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Filmmaking: Direct Your Movie from Script to Screen Using Proven Hollywood Techniques Paperback – December 17, 2010
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Jason proves that top-notch production values are within the reach of anyone who has ever dreamt of making his own movie. Jason knows what he's talking about because he's actually done it! -Steve Skrovan, Executive Producer, "Everybody Loves Raymond"
There are no wasted words in Tomaric's tome, which concisely summarizes each facet of the director's craft. It's difficult to think of a step in the process that Tomaric fails to address. -Jim Hemphill, American Cinematographer magazine
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From the Back Cover
* Complete coverage of the entire filmmaking process. It's all here, from writing, directing, and cinematography, to acting, editing, and distribution.
* Step-by-step instructions, tips, diagrams, charts, and illustrations for how you can make a Hollywood-caliber movie on a next-to-nothing budget with little upfront money and access only to local resources.
The DVD includes:
* Time and Again, the profitable, award-winning, internationally distributed independent film made for under $2,000
* One hour of video tutorials unveiling how the movie was made...interviews and behind-the-scenes case studies on directing, producing, and editing
* Complete rough footage from a scene from "Time and Again" for editing practice
* Production Forms and legal contracts that you can print out to use on your own film
* Also includes, direct-from-the-set: scripts, storyboards, schedules, call sheets, contracts, letters from the producer, camera logs and press kits from "Time and Again." See how the production was scheduled and organized, read the script, follow the storyboards and watch the production unfold from beginning to end.
Jason J. Tomaric is an Emmy-award winning director with two feature films, dozens of television commercials and several educational DVD series to his credit. He has taught in film schools across the country. Tomaric's directorial work has been honored over 14 times with Emmy, Telly, and the prestigious Golden CINE awards.
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Good Valuable book.
The basic nuts-and-bolts of producing a film are covered. The author is not writing this from an ivory-tower however. The book is derived from his personal journey of over 15 years working in the movie business. Consequently it is filled with practical knowledge, not theoretical.
Of course as you might imagine, not a great amount of detail can be dedicated to each topic since the book would be too lengthy. It's not deficient but some areas are given what I would consider a very concise overview. But as an all-encompassing book to get the aspiring filmmager on the right track, the book cannot be faulted. It would make an ideal textbook for a introductory college-level course on filmmaking.
I may never produce a film of my own but just reading this book has given me a thorough understanding of the many considerations that need to be made. The book is richly illustrated with lots of appropriate photographs, sample forms and helpful timelines for each stage of your project.
I do not see how this book could be more complete or better organized. There is also a "companion website" where you can find industry-standard forms and contracts as well as video tutorials and other supporting documents. A fantastic resource of additional material to support the book.
Great job by the author and nicely produced by Focal Press.
I cannot emphasize enough to the young filmmaker starting out how well laid out this book is and how much you'll learn from one book that you would have had to garner from dozens of others before this manual. I am truly impressed with the scope and depth of knowledge that Jason Tomaric has chosen to share with neophytes.
And before you go off thinking I know the guy. I left Hollywood before he was born. Wouldn't mind meeting him tho...I'm sure he could bring me up to speed on the modern art of film making...just as I'm sure I could teach him a thing or two about classic film making.
Let's just say I understand the fundamental science and art of the new Digital Era of making movies after reading his book...and I may gather up the grandkids and make my own!!! Watch your backs Nolan and Cameron...
The one thing that really thrilled me about this book is that it goes beyond techniques and how to film scenes, three point lighting, cameras, etc. This book also effectively delves into the nitty-gritty of the business side. This is the one area, in all honesty, what so many film students or would-be filmmakers painfully lack. Filmmaking is a business, and Tomaric brings that reality home. Jason Tomaric shows step-by-step on scheduling, casting, dealing with the various unions and organizations, as well as keeping things nice and organized during the all-too-important post-production and distribution stages.
If you want to make movies, and you don't necessarily have the time and inclination to go to film school, there is no better book that I have found than this one that covers it all in one volume. It simply is a must-own!