Check out these past raves for Rick's "indie bible," Feature Filmmaking at Used-Car Prices (Penguin Books, 1988, 1995, 2000), including Vin Diesel's appreciation for the book:
"A must-have for no-budget filmmakers. A most valuable resource in case you don’t have a billionaire uncle or aren’t one of Spielberg’s kids."
—Eduardo Sanchez, Co-Writer, Co-Director, Co-Editor
of BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
"Without Rick's book, CLERKS would have been an idea that never made it past this page."
—Kevin Smith, Writer, Director, and Co-Producer of
CLERKS, CHASING AMY and DOGMA
"Schmidt offers a complete guide to producing a low- or no-budget feature film. This 1988 original has been updated with a new chapter on digital technology, dealing with agents, and more. Thanks to the success of 'indies' (independent films) such as CLERKS and THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN and with the help of books like this, more budding filmmakers are shunning Hollywood and going it alone."
—"Classic Returns" by Michael Rogers, LIBRARY JOURNAL
"I hope every young filmmaker reads this book and makes his or her first feature before approaching me with a project."
—Otto Grokenberger, Executive Producer
STRANGER THAN PARADISE and DOWN BY LAW
"An indie’s A to Z. Rick Schmidt covers all the bases. If you want to jump on in, Rick’ll get you rolling."
—Jon Jost (www.jon-jost.com), Independent Feature Filmmaker
ALL THE VERMEERS IN NEW YORK
"Schmidt has low-budget filmmaking down to a science."
—American Film Magazine
"I wish I could have had this book 35 years ago, before I made my first low-budget features."
—Vilmos Zsigmond, Cinematographer
DELIVERANCE, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND,
THE DEER HUNTER, THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK,
and THE CROSSING GUARD
Read Vin Diesel's appreciation of Feature Filmmaking At Used Car Prices.
"I couldn't put it down. Schmidt tells a fascinating story that
mixes history with conspiracy
theory and sheer fantasy to deliver a jaw-dropping and extremely entertaining
– Judith Ehrlich, co-director of Academy Award-nominated, The Most
Dangerous Man in America,
Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.
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