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One On One Film Training Audio Books

New Audio Books for the Film and Video Maker.

The first book is free. Click here to download.

Before You Shoot - A Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Prep

I have been making movies and teaching filmmaking for decades. Over the past few years I created a series of recorded books on various topics for directors. In an effort to get this information to more people, I am giving away the first book in the series for free.

The free book is called "Before You Shoot: A Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Prep," by Director and Cinematographer Jeffrey Seckendorf. It discusses and describes a simple, elegant system to prep any film or video project. This book will give you an organized method to prep and will guide you through each step.

To listen to Chapter 1 of "Before You Shoot," Click here!

The most valuable commodity any director or producer has is time. Every part of film and video production must be geared to give the director the most amount of time to do the job. Every element of prep relates back to working in a way that gives you the most time to do each task, be it as complicated as blocking a huge scene or as seemingly simple as reading a script.

All prep, regardless of whether it is for film or video, narrative or documentary, commercial or music video, starts with the written material. The book discusses what to read and how to read it so you use your time in the most efficient manner possible.

Integrating the story into your written notes allows you to communicate your ideas to those around you. "Before you Shoot" looks at the list of people who will collaborate with you on your movie and how you can prepare to communicate your ideas to those artists.

The Making of a Short Film - How and Why We Made The Crux Film and Video Locations - Finding and Managing Locations Production Design - A Filmmaker's Guide to the Art Department Post Production Workflow - A Guide to Traditional and Digital Post

This book, and the books that follow, emerged from the mission statement of One On One Film Training:

Explore filmmaking in an intense, individual environment. From prep through photography and post, One On One Film Training offers a private, comprehensive program in visual storytelling.

After mentoring and guiding thousands of filmmakers, I have learned exactly what filmmakers need to do to start a project, and that's what this book is about: techniques for story boards and shot lists, testing, working with vendors, how to collect reference material. This book tells you how to do all this work as you create a prep schedule and then stick to it.

All of this is the core of great film and video making. The preparation creates a solid foundation for every project, but it's amazing how many people never learn to prep correctly. I've seen directors show up on set, or to a meeting, with shoe boxes filled with notes and no idea what to say. Be organized. That's what this book is about.

My goal as a film educator is to help people become better, more prepared directors, and that's why this book is going out the door for free. The rest of the series you'll have to buy, but this one is critical prep is where it all begins, and a solid foundation creates a much more focused shoot and harmonious set. I want you to be the director everyone wants to work with.

This is the jacket copy from the free book, "Before You Shoot: A Filmmaker's Guide to Visual Prep.

ORGANIZED, THOROUGH PREPARATION results in a great filmmaking experience. In this audio CD you will be guided through a simple, structured process of getting your film or video project ready for principle photography. Listen as Jeff takes you through these steps to complete prep:

  • Read and analyze the script
  • Write everything down
  • Meet and work with your key collaborators
  • Compile your reference material
  • Hire the best
  • Create storyboards and shot lists
  • Test everything

I am guaranteeing you will grow as a filmmaker from this book. Here's what other directors have said about me and One On One Film Training:

In four days I learned enough about cinematography to allow me to jump right into making films rather than attending school. I'm not saying Jeff made me an instant expert, but with his rather extraordinary talent to teach making even the most complex simple and his great love of the craft, he did in fact equip me to complete my education on a film set. Having now made two films, I still use techniques I learned from Jeff.
Alan Hruska
Writer/Director
NOLA, THE WARRIOR CLASS


This One On One course in film directing is an amazing idea, and Jeff Seckendorf is just the guy to deliver it. He's not just a talented and accomplished director and DP, but a gifted teacher. He's got a rare knack for making every topic challenging to the most experienced while keeping it fully accessible to the least experienced.
Howard M. Gould
Executive Producer
CYBILL
Writer
MR. 3000
THE JEFF FOXWORTHY SHOW
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I learned more about what to do on set in one weekend with Jeff than I did in four years of film school. It's a great value and worth every penny.
Amanda Sweikew

I have taken directing classes as several different organizations, and Jeff's was BY FAR the best.
Suzette Kitselman


Who am I? Here's my bio:

Jeffrey Seckendorf, award-winning filmmaker, consults and mentors some of the brightest and best emerging directors the film industry has to offer. Over the decades of his remarkable career, Jeff's films have screened at Sundance, Cannes, and countless other festivals. He is the founder of One On One Film Training, is a Scuba instructor, technical diver, certificated flight instructor, and competition aerobatic pilot.


The Making of a Short Film - How and Why We Made The Crux Film and Video Locations - Finding and Managing Locations Production Design - A Filmmaker's Guide to the Art Department Post Production Workflow - A Guide to Traditional and Digital Post

So buy any of the other four titles in the series and you'll receive, for free, the E-Book "Before You Shoot - A Filmmaker's Guide to Prep." This book, "Before You Shoot," and the four other audio books that follow, are like a seminar on directing.

