Adam Leipzig


"Manages to capture every detail and nuance of the incredibly complex filmmaking process, and will remain as current as the latest blockbuster thanks to its innovative integration of online resources. An invaluable guide." 
– Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation

"Filmmaking in Action manages to capture every detail and nuance of the incredibly complex filmmaking process, and will remain as current as the latest blockbuster thanks to its innovative integration of online resources. This is an invaluable guide for anyone interested in a film career or simply wanting a deeper understanding of what goes into the making of what goes onto the silver screen." 
– Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO, DreamWorks Animation

"There are so few books about how to make movies from start to finish that are both incredibly detailed yet easily digestible. Filmmaking in Action is a generous resource that can provide real guidance to film novices and professionals alike." 
– Amy Pascal, chairperson, Motion Pictures Group of Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2006-2015

"My hat is off to the authors of Filmmaking in Action. I wish I’d had a book like this back when I was a film student." 
– Jim Morris, President, Pixar Animation Studios

"There are few joys in life that can equal the euphoria of making a beautiful film. Filmmaking in Action is a powerful tool to accomplish that goal." 
– Matthew Modine, actor (Full Metal Jacket; The Dark Knight Rises)

"The kind of textbook you'll want to keep handy so you can refer to it again and again." 
–Joe Pichirallo, Chair, Undergraduate Film & Television, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Kanbar Institute

"If you are a filmmaker, or aspire to become one, Adam Leipzig, Barry S. Weiss and Michael Goldman are the teachers you need." 
–Nikki Finke, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus and Founder, Deadline Hollywood

"Filmmaking in Action is to film textbooks what D.W. Griffith was to the movies." 
–Doug Wick, producer (Gladiator; Divergent)

"In Filmmaking in Action, the authors take the business and creative sides of the filmmaking process and beautifully combine them. It's a practical guide, written in a sophisticated, yet understandable way. I'm going to recommend it to all of our students." 
–Joe Rosenberg, Director of Professional Programs, UCLA

"What clearly distinguishes this book from others is its access to the experience and knowledge of accomplished filmmakers who tell the reader how it really works in the filmmaking process. This guide efficiently gets to the heart of the matter, quickly providing any new filmmaker with the insights and tools that will accelerate their own journey." 
–Russell Carpenter, ASC (Titanic; Ant-Man)

"Filmmaking in Action richly navigates the complexity of the world behind the frame. From articulating overarching concepts to outlining the detailed nuances of the industry, the book is a comprehensive resource for individuals interested in learning the field. 
–Alex McDowell, creative director and production designer (Fight Club; Minority Report; Man of Steel)

"The definitive text on how movies are made today, filled with tips from the top people in the business, and written in a style perfect for students and emerging filmmakers. If you want to learn how to make movies, this is the one book you absolutely need." 
–Ruth Vitale, Executive Director, CreativeFuture 

"Full of insider information you won’t find anywhere else. An absolutely essential reference manual." – Gale Anne Hurd, producer, The Walking Dead, The Terminator movies, The Abyss

"Adam Leipzig writes about simple truths in strong, easy-to-read prose. It’s a great, fast read and reminds you how easy and difficult it is to make good and bad movies. Inside Track is like a divining rod as it points the way for filmmakers and readers through the labyrinth of this tricky medium. Adam Leipzig loves films and filmmakers—it’s obvious in his previous writing and it’s doubly obvious in this wonderful handbook." -Neil LaBute, director and writer, In the Company of Men, Nurse Betty, The Wicker Man, Death at a Funeral, Some Velvet Morning

"Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers
is a game-changing book. Adam Leipzig expertly levels the playing field with insider knowledge so independents can get their movies financed, produced and distributed globally. If you’re planning to make a movie, this book is essential—it will only take a day to read, and it will shave years off your learning curve."

-Graham Taylor, head, William Morris Endeavor Global

"Want to make a movie? Then you have to read Adam Leipzig’s new how-to book, Inside Track for Independent Filmmakers. Full of insider information you won’t find anywhere else, it is an absolutely essential reference manual for aspiring filmmakers."

-Gale Anne Hurd, producer, The Walking Dead, Very Good Girls, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, The Abyss, Aliens, and many more

Adam Leipzig

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