57 Filmmaking Books You Need To Read

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In our quest for furthering our knowledge and understanding of all aspects of filmmaking and video production, we often turn to books as a source of information. Anyone who follows this site knows that I’m a big reader and a life-long learner. Whilst nothing trumps real-world experience and time in the trenches of getting things done, books can open up … Read More

How Michael Bay Got His Start in the Movie Industry

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We all know Michael Bay as the hyper-active director of full-on action, and huge budget, flicks like Transformers, Armageddon and The Rock. But it wasn’t always like that. Like everyone, he had to start somewhere. Bay often traces his interest in action films back to an incident during his childhood. As a boy, he attached some firecrackers to a toy … Read More

How Shane Carruth Made Primer

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Interesting article by Shane Carruth about the making of his first feature, Primer. Says Carruth: The first thing I did when I set out to make Primer was to make sure I could get it finished as well as feed myself for six months on the small amount of money I had saved as a software engineer. After figuring the price of … Read More

El Principios – How Robert Rodriguez Got His Start

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The story of the making of Robert Rodriguez’ first feature, El Mariachi, is one of those infamous guerrilla filmmaking stories and is chronicled in the excellent book Rebel Without A Crew. The film was shot in numerous locations in Acuña, Coahuila, located in Northeastern Mexico. Rodriguez had a $7,000 budget, almost half of which he raised by participating in experimental clinical drug testing … Read More

Herzog on the Obscenity of the Jungle

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Some interesting comments from fabled German filmmaker Werner Herzog during the making of Fitzcarraldo: “Kinski says [the jungle] is full of erotic elements. It’s not so much erotic, but full of obscenity. Nature here is vile and base. I wouldn’t see anything erotic here. I see fornication and asphyxiation and choking, fighting for survival and growing and just rotting away. … Read More

How Darren Aronofsky Got Funding To Make His First Film

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Darren Aronofsky is known throughout the world as the celebrated director of such films as Black Swan, The Foundation and Requiem For a Dream. But he didn’t always have big budgets to use. Like every filmmaker, he had to start somewhere. Aronofsky’s debut feature, Pi (also known as π), was shot in November 1997. The film was financed entirely from $100 donations from friends and … Read More

Francis Ford Coppola and His Apocalyptic Shoot

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You may have heard some of the crazy stories from Francis Ford Coppola’s frenzied production of Apocalypse Now. It’s lauded as one of the great films of the 1970s now, but during production many people didn’t even believe the film would ever see the light of day. The production itself is infamously considered one of the toughest of all time, … Read More

20 Directors and How They Made It Part II

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Continuing from yesterday’s piece about directors and how they made it, we continue the list of interesting cases of filmmakers making their start in the business… Christopher Nolan As a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States, he spent his childhood in both London and Chicago. Nolan found an interest in botany and “dicots” early on until … Read More