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1st Edition

Guerrilla TV
Low budget programme making

ISBN 9780240516011
Published February 9, 2000 by Routledge
260 Pages

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Book Description

The world of digital television means hundreds of channels, all trying to be different, all looking for product. But the overall international production spend has scarcely increased. Guerrilla TV shows how to make high quality programs at budget levels which were previously thought impossible, and how to make a living doing it.

This book is about empowerment; about making things happen. It is packed full of ideas, inspiration and help. The author, an experienced director/producer/writer, provides an insight into the 'real world' of television program making today. He uses many examples of how different low budget programs have been handled successfully with very professional results.

Guerrilla TV assumes that you are starting with little more than a desk and a telephone, in a world where everything has to be paid for. The mantra running throughout this book is: 'think before you spend'. Do not use money (of which you have very little) as a substitute for thought (which is free). And the other mantra: 'in the end, you don't save money by scrimping!'

Read this book - take the advice offered and watch your career take off!

Table of Contents

Introduction; Perspectives; Putting the programme together; Budgets and costing; Finance and deal structures; Research and script; Crew and equipment; Overseas production; Production scheduling; Production; Cameras - making it look good; Microphones - making it sound good; Post-production; DV and desktop editing; Sound post-production; Rights and clearances; Resources

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"This book will provide invaluable tips, guidance, and mentoring." - Focus magazine

'If you're wanting to make television and finally put your ideas to bed, there is no finer companion for your travels. From its slick design through to thorough content, it should be firmly ensconced in the hand of all DV aficionados. Lewis' copy is witty, intelligent and inspiring.'
DV World April 2001