- Paperback: 334 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 4, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1456334832
- ISBN-13: 978-1456334833
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,895,646 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rebel without a Deal: or, How a 30-year-old filmmaker with $11,000 almost became a Hollywood player Paperback – November 4, 2010
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I did enjoy your other book - maybe I need to reread that one!
It reads as a filmmaker's journal and showcases all the stages of indie movie dreams. The euphoria of making a movie highlight the camaraderie that gets established between people who are motivate to achieve a goal that they don't fully understand at the outset. The frustration when it doesn't all go like you plan. As well as the determined commitment that one must make when reality reveals its unglamorous face to the majority of indie filmmakers in the world...No Sundance, No Three Picture deal.
The book includes bonus conversations with director Kevin Smith who talks about his career as an indie phenom who seems all to relatable to many everyman filmmakers. This section alone will please devoted Kevin Smith fans who will find satifaction living vicariously through a filmmaker who got to live the dream and spend time with the round mound of crude indie comedy. Rocca even succeeds in gaining Smith's seal of approval on his first feature via a flattering quote for the DVD box.
The value of the book is its honesty, brutal at times. Rocca pulls no punches as he outlines battles with distributors and even cast and crew members that are ordinarily kept under wraps when the stories of movies being made are told. The candor is invaluable to both amateurs as well as intermediate filmmakers who haven't been through all the wars of distribution.
Those who think a movie that gets picked up by a major distributor has it made should take a peek at all the obstacles facing movies that distributors actually WANT. There's also a lesson to be learned for those wondering why their movie hasn't been picked up by even the local film festivals.
To say it's a wake-up call might be too strong. Those who have been doing their homework the last couple years know how hard it is to get a movie seen. However, this book dives headfirst into a real-life case study that should be able to shine an instructive light on how one should approach independent filmmaking as a business and still keep their fingers crossed.
1st, I am glad I bought the book. I have over 75 books covering all aspects of the industry and Vince's take is unique.
2nd. the book is printed on demand (mine was March 21, 2011) with a copyright date of November, 2010; however the book ends on about April 6, 2008.
3rd. The book ends in what I feel is an abrupt fashion and made me wonder what happened from April, 2008 to November, 2010.
4th. Fortunately, you can find out some of what happened during that period by going to the books website and Vince's Youtube site.
5th. To me, there are still a lot of unanswered questions which I think could have been answered and included in the book, but it is not a reason to not buy the book.
Maybe Vince wrote it the way he did to set the stage for a sequel.
So, read Vince's book first; don't peak at the end, and then go to the various websites using the URL listed in the book. Your efforts will be well rewarded!
This book reads like a thriller. You can't wait to turn the page to see what new dragon
Mr. Rocca, has to slay on his odyssey of making and distributing his movie.
Each section is chock-full of real life experiences that every filmmaker needs to know.
This book contains more information on the practical side of making movies, the difficult side of distribution, and the cut-throat side of the film industry than any book out there.
Don't spend four years at film school, READ THIS BOOK!
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