15 April 2010

Book Review: The Guerilla Film Maker's Pocketbook

by Tyler Weaver.  Follow me on Twitter.

by Chris Jones, Andrew Zinnes, and Genevieve Jolliffe
Continuum International Publishing Group, 320pp.

As a former musician, I can attest to how essential and wonderful the "Pocket (insert pocket-ized book material here) book" is.  Chord books, notebooks; you name it, there's a Pocket-sized version of it.  Granted, some require very large pockets (hence the "Gig Bag Book," which is the Pocket Book equivalent of Super-Sizing), but the point is there: provide all you need in a short, succinct package that can bail you out of nearly any situation - be it a forgotten chord, a forgotten lyric, or those times you find yourself with a camera, a bunch of people looking at you, and thinking...

"What the hell do I do now?"

I've been a fan of the Guerilla Film series of books for quite awhile.  Both the telephone books of The Guerilla Film Maker's Handbook and The Documentary Film Maker's Handbook are staples of my book shelf.  The combined expertise and no-nonsense interview styles of Chris Jones, Genevieve Joliffee and Andrew Zinnes have proven absolutely invaluable, and now they bring it to a book I can stick in a very large pocket and keep with me, for those times when I wonder...

"What the hell do I do now?"

Covering everything from script to finished product to getting that thing out there, The Guerilla Film Maker's Pocketbook is the perfect compliment to any multi-hyphenate's arsenal.  Because, let's be honest - the real point of being a multi-hyphenate is not to DO everything, but to better UNDERSTAND the working methods of your crew.  Empathy is a must in all working environments - and this book goes a long way towards helping round out the filmic education of DIY-ers and professionals alike.

Wholeheartedly recommended.  Now I just need to find the right pocket.

Tyler Weaver is a filmmaker, writer, contributor to the pulptone.com website, and is the founder and EIC of Multi-Hyphenate... which you're reading right now.  He's currently making new things and yaks about that and more on Twitter under the creative guise of @tylerweaver.


Chris Jones said...

Wow! Thanks for the feedback... Appreciate it.
Chris Jones

Tyler Weaver said...

My pleasure Chris - congrats to you, Andrew, and Genevieve on crafting such an invaluable resource!

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