Fast, Cheap & Under Control: Lessons Learned from the Greatest Low-Budget Movies of All Time (Paperback)

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Dying to make a feature? Learn from the pros

"We never put out an actual textbook for the Corman School of Filmmaking, but if we did, it would be Fast, Cheap and Under Control."

Roger Corman, Producer


It's like taking a Master Class in moviemaking...all in one book

  • Jonathan Demme: The value of cameos
  • John Sayles: Writing to your resources
  • Peter Bogdanovich: Long, continuous takes
  • John Cassavetes: Re-Shoots
  • Steven Soderbergh: Rehearsals
  • George Romero: Casting
  • Kevin Smith: Skipping film school
  • Jon Favreau: Creating an emotional connection
  • Richard Linklater: Poverty breeds creativity
  • David Lynch: Kill your darlings
  • Ron Howard: Pre-production planning
  • John Carpenter: Going low-tech
  • Robert Rodriguez: Sound thinking

And more

Learn the tricks and pitfalls of low-budget filmmaking from 33 successful independent films and the filmmakers who created them. Includes never before published interviews with low-budget mavericks such as Steven Soderbergh, Roger Corman, Jon Favreau, Henry Jaglom, and many more.

Learn the lessons from such classics as Clerks, Night of the Living Dead, Swingers, Open Water, El Mariachi, Slacker, sex, lies and videotape, The Blair Witch Project, Eraserhead, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Dark Star, Return of the Secaucus Seven, The Little Shop of Horrors, Caged Heat and Targets.

Are you dying to make a movie? This is the one book that can help you make it a reality.

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Praise for the Fast, Cheap and Under Control:

"This terrific little book explains how to make every penny count on the often-arduous journey from script to screen."

John Carpenter, Director, Halloween, Starman, Escape from New York

"A helpful and funny guide for beginners and professionals alike."

Jonathan Demme, Director, Silence of the Lambs

"This book is as good as film school, and a lot less expensive. It's required reading in Tromaville."

Lloyd Kaufman, President, Troma Entertainment, Creator, Toxic Avenger

"I wish I'd read this book before I made Re-Animator."

Stuart Gordon, director, Re-Animator

"This simple and sensible book injects reality into the process and helps any filmmaker prevent their film from becoming a money pit. Lessons like those in this book are cheap at ten times the price."

John Badham, director, Saturday Night Fever, Dracula, Blue Thunder

"For everyone who wants to make art without breaking the bank, John Gaspard's book is worth every penny."

Derek Pell, Editor, DingBat Magazine

"A richly-detailed, highly readable and inspiring book jam-packed with information that will keep low-budget filmmakers from making costly mistakes. Filled with a ton-full (not a spoonful) of fascinating, insightful interviews, with a you-can-do-it approach."

Dr. Linda Seger, consultant on over 2,000 screenplays, best-selling author of Making a Good Script Great and 7 other books

Product Details
ISBN: 9781087961507
ISBN-10: 1087961505
Publisher: Albert
Publication Date: December 12th, 2022
Pages: 382
Language: English