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How to Shoot a Feature Film for Under $10,000 (and not go to jail)

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A boorishly sexist how-to tome, Stern’s debut has a tendency to read like stereo instructions authored by Andrew Dice Clay (skip the lesbian sex scene advice). How to Shoot a Feature Film for Under $10,000 (and not go to jail) gets tolerable when the author stops trying to be cute and produces real advice, like how to choose film stock and the best way to fake out the cops when nabbed on an illegal shoot. In the end, though, the technical tips are outweighed by the artless writing and sexist remarks. You could learn just as much by renting Living in Oblivion. C-