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will only become an art when its materials are as inexpensive as pencil and paper.
Philosophy: 1) Learning in itself is good.
2) I am not a professional but an enthusiast.
1. Why: Why do you want to do this?
Everything begins with an idea. Aim the story at your strengths and your budget. Location and
talent.(i.e. The Melbourne causeway)
Every project is a learning experience.
2. Writing: write it down.
Ask everybody, they will all tell you theyve got ideas for movies, but if they dont have it
written down it aint shit. Better Duck
HOLLYWOOD SECRET #11: Kids don't like English and Foreigners don't speak English.
So keep the film visual. Thus, T&A and Action-Adventure.
Remember one page equals one minute in standard format.
12 point 10 pitch
12 point is the height
pitch is the number of letters in an inch.
In the USA, you should register your script with the Writer's Guild of America. Registration
costs approximately $US 25 and the Guild takes a copy of your script for storage and gives
you a registration number. This number should be displayed prominently on the cover page of
See Example: Original Script for Under the Bridge
3. Teamwork & Talent- develop an entourage.
(i.e. Formation of 3Boys Productions with Bob Lizek and Pat Martin).
Casting non-actors: use a video camera and try them out. Rehearse with the video camera.
4. Format Video vs. Film.
Video: VHS, 8mm, Hi-8, U-matic, Beta
Film: Super 8, 16mm, Super 16, 35mm
Digital: Digital 8, Mini-DV, DV and Digital Beta
Film Stock: Studio Film and Tape 1(800)824-3130 http://www.sftweb.com
Fuji 500T 2 100 rolls
Fuji 250 Daylight 200 roll
Fuji 250 Daylight 400 roll
5.Lights and equipment Lighting package
Microphone(s) and recorder (DAT, 4-track, cassette, videocassette)
CRYSTAL SYNC is where the camera and the tape recording device have been
modified so that their internal drive motors reference their speed to a crystal
oscillation and thus maintain a highly accurate running speed. The camera and
recording device are not physically connected in any way, but all other
double-system sound procedures apply; slating, etc
7. Shooting tips
A. The Long shot then cutaways. Shooting ratio 1:1 or 2:1(normal6:1)
B. Dolly shot Vs. Zoom- Many filmmakers already know that a wheelchair works splendidly for dolly shots Rick Schmidt, Feature Filmmaking at Used Car Prices
C. Crane shot- Bucket truck
D. Stills and slides (behind-the-scenes video)
8. Developing and Transfer: Telecine or Rank transfer. Video is 30 fps. Film is 24 fps (Super8 18 fps)
Yale Labs 1(800) 955-9253
10555 Victory Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91606
color negative .14/foot
prep for video .02/foot
transfer to video $87.50/30 min.
Beta Tape $33.00
Monaco 1(415) 626-1100
234 9th street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Color negative .18/foot
Western Cine 1(303) 783-1020
312 South Pearl Street
Denver, Colorado 80209
Color negative .16/foot
Film Process and Transfer-Nashville
color negative .18/foot
Cine Atlanta 1(800) 633-1448
color negative .13-.15/foot
transfer to video $225/hour
Beta tape $45.00
9. Editing: Linear vs. Non-linear
Deck to Deck
Media 100 at the Alliance.
Capture cards and FireWire
Budget for Under the Bridge 1998
1. Film stock 1000 16mm Fuji stock 203.18
Studio film and tape 1(800) 824-3130
2. Processing Yale Labs 375.85
3. Lights and equipment 30.00
4. DAT recorder 50.00
5. Cameraman: Julian Martin 200.00
6. Production asst, stills and sound: 150.00
7. Editing: Abel Klainbaum 150.00
8. Media 100 Alliance 300.00
9. Set construction supplies 71.56
10. Bucket truck 50.00
11. Stills: film and processing 72.01
12. Dolly construction 55.00
13. 4 track rental Florida discount music 40.00
14. Gas for Julians car 15.00
15. Microphone 31.80
16. Beta tape 28.62
17. DAT tape 8.50
11. Premiere, Press, Critics and Festivals.
Hype! Old Hollywood Proverb: There is no such thing as bad press.
Send out invitations, invite the press, invite the people that turned you down, then watch what
happens when you see them, they will know now that you make movies, and that you DO what
NOBODY, but Speilberg, you, Lucas, Tarentino, you, Scorsese, you, do...and thats make
movies! ---Better Duck
Although the story concept was solid, I think the urination scene was too strong to show to an
all- ages audience.-- Kris Kemp, FLO Film Fest, West Palm Beach
12. Accumulate information
A. Experience.--Be an extra in as many movies as you can.
B. Film School/classes
C. Contacts- Alliance/IFP-South -http://www.alliance-cinema.org
IFP website - http://www.ifp.org
210 2nd Street Miami Beach FL 33139 (305)-538-8242
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Barron Sherer)
The Florida Blue Sheet
7238 Hiawassee Oak Drive Orlando, FL 32818-8360 (407) 292-7458
D. Books that I found helpful
Lee R. Bobker with Louise Marinis, Making Movies From Script to Screen, Harcourt
Brace Jovanovich 1973
Edward Pincus and Steven Ascher, The Filmmakers Handbook, Plume/Penguin 1984
David W. Samuelson, Motion Picture Techniques, Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd 1984
Rick Schmidt, Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices, Penguin Books 1993
Helpful Internet Sites
E. Helpful Internet Sites
2805 West Magnolia Blvd., Burbank, CA 91505
phone: 818-848-5522 fax: 818-848-5956 e-mail email@example.com
Rick Schmidts Feature Filmmaking At Used Car Prices
Alex's Guide To No-Budget Filmmaking
Cyber Film School
Ben Model's homepage (OIFFS)How Ben was ousted from film school
and still made a hugely successful (2 thumbs up!) no-budget feature.
Kevin Smith (CLERKS) and crew
A Screenwriter's World O' Links
This is the place for all your screenwriting questions.
Screenwriters & Playwrights Home Page
Drew's Scripts-O-Rama which contains archives and pointers to a large number of scripts on the Net.