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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 2GETTING STARTED

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”

—H. P. LOVECRAFT

There is nothing more satisfying than having a script you believe in, a clear vision of your film, and the determination to get the movie made no matter what the consequences. When you get to this point, you can read the rest of this book…

Before you do anything else, it’s important that your script is fine-tuned and ready for production. I was up against crazy deadlines and delivery schedules when I was a producer for hire, and sometimes the scripts would be rushed. The biggest mistake was that some films were going into production with a script that wasn’t ready. This causes all ...

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