Low Budget Filmmaking

Book Review: The Guerilla Film Makers Handbook (American Edition)


Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Release Date: April 14, 2004

This text by Chris Jones and Genevieve Jolliffe is made up of countless interviews with people that have worked on independent films (of varying importance). The interviews were conducted with the intent of providing future independent filmmakers advice about the process of making independent films. Of course, some of the interviews are more helpful than others.

The quality of the advice often depends on the individual interviewers, as does the level of interest that the reader has while reading the text. When the book is at its best, it makes for an experience that is both enjoyable and educational. When it is at its worse, it is rather tedious and unhelpful. However, what is interesting and what is tedious will probably depend on the individual readers and what they hope to gain from the book.

The meat of the book is 701 pages in length (this isn’t counting the appendix). It is one of those books that is best digested in small bites. This reviewer found it helpful to read approximately 200 pages at a time (while reading another book between each 200 pages). The reason for this is that there are so many interviews, and a lot of them cover similar territory. Each interview stands on its own, and it isn’t the sort of book that is easily read cover to cover.

Review by: Devon Powell

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