Cheap Movie Tricks: How To Shoot A Short Film For Under $2,000 by Rickey BirdCheap Movie Tricks: How To Shoot A Short Film For Under $2,000 by Rickey Bird

Cheap Movie Tricks: How To Shoot A Short Film For Under $2,000

byRickey Bird, Nicholas Belardes

Paperback | May 23, 2017

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How to make a movie: Filmmaker Rickey Bird and screenwriter and novelist Al Guevara 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
  • over budget and more than likely making the wrong movie
  • can't get the attention of an indie studio
  • should have started with a short film to gain attention

Cheap Movie Tricks: 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 enterprise that is building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online throughout the world. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing literally on the street. 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 planning and shooting a short film today can lead to a feature-length project tomorrow
  • everything you need to know about writing a movie project on a burger budget
  • 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
Rickey Bird of Hectic Films is building a filmmaking empire on a budget. His short films, feature films, micro docs and tutorials have landed in some of the biggest American film festivals and been seen online throughout the world. The result? Millions of views worth of exposure from films online, in festivals and creative marketing li...
Title:Cheap Movie Tricks: How To Shoot A Short Film For Under $2,000Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:May 23, 2017Publisher:Mango MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1633535436

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction To Short Films: Big Tricks, Small PackagesGet your ass off the couch! Did you know small ideas turn into big ideas? Short films arethe way to get noticed!Callout: Figuring Out Your Short Film End GoalCallout: Short Films Made Into Indie Features2. The Location Situation: Staying Out Of JailAha! You thought it was the script that came first. Not in low budget cinema. The realtrick is how not to get arrested.Callout: Some Of Our Favorite Location Cheats3. Stories That Don't Suck: Help Me Think, PleaseMost ideas suck. So we're starting with some basic yesses and no-nos. What is a story?What are its parts? What is conflict?Callout: A Brief History Of StoriesCallout: Why Horror MattersCallout: Why Drama MattersCallout: Why Action MattersCallout: What Makes A Good Character44. No Room For Shitty Scripts: Filmmaker Revision Made SimpleHow do I write a script that fits my budget and doesn't sacrifice story? The secret?Creative filmmaking early in the writing process.Callout: Tarantino-Style Heroes JourneyCallout: Working With A Team Of Writers5. Um . . . Money: Planning & Budget Made EasyWe will show you how to plan your shoot and raise the funds without robbingconvenience stores. Well that's kinda our plan . . .Callout: Easy Planning Spreadsheet Set-UpCallout: Easy Budget Spreadsheet Set-Up6. This Movie Needs Style! Set & Costume ThemesBelieve it or not your movie needs a look and feel. We're going to help you with stylepoints.Callout: Sexy Style Tips Via Color Filters7. All Aboard! Talent And Crew On A Journey TogetherThis is the heart and soul of any film production. Even if your crew only consists of youand three other people, we're going to show you how to make it happen.Callout: How To Get Name-Brand Talent8. Action! Shot Planning & FilmingFigure out your shots and then execute . . . Doesn't that sound easy?Callout: Make A Shot List9. What If My Movie Needs A Puppet Baby? Special Effects & Make-UpAt Hectic Films we do practical effects as much as possible because we appreciate the artform and because CGI Developers ain't cheap. Ain't cheap at all . . .Callout: How To Do Blood HitsCallout: How To Make Guns Look RealCallout: Bullets, Sounds, Lights & Muzzle Flashes5Callout: Punching & Kicking Made EasyCallout: Prosthetics Are For EverythingCallout: CGI Do's And Don'ts10. Shoot Days And Pick-Up Shots: The Mini Guide To Panic Attack PreventionWhat might foul up a shoot? Oh, just about anything and everything. We'll break downsome of the biggest potential panic attacks so you can refer back here and do somefilmmaking yoga.Callout: How To Pull Off Pick-Up Shots By Yourself11. The Experience Of Sensory Detail: In Other Words, Light & SoundBelieve it or not you actually need to care about light and sound if you're going to have acareer as even a novice filmmaker. We'll help you figure out the basics.Callout: Lighting ComparisonsCallout: Lighting GraphCallout: Sound Effects Made Simple12. Editing & Color: What If Nothing Looks Right, Ever?Editing and color correction requires skill and patience. Don't worry, we're here to kickyou when you scream for help.Callout: Our Top Five EditsCallout: Our Top Five Uses of Color13. Sound Edits, Music, and ScoreThese are things that you may have to trust others to do. Done incorrectly and your filmmight be better off sent to the trash bin. So pay attention.Callout: Free Music Checklist14. Your Marketing History Matters: Kick-Ass Movie Posters & Other Artwork TipsIf you want people to watch your movie then you need a poster so eye-poppingly coolthat they have to see your film. Think about it: Would you eat a cupcake that looks like aturd?Callout: Comic Book StyleCallout: Hectic Films Poster Collection615. Screenings & PromotionsWhen you make it this far you may feel like you're done-you're not. This is the time tostart promoting your film. You do want people to watch it, don't you?Callout: How To Get Theaters For Cheap16. Film FestivalsThere are many film festivals out there. What should you look for? We can show youhow to avoid the circle-jerk festivals. You know, where the judges only pick their friends?Callout: Keys To A Good Film Festival17. And Now For The Big-Time, Baby: Getting A Feature DealIt's time to truly get prepared. What if someone sees your short film and asks, "Do youhave a feature-length script for this?" Are you ready? Are you really ready?Callout: Brainstorming A Longer StoryCallout: Don't Be a Douchebag. Ever

Editorial Reviews

"Hey, you budding young filmmakers - it's time to put on your big-boy pants and shoot your own damn movie! But first, grab a copy of "Cheap Movie Tricks", a how-to guidebook to the exciting world of micro-budget indie filmmaking. Packed full of good straightforward advice delivered in a conversational tone, it's like having your own personal mentor. Clever topics like "Plan B", "Don't Get Arrested", and "Stories That Don't Suck" make it highly entertaining as well as informative." Brinke Stevens - actress, writer, director, producer"I wouldn't say it's a stretch to say that Rickey is a new version of Hitchcock, who was known as the "The Master of Suspense," but I would add he is a master of doing more with less. If anyone can teach you, show you, step by step how to get the most out of your equipment with a limited budget, Rickey is the one to do just that, and he can provide you the skills and tools to turn any project into a piece of art."Vincent M. Ward - The Walking Dead"A must read for inspiring filmmakers."Rachel Belofsky, Founder / Festival Director - ScreamFest