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This review is from: Making Movies (Hardcover)
Get this book if you want to know what a year-in-the-life of a powerhouse filmmaker is like. If you are a beginner with an indie, much of Lumet's experiences are not going to apply. They are simply going to make you want to work harder on your indie so that you can get where he got! However, Lumet does NOT deceive. He never promises you any how-to information. He simply calls his book "Making Movies", and that is exactly the subject matter to which he sticks. His honesty does not go unnoticed, although he maybe should have called the book, "Making MY Movies".
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Initial post: Apr 4, 2007 3:31:46 PM PDT
D. Nieder says:
I think that even if you aren't making a big budget film, the underlying ideas of what Mr. Lumet is writing about still apply: that every choice you make as a director needs to support *what the film is about. So, even if you aren't casting Al Pacino or shooting on location in the Diamond District of New York, you can still apply the ideas of how he approaches his films to a no-budget short film. While it is interesting to read the anecdotes of big-budget filmmaking, the overarching principles of what he talks about are universal to ANY director.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2008 2:16:55 AM PDT
Rodney P. Welch says:
I agree completely, particularly the idea that there are no small decisions in filmmaking, that every little detail has an impact. Also the book has a lot to teach everyone regarding editing, rehearsal, unions, the use of long lens, and the extraordinary memories of people in the color timing business.
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