Making movies is the most exciting way to earn a living and it is not surprising that media and film studies remain the most popular courses at colleges across the western world. A short film provides an opportunity for elliptical, poetic, condensed story telling. Shorts can take risks rarely seen in features. It is the arena where a strong voice or individual vision is possible; an invitation for experimentation and originality.
Making Short Films, 3rd edition is entirely revised and restructured, providing a much more complete and detailed guide to filmmaking, with more information on new technology, illustrations and ideas for best practice.
Published by Bloomsbury, Making Short Films is now used as a standard course book in more than 100 colleges across the United States.
Interview by The Leader World (2008)
Greta May trailer, a short drama (2009)
'A riveting read, packed with rare anecdotes and expertly chosen examples from across the film world. And by weaving throughout tales from the likes of Cocteau, Bunuel or Fellini, Clifford Thurlow provides a refreshing and much needed focus on the artistic and creative - as well as the technical - aspects of filmmaking.'
Nic Wistreich, development director of Shooting People and co-author of Get Your Film Funded
'An easily assimilated, fact packed tutorial with all the dynamism and panache of a contemporary novel.'
Mike von Joel in 'State'
'Nobody should think about making a short film without reading this first. Thurlow takes new filmmakers through the steps of shooting film in a way that will save time and money. Plus it's a good read!'
Producer Jennifer Fate Velaise, Fate Productions, Los Angeles
'Clifford Thurlow's book is the definitive must have for any filmmaker contemplating making and marketing a short.'
Elliot Grove, Director of Raindance
A well written and informative book for starting out to make films. It said that the voted best script for a film was "The usual suspects" amazing. It advises you on what gear to get and walks you through the whole process of budding Spielbergs.
Fantastic book for beginners. I bought this as a Xmas present for a friend and he loved it. With this book, one might feel tempted to skip pages of content one thinks they already know, fair enough, but read it from cover to cover for full enlightenment.
My dad loves it! Great quality cover and paper.
Of course I haven't read this but my dad, who has read many many books on movie making, really likes this book and places it amongst the good and useful of his selection.
It's an amazing book. Good content and great tips and information where to find for example movie scripts. It is more than useful but quite heavy (obviously as it's really big and full of info), can't wait if there will ever be a e-book version to get it! Quick delivery.
I'm taking up a place at film school next year and wanted to get a bit of a head start in the art of making short films (specifically documentaries) which is how I stumbled across this book. I found it to be packed cover-to-cover with all of the essential information necessary for me to get on with it. What I liked best about it is its dual functionality: it's structured like a text book so that if you needed to address a specific issue you could skip straight to the relevant chapter, but it's written in a surprisingly engaging and compelling style so that it's not a chore to sequentially read it through from start to finish. In the process of making my first documentary I consulted a few friends who have been doing it for years but as well as being the recipient of their wisdom, it was also apparent that I could offer something back by way of a couple of the nuggets I'd gleaned from Messrs Thurlow.
In short, essential reading for any budding short film or documentary maker. You'd do well to find a better text to arm yourself with before you set out or indeed if you're already well on your journey. Best of luck!