"Anatomy of a Guerrilla Film: The Making of RADIUS," does something that no other how-to filmmaking book does: it teaches filmmaking principles by taking readers through the process of making a real-world guerrilla film and then lets you watch the final film - included on an accompanying DVD - so readers can actually see the results of all the decisions, compromises, setbacks, and victories. First-time filmmaker and author Helmut Kobler believes that the best way to learn is by watching other people do something and then learning from their successes and mistakes. That philosophy is the concept behind this book. Written in clear, straightforward language for the first-time or beginning filmmaker, "Anatomy of a Guerrilla Film: The Making of RADIUS," serves as a case-study for new filmmakers, allowing them to see the lessons and principles presented in the book come to life in the actual film. From start to finish, every step and process that encompasses making an independent film is covered, including preproduction, production, post production, and marketing and distribution. Different approaches to each step and process are covered, not just the approach used by the author. Behind-the-scenes footage and commentary by the author on the included DVD clearly illustrate the steps making this book the most unique and hands-on guide to guerrilla filmmaking.
Great Intro to From the Ground Up Filmmaking
By R.G. - October 22, 2005
There are plenty of filmmaking books on the shelves these days, this is one of the most original, out-of-the-box books I've come across. What makes it unique is that the author has managed to write both a tale of do it yourself style filmmaking and a practical guide which moves beyond the "making of" stage to offer solid advice on Marketing and Distribution.
Kobler should be praised for his incredible energy if anything else. The filmmaker created his 30+ minute film, and then a double-disk DVD with hours of Film School videos for other beginning filmmakers. Then he self distributed the DVD on his own web site, and did press for it; getting it covered in MovieMaker magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, and many other publications and web sites, and he also gathered positive marketing quotes from other well-known filmmaking professionals. Again, what makes this book impressive and different is that Kobler moves beyond the story telling mode and explains how he did all of this... read more
At least it includes the Movie...
By Anthony Torres "anthonytorres .com" - September 26, 2005
I read this book today in a 2 hour sitting. I was aware of the movie from the days of "internet movie" hype, which the author admits was a motivation. The only thing he never addresses is "Why shoot 35mm for something that was hyped as screening on the internet?" So I was always suspicious of this movie because shooting 35mm to project at 320x240 (the best rate going a few years back) across modem lines seemed like overkill professionalism.
All the same, the book is a fast read and has a lot of information. I appreciate that the author owns up to NOT reading books he sugggests for further study. The retail price is a bit high, but for $26 on Amazon, you come out better than other books out there for strict practicality.
If anything, this book is an excellent case study for NOT hiring, and for trying to do as much within your resources as possible. He tells stories of extreme delays in post production that he admits would've been avoided had he actually made a... read more
Great combination of text from book with film and video from disk.
By M. Keaney - August 22, 2005
This book felt a little expensive at $40, but the DVD makes it worth it. Watch the film first, then read whatever production how-to chapters are interesting. The lessons stick because you've seen the film and can truly visualize what the author is talking about. There's also a couple of hours of making of videos, where you can see the crew making each scene of the movie. This is a great feature; the videos are interesting, and usually focus on some struggle that the filmmakers faced, like making costumes from off the shelf materials or shooting major scenes in a kitchen (that's one of the best videos). Combining the film and videos from the disk with the details of the text brings the how-to filmmaking material to life, and really helped me visualize how I might approach some projects I want to do.
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