Filmmaking Books

Mike Matei / June 27th, 2014


  • June 27, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Can you make video about your favorite novels?

    • Lukas Sprehn

      June 27, 2014 at 11:57 am

      That’s what I was wondering about. I’d like to see some more fiction too 🙂 Novels, fairy tales, myth stuff too. Maybe some poetry, the old stuff of course, like Dante Aligheri’s Divine Comedy. Or maybe graphic novels and comic books too.

      • Lukas Sprehn

        June 27, 2014 at 11:58 am

        And if you have any favorite web fiction too, like stories posted on blogs, or webcomics, I’d love to hear about them too 😀

      • Lukas Sprehn

        June 27, 2014 at 11:58 am

        I meant if James had any favorties by the way.

      • Jack Evee

        July 2, 2014 at 7:49 am

        Ready Player One!

    • June 28, 2014 at 1:34 am

      hey Nerd, I notice a star wars book in the background, lets look at that

    • adventurerus

      June 28, 2014 at 9:29 am

      Well, he said ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, world’ was his favorite ( Still yay for the list.

      • adventurerus

        June 28, 2014 at 9:30 am

        Aw. Sorry. Missread. Novels. Shame on me.

    • er

      June 30, 2014 at 7:44 am

      Fiction sucks

    • Jack Evee

      July 2, 2014 at 7:48 am

      In your next ‘books’ video, please please please do Ready Player One. It is an awesome book and you should read it if you haven’t already. I think you would really like it.

  • JayRam

    June 27, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I have that same Rodriguez book; read it many years ago but I find myself going back to the 10-minute Film School now and again for inspiration. Really good stuff.

  • thethotbot

    June 27, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Great video!! FYI, @ 2:05 the background music ends rather abruptly. Didn’t know if that was a small editing error…

  • windrammingroadkillskunk

    June 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I hope James writes a book about making the AVGN Movie.

    • Weldin Dunn

      June 27, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Yeah that seems like a cool idea. It should, in my opinion, have the techniques for the special effects. I know he likes to do things the original way, or old fashion, as mentioned before.

  • June 27, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    YES YES YES on Rodriguez’s book. Very well written and such a creative director who knows how to get work done.

  • Weldin Dunn

    June 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Deffinately gonna read RR book. I’m still young, and I try WAY too hard to make it seem good. I keep writing screenplays, and never do anything with them. Also, I think you should do one more, VIDEO GAME BOOKS!!!! You talked about them in the Megaman Worlds of Power and some Nerd episodes, but there are a lot more.

  • Holdsworthands

    June 27, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    i love this series of videos, so inspiring and relaxing

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  • June 27, 2014 at 11:02 pm

    James, you are such an inspirational person. I can’t wait to read your autobiography in 20 years.

  • greedo

    June 28, 2014 at 12:55 am

    It’s interesting how your film profs reacted to the whole Rodriguez thing. It’s clear that his approach to filmmaking really shook up the paradigm of the film industry. A lot of people in the biz probably don’t like the implications of what it means to the industry as a whole.

    Indy filmmaking definitely has the opportunity to shake things up. Anyway, James, I want you to know that I enjoy watching this series of films. I know that you probably enjoy making them as well. Keep up the good work!

  • Don Skiver

    June 28, 2014 at 1:20 am

    You know what kind of book I want to see? I want to see James write a book on everything he learned making the AVGN movie, and everything that happened while making it, start to finish. That would be a great read. James, you should totally make it happen!

  • June 28, 2014 at 1:33 am

    hey Nerd, I notice a star wars book in the background, lets look at that

  • Mr. Simon

    June 28, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I bought Kaufman’s “All I need to know…” a while back since you’ve talked about it many times before and I definitely recommend it. Ironically you won’t learn all you need to know about film-making from it but it is filled with crazy stories and is all around a hilarious book about the average person struggling to fulfill a life long dream.

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  • nammm3

    June 29, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Port-o-potties ftw!! lol, great surreal images book James. it looked really creative

  • June 29, 2014 at 10:22 am

    The actual budget of El Mariachi is $7,000 + a lifetime of freakish dedication to the filmmaking craft and artform.

  • Joker83

    June 30, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Cool video. I love Lloyd Kaughman but his movie shoots always sound like total nightmares.

  • Berkeley_Bum

    July 1, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Nice to see James showing some love to Robert Rodriguez. El Mariachi was a fucking awesome movie and, in many ways, better than its sequel Desperado.

  • Vinny1138

    July 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I actually have a poster of the front cover photo of the Surrational Images book. It hangs my bedroom that used to be a guest room, so it just stayed there.

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  • tonyaj420

    July 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Kevin Smith made clerks for only 6000.

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