Sunday, April 15, 2012

Make Your Movie {Review & Giveaway}

What You Need to Know About the Business and Politics of Filmmaking

This book is for anyone interested in the business of breaking into the movies, how to work with people in the film industry, what they do, and what they need. Most importantly, it is also about how to become one of them. Learn who the key players are when it comes to getting a movie made and how to navigate the politics of filmmaking from start to finish, from first pitch to filling movie seats.

  • Understanding how a movie makes money and who actually makes it happen has never been easier
  • Readers will benefit from guidance on finding a mentor and networking even when they don't know anyone
  • The inside scoop has never been this accessible, from which film festivals really matter to how to start a production company and more.

Make Your Movie is a straightforward and comprehensive must-read for any aspiring filmmaker with determination. The author offers insight through related, real-world experience and 1-on-1 interviews with working professionals who are already at the top of their game.

Having an insider's understanding of the entire film-making process from start to finish, fundraising to distribution, is imperative and will allow you to anticipate and navigate avoidable setbacks. This clear and concise guide candidly describes what you need to know about both, the business and the politics of the industry to get your movie made.

What I think: Barbara has put together quite a well-informative and comprehensive book. It tells you about the details and key points that you would also learn if you went to film school. It is easy to understand. This is a great book for those who just want to get to know about the film industry or want to get started in film as a career.

WHERE TO BUY: The book is available online at Amazon.com.


Barbara Freedman Doyle began her film career as the assistant to the Senior VP of Worldwide Production at TriStar Pictures. She continued to work her way up the freelance production ladder as a Coordinator and Production Supervisor on projects for CBS, NBC, Disney, TNT, Showtime, Hearst Entertainment, Hallmark, 20th Century Fox, Morgan Creek Productions, and Alcon Entertainment.

Currently Chair of the Film Division of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, Doyle is the former Associate Dean of Production at the American Film Institute and Chair of Portfolio at the Brooks Institute of Photography. She continues to consult on production for narrative and documentary film projects.

One (1) lucky reader will have a chance to win their very own copy of "Make our Movie" by Barbara Freedman Doyle. Chosen winner will be selected via Random.org through Rafflecopter and is open to US & Canadian residents (ends May 30, 2012 at 11:59pm EST). Winner will have 48 hours to respond to claim their prize. Mandatory entry is required to unlock the additional optional entries.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of the above mentioned book from the publisher/PR Company in exchange for my review. The opinions expressed in my review are my own personal and honest thoughts. No other compensation was given.

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  1. this would be for my son who wants to make stop motion videos proffessionally.


  2. would be interesting to learn about the basics of making movies since i would like to record my little one's moves

  3. I would love to learn the basics so I can try it out myself.

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