Author(s): Dean Silvers
Dean Silvers is an award winning director, writer, and producer of many successful feature films (including David O. Russell's breakout hit Spanking the Monkey). SECRETS OF BREAKING INTO THE FILM INDUSTRY is funny, highly practical, and tremendously innovative new approach to breaking into film. Overturning the notion that expensive film schools and high-tech gear are necessary to make a great film, Silvers argues the opposite, using his years of low-budget, independent successes to demonstrate how it's easier than ever for young filmmakers to produce (and sell!) their work. He even illuminates how the traditional paths to entering the movie business are not only inefficient and costly, but in fact run against those of the cinematic giants working today, many of whom broke out with runaway independent successes. An up-to-date bible for anyone aspiring to enter the world of filmmaking, SECRETS OF BREAKING INTO THE FILM INDUSTRY is a cross-cutting guide for the digital age, dispensing direct and concrete advice writers, directors, producers, and even actors. Touching on everything from Internet shorts to how to adapt, option, and collaborate on feature length films (with shoestring budgets), Silvers weaves in his own narrative, applying his own from-nothing, maverick success in the industry to today's arena. Unlike other so-called how tos for breaking into the film industry (all from authors who have never had a single film produced, let alone a string of award winners), SECRETS OF BREAKING INTO THE FILM INDUSTRY is the rare book from an actual working expert, an contains essential lessons for any and all who aim to enter the movie business.
"Dean brings all the resources needed."--David O. Russell, Academy Award(R) Nominated Director (Flirting with Disaster, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, Spanking the Monkey, Three Kings)