Low Budget Filmmaking Producing

Book Review: Independent Film Producing


Publisher: Allworth Press

Release Date: October 1, 2013

“It is my hope that this book has contributed to [your] basic understanding by providing a framework for the major issues encountered in producing a low-budget feature film – at the least it should enable you to ask the right questions of attorneys and producers and anyone else you will need…” –Paul Battista (Epilogue)

Paul Battista’s “Independent Film Producing: How to Produce a Low-Budget Feature Film” is very similar to Andrew Stevens’ “Foolproof Filmmaking: Make a Movie That Makes a Profit.” There are differences. Battista tends to concentrate more on the legal issues involved with making a film on a low budget, and less on creating a film project that meets the needs of the current market. There are also fewer anecdotal examples in the book. Battista relays valuable information to the reader, but one wonders if the information is practical for most low budget filmmakers. Future filmmakers should read this one only if they aren’t easily discouraged.

Review by: Devon Powell