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Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film - Without A Crew - For $10,000 Or Less Paperback – April 2, 2010

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About the Author

MIKE CARROLL has been a professional cameraman-editor for 25 years. He has made three films -- a documentary, "Dog Soldiers," and two feature films, "Year" and "Nightbeats" -- using the one-man filmmaking methods in this book. He lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife Bonnie Bennett, who is also his co-producer and leading lady. He is currently at work on his next feature, which can be followed at the websites and


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  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450510264
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450510264
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,436,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By donquixote on March 1, 2012
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Overall, a pretty good overview on the film making process.

HOWEVER, a few caveats:

(1) ONE-MAN CREW: at times, I get a sense of arrogance on the author's part: that he knows better than most lighting/DP/G&E guys. And he may be right in his case. BUT, that doesn't mean you the reader can have that same sense of arrogance (or confidence) and achieve the same results that the author claims. Remember, the author has had 25 YEARS of experience as a professional camera operator - that amount of experience has given him an intuitive sense for what can work on set technically (allowing him to come up with more ingenious workarounds with zero budget, while also working fast). 99% of the readers simply don't have that level of experience. And a one-man crew approach to film making will more often than not get you in trouble. Film is a collaborative process: you may not need a big budget crew with a gazillion departments, but I think the author here is overselling the "one-man crew" approach. Your chances as a director in making a decent film are still stronger by having trusted collaborators helping you out. Just because the author feels he can solo it, doesn't mean that that should be the preferred way to do it, as the author seems to imply as the main thesis for this book. If you have no choice - sure. But if you have no choice - you are still better off spending that time trying to find and recruit a TEAM to help you behind the camera - being a one-man director/1st AD/DP/gaffer/grip/set dec/designer/wardrobe/caterer/editor will more than likely cause you to fail. In a way, it seems like the author is playing to the egos of the aspiring directors who read this, who feel like they can do it all. And that is a dangerous thing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony D'Juan Shelton on August 22, 2010
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Mike Carroll opens his book with a confession when he tells us he wants people to buy the book. He wants people to read the book. He has titled it "Naked Filmmaking" with full awareness that the onlooker will be drawn to it since sex controlled America is lured to perversions like a movement in the peripheral. He's an artist with a grasp on the reality of this ever expanding world of technology (the digital age)and holds no illusions in the possibility of being left behind (perhaps his largest fear?). Carroll chapters his book with layers of straight talk, not of the failed outsider but the active explorer who is eager to share his knowledge. One is inspired to take on the task because Carroll makes it seem possible (and it is!), all the while jabbing the low tech thinkers and non-creative hacks with unsettling reality. This book is what got me through the making of my film and I can say, without shame, it stands as the best book on one-man filmmaking (true independence) since "Rebel Without a Crew" by Robert Rodriguez.

- Anthony D'Juan Shelton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By THOMAS BRANDSTETTER on October 2, 2010
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Great book. I'm making my first short and while a great deal of the methodology in this book is identical to mine, it's also given me plenty of new information. If you want to know about something ask someone who's gone down the path and Mr. Carroll is on the filmmaking path. He covers all aspects of the process and is able to back up his points with personal experience. I agree with the other reviewer who said this might be as good as the Rodriguez book. I go through filmmaking books like a rock pig on pizza and this one is a standout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louise M on May 1, 2012
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When you think of making films you think of huge multi million dollar ventures with famous faces but most people don't realise that with the right amount of knowledge it's possible to create a full length film for a reasonably small amount of money. I found this book not only very interesting but highly useful in my ventures to create a documentary for our local community and whilst not a particularly long piece of film the very same principles applied. I also purchased Filmmaking Stuff: How to make, market and sell your movie without the middle-man. (Volume 1) which also helped a great deal.
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I actually had the privilege of taking Mike Carroll's class at UC Davis extension. This book is an outgrowth of that class. 'Naked Filmmaking' provides a balanced and comprehensive overview of the filmmaking process, yet provides down-to-earth practical information on the 'how to' and the 'why of filmmaking. It is technical enough without being too

The credibility for this book comes from Mike's 25 year career as a Cameraman for a large market television station, coupled with the fact that he produced two feature films on a very modest budget.

I find the book approaches 'how to make a film' from an honest and practical perspective. If you are a veteran filmmaker or just dreaming of making a film, this book is both basic and in depth. There are many great books on the art and science of filmmaking. I've read 'The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook' and 'The Filmmaker's Handbook'. Both are excellent, comprehensive and read more like a text book.

'Naked Filmmaking' reads more like a narrative, it's enjoyable as well as practical. I found myself inspired after reading the book. Even though I made several shorts and shot a variety of commercials, I never felt I could make the quantum leap to a full fledged feature, especially with a limited budget. There are just too many 'bad' low budget indie films out there. Just because you have a low budget, doesn't mean you have to make a low value film.

Without even knowing me, Mike Carroll spoke to my fears and lack of confidence. I highly recommend this book to anyone who ever dreamed of making a film, anyone who wants to take their skill to the next level or anyone who just wants to improve their home movies. Thus book is unique in that it addresses the filmmaker as well as the craft of filmmaking!

The chapters are short, easy to read and very, very practical. From the first chapter, you'll find something you can immediately put into practice.
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