Alt.culture.guide™, Keith Gordon, 2004
One of the most important tools available to an a artist.
We are entering a new era. Mini-DV filmmaking is the new folk, the new punk rock, the new medium where anyone can tell his story. "$30 Film School" is an alternative to spending four years and a hundred thousand dollars to learn the trade. It is influenced by punk rock?s Do-It-Yourself spirit of just learning the basics and then jumping up on a stage and making a point, and by the American work ethic back when it was pure, before it became all about corporations crushing the little guy. Throw in the hacker idea that information wants to be free (or at least very cheap) and you?ve got our deal. Inside you?ll find many interviews from insightful independent filmmakers and artists, as well as a host of practical advice, knowledge, and resources.
Make your film a reality with a DV camera and a computer. With this book, you will learn how to not only make a film, but also how to distribute, tour with, promote, and sell your film. CD-ROM is full of movies, lessons, interviews, trailers, and other tools.
About the Author
Michael W. Dean is a true multimedia artist. He is the director of the films D.I.Y. OR DIE: How to Survive as an Independent Artist and HUBERT SELBY JR: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow. He toured the United States and Europe in 2002 and 2003 with D.I.Y. or DIE and recently debuted HUBERT SELBY JR: It/ll Be Better Tomorrow at the Deauville (France) American Film Festival. A prolific author, Dean's previous books include $30 Music School and $30 Writing School, as well as the critically acclaimed novels Starving in the Company of Beautiful Women and The Simple Pleasures of a Complex Girl. He also co-wrote the book Digital Music DIY Now!, and he contributes to MAKE Magazine. Dean has been interviewed on NPR, BBC radio, and PBS, and was featured on NBC, VH1, and in Variety Magazine. He lectures at colleges, museums, and youth centers throughout America and Europe. Dean has always been interested in art -- before embarking on writing/filmmaking, he was the lead singer of Bomb (Warner Brothers). They released four albums.