As Eat, Pray, Love is to love and spirituality, Road Dog is to the raucous, independent, and contented life. – – William M. Akers, author, Your Screenplay Sucks!, Mrs. Ravenbach’s Way


“Kelley’s book allows us to live vicariously through his adventures. I’m not gonna lie to you, this is one of the very few books that brought me to tears. I think it could be the best work that Baker has done.” – – Scott McMahon, The Film Trooper Podcast

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With no distributor interested in his independent films, Kelley Baker, the Angry Filmmaker, ripped a page out of the punk rock handbook and went looking for his audience in a used minivan with his faithful 120 pound Chocolate Lab, Moses. Every fall and spring they traveled the country showing his films at art house theaters, film festivals, colleges, and biker bars.

Logging over two hundred thousand miles, they encountered a collection of Fellini-esque characters including two hyper-intellectual pro wrestlers in West Virginia, a lying Chicago hotel desk clerk who cost Kelley his home, civil rights workers knocking back rum at Hank Williams’ grave, and a way overzealous drug sniffing border patrol dog outside El Paso, Texas.

Kelley gave an audio workshop for employees of a porn channel, got yelled at in a haunted bar in Memphis, was asked to leave the Prayer Tower at Oral Roberts University, and drove twenty-four hundred miles in three days so he wouldn’t miss his daughter’s choir recital.

Moses swam in two oceans, fifteen lakes, and enthusiastically marked thousands of spots from sea to shining sea.

At the end of it all they found a lot more than an audience.

“I simply could not put this book down. It made me laugh out loud, cry out loud, share passages with my kids, want to be a better filmmaker, parent and person.” – – Ian Fowler

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“Kelley Baker writes so beautifully I shake my head in agreement even if I have never been to Iowa or Texas, or been on the road for weeks at a time…with a wonderful dog. Road Dog is a gem. Read it…feel it…love it.” – Freddi Carlip, Runner’s Gazette



The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part Two: Sound Conversations With (un)Sound People

I’ve heard the sound in your movie and it SUCKS! You need to buy this if you want to be taken seriously.

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Sound is not the enemy! – – Lee Haxall, Editor, Crazy Stupid Love, Meet The Fockers (Emmy Award Winner)

Sound is an excellent carrier of emotion. And film is about emotion.Gary Rydstrom, Sound Designer – Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park (winner 7 Academy Awards)

I like off beat stuff, weird sounding films and subtle sound tracks as compared to bombastic.Ron Eng, supervising sound editor – Mulholland Drive, Coraline

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part Two:Sound Conversations With (un)Sound People

Motion picture audio is one of the least understood parts of filmmaking. It is often neglected by film students and filmmakers alike. It is boring, scary, too technical and not considered important by most filmmakers. Until they get in to the editing room and realize that by not paying attention to audio earlier they are screwed.

This book is intended to shatter the myths and mysteries around film audio and give both students and experienced filmmakers the knowledge and tools so that their films will sound like they have come from the Hollywood studios without huge Hollywood budgets.

For the book, I have assembled a lineup of Film Industry Heavyweights in all areas of audio production for film and television. This group consists of location recordists, sound designers, picture editors, sound editors, re-recording mixers, and post-production supervisors.

This all-star cast has won Oscars and Emmys in addition to awards from various film industries worldwide. Interviews include, Gary Rydstrom, Tom Johnson, Jim LeBrecht, Ron Eng, Harry B Miller III, Peter Kurland, Lee Haxall, Ken Karman, David A. Cohen and a host of others discuss their methods and secrets. (Click on the names to go to their IMDB page.)

“If you read only one book on sound, this is the one, and, after you’ve read it, you’ll never, ever, ever say, “We’ll fix it in post.”William M. Akers – author of Your Screenplay Sucks!

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The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making the Extreme No Budget Film


Kelley Baker is the Angry Filmmaker. But his independent films are not angry, they’re honest. He’s angry at the state of independent film. For Baker, it’s about telling the story, not what actors are starring in it.

Kelley Baker worked in Hollywood for 20 years. He’s well known for being the sound designer on six of Gus Van Sant’s feature films, including My Own Private Idaho, Goodwill Hunting and Finding Forrester. He’s also made numerous award winning short films and three of his own independent feature films, Birddog, The Gas Cafe, and Kicking Bird. The most recent, Kicking Bird, was made with a budget of $6000 and has played to international audiences.

His films have aired on PBS, Canadian and Australian television, and have been shown at Film Festivals including London, Sydney, Annecy, Sao Paulo, Sundance, Chicago, Aspen, Mill Valley and Edinburgh.

Here, with all his attitude, is the wisdom of an Angry Filmmaker, gained the hard way, through experience.

“Finally, a film resource that tells it like it is! – – Jon Gann, Founder DC Shorts Film Festival

“This is a great book, written by an impassioned filmmaker who also happens to be a teacher of the first magnitude. – – William M. Akers, author of Your Screenplay Sucks! 100 Ways To Make It Great

back cover“Baker is on fire about making films. You will be too after reading this brutally honest compilation of personal stories and practical advice from the front lines of independent filmmaking.” – – Morrie Warshawski, Consultant and Author (Shaking the Money Tree: The Art of Getting Grants and Donations for Film and Video – 3rd Edition)

“One of the best books on making your way through the independent filmmaking jungle with justifiably-angry filmmaker Kelley Baker as your top-notch guide: Funny, profane and committed to telling the unblemished truth. Don’t make your next movie until you’ve read this terrific book.” – – John Gaspard, Author “Digital Filmmaking 101,” and “Fast, Cheap and Under Control”.

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