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Book Description

December 15, 2010

Filmmaking, the definitive resource for filmmakers, blows the doors off the secretive film industry and shows you how to adapt the Hollywood system for your production. Full of thousands of tips, tricks, and techniques from Emmy-winning director Jason Tomaric, Filmmaking systematically takes you through every step of how to produce a successful movie - from developing a marketable idea through selling your completed movie. Whether you're on a budget of $500 or $50 million, Filmmaking reveals some of Hollywood's best-kept secrets. Make your movie and do it right.

The companion site includes:

  • Over 30 minutes of high-quality video tutorials featuring over a dozen working Hollywood professionals
  • Industry-standard forms and contracts you can use for your production
  • Sample scripts, storyboards, schedules, call sheets, contracts, letters from the producer, camera logs, and press kits
  • 45-minute video that takes you inside the movie that launched Jason's career. 3,000 extras, 48 locations, 650 visual effects-all made from his parent's basement for $25,000.

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Jason proves that top-notch production values are within the reach of anyone who has ever dreamt of making his own movie. Jason knows what he's talking about because he's actually done it! -Steve Skrovan, Executive Producer, "Everybody Loves Raymond"

There are no wasted words in Tomaric's tome, which concisely summarizes each facet of the director's craft. It's difficult to think of a step in the process that Tomaric fails to address. -Jim Hemphill, American Cinematographer magazine

"If you're a learning filmmaker, then this is the site for you! With courses on everything from screenwriting and production design to shooting techniques and directing, classes are taught by real, experienced filmmakers! Using film to teach film, Film Skills video courses are extremely appealing to visual artists. And, unlike a normal film school (where normally the price tag has several more zeroes than Film Skills), you can always go back and review what you've learned. With all these available classes taught by Hollywood professionals, and all for a small monthly fee, Film Skills is an opportunity no future filmmaker should miss."

From the Back Cover

* Complete coverage of the entire filmmaking process. It's all here, from writing, directing, and cinematography, to acting, editing, and distribution.

* Step-by-step instructions, tips, diagrams, charts, and illustrations for how you can make a Hollywood-caliber movie on a next-to-nothing budget with little upfront money and access only to local resources.

The DVD includes:

* Time and Again, the profitable, award-winning, internationally distributed independent film made for under $2,000

* One hour of video tutorials unveiling how the movie was made...interviews and behind-the-scenes case studies on directing, producing, and editing

* Complete rough footage from a scene from "Time and Again" for editing practice

* Production Forms and legal contracts that you can print out to use on your own film

* Also includes, direct-from-the-set: scripts, storyboards, schedules, call sheets, contracts, letters from the producer, camera logs and press kits from "Time and Again." See how the production was scheduled and organized, read the script, follow the storyboards and watch the production unfold from beginning to end.

Jason J. Tomaric is an Emmy-award winning director with two feature films, dozens of television commercials and several educational DVD series to his credit. He has taught in film schools across the country. Tomaric's directorial work has been honored over 14 times with Emmy, Telly, and the prestigious Golden CINE awards.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (December 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240817001
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240817002
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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The illustration on the cover of this book is very apropos. As someone who jumped in to the industry with both feet and not a first clue about what I was getting into, I can say that I WISH that I had had "Filmmaking: Direct Your Movie from Script to Screen Using Proven Hollywood Techniques" by Jason Tomaric back then! It is just packed with just about every single detail that any aspiriing, or even established independent filmmaker can have a question about.

The one thing that really thrilled me about this book is that it goes beyond techniques and how to film scenes, three point lighting, cameras, etc. This book also effectively delves into the nitty-gritty of the business side. This is the one area, in all honesty, what so many film students or would-be filmmakers painfully lack. Filmmaking is a business, and Tomaric brings that reality home. Jason Tomaric shows step-by-step on scheduling, casting, dealing with the various unions and organizations, as well as keeping things nice and organized during the all-too-important post-production and distribution stages.

If you want to make movies, and you don't necessarily have the time and inclination to go to film school, there is no better book that I have found than this one that covers it all in one volume. It simply is a must-own!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is, perhaps, the closest you'll get (or need) to having a comprehensive overview of film school, but in a book. Although nothing can take the place of hands-on practice with a working professional, this is nothing short of a 500-page personal diary of an independent filmmaker and the steps he took from creating a story to working as an independent filmmaker.

It's that good.

**** **** ****

I couldn't help thinking as I started spending time with this book about my life 16 years ago.

I had just left grad school at FSU with one class left to take over and a five-hour comprehensive exam to look forward to. But, I left to pursue a career in filmmaking (that in and of itself would prove to be an education of enormous proportions, as I'd soon find out.)

