Archive for November, 2009

DVD Extras, Help, It Might Get Loud & Other Stuff

November 30, 2009

November 30, 2009

The Extras are here!  The Extras are here!

That’s right all three of my features (Birddog, The Gas Café & Kicking Bird) now have extra features.  Directors commentaries, interviews, and all sorts of other stuff.  A whole new reason to buy your copies before Christmas.  If Ridley Scott can bore the crap out of us with all sorts of new versions of Blade Runner (and it’s not even a very good movie) then I can add extras!   Check them out @ http://www.angryfilmmaker.com/buy.php

Transcription Software?

I am hard at work on my second book, The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part Two:  Sound Conversations With (Un)Sound People and I am wondering if anyone can help me?  I am recording conversations with a lot of friends of mine in the sound world via Skype and I am looking for any kind of software that can transcribe the conversations for me.  I am familiar with Dragon’s Naturally Speaking but that doesn’t seem to fit what I need because on all of these recordings there are two of us speaking.  Does anyone know of any software that is good for transcribing interviews?  Something that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, (free is a great price…), and could do most of the work for me.  I would appreciate any info.

While I was on the road I got to see It Might Get Loud, the documentary on the three guitar players, Jimmy Page, The Edge, and Jack White.  I was not a big fan of any of these guys before I saw the film.  Well the film is terrific and while I still can’t say I am a big fan of Led Zepplin or U2 I can really appreciate all three of these guys.  Three different styles, but three people who love what they do and are pushing their own boundaries.  I’m sure it bombed, there were only 3 people in the theater when I saw it, so check it out on DVD.  Well worth seeing.

Time to plug my book…  I have to do this, I would much rather have you buy this then one of those books by someone who doesn’t make films, or really shitty ones.  You know who you are…

More things from the book:

1. The re-writing never stops… even in the editing room you have to re-write.

2.    If you’re convinced that a major feature is your future, it’s imperative that you start with short films, to learn your craft and build a track record.

3.    Important Law in the Hollywood Film Business:  No one ever gets fired for saying “NO!”  They only get fired for saying “yes” and costing the company money.

4.    Remember, it’s that show of respect that’s really important.  If your cast and crew don’t respect you, and like you, but respect is a bit more important, then they are not going to go that extra mile that is going to make you movie better.

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film.  It’s full of things to help you make your film.  So why haven’t you bought it!

Go to my site, (www.angryfilmmaker.com) and buy it for a mere $16.95 + $3 S&H.

So buy it already.

Please ask your local libraries to purchase my book.

On most library websites there is a place to suggest books for purchase. Or just send an email.  Here is the information they will need:

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide: Making the Extreme No Budget Film
ISBN #: 1-4392-3273-3
Author: Kelley Baker
2009

When asked for the publisher direct them to my website: http://www.angryfilmmaker.com
(The publisher is BookSurge but I make more money if they buy from me…)

Thank you!

I would really appreciate it if people who have purchased my book could go to Amazon.com and write a review.  Please tell your friends about the book, but don’t let them buy it on Amazon, send them to my site.  I make more money that way.

On to other stuff.

Follow me on Twitter (http://twitter.com/thekelleybaker) or become a fan on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/The-Angryfilmmaker/88965343075?ref=ts

Don’t forget to check out my tour sponsors, Show Biz Software, (www.showbizsoftware.com), Pollard Design (www.pollarddesign.com), Zoom Creates (www.zoomcreates.com), and Cheezy Flicks (www.cheezyflicks.com ).  If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

And I’m welcoming a new Sponsor, Film Slug, (www.filmslug.com) but more about them later…

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

Talk later.

Kelley

http://www.angryfilmmaker.com

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Good to be Home & Other Stuff

November 24, 2009

November 23, 2009

“What kind of software do you use?” is the most frequently asked question and possibly the stupidest one that I’ve ever heard!  Software doesn’t write your story, you do. – – from The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One

That one should pretty much explain itself, shouldn’t it?

Also … Stop watching movies!  You can only learn so much from movies.  Read books to learn how to tell stories!  Visit museums and look at paintings if you want to learn composition and lighting!   And Live Life!!!  We don’t need anymore lame ass movies about making movies, THEY’VE BEEN DONE TO DEATH!  We also don’t need another Spielberg, Lucas, Cameron, Bay or Tarantino.  We are still stuck with the originals and their stuff is boring!  And no more Young Hot Vampire Shit either!  It’s boring.

