About the book

The magic and the tragic

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up one morning, quit your job and declare yourself a Film Producer? Have you considered the costs and whether anyone will ever watch it? Who hasn’t wasted 90 minutes then wearily watched scrolling credits and thought, “I reckon I could make a movie better than that.” In Movie Magic, Movie Tragic, Mark Kalbskopf describes how you can do just that. With a mixture of bitter sarcasm and upbeat humor, he recounts the highs and lows of making his “perfectly good” feature film, “Right Hand Drive”. It’s a real-life tale of practical lessons learned,comic observations, and what you should do if you’d like to lose money, just like him. $300,000 to be exact.

The die is cast

Starting with his childhood naivety concerning the entertainment and cinematic world, he takes us on a personal journey to independent filmmaker and the director’s chair. Writing a screenplay in his lunch hours, poring over do-it-yourself film books in the evening, and playing producer at his local public access TV studio paves the way to the start of movie magic. Fill in the few missing pieces with some film workshops while holding the family together. What could possibly go wrong?

How to shoot and avoid your foot

Join the author as he heads off to London to setup a film production company and begin shooting his masterpiece. Is it hard? In many ways it’s remarkably easy. An enthusiastic pool of talented film enthusiasts are clamoring for opportunities to join the industry. A government is pushing incentives for you to make your film in their green and pleasant land. They all look to you, to your bleeding bank account and creative direction. This book describes the realities, the fun, the stress, and the mistakes you need to make in order to lose a lot of your money.

Everything you need. Just add money!

Now, there’s nothing standing in your way. Read the book, call a mortgage lender right now, refinance your house, contact your rich uncle, and filmmaking fame awaits you. You won’t regret it, but it might just, no, it will, cost you more than you think.