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Since publishing the first edition, Lanier and Nichols have gone on to become pioneers in the lnline video indsutry. Producers of the acclaimed seires DadLabs.
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  • Series: Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions; Second Edition edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932907688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932907681
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book he said was a great reference book.
Pat Shea
Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts- Besides having a great name is incredibly informative.
Riley
This book is very informative and is a very easy read.
Harlan Wolfe

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Tony Levelle on September 6, 2010
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The opening page of 'Filmmaking for Teens' is worth the price of the book. (More on that page in a moment...)

For the last 10 years I have run a local student film festival. Every year we award cash prizes for the best 5 minute film produced, written and edited by an elementary or high school student in our community. The average number of entries runs around 80 films.

'Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts' is a great book. I wish we'd had it ten years ago. I would have proposed that our foundation to buy a copy for every video and media teacher in the county.

And... about that opening page I mentioned earlier? Based on my experience of watching student films for 10 years and of occasionally teaching student filmmaking, what the authors say on this page is the gospel truth. Here it is:

"In our opinion there are six keys to getting your film finished:
1) Make a five-minute film.
2) Have a completed script before shooting.
3) Be a slash (writer/director/producer/editor)
4) Geek out.
5) Use the three-day shooting schedule.
6) Edit on a deadline."

If you are teaching teens, setting up a teen film making program, or even if you need a kick in the pants to start making your own films... this is your book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Hoover on December 19, 2012
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Ok I'm much older than a teen but this is a subject that I wanted to know more about. This book makes suggestions, hints and how to in an easy to read but not boring style. I now feel like I can make videos in I want to and the will look good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pat Shea on January 10, 2013
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The book was for my grandson who is interested in TV, movies, film writing, film making , directing, producing, and at 12 years, is currently working in his spare time at our local TV station in Marblehead Ma. They produce their own youth news program and are on the streets doing interviews and videos on current events.. This book he said was a great reference book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E.A.Lovett on December 31, 2013
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My high school daughter is an aspiring film maker. This book had some basics she already knew, but expanded on some themes and sparked new ideas. She began to read it as soon as she opened it and we enjoyed discussing the book together!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Riley on May 21, 2013
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Look, I'm the type of person that's always watched the commentary after completing a film, watched all the behind-the-scenes stuff. (Van Helsing 2004 has great extras). Because I've always wanted to know how things were done.

Filmmaking for Teens: Pulling Off Your Shorts- Besides having a great name is incredibly informative. So much, that I gave away my copy to my old high school's film study class. I've always thought I knew a lot about what is done bts for a civilian. But a few things for me were fuzzy, like the purpose of Call-Sheets (after all you already casted, so why would you need to call anyone?)

This book, explains what happens on every movie set. It explains everyone's job, has a short little gear section. Gives ideas on how to lure people into helping you. (Like pizza at your first reading of the script in order to drum up people and get a little bit of feedback from strangers for free). Tells you about location scouting, feeding the cast, budgeting, drumming up some publicity for your screening/movie. Having a contest at the end of production to submit to, in order to make deadline motivation happen. It lays everything you could ever need to do on a movie set, aside from actually filming (though it has a short little section on that) and it's not a boring read.

I read the whole thing, when I was unsure of whether or not I wanted to be a filmmaker in a day, while going to work, and dealing with finals in College. So they keep it interesting and informative.

A great read for those who are mildly interested in what goes behind-the-scenes on movie-sets and how movie magic actually works. Or for those who want youtube shoots to go a little smoother.

I'm convinced that when I start my first big movie shoot, that I'll be following this book's checklists through all of production. If you're on the fence about getting it, unless you've worked on a great many movie sets, just get it, you won't regret it.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harlan Wolfe on April 24, 2010
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This book is very informative and is a very easy read. I enjoyed it very much. The authors stress the importance of finishing your movie, and for me, that hit home. I have so many projects, 'in the works', and after reading this book I finally realized that work left undone, stays undone. The book covers scheduling, budgeting, well, just about every aspect of moviemaking are covered and the tips given are extremely useful. As I said, this book is not only for teens but anyone who is a beginner at making movies. Thumbs up!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bengelter on January 6, 2013
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This was a present for our Grandson who is an aspiring film maker. He never put it down during our Christmas get together. Shipping was very fast and price was great too. Would highly recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grouch on January 18, 2012
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1.19.12

Reluctant Review of FILMMAKING FOR TEENS/ PULLING OFF YOUR SHORTS
purchsed at a m a z o n

People-

I don't like to do reviews!
But, I and my 14 year old son both think well of the book.
It teaches us exactly what we want to know.
It goes slowly and methodically and we learn best that way.
What else would be useful to tell you?
It is the first book my son and I shared happily.
The book is a springboard to relevant talk and practice of what it teaches.
Now, please don't bother us till our next purchase!!!
Grouch!

PS
tHE TITLE ATTRACTED THE gROUCH WHO THOUGHT IT WOULD ATTRACT HIS TEENAGER!
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