Making The Extreme No Budget Film

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The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: 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, Director, 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)

“He pulls no punches calling out both Hollywood and very specific directors for being creatively bankrupt. The author then presents his philosophy on the physical process of filmmaking with tips and advice that could only come from someone who has been there and had scars and debt to prove it. That being said, he does not hold anything back, he tells the whole story, warts and all.” – – Nathan Eckelbarge, Microfilmmaker Magazine

“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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