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The Indie Producers Handbook: Creative Producing from A to Z [Kindle Edition]

Myrl A. Schreibman
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Myrl Schreibman has written a comprehensive and practical, step-by-step guide for organizing and running a film from pre-production through post-production and delivery. This invaluable resource provides fundamental tools to produce a more thorough, more organized, and more professional film production. Packed with engaging and useful anecdotes, Schreibman provides a superlative introduction and overview to all of the key elements in producing for film and television. Useful to film students and filmmakers as a theoretical and practical guide to understanding the filmmaking process, Schreibman fills his manuscript with practical examples from his considerable personal experience in the film industry. Loaded with insider tips to help filmmakers avoid the pitfalls of show business.

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  • File Size: 5591 KB
  • Print Length: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (February 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00735HB8E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,153 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KEEP THIS ONE BY YOUR BEDSIDE August 13, 2001
By molly
I bought this book because it had cool art work and boy was I surprised. I was a student at NYU Tish School of the Arts majoring in Film Producing and this book taught me more about producing than the years I spent at NYU. I read the book from cover to cover in one sitting and then I decided that I would re-read a little each night before going to sleep. So I keep it at my bedside. Every night I learn more and more about the creative side of producing...and discovering that it is as much an art form as directing or writing. This book has really opened my eyes. I don't know who Myrl Schreibman is except that he is on the faculty of UCLA but I wish I had taken courses from him if he is anything like his book. This is a book that I will refer to alot. Thanks
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What you need to know to make a film. August 20, 2001
Finally, a book that is actually useful! This book let's the serious producer and director approach the process in a realistic and effective way. It is both comprehensive and inspiring. It covers the issues no one wants to talk about, such as, if you want to make a film and you have the money there are actual steps you need to take. There's no mystery or B.S. here, but there's plenty of insight and knowledge. Great read!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SOON - TO - BE PRODUCER'S COMMENTS August 26, 2001
I bought this book, "THE INDIE PRODUCERS HANDBOOK, Creative Producing from A - Z" about two weeks ago when I saw a friend of mine reading it one day at a coffee shop in the Village. It looked kind of interesting since I want to go into the film and television business in some way using my background in finance on Wall Street. Even though my friend had experience and said that the book was basically for people who knew about making movies, this book made it so simple for me (a layman) to understand that it got me excited about the possibility of producing in some way. Until I read this book, I thought a producer was just the guy who supplied the money. Now I know it is much more than that. Somewhere in the book the author reminds us the importance of the producer by pointing out that it is the producer who gets the Oscar for Best Movie. When I read that, everything hit home to me. This book not only provides the info but the practical experiences that the author had and from many people which enhances the value it offered to me. I haven't looked at many other books on producing...but I know that this is one I will hold on to when (and if) I go into the business...(which I probably will!)I think I will use it to find answers that may come up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Macro and Micro November 27, 2001
What Myrl Schreibman has done is no small achievement. Producers are some of the most misunderstood creatures in the filmmaking kingdom. As a producer, I can attest to that. Schreibman has illuminated some of the larger contributions producers of all types make to the creative process of filmmaking. But he doesn't stop there--he also explores the details of the work the producer must undertake to insure the success of any production. This insight and the balance he strikes between the creative and administrative (imbued with Myrl's years of experience as a producer), is a great gift. This is the best book of its type available and deserves to be on the bookshelf of every film student and every lover of movies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Used by AFI, NYU, etc. - Comprehensive and Insightful November 7, 2001
By A Customer
There is a reason that AFI, NYU, and other major film schools are using Schreibman's book. It lives up to its title - it really covers things from A to Z. Whether you want to understand the union rules for key grips, do's and dont's of scheduling the first day of shooting on an indie feature, tips on working with a composer, where to find the money to produce a film, how to budget, or a hundred other producing topics - this book is the place to go. If you are going to try and make an indie film - this is certainly one of the must read books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A BOFFO BOOK ON PRODUCING MOVIES!!!!!!!! April 14, 2004
By S.Cahn
I saw a copy of this book in my attorney's office and was attracted by the artwork on the front of the cover. I asked her why she had it and she said that she had a client (not me of course!) who was about to embark on independent filmmaking who gave her the copy to read. So I immediately bought one for myself since my next step in the profession was to be a producer and produce my own written material rather than write for other producers. Well, let me tell you...when I sat down to read this book I was astounded to see all the information that was there...and written so clearly since other books on producing have always been so dry and difficult to understand. There is a logic and structure and the theories of producing that Schreibman speaks to make absolute sense (although I am sure that many producers dont know about them!). When I researched this author I found that in his career he has produced the big and the small and for the stage and screens (of all types). Its no wonder that he teaches at UCLA. I wanted to know more about who he was, so I called UCLA and spoke to him. He was just terrific to talk to and he told me that the book was now translated into Chinese by a publishing house equal to Yale University Press. It goes without saying that as a writer I was indeed impressed with this credential.
This is indeed a book that I will leaf through many times and now that I am working on my new screenplay (soon to be seen in a theater near you in 2005) the information in this book will be in my mind as I write the story and its characters. If you dont have it now....get English or in couldn't hurt...only help.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro for Aspiring Producers!
Perfectly combs over all aspects of filmmaking. The book even provides references to other cites or books for further exploration on less discussed topics. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide for any novice producers
This book is not the most exciting to read, but it is packed full of useful information and guidelines to follow if you are interested in becoming a producer. Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by C. Vieira
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for indie producers
Myrl Schreibman's "Indie Producer's Handbook" is a great resource for independent film producers. It walks you through each and every step essential to producing and doesn't leave... Read more
Published on October 18, 2010 by Candice Afia
2.0 out of 5 stars Good but not nearly good enough
I bought this book before I began my studies in Producing. I was looking forward to a good read that I wouldn't want to put down. Read more
Published on September 3, 2010 by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful.
This book was exactly what I was looking for. It was easy to read and find the information I wanted.
Published on August 8, 2009 by Nathan Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent content and an easy read
I have a book shelf, full of film production books that I have collected over the past twenty years or so. Read more
Published on September 30, 2008 by Richard Hunt
4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it
I bought this book for my cousin who wants to start out in the film business. This book helped me break down the who's who in the industry and the breakdown and samples are easy to... Read more
Published on July 5, 2007 by B. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ FOR ALL PRODUCERS
I just completed a feature length screenplay that will soon become a feature length film. To prepare for production I decided to purchase two books: Creative Producing A to Z, and,... Read more
Published on April 27, 2007 by Nicholas Sotis
5.0 out of 5 stars A STAPLE FOR ANY FILMMAKER
This book is the producer's version of Gray's "Anatomy of the Human Body." Without a doubt, Schreibman's text is the blueprint for any successful indie film and should be read and... Read more
Published on April 17, 2006 by A. Tertzakian
5.0 out of 5 stars No-nonsense bullet-proof advice
I recently finished producing my own independent film and found this book right at the beginning of my post-production period.
I wish I had found it earlier. Read more
Published on July 16, 2004 by Roger Leatherwood Brown
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