What A Great Review For ‘NAKED FILMMAKING”!

Published On November 26, 2013 | By Mike Carroll | Books, Naked Filmmaking

I am a totally independent filmmaker and a completely independent author. I put the films and the books up on Amazon and have no idea who is looking at them or who is buying and reading them. Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000-$6,000 Or Less Revised & Expanded For DSLR Filmmakers.

Despite my efforts, the only publicity — and publicity that I am incredibly grateful to have — is from Carl Olson, Mitch Aunger and Chris Fenwick on The Digital Convergence Podcast and Chris Fenwick and Alex MacLean on the Digital Cinema Cafe.

It has now sold copies all over the United States and in every international region that Amazon has the world broken up into. Surprisingly, I have been selling quite a lot of copies in the U.K. for the past year. But I never know who is buying it, what their interest is, what their reaction is, or if what I have to say is resonating with anybody. Almost nobody ever writes an e-mail. Whether anyone is checking out this site or not, I don’t know.

I know the book is written for a narrow, targeted audience.

And very few people who ever buy a book bother to write a review about it on Amazon.

Naked Film Amazon page 1

For the longest time Naked Filmmaking, the new & revised edition, only had 7 reviews and 4.5 stars. This morning I was up early and idly clicked on the book on Amazon and saw that I now had 5 solid stars (out of 5) and an 8th review. I clicked on it and — was knocked out.

I don’t know who Philip Bateman is, never met him, but he is exactly the filmmaker who I wrote Naked Filmmaking for. I’m reposting it here to share. He touched on all the bases that I address in the book about making movies in the traditional Hollywood crew method and that I have been arguing is fine for big blockbuster corporate movies, but that for the starting out or indie filmmaker there is a much simpler, more efficient, vastly more economical way of doing things.

This is the kind of review that — when it’s late and you’re pecking alone at the keyboard of your laptop on a book that you wonder if anybody’s going to have an inkling of any interest in — this is the kind of review that a writer dreams of getting.

I just visited Philip’s site BravoCharlie.TV and he’s based in Melbourne, Australia.

Philip Bateman got it. Many thanks, sir — for trying the book and for helping to spread the word. Many, many thanks indeed.

Naked Film Amazon page review

5.0 out of 5 stars The best investment I have ever made, October 30, 2013
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This review is from: Naked Filmmaking: How To Make A Feature-Length Film – Without A Crew – For $10,000-$6,000 Or Less Revised & Expanded For DSLR Filmmakers (Kindle Edition)

I jumped into the video content revolution four years ago as I firmly believe it to be the modern form of storytelling. Through BravoCharlie.tv I have built a successful business on the premise, teaching myself ‘film’ in the process and directing-filming-editing two to three hundred two to ten minute pieces of content live to YouTube in the process.

In the 2012/2013 new year break I attended ‘summer film school’ for 19 days including cinematography units showing how to use whole crews of AC’s, gaffers, grips – the entire ‘Hollywood’ method, after which I picked up my flight case of DSLrs, Zoom H4 and mics, vintage Canon FD and Nikkor lenses care of Ebay, LED panels, tripod and pc laptop editing with Edius and went back to independent content production.

So what..? This book is a concise, entertaining and inspiring distillation of the high and low points I have spent thousands of hours both working and researching to discover AND I have learnt a tremendous amount reading it. It cuts through the Hollywood big budget processes I encountered at film school and gives realistic, achievable methods for making emotionally engaging, good looking film.

BUY this book. READ this book. MAKE your content – The world is waiting for our stories.

Thank you for inspiration and hard won experience Mike.

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About The Author

Mike Carroll joined the digital revolution in 1999 with a Sony TRV900 camcorder and Final Cut Pro, when it was only Final Cut Pro and not version 2, 4 or a Suite.

One Response to What A Great Review For ‘NAKED FILMMAKING”!

  1. As an accomplished indie producer, film festival director, film non-profit founder/director, and (now) a distribution and marketing executive for a film studio led by an award winning producer, I have seen the various stages of film making talent come and go, and I’ve watched the industry grow and morph using new technology and social media access. It’s an amazing time to be creating content – the technical equipment is accessible and affordable, there are so many platforms for audience access, and the opportunities are limitless – IF you put in the hard work. Mike Carroll has managed to make good films for very little money and minimal assistance, clear paths of self-distribution and find the successful outlets to sell his products. His book ‘Naked Filmmmaking’ encompasses all the hard fought lessons and valuable outcomes he’s learned along the way, and should be great comfort to those who are out there on their own. Thank you for sharing what you’ve learned Mike.

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