I have been home for a couple weeks and have been doing some gigs at the local schools here which has been nice.  I’ve also been working on a few things on my editing system, you’ll know about those soon enough.

I have been showing up on blogs and podcasts so I haven’t been totally out of the loop.

I just picked up a great quote from a fellow I admire and respect, here it is.

“Read this book and you will not only SURVIVE but you will SUCCEED. 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,” “Fast, Cheap and Under Control,” and “Fast, Cheap and Written That Way.”

So what else is in my damn book!

1.  The Independent Film world is full of liars.

2.    Sweetening is what you do to ice tea!  We do not put sugar on our audio, ever!

3.     Important Law in the Hollywood Film Business:  No one ever gets fired for saying “NO!”  They only get fired for saying “yes” and costing the company money

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film.  It’s full of things to help you make your film.  So why haven’t you bought it!

Go to my site, (www.angryfilmmaker.com) and buy it for a mere $16.95 + $3 S&H.

So buy it already.

I would really appreciate it if people who have purchased my book could go to Amazon.com and write a review.  Please tell your friends about the book, but don’t let them buy it on Amazon, send them to my site.  I make more money that way.

On to other stuff.

Don’t forget to check out my tour sponsors, Show Biz Software, (www.showbizsoftware.com), Pollard Design (www.pollarddesign.com), Zoom Creates (www.zoomcreates.com), and Cheezy Flicks (www.cheezyflicks.com ).  If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

And I’m welcoming a new Sponsor, Film Slug, (www.filmslug.com) but more about them later…

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

Talk later.

Kelley

http://www.angryfilmmaker.com

End of the Tour, Blogs & Other Stuff

November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009

I am just finishing up the tour and Moses and I are tired.  Sorry I have been slow when it comes to blogging it seems like I always get this way at the end of a 10 week tour, and yes, it has been 10 weeks.

I have been to a few new places this time around and made some new friends.  Check out the University of Central Florida’s film program blog (http://ucffilm.blogspot.com/) I spent some great time there and met some great students.  Thank you Jon Jones and Lisa Mills!

I also was interviewed by John Gaspard, a filmmaker after my own heart when it comes to No-Budget Films.  Check out my interview at http://fastcheapmoviethoughts.blogspot.com/.  It is a great blog; you all should visit there often.

I am in San Antonio right now consulting on a couple of films for a friend of mine.  Moses and I are also trying to relax a bit before we start the long trek home.

Here is a sample of a few things from my book The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film.

1. “What kind of software do you use?” is the most frequently asked question and possibly the stupidest one that I’ve ever heard!  Software doesn’t write your story, you do.

2. If you piss off your crew you’ll never really know it until you’re back in the editing room.  That’s when you will see things like the boom, or mic shadows, or that the focus is soft.

3. The worst thing that can happen on a set is that someone gets hurt.  Safety is a huge concern.  You know what your Mom always said, “it’s all fun and games until someone gets their eye poked out.”

4.  No one ever thinks about post!  Like once you get through production the rest of the film will take care of itself?

5. The studio/distribution people will tell you that you need a star, don’t believe them.  They’re lazy.

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part One: Making The Extreme No Budget Film.  It’s full of things to help you make your film.  So why haven’t you bought it!

Go to my site, (www.angryfilmmaker.com) and buy it for a mere $16.95 + $3 S&H.  You’ll feel better about yourself in the morning.

“Your book should be handed to every kid starting film school or every kid that says “Screw film school, I’m going to make a picture. NOW.”

Jim LeBrecht
Berkeley Sound Artists (and all around good guy)

I would really appreciate it if the people who have purchased my book could go to Amazon.com and write a review.  I could use a lot more.  And please tell your friends about the book, but don’t let them buy it on Amazon, send them to my site.  I make more money that way.

On to other stuff.

Don’t forget to check out my tour sponsors, Show Biz Software, (www.showbizsoftware.com), Pollard Design (www.pollarddesign.com), Zoom Creates (www.zoomcreates.com), and Cheezy Flicks (www.cheezyflicks.com ).  If you haven’t checked out their sites and their services, you better.

And I’m welcoming a new Sponsor, Film Slug, (www.filmslug.com) but more about them later…

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

Talk later.

Kelley

http://www.angryfilmmaker.com