I’m about to share my personal filmmaking tools with you. This is the stuff I’ve either created to help you achieve your goals. Or it’s filmmaking stuff that I’ve thoroughly reviewed and endorse. In full disclosure, many of these resources pay me to promote. So make sure to conduct due-diligence prior to making purchases here and everywhere on earth.
Competing in today’s ever changing industry, having more knowledge than the next guy is essential. After you work through the MovieMaker Action Pack, you may want to gain filmmaking insights from other folks who freely share their movie making experience. In the past getting a movie made was a lot more challenging. Learn from this. Most of the following books are included because the information has inspired my own filmmaking career.
How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood and Never Lost A Dime
- By Roger Corman
This was one of the best filmmaking books I ever read. This book details how Roger Corman was able to make one movie after another. Some aspects of his model are more relevant now than ever.
- By Jon Reiss
The independent film community is a buzz with the collapse of the traditional independent film distribution model. No longer can filmmakers expect their films to be acquired and released nationally. This book explains modern strategies.
There is a saying that success leaves clues. This means that you can achieve success by modeling what other people have done to reach their goals. One of the best ways to crack the filmmaking success code is to read biographical accounts of people who have created successful careers.
- By Linda Obst
“Never go to a meeting without a strategy.” “Ride the horse in the direction it’s going.” These are just two of the gems unearthed from the trenches of Hollywood by Lynda Obst, one of the most successful producers in the movie business today.
- By Robert Rodriguez
In Rebel Without a Crew, famed independent screenwriter and director Robert Rodriguez discloses all the unique strategies and original techniques he used to make his debut film, El Mariachi. This historical account is essential for filmmakers. (If you think it’s hard to make a movie now, check out what Robert did back then!)
As a filmmaker, your goal is to get your movies seen and sold. The problem is, if you’re beginning, nobody will take your calls or read your screenplays or produce your ideas. So how do you get noticed as a filmmaker? In order to get noticed as a filmmaker, you need to stop asking permission.
- By Jason Brubaker
I suppose a list of recommended filmmaking books would not be complete without adding my own. In this book, I explain my filmmaking model and share tips on how you can make and sell movies.
- By David Mamet
Calling on his unique perspective as playwright, screenwriter, and director of his own critically acclaimed movies, House of Games and Things Change, David Mamet shares tips on directing.
To become a filmmaker, you need to stop hoping that someone will notice your brilliance and talent. Instead, you need to become your own production company and make the movie you can make this year. Take action! For some, this will be the year of the short film. And others will make a feature.
- By Vincent Rocca
Rebel without a Deal chronicles how a High School dropout made his first movie in five days for $11,000 and got it distributed through Warner Bros. It went on to gross over a million dollars.
- By Tom Malloy
Bankroll is written for actors/producers and writer/producers to get their feature films made. It has many creative approaches and guidance by a successful Hollywood producer who has raised over $20 million dollars.
Without a screenplay, it is very difficult to make a movie. Yes, I know some of you are interested in making an “experimental” movie. If that’s you, then ignore the following screenwriting tools. But if you would like to write a screenplay, here are some screenwriting books that I recommend.
- By Blake Snyder
This ultimate insider’s guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who’s proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!
- By William Goldman
No one knows the writer’s Hollywood more intimately than William Goldman. Two-timeAcademy Award-winning screenwriter. Goldman now takes you into Hollywood’s inner sanctums.
Even if you do not live in Hollywood or have any industry connections — by reading the following screenwriting books, you will hone your craft and begin writing awesome screenplays. Once you have good material, you can take the next steps of finding an agent or better, producing your own stuff.
- By Robert McKee
Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track.
- By Syd Field
A generation of screenwriters has used Syd Field’s bestselling books to ignite successful careers in film. This book tips on how to go from opening scene to finished script. Check it out.
If you have an amazing script that is totally polished, marketed towards your intended audience of producer types who have a history of producing your type of work – and you have a way of accessing them and getting your brilliant work read, then your success is (a little more) probable.
- By Denny Martin Flinn
All good screenplays are unique, but all bad screenplays are the same. Flinn’s book will teach you how to avoid the pitfalls of bad screenwriting and arrive at one’s own destination intact.
MovieScriptBreakDown.com provides an online training course for filmmakers who want to breakdown and schedule their movies.
IndieProductionTool.com is an online production management tool that allows you to schedule your movie and manage your production from anywhere.
GetMovieMoney.com is a site devoted to helping filmmakers learn tricks and strategies for contacting and building relationships with prospective investors.
FilmFinanceGuide.com provides you with Tom Malloy’s blueprint for raising money. So far he has raised over 25 million for his own projects! This guide tells you how.
MovieSiteHost.com allows filmmakers to easily get movie site hosting, a domain name and easily set up a wordpress blog website to promote both a movie and a movie company.
AudienceList.com allows filmmakers to capture leads from their movie website, build a mailing list, set up email newsletters and a sequential email auto responder.
HowToSellYourMovie.com provides tips on getting your finished feature seen and sold. This site contains resources on how to leverage digital distribution and internet marketing.