The Six Day Horror Movie: A No-Nonsense Guide to No-Budget Filmmaking Paperback – Sep 4 2004
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DiPaolo has spent over 15 years in independent features working as a writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor.
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Of the more than 200 pages in the book, only about 33 were actually devoted to the "six day horror movie."
There are many grammatical and copy editing problems. I kept thinking this was a self-published vanity book, but it in fact was just poorly edited by the publisher
The photos in the book are poor quality black and white stills from "Daddy," the previously mentioned film that was barely profiled in the book, and the photos don't seem to serve any purpose. There are a few illustrations (two or three, I think), but they're nothing really more than scribbles to illustrate a couple of rock bottom basic camera blocking concepts.
Thankfully, I bought this book using a gift card. Even though I didn't spend my own money on this, I felt ripped off. You could easily buy three quality filmmaking books for the price of this one.
2: THIS BOOK IS TOTAL CRAP!
3: A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME!
4: THE HORROR IS ITS PATHETIC WRITING AND EDITING!
5: HAVE YOU HEARD OR SEEN THE MOVIE THAT THIS WAS "BASED" ON? IF YOU HAVE THEN YOU KNOW YOU ARE IN FOR A PILE OF SELF-RIGHTEOUS DUNG!!!
6: GET SOMETHING ELSE.
7: GET SOMETHING ELSE!!!!!!!! PLEASE!
The book is NOT about making a horror film. AT ALL. So if you're looking for a read about how to make your own slasher film, don't bother.
HOWEVER: this book is probably the best book I've read in condensing the art of film making ... indie-style.
If you're a film-maker, and you probably are, even as an amateur, you want to read this.
Let's face it... if you've decided to be part of the millions of people who dream about being the next James Cameron, then you will admit to making your dozens of low-budget films with your friends, a backyard, and a handheld in an afternoon of boredom.
That said, get off of your intellectual high=horse and realize that film-making is about passion, community, and oh... organization. Without proper pre-production, there IS no finished project.
Last, this is a book for intermediates... not someone looking for a weekend of fun. Filming is gritty, exhausting, collaborating, creative and... rewarding. It's also not for the light-of-heart or light-of-stamina.
So grab this book, get a weekend together and your tribe of forgiving and lovely friends and love what you do.
Or get out of the business and let me have a crack at it. :)
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