Filmmaking and real life

FILMMAKING: Tony Stark's practical and accessible guide to creating non-fiction content for television, online or social media.

The Insiders’ Guide to Factual Filmmaking
Author: Tony Stark
Publisher: Routledge,

Once, while in film school, I was wandering through old Tallinn together with my camerawoman. We were both carrying heavy filming equipment and concentrating on finding good shots for our homework. Some locals approached us and asked what we were up to. Having realized that we were filmmakers, they offered to take us up on a big construction tower. On the way, our guides expressed many clichéd opinions about the bohemian lifestyle we, as artists, should be leading. We were laughing because our directing and cinematography studies were extremely intense, filled with 12-hour shooting days and worries about financing our graduation film. Our philosophical wine evenings were far less common than the stormy parties thrown by economics and natural science students from our dormitory.

The Insiders’ Guide to Factual Filmmaking by filmmaker Tony Stark also brings the often mythological and idealized profession of filmmaking down to earth. The book offers very pragmatic tips on how to do a TV and online documentary film in a very competitive market, starting from idea proposal and continuing through its shooting and financing. There are many juicy quotes from interviews with 19 British and American industry professionals. For some art-house filmmakers, the book might seem a bit dry as it only briefly discusses filmmaking from its creative side. However, it could serve aspiring filmmakers and starting directors as a source of good advice for some phase of …


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