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From Reel to Deal: Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film

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From screenwriting & budgeting to marketing, Simens provides encyclopedic, precise, & creative instruction for putting your vision up on the screen.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Grand Central Publishing (first published October 1st 2000)
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Nick Woodall
Very well done book. Extremely well-organized and succinctly written. Tons of reference material and additional helps. If you want to make a movie, then this book is for you! Breaks the movie industry down by budget categories and walks you through the entire process from obtaining movie rights to ultimately marketing the movie worldwide. Excellent!
Travis Hamilton
Oct 16, 2011 Travis Hamilton rated it it was amazing
I've taken Dov's 2 day film class in LA twice and learned much. The book is a great addition to his class. I was a bit concerned though when I ran into Dov at his and mine first American Film Market adventure pushing his film the book he tells how once your film is finished, take it to the markets to sale. I guess he doesn't quite know what it takes on the distribution side of things, but everything prior to distribution he seems to know more about! Still a great read!
Phil Spitzer
Apr 03, 2010 Phil Spitzer rated it liked it
Some very good, very detailed information on making movies cheaply. I didn't really enjoy the constant advertisements for all of the contacts he recommends for everything from camera stores to attorneys. Again, I think there was a lot to learn in this book. I just couldn't shake the feeling that the author was a bit of a hack--and I suppose that's what he's going for, "hacking movies", so this could be positive or negative, depending on how you see it.
Feb 04, 2008 Lewis rated it it was amazing
Dov S-S Simens teaches a two day course on how to create your own film on a small budget. Simens goes into all aspects of the independent film business. It's an extremely practical and useful book. If you're thinking of writing your own film, Simens recommends that you create a story with minimal characters and sets, something that is like a filmed play. That way you will be able to afford producing your project without being drowned in cost overruns.
Oct 18, 2012 Azzageddi rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Was expecting some sort of esoteric, hush-hush info from behind the lines, so to speak. All I got was a lot of stuff I already knew, whether that be from the internet or just common sense. Big old "meh" for this one. Maybe the course is better than the book, but I'll never know.
Aug 08, 2007 Inggita rated it liked it
Shelves: film-video
pretty darn good guide for no-budget filmmakers - although the directory is only good for US-based ones. Now we need its structure for the Indian and Indonesian version, right? there's one production guide for the latter, but this book is more comprehensive and to-the-point.
Belal Khan
Jul 18, 2013 Belal Khan rated it liked it
This is a seminar in a book. Walks, the writing style is more akin to kicking you in the behind to learn and make your film. Lot of homework in the book.
Dec 18, 2008 Daylyn rated it liked it
If you're a novice or just plain interested in the film industry this is a great book about the film industry, how to get into it and what it takes to succeed.
Jun 29, 2007 Natalie rated it really liked it
I thought this was a really intersting book on how to make an indpendent film. The only thing stopping me now is my own fears!
Apr 03, 2009 Taryn rated it it was amazing
Brilliant screenwriting chapter. All around awesome book for filmmakers, should be a must-read.
Thomas A Wiebe
Decent starting point for understanding the basic steps in making and marketing a movie.
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This is better for producers than any other human aspect of movie making
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