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Product Details

  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 3 edition (April 24, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240804198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240804194
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Concise and complete, book is a how-to, how-not-to, where-to-find, where-to-go and what-to-do on filmmaking. A must for novices." - Variety

"...practical, accessible and essential reference for novice filmmakers, and is highly recommended resource for even the more experienced movie producer." - Bookwatch

"Do you want to save time? The Complete Film Production Handbook is a comprehensive review of everything relating to production management you thought you knew. This valuable collection of charts, forms, instructions, and guidelines is a must for producers, production managers, assistant directors, cinema students, and the industry as a whole. If you want to be up-to-date, this is a must-have handbook." - Howard Kazanjian, producer: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Demolition Man

"For anyone entering film production management, this book is a must own." Jay Roewe, Vice President of Production, HBO Films

"I've recommended Eve's production handbook to several people in this industry as well as purchased copies for my employees here at MGM. I strongly recommend this latest edition." - Robert E. Relyea, President-Production, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios

"Based on her hands-on experience, Eve has compiled a remarkably well-researched and up-to-date guide to the complexities of motion picture production. The Complete Film Production Handbook serves as an essential resources and invaluable tool for the film professional or student." -Ron Lynch, Executive Vide President of Production, Universal Pictures

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This book provides producers and production managers with both a quick reference and refresher and an easy means of training their production staff on the day to day procedures needed to keep their production running smoothly. It provides film students with an in-depth look at what must be considered and accomplished before a single camera can roll and a more comprehensive understanding of the logistics that are required to complete and deliver a finished picture. First time independent filmmakers will find this the most comprehensive and helpful resource guide available.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Eve Light Honthaner on June 14, 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is for working professionals and students alike. If you're a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator -- the book has everything you'll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production -- from finding a production office to turning over delievery elements. Even if you know what you're doing, you will be thrilled to find everything you need in one place. If you're not already working in film production, but think you'd like to be, read the book -- and then deceide. If you choose to pursue this career path, you'll know what to expect, you'll be prepared, and you'll be ten steps ahead of everyone else just starting out.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is gift from heaven for any AD or UPM. I had the old edition and thought it was great. But this edition is even better! There are explanations and checklists from Preproduction to Post. The CD-ROM has both Mac and PC files which are very comprehensive and well organized. Your whole AD Kit on 1 CD!! Best of all the price is within anyone's budget. I've worked in the field for 8 years. I've already recommended this book to 2 other people. They bought it and love it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Now in an updated and expanded third edition, The Complete Film Production Handbook by film production expert Eve Light Honthaner is a comprehensive, resource packed instructional reference enhanced with essential the "need-to-know" ins and outs of the film business, including checklists, example schedules for pre-production and post-production, guidelines for insurance policies, talent management, immigration details applying to actors and other film industry workers crossing national borders, forms used for the Screen Actor's Guild (among others), basic production forms and deal memos, and a companion CD-ROM containing numerous useful documents in easily printable form. A "must-have" for anyone seriously considering producing a film for the first time, The Complete Film Production Handbook is a practical, accessible, and essential reference for novice filmmakers, and is highly recommended resource for even the more experienced movie producer, whether independent or studio contracted.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book, along with the Producer's Handbook, is tied at the top of my list! It is filled with excellent information on everything film related. From pre-production to post, you will find details on every single point of production and development. It introduces the novice to the world of production starting with crew position definitions, and at the same time it goes over many aspects that concern the professional filmmakers (like budgeting, scheduling, finding and bringing together a crew, a set, etc...). There are a considerable amount of forms and contracts/agreements that every filmmaker should know about, etc. It is truely a MUST if you seriously want to know what you're doing when it comes to filmmaking! This book is an A + + +!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By VR on November 3, 1999
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I NOT ONLY USE THIS BOOK OR SOME PIECE OF IT ON A WEEK BY WEEK BASIS, BUT I BUY IT FOR ALL OF MY SUPPORT STAFF TO TAKE WITH THEM ON THEIR NEXT PROJECT. IT IS COMPLETE, UP TO DATE INFORMATION ALL IN ONE PLACE AND THE CD ROM IS PRICELESS. I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW MANY TIMES I HAVE PRINTED OUT A DGA DEAL MEMO FOR THE SET ON THE FLY! GET IT!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Riley G. Matthews on July 11, 2000
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Great book, but the advertised product claims CD-ROM included. It's not a CD-ROM, it's a set of MAC discs that must be returned to the publisher for a PC version of the discs!
Other than that, a great book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1998
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This book gives you forms from A to Z so you won't get screwed later on. It also comes with a CD-ROM that works with MS Word 6.0 or higher on your PC. Very useful for the, much needed, organization for short to feature length films.
-Erik Bowen
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1998
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Both the seasoned and the unseasoned filmmaker will benefit from reading this book and keeping it handy as a production bible.
The forms are familiar to all of us who have been working in the industry for many years, and having them on CD-Rom is so much easier than cutting and pasting to make fresh forms for every show.
WE LOVE THIS BOOK AND ARE DIRECTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR SELLING OVER 50 OF THESE BOOKS!!!
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