Movies Without Baggage

A Guide to Ultra-Low-Budget Filmmaking


316 pages
6x9 paper
Illustrated with B&W Photos, charts
Silman-James Press

In Movies Without Baggage, longtime filmmakers Alain Silver, Obren Bokich, and sundry others recount their experiences in the micro-budget arena and detail how 21st-century technology makes it possible to create high-quality, full-length features for less than $30,000 or $15,000 or even $7,500.

Through in-the-trenches tales detailing the making of a dozen micro-budget features, this book covers all aspects of making movies without baggage: finding/creating the right script, budgeting, casting, dealmaking with actors and crew, scheduling, shooting, post-production, and finally marketing and securing distribution. This entertainingly illustrated volume also includes samples of the paperwork from five of the ultra-low-budget films it profiles.

Movies Without Baggage is the ultimate guide for the aspiring guerrilla filmmaker. Never before has a book like this come from filmmakers with such varied experience and with credits that include features ranging in budget from over $10 million to under $5,000.

About Obren Bokich

Obren Bokich is a Los Angeles screenwriter, producer, songwriter, and book author.

About Alain Silver

Alain Silver holds degrees in film from UCLA and is a member of the Writers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America. He has written and co-written (many with James Ursini) and edited dozens of books, including Film Noir: The Encyclopedia, The Noir Style, Film Noir Fatal Women, L.A. Noir, Film Noir Graphics, Raymond Chandler’s Los Angeles, Film Noir Reader, James Wong Howe: The Camera Eye, The Films of David Lean, Roger Corman: Metaphysics on a Shoestring, The Zombie Film, The Vampire Film, The Samurai Film, The Film Director’s Team, Film Budgeting, any many others.
He has been an assistant director and production manager on numerous studio projects and an independent feature producer whose 30-plus credits include Cyborg 2, Beat, and Crashing. He has lectured on topics that range from film production to film noir and has moderated and participated in panels for the American Film Institute, Slamdance, Cinequest, the LA Film Festival, and UCLA Extension.
As an expert on noir, Raymond Chandler, as well as vampire films and directors David Lean, and Robert Aldrich, he has appeared on-camera for the BBC, Starz, Channel Four UK, E!, KCET, American Movie Classics, the Sci-fi Channel, CBC/Ontario, and ARD and done a couple dozen audio commentaries and essays for DVD releases from Criterion, Warner Bros. and 20th Century-Fox
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