Filmmaking Tools

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.

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Pre-Production provides an online training course for filmmakers who want to breakdown and schedule their movies. is an online production management tool that allows you to schedule your movie and manage your production from anywhere.

Film Finance is a site devoted to helping filmmakers learn tricks and strategies for contacting and building relationships with prospective investors. 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.

Movie Promotion 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. allows filmmakers to capture leads from their movie website, build a mailing list, set up email newsletters and a sequential email auto responder. provides tips on getting your finished feature seen and sold. This site contains resources on how to leverage digital distribution and internet marketing.

Filmmaking Books

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.

How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood and Never Lost A Dime

How I Made A Hundred Movies In Hollywood and Never Lost  A Dime 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.

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Rebel Without A Crew

Rebel Without A Crew Rebel Without A Crew

- 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!)

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Think Outside The Box Office

Think Outside The Box Office Think Outside The Box Office

- By Jon Reiss

The independent film community is abuzz 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.

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Hello, He Lied

Hello, He Lied Hello, He Lied

- 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.

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Filmmaking Stuff Book

Filmmaking Stuff Book Filmmaking Stuff

- 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.

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Rebel without a Deal

Rebel without a Deal Rebel without a Deal

- 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.

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Bankroll Bankroll: A New Approach to Financing Feature Films

- 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.

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Save The Cat

Save The Cat Save The Cat

- 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!

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Adventures in the screen trade

Adventures in the screen trade Adventures in the Screen Trade

- 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.

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Story Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting

- 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.

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How Not To Write a Screenplay

How Not To Write a Screenplay How Not To Write a Screenplay

- 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.

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Essentials of Screenwriting

Essentials of Screenwriting Essentials of Screenwriting

- By Richard Walter

Anyone fortunate enough to win a seat in Professor Richard Walter's legendary class at UCLA film school can be confident their career has just taken a quantum leap forward.

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Screenplay Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

- 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.

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