By Caren Weiner Campbell
Updated November 20, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

”Everyone who comes out [of film school] says, ‘I want to be a director.’ Somebody has to make the coffee,” writes indie producer Christine Vachon (I Shot Andy Warhol, Velvet Goldmine) in Shooting to Kill: How an Independent Producer Blasts through the Barriers to Make Movies that Matter. But a producer’s duties go far beyond coffee, as Vachon’s hard-nosed guide to filmmaking shows. She offers plenty of info about budgets, unions, and financing, spiced up with war stories and gossipy tidbits. The producer comes across as a woman with nerves of steel, not to mention a gift for aphorisms: ”You have to expect the worst, plan for the worst, and repress all thoughts about the worst.” If what you really want to do is produce, this book can help you with all of the above. A