In The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, award-winning film director and Slamdance Film Festival co-founder Dan Mirvish offers a rich exploration of the process and culture of making low-budget, independent films. Once labelled a “cheerful subversive” by The New York Times, Mirvish shares his unfiltered pragmatic approach to scriptwriting, casting, directing, producing, managing a crew, post-production, navigating the film festival circuit without going broke, distributing your film, mounting an Oscar® campaign, dealing with piracy and building a career. Mirvish gives you soup-to-nuts, toes-to-noes, cradle-to-grave detailed advice on every aspect of the filmmaking lifestyle and craft while dropping laser-guided truth bombs on playing the Hollywood game, and getting your feature, documentary, short film, YouTube video, TV show or Hollywood blockboster made and seen.
The book draws on Dan’s own 25 years of experiences in the trenches of indie filmmaking, as well as lessons he’s learned personally from such luminaries as Robert Altman, Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas, Steven Soderbergh, Rian Johnson, Alexander Payne, Marc Forster, Whit Stillman, Harold Ramis, John Carpenter, Jon Bokenkamp, Lynn Shelton and Joe & Anthony Russo.
Additional Book Details
- Focal Press / Routledge
- Dan Mirvish/Bugeater Films