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Since 1998, Steve Balderson has made 17 feature films. Looking back on these years of productivity, Steve has crafted a volume of invaluable perspective, tips, how-tos, and general philosophy about making independent films, no matter the budget, no matter the location.

Balderson worries little about who he will offend. Instead, he focuses his attention on what it takes to be a productive filmmaker in an industry that is risk-averse and locked in a world where rigid process seems more important than creativity.

This Kansas-born outsider has garnered awards, critical acclaim, and rave reviews globally, including one from Roger Ebert, who called him “brilliant.” His film Casserole Club is in the US Library of Congress permanent collection; Firecracker won numerous accolades in film festivals around the globe. And it goes on and on...

These kudos notwithstanding, the real potency of this book is how Balderson’s beliefs about making films and working with people - whether they be Oscar-winning actors and Grammy-winning musicians, or the waitress “extra” in the restaurant - have been the fuel for this remarkable collection of successful motion pictures. Listen to it, and then, go make your film!

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Priceless.

Incredible insight. Real secrets. Invaluable information. This book is a MUST HAVE for all but especially the first time independent film maker. It validated all attempts the industry invalidates and tells you "Yes you can." while the world would have you believe its not possible. Steve doesn't just tell you that you can, he blatantly tells you HOW you can, making himself not just an encourager but a guide to light your path to believe in yourself and see that film making is possible no matter who you are, where you come from or what's in your bank account. His attitude towards Hollywood is justified and its necessary that someone finally say it. Too long has the veil shrouded the future for all those who longed to create a film but felt they couldn't because it seems something only Hollywood can do. Steve doesn't just lift the veil, he rips it off exposing the truth. That is that we can all follow our dream to make a film if we stop listening to the mainstream dialogue that you need to be famous, have tons of money or some other thing out of reach to most people. And in the removing of that veil he ushered the listeners to walk forward and create, if that is your dream. And now you have no excuses to not live it.

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Excellent Read/Listen!

This book gets right to it! Film school, life school and then some. It was like having a friendly conversation about your favorite topic.

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Indie Film Bible!

This book is full of indie film wisdom. Balderson generously shares his years of filmmaking experience in entertaining, bite sized chapters that you can easily understand. The prose is witty, concise, and clear. Perfect for anyone wanting a peek inside the world of filmmaking or for newbies and pros alike. Can’t recommend enough.