- Paperback: 266 pages
- Publisher: Laurelton Media (July 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0981693512
- ISBN-13: 978-0981693514
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,097,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Film Is Hell: How I Sold My Soul to Make the Crappiest Movies in History Paperback – July 6, 2009
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Howe's describes the exhilaration of shooting scenes quickly and cheaply, often in forbidden locations. The best stories are how they B.S.ed their way into locations and even "stole" a scene from another production. He worked hard and long and did his best behind the camera. There's no doubt he enjoyed it. Every bad movie had some amount ingenuity behind it and Howe proudly describes every trick they pulled with plenty of vulgar but amusing language.
Unfortunately the good times always ended in the horror of the editing room where Howe tried to piece together his footage of bad acting, cheap props and sets, footage from previous movies, and stock footage into a something resembling a story but most importantly something no less than 92 minutes long. The speed and technique of their editing would sometimes lead to more problems. Since these were straight to video they edited everything on video even for European markets. Perhaps you can see the flaw in that.
Howe's unflappable sense of humor is the only reason he's not in jail or in a straight jacket right now. Every painful setback in Howe's job and career is described in optimistic tones. He admits the mistakes he made in his career but doesn't dwell on them. He holds no grudges (except for Technicolor in New York) and takes responsibility for everything.
The end of the book is a collection of random production anecdotes, some from the previously described movies and some from others. They're great but I don't know why he didn't include them earlier in the book. Perhaps the book was running short and he needed them to pad it to 92 minutes.
Howe has a very engaging writing style. He will suck you in with the first few sentences and then you will not want to put this book down.
"Film is Hell" is poignant,funny,touching,informative...too many adjectives to list. I have recomended this book to all my friends.
You will enjoy "Film is Hell". And you will probaly want to slap all the whiney Hollywood types we hear about constantly. Howe truly captures his love of his craft, his devotion to his family and his journey of self discovery. Buy this book!
Thank you, Mr. Howe , for the book I needed to read. You rock out loud!
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