It was around this time, coincidentally, that the author says he struck out on his own to become a filmmaker. So, our experiences, at least from that point, is parallel. As I went through this book, I found myself having remembered long-forgotten moments of stumbling out of the gate and making the same kinds of presumptions, starry-eyed predictions of creating works of art that any intelligent person would pay to see.

Around that time, most indie filmmakers (and aspiring ones, too) had two choices: rent 16mm cameras, buy film and try to negotiate the best possible deal with an editor/ studio. The other alternative was to buy a 8 mm camera and repeat the process, except you also had the added burden of upgrading and losing even more resolution than the 16mm equipment.

But something interesting happened as well. Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg were making waves with their Dogma 95 film festival in Denmark outside the reaches of Hollywood's dominion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Really, Really Like This Book! February 17, 2011
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I will confess right off the bat that I've not read every word of this book. It's too full of information to get through in a week! It's too dense; however, I'm about half way through the book, and I've skimmed the rest.

BUT...I've been having a LOT of fun reading this exhaustive, step-by-step guide to making a film. The author, Jason Tomaric, is an Emmy award-winning director, so he has walked the walk. And he knows how to talk the talk...and then some! If you want to buy only one book on filmmaking, this would be number one on my list.

I have purchased and read about 15 or 20 books on various aspects of filmmaking, including books on lighting, sound, scriptwriting, directing, guerrilla filmmaking, cinematography, editing, documentary filmmaking, and more. Those books are good to great. This one is a complete overview that covers the best of all of those books.

Plus, it's fun to read. Mr. Tomaric provides many notes throughout the book called 'Jason's Notes' that highlight some background from films or projects he's done. Providing real-world examples is helpful.

This is one of those books that I'm going to consult with frequently. It's a reference book in a lot of ways. It covers everything from generating the idea, to writing a treatment, to fashioning a script, getting actors (a VERY important part of your film. If the actors stink, so will your film. Believe me.), pre-production, location scouting, getting permission to shoot for free, script doctors, and more.

My only quibble? It's geared for a Hollywood-type of film. Nothing I do will ever be a Hollywood film, so I'm not interested in distribution deals, agents, managers and the like.
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This is it. The book that will take you from conception to realization. And you just might make a blockbuster in the process (remember how big Blair Witch was). Jason Tomaric has anticipated ALL your questions and gives lucid answers that a third grader can understand. He explains it all and even offers insider tips you wouldn't have found out any other way than trial and error. He'll save you time and frustration. There's even a web site dedicated to helping you along as well. You couldn't buy the lessons in this book for less than $50,000 worth of cinematic schooling in Hollywood..So the price is right!!!...and I know...I used to work there...

I cannot emphasize enough to the young filmmaker starting out how well laid out this book is and how much you'll learn from one book that you would have had to garner from dozens of others before this manual. I am truly impressed with the scope and depth of knowledge that Jason Tomaric has chosen to share with neophytes.

And before you go off thinking I know the guy. I left Hollywood before he was born. Wouldn't mind meeting him tho...I'm sure he could bring me up to speed on the modern art of film making...just as I'm sure I could teach him a thing or two about classic film making.

Let's just say I understand the fundamental science and art of the new Digital Era of making movies after reading his book...and I may gather up the grandkids and make my own!!! Watch your backs Nolan and Cameron...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
Really helpful textbook. I am learning so much from this book.
Published 2 months ago by Full Force
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect introduction for the novice.
I am just beginning to think about changing careers and this book is the perfect introduction to filmmaking. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Commancer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was very helpful book
Published 3 months ago by Mayra
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow Learner
This pocket knife tell the true story, you have to enjoy out door filming.
Published 4 months ago by Hauaght
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth purchasing
I should have gotten this in the electronic version -- easier to carry! But I wanted it -- Really a useful book.
Published 8 months ago by Mark Papianni
4.0 out of 5 stars great resource
This was a required book for film school, but it's still a great resource for aspiring film makers. I recommend.
Published 9 months ago by DD
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every cent
Everything I'm doing now as a filmmaker I owe to this book. Everything. And I reference this book constantly. Owning this book is like having direct access to a friend in the biz. Read more
Published 16 months ago by conservative_guy1974RR
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Comprehensive
I was really impressed with the all-encompassing scope of this book. Obviously not all sections and methods apply to all film projects, but it gives the reader an idea of what goes... Read more
Published 21 months ago by emptypockets304
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book is great and goes into great detail, we used this in class and it taught us a lot.
Published 21 months ago by Armando
3.0 out of 5 stars Filmmaking, probably more than you want to know
There are some excellent reviews already for this book, so I'm not going to try and one-up any of them. Read more
Published 23 months ago by John D. Hillmer
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