Everyone knows you don’t need millions of dollars to make a great picture.

Although making an independent low-budget film is incredibly difficult to do, otherwise everyone would be doing it. Kevin J. Lindenmuth’s How To Make Movies isn’t for the faint of heart. He gets right to the point and straight into the real world of down right filmmaking!

Through this book you get to learn from people how are actually doing it! Hear two dozen independent filmmakers and their solutions to the limitations they face throughoutkevin01 their entire production. Read actual case studies and tons of practical advice. Plus see great behind the scenes photos to go along with everything.

How to Make Movies talks about if film school is right for you, what kind of stories are “do-able,” and where to find affordable and loyal cast and crew as well as equipment. But the most important thing Lindenmuth and his force of filmmakers talk about it believing in yourself, but even more so, believing in your project. A lot of time and energy goes into a film. That’s why it’s so important to understand your passion and fight for it! Lindenmuth shows you the reality of filmmaking and the real life examples from all these different filmmakers. It gives you solutions to problems for all kinds of different people, no matter who you are and how you problem solve.

The best part is that this book helps you with some of the hardest parts of filmmaking… distribution. To be able to get your film seen and heaven knows get paid to do what you love by the people that have done it again and again. You are able to pull from all these different opinions and outlooks on what life is like as an Indie Filmmaker as well, and how you can do it too.

How to Make Movies is a wonderfully useful guide to have in your back pocket during the making of your next film.

About the Author

Kevin J. Lindenmuth has worked in the film/ television business for about 30 years, in New York and Detroit. He has written and produced a dozen features, with worldwide distribution, and seven documentaries, most of them for PBS. He is the author of three previous books on independent filmmaking.


Foreword by Eric Red
Making Movies
Film School
The Script
Equipment and Production
Budget and Funding
Production Crew
Locations: Where You Live and Where You Shoot
Special Effects
How Long Does It Take to Make a Movie?
Publicity, Promotion and Distribution
Being an Independent Filmmaker
Working on Other People’s Independent Films
Your Career as an Indie Filmmaker
Appendix: The Filmmakers and Their Films

Paperback, 259 Pages
Published: 2013
ISBN 978-0-7864-7106-5

LibbyBloodLibby Blood, Editor, SVN Student Filmmaking

Libby Blood has a passion for all aspects of filmmaking. Throughout her four years in Advanced Media Production at El Dorado High School, she created countless PSAs, commercials, spot features, live events, music videos, and two award-winning short films. Now graduated, Libby is currently working on two feature films with well-known producers, as well as working with MTV Verge and Nick Cannon's Celebrity High TV. She is also stretching her wings with a full length documentary as well. Her short film LUCY has won numerous awards both here and overseas. 

 She is currently working on her next film.