“Making Your First Blockbuster” is a brand new film-making book aimed at the intermediate/professional film-maker and is written by Paul Dudbridge. It covers writing, directing, cinematography, editing, special effects, visual effects, action, stunts, and working with firearms. The opening line of the introduction reads “I wanted to write the book I wish I had when I was 18.“
The new book is very conversational in style, and contains many helpful tools, tips, and techniques to help other film-makers coming up. The publisher, Michael Wiese Productions, also released titles such as “Save the Cat”, “Shot by Shot” and “The Writer’s Journey”.
Paul will be talking about his book and showing some clips. After the talk books will be available for purchase and he will be signing.
Paul Dudbridge is a British director, producer, and cinematographer.
As a producer and director, he helmed the science-fiction series/feature film, “Horizon”, which went on to win a number of awards at international film festivals, as well as earning him a Best Drama Director nomination at the Royal Television Society awards here in the UK.
This year he's producing horror feature film “Hobbe’s House”, and producing and directing a re-imagining of H.G. Wells’s classic novel, The Invisible Man, titled “Fear the Invisible Man”, which goes in to production this Summer.
When not filming, Paul guest lectures at various universities and colleges around the country. Most recently, he ran the 'Writing and Directing' module for the Masters course at the University of Bristol, taught Cinematography at Falmouth Film School, and Advanced Cinematography workshops for BECTU, the UK's media and entertainment trade union. His first book, Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers' Guide, was released by Michael Wiese Productions in 2017.
Industry reviews for Making Your First Blockbuster:
“What a great book! Can’t recommend this enough. Practical, experienced advice on all aspects of film making, from start to finish. I’m going to recommend this to my students. I wish I’d had this book when starting out”.
- Dean Cundey A.S.C., Director of Photography (Jurassic Park, Back to the Future trilogy, Apollo 13)
“An absolute wealth of filmic knowledge. Jam-packed with essential skills and techniques for both amateurs and veterans alike.”
- John Badham, Film Director (Bird on a Wire, The Hard Way, Drop Zone)
“Intelligent, informative, and creative in all areas of film making. A must read if you have any visual effects in your movie.”
- John Swinnerton, Visual Effects Artist (King Kong, Casino Royale, London Has Fallen)
“Making Your First Blockbuster is a must-read for anyone producing or directing anything, and I wish I'd had it at hand from my earliest student film days. With clarity and a passion for excellence, Paul Dudbridge demystifies some of the most challenging aspects of film storytelling, covering everything from script and character development to making explosions look real. If you read this and absorb its lessons you can show up on set with confidence and lead your crew to blockbuster success.”