 70
Titlesp. 71
Negative Cutting To 16mm A/B Rollsp. 71
Black Leader For A/B Rollsp. 71
Answer Print, Video Transferp. 72
Sneak Previewp. 73
Preview Cassettes and Shippingp. 74
Publicity Photos and Packetsp. 74
Photocopying Scripts, Miscellaneous Photocopyingp. 75
Postage For Publicity and Preview Tapesp. 76
How To Shoot It For $12,000p. 77
The Business: Ultra-Low Budget, Inc.p. 79
Business Decisionsp. 80
Moneyp. 81
Professional Helpp. 81
Insurancep. 83
Employeesp. 85
Rightsp. 87
Legal Liabilityp. 89
Incorporationp. 90
Liability Waiversp. 95
Copyrightp. 97
Tax Obligationsp. 99
The Money: "Hello, Uncle Burt? You Don't Remember Me, But ..."p. 105
Investorsp. 106
Grantsp. 109
Credit Cardsp. 111
Scrimpingp. 113
Borrowingp. 115
Favorsp. 116
Found Moneyp. 116
Pre-Production: "Being Compulsive Is Not A Bad Thing. I Know. I Double-Checkedp. 119
Film or Videop. 120
Film Formatsp. 121
Shooting Ratiop. 122
Publicityp. 123
Time For A Breakdownp. 124
Marking Script Segmentsp. 125
Script Breakdown Pagesp. 128
Making The Strips and The Production Boardp. 130
Sorting The Stripsp. 137
Laying Out The Shooting Daysp. 138
Props, Action Props, Locations, and Assistancep. 142
Choosing a Lookp. 144
Technical Preparationp. 146
Casting The Cast: To Be Or Not To Be For Freep. 153
Finding Actorsp. 153
Talent Agenciesp. 154
Local Theatersp. 155
Cattle Calls (a.k.a. Open Auditions)p. 155
Auditioning Actorsp. 156
A Place To Auditionp. 156
A Traffic Managerp. 157
Sidesp. 157
A Schedule-Conflict Sheetp. 159
Video Camera and Operatorp. 159
The Auditionp. 159
Casting The Castp. 170
Asking People To "Work For Free"p. 171
Corralling the Crew: Assembling The Dream Teamp. 173
Finding Crew Peoplep. 173
Interviewing The Crewp. 176
Desired Characteristics and Attitudesp. 177
Specialized Skills or Attitudesp. 178
Choosing The Crewp. 180
Selecting A Director And Producerp. 181
Letting Your Crew Do Its Bestp. 184
Production: Lights, Camera, Chaosp. 185
Trainingp. 185
20 (Thousand) Questionsp. 187
The Big Liep. 188
Read-Through and Rehearsalsp. 189
The Read-Throughp. 190
Rehearsalsp. 191
Shot Listsp. 193
Long Takesp. 194
Abandoning Your Shot Listp. 196
Continuityp. 197
Touch Upsp. 199
"Action," "Cut," and Slating Scenesp. 200
Where To Begin ...And Where To Endp. 201
The Geography Lessonp. 202
Directors vs. Producersp. 203
The Information Chainp. 205
Sound Advicep. 207
Grain, Grain, Go Awayp. 209
Throw A Little Light On The Subjectp. 210
Fades and Dissolves (And Why You Should Avoid Them)p. 211
You've Been Framedp. 212
Feeding The Massesp. 214
Extra! Extra!p. 214
Photo Opportunityp. 216
Action and Stuntsp. 217
Intimate Scenesp. 220
Viewing Dailies and Weekliesp. 221
Special Effects: Please Pass The Construction Paperp. 223
Miniaturesp. 224
Mini-Setsp. 226
Replacement Shots and Continuity Tricksp. 227
Poor-Person's Process Shotsp. 229
Specialty Costumesp. 231
Specialty Propsp. 233
Animation and In-Camera Effectsp. 236
Titlesp. 240
Camera Rigs and Effects Gearp. 242
Chemistry Effectsp. 246
Don't-Try-This-At-Home Effectsp. 246
Post-Production: The Light At The End Of The Tunnel: Completion Or An Oncoming Train?p. 249
Editingp. 249
Finding Your Editorp. 251
Editing Equipmentp. 253
Working With Your Editorp. 255
The Rough Cutp. 255
The Fine Cutp. 257
Sound-Effects Editingp. 259
Loopingp. 263
Musicp. 265
Using Existing Musicp. 265
Finding A Composerp. 268
What To Give Your Composerp. 270
Working With Your Composerp. 271
The Final Mixp. 273
Conformingp. 277
Striking A Printp. 279
Video Transferp. 281
Keeping In Touchp. 283
Distribution: Read This Chapter Firstp. 285
The Distribution Streamp. 287
When Should You Approach Distributors?p. 287
How To Find Them / How To Be Foundp. 288
Film Marketsp. 289
Festivalsp. 291
The Direct Approachp. 292
Getting Someone Else To Do Itp. 294
The Budget Questionp. 295
Lyingp. 296
An Alternate Truthp. 296
Skirting The Issuep. 296
The Truthp. 296
The Deal and Other Detailsp. 297
What You'll Need To Providep. 300
Self-Distribution and Self-Flagellation: How To Tell Them Apartp. 304
Theatricalp. 305
Home Videop. 305
Hindsight: It's 20/20p. 309
Scriptp. 310
Pre-Productionp. 310
Productionp. 311
Post-Productionp. 311
Change Is Goodp. 314
Other Films / Other Approachesp. 317
Good Grief: Richard Glatzer On The Making Of "Grief"p. 317
What's Black And White And Made On A Shoestring?: "All The Love In The World" and "The Usual"p. 324
To Boldly Film Where No One Has Filmed Before: "Slack Trek: The X Generation" and "Plan 10 From Outer Space"p. 341
Life As We Know It: "Someone Special" and "World And Time Enough"p. 352
Hit The Road: "Highways" and Criminals"p. 363
Afterwordp. 375
Enlarged Appendixp. 377
Group Releasep. 377
Location Releasep. 378
Equipment Rental Listp. 379
Press Kitsp. 380
"Beyond Bob"p. 380
Camera Reportp. 384
Sound Reportp. 385
Film Commissionsp. 386
Distributor Listp. 397
Television Listp. 405
Festivals Listp. 407
Film Labs Listp. 413
Other Resourcesp. 415
Independent Feature Project Officesp. 415
Educational Resourcesp. 416
Film Suppliersp. 416
New Filmp. 416
Film Stock Exchangesp. 417
Audio and Video Tape Suppliersp. 417
New Tapesp. 417
Recycled Videotapep. 418
Evaluated Videotapep. 418
Tape-To-Film Transfersp. 418
Video and Sound Servicesp. 418
Where To Buy Movie Scriptsp. 419
Publicationsp. 419
Edge Numberingp. 419
Copyright and Script Registrationp. 420
Photo Processingp. 420
Incorporating In Delawarep. 420
Bibliographyp. 421
The Films In This Bookp. 424
About The Authorsp. 426
MWP Booksp. 428
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ISBN: 9780941188234
ISBN-10: 094118823X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 31st December 1996
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.78

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