Archive for May, 2009

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide is Finally Ready!!!

May 14, 2009

Well, almost…

I just finished the final rounds of proofs and it looks great.  I am told it will officially be available very soon.  Is it any good?  Listen to these people…

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

“When it comes to independent filmmaking Kelley Baker is the real thing.  His experience, observations and practical advice reveals the raw truth about an important art form that has been hijacked, over-romanticized and betrayed by everyone from the mainstream media to its very own champions.  This book is about real filmmaking.”
Brian Johnson
Author, Screenwriter, and Director

We are taking orders for the book now ($16.95 + $3 S&H) and it will be shipped when it becomes available.  For those of you who Pre-Order your copies, you will receive a signed copy when the book ships.  (

“Like any good survivalist, Kelley Baker doesn’t beat around the bush … His 12 chapter Survival Guide is a compact, no-holds-barred 12-step program to creating what Baker calls “The Extreme No-Budget Film.”  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)


I am the poster boy for bad decision making in the Independent Film world!

I have made eight short films, three features and a couple of documentaries, along with a ton of corporate videos, and commercials.   I have whored myself on other people’s movies for the last 20+ years.  There are certain truths I have learned, and certain things and people I shouldn’t have listened to.  I have messed up my life financially, emotionally, and probably physically and it’s all been for my love of movies.  My movies.

“Angry or not, Kelley Baker knows his stuff, and he tells it all in this book that’s part indie film war story, part instructional manual for true independents, and part furious rant.  It’s always entertaining, and it might just tick you off, but – most important – the advice contained within these pages will help you get your film made…
Chris Hansen
Writer and Director “The Proper Care and Feeding of an American Messiah.”


Too many people finance their films on credit cards, and they go broke!  Their films end up not getting a distributor and they’re left paying 30% interest on a film that no one wants.  Heed the words of noted financial consultant and former NBA player, Charles Barkley, “Credit cards exist to keep poor people poor.”


Does that mean I’ve never funded something with credit cards?   Yes!  And I have lived to regret it.

“Kelley Baker is the genuine article, a skilled craftsman and a passionate artist who is committed to sharing his love of true and independent film to whoever is lucky enough to cross his path, he is to be listened to”
Bill Dever
Indie Producer, Founder of The Indy Film Co-op and fan of Kelley’s
Dog Moses

So go to my website (
and Pre-Order your signed copy today.
$16.95 + $3 S&H

Whoa Pardner, don’t forget to buy a T-Shirt for Mom!


Hi, Remember me! And thoughts on Sound

May 5, 2009

May 5, 2009

I am off the road for awhile.  Moses and I returned home a few days ago.  It was a long 10 weeks.  I’m almost caught up on my sleep (not really) and I’m back in front of the computer.  I do apologize to those of you who regularly read the blog, sometimes it gets really hard to post from the road consistently.  I do my best, but there are times when I am just too tired.  At that point I am just working towards survival.  Every time I hit the road I tell myself I’ll be better at posting… maybe next Fall.

A special Thank You to Bill Dever and the Indy Film Co-op.  Bill worked with me on a lot of new venues and he and his family always had their home open for Moses and I.  Thank you.  (Next time I’ll bring more wine.)

A buddy of mine just sent me this link that I thought you would get a kick out of.   I don’t know how old this is, but enjoy…

And you think I’m Angry!

The BIG news is I finally saw a proof of my book, The Angry Filmmaker’s Survival Guide from the publisher and it looks great!  We have a couple small things to correct and I am hoping to have it up on the site available for purchase within the next couple weeks.  It has been a long time coming.  This has been a bigger ordeal than making any of my films.  Go figure.  Anyway, it will be available shortly.  Stay tuned.

Once again one of the things I have learned on this tour is how little most filmmakers and film students know about sound.  I can’t figure this out, sound is really not that difficult and yet it’s the thing that separates amateur films from professionals.  Too many people don’t think about sound at all and if they do they feel like they’ll go out and shoot and deal with it later.   You don’t go out and shoot with a bad camera, why are you going out and shooting with bad sound equipment, or none at all!

Check out my work book, 58 Things You Had Better Know About Sound Before Making Your First Feature.  It’s The Dialog Stupid!

This is a companion to my other work books on independent filmmaking.  It is available on my website,

What good is it you ask?  Well, it tells you about the 3 different types of microphones, (ribbon, dynamic, and condenser) and the 3 basic microphone pick up patterns.  It gives you helpful hints about sound design, and tells you that I will threaten you with physical violence if I ever hear you utter the word “sweetening” when you really mean MIX!  (Sweeten is what you do to ice tea, not audio tracks!)

Other things in the book include:
8.)  There are three basic microphone pickup patterns, omnidirectional, cardioid, and hypercardioid.  Omnidirectional is a microphone that picks up everything in all directions.  A cardioid microphone picks up in a single direction, like a lavalier, or a wireless mic.  A hypercardioid is a “shotgun” mic.  It picks up everything in a cone-area of about 50 degrees in front of it.
30.)  If you hire a good location recordist, you won’t need ADR.  You don’t want to use ADR.   ADR is not, and will never be, as good as the original audio take!  The sound quality won’t be quite right.  The performance will be close but not as good.     There are all sorts of new software programs that can match the words to the lips, but just matching the words to the lips is not what’s important.  It’s the feeling of the entire scene.

47.)  There is a trend, not to clear music for your movie if you’re going to send it to film festivals to find a distributor.   Then WHEN it’s picked up for distribution, you get the distributor to pay for the music rights.  If anything, WHEN should read IF, because the odds are, it’s not going to happen.  A lot of distributors won’t pick up a film if the music rights aren’t cleared.

You can pick this work book up for a mere $10 plus $4 S&H.   How much are you spending on a camera?

Be the first one on your block to own it.  58 Things You Had Better Know About Sound Before Making Your First Feature.  It’s The Dialog Stupid!

There is a rumor that all of my work books should be ready for downloading soon.

Until then you can still buy the hard copies on my site.

On to other stuff.

If you want Moses and I to come to your college, university, media art center, high school, theater or even to your house for dinner this summer or Fall send me a note,

Don’t forget to check out my tour sponsors, Show Biz Software, (, Film Baby (, Pollard Design (, Zoom Studio (, and The Indy Film Co-op (   If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

The first two Workshop DVDs are selling well.  You can find them at,, and at

As always, feel free to link to my site and you can subscribe to my blog.  So what are you waiting for?

Talk later.