Sunday, June 14, 2009

Josh Becker: Woodward & Vine Interview

Josh Becker believes in the basics. When it comes to making a film, that means having a good story in hand before even thinking about "lights, camera, action."

The first third of his book "The Complete Guide to Low-Budget Feature Filmmaking" is devoted to crafting a script. Just as a house needs a solid foundation, a film can't stand and endure without a strong script to support it.

"Most of the books I read about filmmaking are written by people who have never made a movie and are making big assumptions about things they don’t know anything about," said Becker, sipping espresso from a large travel mug in his Pontiac, Michigan office. "Those books tend to start like, ‘OK, write a script, and once you’ve got that, let’s shoot it.’ But what about explaining how to write the script? If you don’t know how to do that, you’re screwed before you’ve started."

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