10,000 Miles to Go: An American Filmmaking Odyssey

‘10,000 Miles to Go: An American Filmmaking Odyssey’ focuses on the making of the award winning contemporary feature film (‘Terrific’ – LA Times * ‘Superb’ – NY Film Critics Circle * ‘Hilarious’ – The New Yorker * ‘Utterly Compelling’ – Jacksonville Film Journal), ‘BookWars’, a no-budget project which was successfully bootstrapped against monumental odds with near-zero funding, yet which finally found its way into the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), NYC, films collection! From concept through worldwide international sales, ‘10,000 Miles to Go’ takes you through through the entire process – warts and all – stripping away the glamour of the movie business to reveal what it takes to bootstrap and execute an ambitious startup creative project with maximum impact on a minimal budget! An essential book about filmmaking, movie and video directing, film editing, scriptwriting and production, ‘10,000 Miles to Go’ is also a book which any startup entrepreneur or creative will find absolutely revealing and illuminating. ‘10,000 Miles to Go’ is a fascinating and insightful read for all kinds of bootstrappers and entrepreneurs, whether working in media, business, creative fields, or tech startup areas! Told in a conversational and often humorous style, ‘10,000 Miles to Go’ is a real life chronicle and expression of what many of today’s creative and entrepreneurial types—in all fields—will encounter as they pursue their own particular dreams, ambitions, and explorations without much in the way of financial backing, safety nets, or safe-words for that matter. With this book you will learn:

  • How to understand the mindset and challenges of bootstrapping a project
  • How to use creativity and an asymmetrical (‘guerilla’) approach in place of money
  • How to overcome psychological barriers, fear and doubt during the process
  • How to navigate the ‘realpolitik’ behind a project’s execution: the alliances, and the real dynamics of competition in the field
  • How to demystify the production process of a long form filmmaking venture
  • How to apply bootstrapping principles to your own business or project
  • How to exploit opportunities to the maximum, whatever field you may be working in!
  • How technological changes in any industry can have a massive impact on outcomes

NOTE: This text is based upon real, unfiltered discussions with filmmaker and writer-director Jason Rosette (www.jasonrosette.com). All material is from the entrepreneur-filmmaker’s point of view–this book includes plenty of exclusive stories you definitely won’t hear at film school! Whether making a film, a movie, writing a book, undertaking an edit of a production, readers will learn what really goes into the shoot of a film or video project, and what it takes to direct as a filmmaker. This edition of ‘10,000 Miles to Go’ also includes exclusive stills, photos, and images in a dedicated gallery at the end of the book This is a book on filmmaking for real indie filmmakers, allowing the maker to capture with a camera and effectively transmit a vision onto the screen – whether a project involves a lot of editing, a new director still learning techniques, or a seasoned producer shooting a script or slate of movies for digital distribution.

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The Complete Film Production Handbook, Fourth Edition (American Film Market Presents)

This book is for working film/TV professionals and students alike. If you’re a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator–the book has everything you’ll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production–from finding a production office to turning over delivery elements. Even if you know what you’re doing, you will be thrilled to find everything you need in one place. If you’re not already working in film production, but think you’d like to be, read the book — and then decide. If you choose to pursue this career path, you’ll know what to expect, you’ll be prepared, and you’ll be ten steps ahead of everyone else just starting out.

New topics and information in the fourth edition include:
* Low-budget independent films, including documentaries and shorts
* Information specific to television production and commercials
* The industry’s commitment to go green and how to do it
* Coverage of new travel and shipping regulations
* Updated information on scheduling, budgeting, deal memos, music clearances, communications, digital production, and new forms throughout

* This guide to production management is on every producer’s shelf and will save you time, money, and hassles
* Hundreds of forms, contracts, and checklists available to print and use on your production
* New edition is fully updated with information about low-budget productions and much more!Product Description
This book is for working film/TV professionals and students alike. If you’re a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator–the book has everything you’ll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production–from finding a production office to turning over delivery elements. Even if you know what you’re doing, you will be thrilled to find everything you need in one place. If you’re not already working in film production, but think you’d like to be, read the book–and then decide. If you choose to pursue this career path, you’ll know what to expect, you’ll be prepared, and you’ll be ten steps ahead of everyone else just starting out.

New topics and information in the fourth edition include:
* Low-budget independent films, including documentaries and shorts
* Information specific to television production and commercials
* The industry’s commitment to go green and how to do it
* Coverage of new travel and shipping regulations
* Updated information on scheduling, budgeting, deal memos, music clearances, communications, digital production, and new forms throughout
* This guide to production management is on every producer’s shelf and will save you time, money, and hassles
* Hundreds of forms, contracts, and checklists available to print and use on your production
* New edition is fully updated with information about low-budget productions and much more!


Amazon Exclusive: A Letter from Eve Honthaner, Author of The Complete Film Production Handbook

Dear Amazon Readers,

This book, now in its fourth edition, has been an amazing journey. It’s continued to evolve and improve as my career has expanded and the industry has changed in ways I couldn’t even imagine when it first came out. Because our business has become more specialized, what started as a collection of material that encompassed the scope of my experience has come to include incredibly valuable information on various facets of the industry. I couldn’t share this with you without the help of several colleagues, friends and friends of friends who generously contributed their expertise to this and past editions. I’ve learned a great deal from them and continue to learn from the many talented individuals I’ve had the privilege to work with–the behind-the-scenes heroes who know how to make the magic happen while sticking to a budget and schedule, keeping the cast and crew happy (and moving), helping to achieve the director’s vision and creatively overcoming countless daily challenges.

I collect new information and memorable experiences from every job and project I work on–both for the book and (when I teach) for the benefit of my students, who are the ones who never fail to remind me of why I love being in this business.

My goal is to make your job easier by compiling material on a great many aspects of production, providing useful checklists, an array of forms and loads of practical advice that will help you make your film. I want to guide you through the process, so you’ll want to do again and then again after that–whether it’s a 10-minute short or a big studio feature.

The Complete Film Production Handbook has become an industry standard, and I can’t tell you how gratifying it is to see it in production offices and on sets–to know that it’s helping film students and filmmakers all over the country. I’m grateful every time it’s purchased, used and recommended, but would especially like to thank those who have been buying the book since its first edition.

-Eve Honthaner


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