Incredible New Review For “Naked Filmmaking”
As you know, a couple weekends ago I was a guest speaker at Media Fest 2010 at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton. A talented, eager and hard working bunch. Almost as soon as I got in the door one particular student approached me, introduced himself as Solomon Stadtner and said he wanted to make films.
The next morning this e-mail was waiting for me:
“My name is Solomon and we met yesterday at Media Fest. I just wanted to let you know that I really enjoyed your panel discussion. You seem to have a lot of intriguing ideas about filmmaking. Out of all the books that I’ve read about independent production, I’ve never heard something as practical as what you were talking about yesterday. I just ordered your book on Amazon and I can’t wait to read it.”
Then a few days ago I got this note from Solomon: “I finished reading your book and I absolutely loved it! (I just posted my review on Amazon.) It gave me lots of ideas for future projects and I’ve been recommending it to all my filmmaker friends.”
So I shamelessly can’t resist — you can click here to go to the Amazon page for Naked Filmmaking or just stick around and read it here:
“Essential reading for independent filmmakers, June 7, 2010, by Solomon Stadtner
“Naked Filmmaking is a much-needed book for people who are serious about making independent movies. Mike Carroll has been brave enough to make 2 full-length features on his own, and he’s now sharing his experiences with the world.
“He starts by explaining how to write a script that is unique and personal, but that will also be entertaining for the audience. He describes how to make use of the resources available to you when writing a screenplay. Included are sample pages of scripts that he’s written, which help illustrate his point.
“He then discusses how to find the perfect camera for your project, where to buy it, and how to identify everything that the camera is capable of. There is information about recording effective sound, making use of natural light (both indoors and outdoors), and being your own camera operator.
“Carroll makes the solid point that movies are nothing without actors and he explains how to find great actors, the advantages of working with theater actors, how to collaborate with them, and how to build an efficient production around their schedules.
“Great detail is given regarding film editing as well. He explains how to make the movie flow, how to polish the sound and picture quality, and the importance of getting feedback from others.
“The book concludes with advice on promoting films once they’re finished. There are excellent sections on film festivals, press kits, advertising, and self-distribution through DVDs and online streaming. He also stresses the importance of controlling how the films are presented at screenings.
“Mike Carroll demystifies the process of making movies. He describes every technical and creative detail about film production in ways that are easily understood. This is one of the best filmmaking books that I’ve ever read.”
Thank you, Solomon. It’s people like you, people with a dream, who I wrote this book for.