The Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook

'Crammed with information, bang up to date, and designed to snugly fit in any film makers pocket, the new tiny shiny Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook is the natural evolution for our hugely successful series of handbooks which have now sold over 100,000 copies... created to inform and inspire in equal measure, we guarantee that as soon as you pick it up, the only time you will put it down will be to slip it into you pocket!'
Chris Jones


With the Guerilla Film Makers Pocketbook you will learn...

  • How other new film makers made their first movie and found success
  • How to take your great ideas and turn them into great films
  • How to build a team to make your movie now
  • How to harness cheap technology to make expensive looking films
  • How to avoid hundreds of pitfalls many other film makers will fall into
  • How to find audiences and even make money from your movie

Veterans of the indie film scene, the authors have produced numerous low budget feature films, sold projects to Hollywood studios, come perilously close to an Oscar nomination, and even ended up in prison! They’re also the team behind the best-selling Guerilla Film Makers Handbooks series, selling over 100,000 copies around the world, and they’ve taught thousands of emerging film makers the key skills needed to make their own great movies to launch a career. Their offices are at Ealing Studios in London and in Los Angeles.

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'Passionately written and entertaining to read, this is a brilliant how-to book that makes you want to start plotting your movie straight away.'
Lucy Brown, The Stage Newspaper


'The amount of information packed into this little book makes it an incredibly sound investment. It will give you insight and ideas for things you might not have thought of before'

Micro Film Maker Magazine



The book is a series of expert interviews, each being complimented by a series of 'box-outs' crammed with tips, tricks and hints for you to get the most out of your time, budget and great ideas.

Chapter One - Screenplay
Writing A Feature Film - Blake Snyder 32
Writing For Low Budgets - Genevieve Jolliffe 36
Script Doctor - Julie Gray 42
Writing A Short Film - Chris Jones 48

Chapter Two - Planning
Producing For Low Budgets - Genevieve Jolliffe 54
Funding - Chris Jones 58
Doing Deals - Ivan Clements 66
P.A. - Judy Goldberg 72
Production Management- Andrew Zinnes 74
Casting - Terry Tocantins & Jj Mayes 76
Locations - Kathy Mccurdy 82
Insurance - Paul Cable 94

Chapter Three - Production
Camera - Philip Bloom 100
Sound - Adrian Bell 110
Assistant Director - Nicolas D. Harvard 118
Production Design - Melanie Light 124
Costume - Shanna Knecht 130
Make-Up - Kat Bardot 136
Stunts And Fx - Nils Stewart 142
Working With Actors - Jan Dunn 148
Producers Overview - Chris Jones 154

Chapter Four - Post Production
Editor - Eddie Hamilton 160
Audio Post Production - Bernard Oreilly 172
Music - Jermaine Stegall 178
Documentary Edit - Amaya Cervino 184
Post, The Producers Overview - Chris Jones 189

Chapter Five - Festivals & Sales
Festival Organiser - Patrick Schwiess 194
Festival Veteran - Susan Cohen 200
Marketing - Sheri Candler 208
Sales Agent - Julian Richards 218
Domestic Distribution - David Wilkinson 230
Short Film Sales - Linda ’O’ Olszewski 238
Beyond Traditional Distribution - Jon Reiss 244
What Next? - Chris Jones 250

Chapter Six - Case Studies
‘Colin’ - Marc Price 256
‘Ink’ - Jamin & Kiowa Winans 264
‘Ten Dead Men’ - Ross Boyask 274
‘Treevenge’ - Jason Eisener & Rob Cotterill 280
‘The Black Hole’ - Phil Sansom & Olly Williams 288
‘Dead Wood’ - David Bryant& Sebastian Smith 292
‘Paranormal Activity’ - Oren Peli 298
‘Gone Fishing’ - Chris Jones 304
From Short To Feature - Jonathan Newman 312


Reader Feedback

The great strength of the Guerilla books across the board is to give you all the information you want, all the information you need and then a whole load of truly vital information you had no idea you needed, wanted or could even ask about.  

Mr O P Lewington - Film maker


If you are serious about making a film (feature or short) then I urge you to check this book out. Full of great advice, tips, and interviews for all film makers of all levels, Experienced or Beginner. And due it being a pocketbook means I will take it everywhere I go, for advice and inspiration.
M. A. Rawlings - Film maker


Other reviews have touched on how much content is jammed in to this 320 powder keg of tips, advice, case studies & interviews. They are correct. It is amazing just how much is in here, with every element of filmmaking included incorporating support for the zero budget first time filmmaker, up to the more experienced crews with a budget that have to take a whole range of scary legal & technical considerations into account. Although this book takes that fear away. It is also genuinely pocket sized and will be able to be on hand whenever & wherever you may need it. Its beautifully designed & has a great feel to it. Its made to be read.... not sit on your shelf.
Darren Horne - Film maker


Size matters, this pocket sized filmmaking bible really is the bees knees and worth 100 times it's (solid but light) weight in value! I love it and I'm really delighted to own, and recommend it.
Leilani - Film maker


Jam packed full of first rate advice from industry professionals. This is an essential read for anyone venturing into the world of film-making or indeed for seasoned pros who want to expand their knowledge. Set out in a way that keeps it fun and engaging, easy to absorb and could be used on set as a great reference guide. Inspirational case studies give you that boost you need to get your own project on the go. An honest, up to date, realistic view of film making that really does fit in your back pocket. A very wise purchase!
Don McVey - Film maker