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DETOUR: Hollywood: How To Direct a Microbudget Film (or any film, for that matter) Paperback – April 14, 2015
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A breezy guide that takes readers inside the sometimes-hair-raising world of do-it-yourself filmmaking, capturing its many frustrations and challenges. -Kirkus Reviews
Whether you're a cinema buff who wants to try his or her hand at making movies on evenings and weekends, a film school graduate without the first clue of how to break into the industry, or a student preparing for a life working in the movie business, Dickerson's considerable advice and perspective is valuable and unforgettable. -Independent Publisher
As mentor, Dickerson is informative, but as a writer he is also truly entertaining. "DETOUR: Hollywood" is paced like a thriller, with all the plot twists, protagonists (the filmmakers) and antagonists (circumstance in general), that you would hope for. -The Movie Waffler
I wish "DETOUR: Hollywood" had been written before I embarked on my beautiful and totally irrational microbudget filmmaking journey. The book surely would have helped spare me a few avoidable mistakes, and assured me that my struggles might be unusual, but are in no way unique. -Anthony L. Fisher, writer/director of "Sidewalk Traffic"
From just the introduction you’re pulled in. Throughout, "DETOUR: Hollywood," Dickerson speaks true words sprinkled with pinches of (sometimes) harsh realities that one faces when working in the industry. It’s written with a brilliantly balanced structure weaving nitty-gritty informational technicalities and well placed anecdotes, making it a half novel, half how-to-guide. -Grit Journalism
A complete course of filmmaking instruction under one cover using Dickerson's own film as a template example, "DETOUR: Hollywood" is candidly practical, thoroughly 'user friendly', and an essential instruction guide -- especially for independent filmmakers working on shoestring budgets. -Midwest Book Review
Dickerson structures the book in easily digestible sections, bolding and highlighting key concepts, making it easy to go back and reference specific items later and even encouraging readers to write on, tear up and abuse the book as needed to better hone their craft. -Film Pulse
Using his independent feature "Detour" as a source, Dickerson shares some hard lessons learned about the process of directing his first feature film and lays out the experience in a chronological tutorial that aspiring filmmakers will find invaluable. -Horror Talk
About the Author
His first book, "No Alternative," was declared, "a sympathetic coming-of-age story deeply embedded in '90s music" by Kirkus Reviews. He currently serves on AFI's Alumni Executive Board and is a Faculty Member at the New York Film Academy. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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I know more than a few people who have made complete films that would have been stronger had they gone through all of these steps. I have seen actors and directors not get along. I have seen completed films gather dust. I have seen mistakes that couldn't be fixed in post production. It's not enough to have a dream of making movies. You need to ground yourself in the business if you want to succeed. This is a book that will ground you.
Not so with William Dickerson.
"Detour Hollywood" is a sincere testament of a hard-working artist who is passionate about his craft.
Dickerson's genuine, first-person account is a useful demonstration of the passion, commitment, hustle, sacrifice, and grit it takes to survive and thrive in today's indie Hollywood jungle.
Dickerson's primer on the basics of storytelling and directing is quick, but informative. I picked up a few tips I hadn't encountered elsewhere, such as:
• "If you’re directing something, always expect that someone wants to take your job from you, and this is because there is always someone who wants to take your job from you."
• "Write characters whose backgrounds run in stark contrast to the dramatic circumstances that they are pitted up against in the story. I think it’s important for there to be an inherent irony to a character’s predicament."
• "Set a date and stick with it, whether you have the money or not... It's all about momentum."
Dickerson provides a fascinating and motivating narrative of how he scrambled to get his feature film Detour produced. As well as demonstrating the total dedication required to make anything happen, Dickerson's thorough account gave me some insight into navigating the titanic egos involved in the inherently collaborative cinematic enterprise, as well as some process ideas, such as the impact multiple test screenings can have on the final product.
The book is a fast, informative, and inspiring read from a thoughtful filmmaker who, above all, appreciates and advocates film as art.
As technology wipes Hollywood’s vertical power structures off its film sets, the big studios clamor to survive with creatively obliterative mega blockbusters. Dickerson’s POV, a reflection of Francis Coppola’s prediction in 1991, “the professionalism about movies will be destroyed and it will become an artform” can be summed up by his call-to-action at the end of the book, We can all make, and release, a movie.
At the service of transparency let me say that I stumbled upon a Film Slate Magazine excerpt from Detour on how-to-find-subtext. I was sufficiently creatively stimulated enough to contact him and ask if I could get a copy to review.
Detour’s theory is built around the easy to follow, logical, storyteller arc amidst film’s natural progression: preproduction, production and post. In each section Dickerson teases out the problems he encountered while making his first feature, Detour, and the solutions he and his crew came up with each time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
very great book very easy reading very informative highly recommended for somebody in the entertainment industry also for those that aren'tPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Detour: Hollywood is an inspiring and richly practical text on how to direct a feature film, which details a contemporary director’s experiences getting his first feature made and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nicholas A. Skinner
DETOUR is like having a conversation with the filmmaker… and that’s an opportunity never, ever to be missed.Published 3 months ago by Miss B
EXACTLY what I needed in my back pocket to Direct my first short film. William writes in a confident, reassuring voice which feels like a wing-man saying, "We got this. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bradford
I downloaded this book yesterday and spent majority of my evening and this morning reading each page. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kelly
First person telling of how William Dickerson put together this production to create this vision. Read after I directed my first official project and it was nice to know that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Ana S.
Just finished reading William Dickerson 's Detour:Hollywood(How to Direct a Microbudget Film). If you are a film nerd like me and have any desire to work in that medium, or just... Read morePublished 5 months ago by RockGod