HAPPY 2011 & WELCOME NEW NAKED FILMMAKERS!
I haven’t posted anything in a several weeks. My apologies for that. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to add new posts every few days.
Firstly, I want to welcome all the new and aspiring naked filmmakers out there!
Ever since my book Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000 Or Less was published last March it has been selling a small but steady number of copies every month. However, starting around the middle of November, with the lead up to Christmas, that started to change dramatically.
Over the past six weeks Naked Filmmaking sold over 7 times as many books — both softcover and Kindle editions — as in any single month previous.
As I live and work in Sacramento, California, and am most well known in the film community around here, it was generally assumed that it was mostly people in this region who were hearing about and buying the book.
Then about a month ago Amazon introduced a new feature called Author Central where authors can register and see where their books are being sold to. I immediately signed up and was instantly shocked to discover that the book is being bought by people all across the country!
Here is a sales map from one week of sales traffic for Naked Filmmaking to illustrate. Naked Filmmaking , whose very first readers were, in deed, from here in Sacramento and the Northern California region, ended 2010 by being discovered by new readers from coast to coast across the United States. Copies of Naked Filmmaking are now in (alphabetically and in the Amazon sales regions):
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut
Little Rock, Arkansas
New York City (where the largest number of books were sold)
Providence-New Bedford, Rhode Island
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Francisco, California (where the second largest number of copies were sold)
San Jose, California
St. Louis, Missouri
I wanted to start 2011 out by thanking the purchasers of Naked Filmmaking and welcoming you to the site. After — or as you’re reading the book — I hope you’ll check out the movies — Dog Soldiers, Year and Nightbeats — which are all available on Amazon as digital downloads and DVDs, which offer the best value to filmmakers because they are packed with how-to and making-of extras to help you to make your own movies.
There will be several new posts in coming days — if not later this very afternoon — so please bookmark this page on your toolbar.
Also, please friend me on Facebook where I announce new posts with links to this site.
In the coming year I am planning a new feature film with my wife and producing partner, lead actress and muse Bonnie Bennett, to be shot with the Canon 7D, and will be posting extensively about the process so that you can participate.
I will also be posting more about my regular paying gig as a TV news cameraman, what I do and how I do it, for those of you interested in journalism/photojournalism or documentary.
Much of the writings on these topics may find themselves into what will become my next book — or books.
There will certainly be a book on the next movie, what I am tentatively calling Naked Filmmaking: Volume Two, which will be devoted entirely to my process of making one film as a naked filmmaker — one man, no crew — in the new and evolving world of DSLR cinema. It will be extensive, in-depth with detail on the technical and creative process. It will most certainly also be a bit more expensive than the first book, but I can promise you it will be worth every penny because it will be larger in size and filled with full color photographs, both of the behind-the-scenes making of the film and frame blow-ups from the film itself to accompany the screenplay, which will also be included in the book in its entirety with detailed notes.
When I wrote Naked Filmmaking, I wanted it to be a book that would attract me if I were wandering through a book store and saw it on a shelf. I wrote and designed it to be a book that I myself would want to own and read. This next film book will be written and graphically designed to be a book that if I happened upon it in a book store that I could not live without.
I am also thinking, way in the fuzzy background of my mind (which is a pretty murky place to begin with) of possibly writing a separate book on documentary and TV new shooting, reporting, writing and editing and how to have and maintain a career in that field — which is not just ever-changing but has been constantly evolving even before I got into it as a profession but was trying to get into it while still in a TV station mail room. If anyone has particular interest or enthusiasm in such a book and blogging please — please! — send me a note with your thoughts.
Well, I only intended this to be a few short welcoming paragraphs and a photo of a sales chart for the book…
For those of you who made it all the way to the end of this first new blog posting of 2011 you have my gratitude.
Thanks for reading this. Thanks for all the encouraging book sales. Please, please post your reviews of Naked Filmmaking on Amazon and help spread the word.
This is more than just one more filmmaking book — it is an entire method and methodology to help filmmakers have better control of their vision and films and not get swamped and overrun in the filmmaking process.
I wish you all the best of luck with your own filmmaking dreams. Please bookmark this page and spread the word to your friends and colleagues and I hope you’ll join me through this page as I pursue a new year of filmmaking.
The very best of Happy New Year wishes to everyone for 2011!