Cheap Movie Tricks: How to Shoot a Short Film for Under $2,000

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Mango • Paperback • 9781633535435

Release date: April 4, 2017

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Filmmaker Rickey Bird and writer Nicholas Belardes are on a mission to help indie moviemakers everywhere. Today’s indie film market is growing by leaps and bounds. At the same time, many aspiring filmmakers are running into their share of problems. Not enough money for crews? You’re probably over budget and more than likely making the wrong movie. Can’t get the attention of an indie studio? You probably should have started with a short film to gain attention. Film school numbers aren’t down. They’re increasing at more than 2,600 film-related courses worldwide. You probably didn’t even realize 48% of all film schools are in the U.S. and U.K. Thousands of aspiring filmmakers are literally learning how to use cheaper, widely available filmmaking technology, as well as the craft of making movies, from books pulled from bookstore and library shelves. They’re totally DIY and the most creative people you will ever meet. Rickey Bird’s Hectic Films is a Southern California operation that is building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His many projects have seen leading B actors like Hulk Hogan and Vernon Wells (Mad Max Road Warrior), make-up artists from the TV show Grimm, and stuntmen from the Call of Duty games.

What you’ll learn inside this book:

– How can planning and shooting a short film today lead to a feature-length project tomorrow? Find out!
– Everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget.
– Get tips on how to find locations and not get arrested.
– Shooting tips galore for building exciting scenes!
– Sound and film editing tips and all kinds of special effects wizardry. Including puppetry!
– Screenings, promotions and juicy tips on film festival strategy.

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  • About Us

    Hectic Films is an indie film company formed by Rickey Bird and Jason Sanders in 2003. The name was the best way they could explain how things got crazy on set. Since 2003 Hectic Films has gained a very professional team to create amazing projects.