Here are the other titles -

"The Making of a Short Film - How and Why We Made The Crux"
PRODUCING ANY FILM combines the art of storytelling wiht the craft of production. Join Director Jeffrey Seckendorf and Producer Eric Mofford as they discuss prep, production, post, and distribution of THE CRUX, a seven-minute short film adapted from the Edwin Friedman parable, THE BRIDGE.

  • Developing the script and getting the rights
  • Pre-production, storyboards, and shotlists
  • Casting
  • Photography, visual effects, and post
  • Festivals and distribution
  • Runs 69:50

"Film and Video Locations - Finding and Managing Locations"
MANAGING A FILM COMPANY'S LOCATIONS is one of the most challanging yet rewarding jobs on a film set. Join One On One Film Training founder Jeffrey Seckendorf and Location Manager Bob Lepucki as they explore the ins and outs of finding, managing, and shooting on locations. Listen as Jeff and Bob discuss:

  • What the Location Manager and Locations Department does
  • Scouting and securing locations
  • Collaborating with the Director, Production Designer, and DP
  • Working with neighbors, film commissions, and police
  • Negotiating contracts
  • Runs 43:00

"Production Design - A Filmmaker's Guide to the Art Department"
THE VISUAL LOOK OF A FILM UNFOLDS as Edward L. Rubin joins One On One Film Training founder Jeffrey Seckendorf in this exploration of the vision and responsibilities of the Production Designer. Listen as Jeff and Ed discuss:

  • What the Production Designer does
  • Finding a visual style
  • Working with the Director and DP
  • The full art department crew
  • Props, greens, and special effects
  • Clearances and product placement
  • Runs 43:00

"Post Production Workflow - A Guide to Traditional and Digital Post" DIGITAL POST PRODUCTION makes it more important than ever to plan how you will finish your film project before you begin to shoot. This audio CD will teach you how photography impacts post production. Learn what happens to the film as it goes through the lab, the edit, the visual effects process, then back to the lab for printing and finally, onto the screen. Listen as Jeff takes you through the complete post production process for both film and tape, including workflow to:

  • Shoot film, finish on film
  • Shoot film, finish on film with a digital intermediate
  • Shoot film, finish on tape
  • Shoot tape, finish on tape or output to film
  • Runs 45:00, includes post production workflow charts.


Each of these books are available either as a downloadable E-Book or as individual CD's. "Before You Shoot," is free as a download. If you would like the CD version, that is for sale on the website.

Bonus material -

Remember a few paragraphs ago, when I said time is the most important commodity to a director? I was on a film a few years ago when I had a profound discovery of how to save massive amounts of time on set. The incident that triggered this was life-changing (from a filmmaking standpoint) and the results of that day have stayed with me since.

I just recorded that story and am including it with any E-Book for free. Order any book (or books) in the series...

"The Making of a Short Film - How and Why We Made The Crux"

"Film and Video Locations - Finding and Managing Locations"

"Production Design - A Filmmaker's Guide to the Art Department"

"Post Production Workflow - A Guide to Traditional and Digital Post"


The Making of a Short Film - How and Why We Made The Crux Film and Video Locations - Finding and Managing Locations Production Design - A Filmmaker's Guide to the Art Department Post Production Workflow - A Guide to Traditional and Digital Post

...and you'll receive the time-saving story, also free. I hope this story has the same impact on you that it had on me. And remember, you'll also receive the free E-Book, "Before You Shoot."

To receive your free copy of "Before You Shoot A Filmmaker's Guide to Prep", and the time-saving story, "How I Learned to Save Massive Time on Set," purchase any E-Book in the series by clicking here.

To purchase the series of audio books on CD, click here. You'll still get the E-Book, "Before You Shoot," for free.

These Audio Books are normally $29.95 each, but as E-Books, you can buy them for ust $12.49 each. And you only need to buy four, as the first in the series, "Before You Shoot," is free.

The Making of a Short Film - How and Why We Made The Crux Film and Video Locations - Finding and Managing Locations Production Design - A Filmmaker's Guide to the Art Department Post Production Workflow - A Guide to Traditional and Digital Post

P.S. If you buy the E-Book series we've taken off another 20%, so you'll get all five E-Books for just $39.95. Click here to buy the series .

P.P.S. One On One Film Training offers a free introductory consultation session for video and filmmakers interested in the One On One training programs. These sessions can be in person in Los Angeles or long distance by phone or internet chat. Please click the contact link below to schedule a consultation.

To learn more about One On One Film Training, go to our website,
www.OneOnOneFilmTraining.com, and sign up for our free newsletter.

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Enjoy,

Jeffrey Seckendorf
Founder
One On One Film Training

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