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New Release – The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead

Posted by Dark Whisperer on April 19, 2010

The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead

Author: Danny Draven

Publisher: Focal Press

Release Date: January 22, 2010

ISBN-10: 0240812069
ISBN-13: 978-0240812069

Author Website

From the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production and distribution, this complete, full-color guide to horror filmmaking uncovers all the insider secrets for filmmakers to create their own successful movie.

Produce, direct and promote your own chilling horror film with real-world advice from award-winning, independent producer/director Danny Draven! From the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production and distribution, this complete, full-color guide to horror filmmaking uncovers all the insider secrets for creating your own successful movie. Sharing his personal filmmaking experience, Draven reveals how to create a spine-tingling horror film from start to finish. You’ll not only discover how to craft the story, but also how to master using production techniques, music, lighting and editing to thrill audiences. Straight-from-the-set tips will help you avoid common filmmaking pitfalls, and extensive information on marketing and distribution will show you how to get your film out to the public.

Plus, learn from groundbreaking horror legends including:

  • Lloyd Kaufman (Toxic Avenger)
  • Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk till Dawn)
  • James Wan (Saw)
  • Robert Englund (A Nightmare of Elm Street)
  • Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator)
  • Tom Savini (Night of the Living Dead)
  • “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis
  • Charles Band (Trancers)
  • David DeCoteau (Puppet Master 3)
  • John D. LeMay (Friday the 13th: The Series)
  • Debbie Rochon (Tromeo & Juliet)
  • Reggie Bannister (Phantasm)

Find even more hands-on horror advice and over an hour of video extras on the companion web site!


  • Behind-the-scenes footage from Ghost Month, Cryptz, Darkwalker and Deathbed
  • A collection of independent horror film trailers
  • Sample scripts, schedules and agreements
  • Classic behind-the-scenes footage from Puppetmaster, Blood Dolls, Dead Hate the Living and more courtesy of Full Moon Features
  • Listing of horror film festivals and distributors

Whispers about The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead

“Danny Draven’s book, The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead: How to Make Your Own Heart-Racing Horror Movie is a terrific new ‘How To’ for aspiring indie horror filmmakers. In fact, there’s a ton of great information packed inside making it a great go-to reference for anyone involved with indie production, not just horror. If you want to learn how to make a horror movie without enrolling in film school, this book is where your journey should start!” – Todd Debreceni, Makeup Effects Artist/Designer and author of Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen Making and Applying Prosthetics

“A lot of time and care went into the production of this book. As someone who studied film in college, this book is far more informative, and much more fun to read than anything I ever read in school. It’s definitely a “how-to” book to be sure, but the illustrations and readability make it a highly entertaining experience in addition to the educational aspects. This is exactly what you hope a book about the making of a horror film should be: entertaining, original, well-written, and extremely informative!” – Amazon Review

Book Trailer…


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