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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142004359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142004357
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It’s not the equipment that makes a good movie; it’s what you do with it. Rick Schmidt shows filmmakers how to use these new tools to realize their visions. (John Lasseter, Pixar Animation Studios writer/director of Toy Story, Toy Story 2, and A Bug’s Life) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rick Schmidt has spent more than thirty years writing, directing, and producing critically acclaimed low-budget feature films, many of which have premiered at major film festivals around the world.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Dalton on March 10, 2005
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I read and re-read Rick Schmidt's earlier "Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices" book, and it always gave me a charge and inspiration when I needed it. His new book is cut from the same cloth, with 21st-Century technologies grafted to big ideas. Great for the aspiring filmmaker who just needs to know that all things are possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher K. Lohse on January 15, 2008
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Those who've read this and/or previous editions, frequently complain that there is little substantive "how-to" information in the books and that they are simply vehicles for the author's advancing his own aesthetic.

Rick and his many iterations of this book were meant to inspire as much as inform. With the DV revolution, Rick was forced to rewrite this book many times in just a few years, to keep current. Surely anyone whose dabbled at all in film or video the last 5-7 years is bound to be seasick from the many dizzying changes that have occurred in the field.

These tomes are more about getting off the couch and making your dream a reality, rather than a step by step recipe. Rick gives lots of good time and money saving advice and while it's easy to throw rocks at someone who's "never made a film of note", those who are so quick to criticize should take a look at their own lives and be honest about what THEY have produced. Rick has made a nice living for himself producing and consulting on independent works and I admire his tenacity and his refusal to sell out to the corporate mentality.

I have had the pleasure of meeting him and working personally along side him and attending some of his seminars. He is knowledgeable, experienced and "street-wise" to the ways of guerilla feature film production.

It's easy for the rich, elitists to go to NYU or UCLA and study film. What's hard is for the average, middle-class person to break into the field. Books like this one and Rodriguez' Rebel Without A Crew, are always going to meet with skepticism from the "formally trained".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Nguyen on March 30, 2012
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I'm a low low low budget filmmaker. But some of the things this book encourages it just too ghetto and will just result in poor quality films. I bought this used for next to nothing but the real thing it would cost you is time, as in this is honestly kind of a waste of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jpbrub123 on October 10, 2010
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If it wasn't for this book, I don't think I would have ever worked up the courage to produce my first feature film. That was some years ago. Since that time, I moved to LA, produced several features and also had the opportunity to interview Rick on my filmmaking website. He is just as passionate in real life as he is in his writing. He wants filmmakers to push forward, stop asking permission, grab a camera and start making movies!

And thanks to Rick, I agree!

Jason Brubaker
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Brubaker Unlimited LLC
Los Angeles, California
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo E. Guardado on September 29, 2009
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This book is ok, but it's biggest flaw is how dated it is. In the world of videography and computer editing the technology moves forward so fast this book can't help but be dated. There were some juicy tips for the independent moviemaker in there though. I recommend borrowing it or checking it out at a library.
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Runyon on August 10, 2004
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Rick Schmidt writes FAR more than mere books on making movies. When you feel the words on the page speaking to your being on as many levels as this man communicates on, you are being re-arranged. Ricks writings are a real world example of how The Force works through us. You will have the opportunity to take advantage of the intense focus of passion and energy that surrounded this man as these words traveled from the abstract infinite into solid order before you on the printed page, and it is much like finding an oasis.

I ordered Extreme DV expecting largely a re-hash of his first work, Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices. Maybe Ray Carney's Open Letter to the Next Generation of American Filmmakers and the chapters about digital video fleshed out with more modern equipment mentioned, and certainly some all new material. I had no idea how off I'd be! To begin with, Ricks decision to open his books with a Ray Carney forward was one of the most profoundly fitting ways to live up to his ideologies of collaboration essential to efficiently allowing things to become their best. This new book gives us Mr. Carney's The Path Of The Artist, equally as worth our while as the aforementioned Open Letter. Worth the price of the book by itself, even if you have read it on Ray's website!

But the main meat of Extreme DV is worth more than the budget and gross of the movie Titanic. Invaluable is Ricks recounting making three of his workshop collaborative features, each one giving you new angles and aspects.
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This was obviously written by someone who has been there and done that. Written in a fast moving, entertaining and informative style that is very easy to read. Good book.
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