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Independent Film Distribution: How to Make a Successful End Run Around the Big Guys [Paperback]

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No matter how good your film is, if it doesn't get distribution, it will never been seen by anyone. Learn how to break out of the pack and champion your movie by getting it seen and heard by the biggest audience possible!

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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2006
Publisher   Michael Wiese Productions
ISBN  1932907165  
ISBN13  9781932907162  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Originally from Bobcaygeon, Ontario, Phil Hall lives and writes in Toronto. He studied Creative Writing at the University of Windsor, and often teaches literature for York University.

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Guidebook for a Difficult Journey  Sep 7, 2008
Anybody can put their video up on YouTube, but how do you get your feature or doc out there where it counts in dollars and reviews? In my career as a director and producer I've usually been hired on by others and did not have to worry about distribution, but now our own company is producing a feature-length documentary, so I picked up Phil Hall's book to become familiar with the labyrinthine world of film distribution.

I suggest you do as I did and read the Table of Contents then go directly to each chapter's section on "LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAYS". That will give you a quick dive into the concepts so you can be more tuned in to the information as you go back and read through the book's chapters.

The information is hard-nosed and clear-eyed with lots of flashing neon signs saying, "Watch out for this!" and "Don't you dare do that!". The insights are encouraging in that Hall obviously respects those with talent, vision, and persistence.

I know we'll be wearing out the pages of this book during production and post-production in hopes of following Hall's advice to be prepared for the challenges of distribution - and hopefully reap those rewards.

Pamela Jaye Smith, Producer
Awesome!!  Aug 15, 2007
This has got to be one of the best books regarding the business side of movie/film production that I've read in a long time. It is very candid, no punches being pulled. It is just straight up! This book really opened my eyes to the distribution side of the business, and I really appreciate the distributors list at the end. If you are serious about getting your movie out there, read this book! Then read it again!
One book indie filmmakers should not miss  Jun 7, 2007
After years of watching movies and perhaps having friends, family, and acquaintances tell you that you should write a screenplay or make a movie, you've decided that that's what you want to do with some of the months or years ahead. First, don't panic. Lots of people have had this epiphany before. It's a long journey, but the rewards can be rich if you remember that it's step by step, and not javelin leap by javelin leap. It takes time and much effort, and even more patience.

You'll need a few things before you even begin to direct. Obviously, you need a camera, a screenplay, some actors if necessary, and locations where you'll be allowed to shoot. But besides all that, you'll need some books too, some guides to show you how indie filmmaking is, and what you can do to make your experience an enlightening one, perhaps even more exciting than you might have imagined. That's where Phil Hall comes in.

You pick up a copy of his book, Independent Film Distribution, and prepare to read Phil's educated, calm prose that I'm confident will get you through any worries you might have. It might not solve them all, because an indie film production still has lots to be concerned about during it, but you'll look at how Phil sees independent film and not only perhaps see even more names you might have not recognized at first, but see how to market your dream film, see what it takes to shout at the world, "See my movie!"

Phil's greatest quality in his writing is that he's aware of the filmmakers like you who might read this book. To make an indie film is hard work, but to get people to see it is even more difficult, and he makes sure you know. He does not discourage, but rather guides you through what's out there, also covering what film festivals are all about, and the pros and cons of it.

But it's not only him! No, no. You'll be fortunate enough to read interviews with various, esteemed indie filmmakers, and quotes throughout the chapters from countless others who have been entrenched in indie filmmaking and other aspects of filmmaking and film distribution for years and can speak from where you might want to be one day.

This is where you go for all you'd want to learn. And Phil, being the understanding, considerate writer that he is, he includes a list of distributors in the back, for you to see who is in the business of getting indie films out there. Believe me, there are many books you could possibly have on your shelves about indie filmmaking, lots of authors talking up the history and perhaps also the distribution, but Independent Film Distribution needs to be one you keep close at hand and heart. You'll learn more than you ever thought possible, even if you know a whole lot already.
Vital for the Filmmaker  Feb 27, 2007
Phil's book is a vital source for understanding the current landscape of independent distribution. I wish that I'd read this book two years ago before I'd started on my first feature. He's an excellent writer, but it's not just the writing that shines through - it's the interviews. He gets the salient questions in and avoids the starry eyed fluff that has a tendency to creep into industry interviews. I highly recommend it!
Like overhearing parts of a conversation...  Feb 23, 2007
I didn't know what to expect when starring at the front cover of this book and thumbing through its list of contents, but I hungered for knowledge on this topic and bought it with reservations.

After reading the book, it left me with a sense that I merely overheard parts of a conversation, wishing I caught all of it. Although the interviews were pretty decent and sort of acted like conversations at a festival's kick-off party, it didn't fulfill me the way I needed it to.

I can say there are a few things I did learn, which - I guess - made it worth the read, but I won't keep this book.

I don't know... I think I could have learned more by a few hours of reading articles on the Internet, but that's just me.

I give it a C minus.

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