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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking

Practical Techniques for the Guerilla Filmmaker, 1st Edition

By Dan Rahmel


382 pages

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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking, an ideal book for the rapidly growing number of low-budget filmmakers, provides how-to information on the day-to-day techniques of actual low-budget production. Containing construction details describing how to replicate expensive tools for under $30 a piece, this book provides quick and inexpensive remedies to both the most common and most difficult production challenges. Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking is an invaluable resource to anyone looking to make a film without a big budget.


'Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking takes up where all the other guerilla filmmaking books leave off. If you want high screen value on a restricted budget, this book will stretch your money to the max.'
- James MacGregor, Penultimate Productions

'Indie filmmakers: Ignore this comprehensive production guide at your own peril. Everything you need to give your low-budget films that 'big budget' look is right here!'
- Michael Victor, Writer/Producer/Editor, FX Networks

"Rahmel provides the filmmaker with useful tips and detailed instructions for constructing low-cost alternatives to expensive professional gear. He also offers solutions to many common problems and encourages a thoughtful and safe approach to filmmaking."
-David White

"Nuts and Bolts is great for us renegade filmmakers! Rahmel does everything but write the script!"
John Wesley, Teamstunt Productions, Teamstunt San Diego

Table of Contents

Safety first
N-&-B Preproduction
N-&-B Camera Department
N-&-B Gaffer tools
N-&-B Grip tools
N-&-B Sound Department
N-&-B Art Department
N-&-B Makeup and Wardrobe
N-&-B Post Production

About the Author

Dan Rahmel has worked professionally on numerous films as Director, Gaffer, Electrician, Art Director, Grip, Set Decorator, Proper Master, Set Dresser, and Editor. He has worked with top industry professionals including Janusz Kaminski (Academy Award winning cinematographer), served as a key production employee in the Art Department of The Orlando Jones Show, and worked on the 2002 winner of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) Student Film Award. He is the author of several books.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Film & Video / General