Filmmaking Advice From the Mavericks of the Horror Genre

Talk You To Death: Filmmaking Advice From The Mavericks of the Horror Genre by Danny Draven

Author & award-winning filmmaker Danny Draven introduces you to over 40 of his friends, mentors and colleagues working in the horror film business today. He conducts candid one-on-one interviews with each professional and asks all the right questions. The result is all the right answers that will give you and your craft an insider perspective on how to succeed in the movie business.The information is valid for people working in all genres, not just horror! A treasure trove of insider information to help you avoid the pitfalls. Listen up and let these pros TALK YOU TO DEATH! 

Interviews with industry pros:
Legendary filmmaker Roger Corman, James Wan, Charlie Clouser, John Debney, Tom Savini, Stuart Gordon, Kane Hodder, John Ottman, Robert Kurtzman, Robert Englund, Michael Berryman, Charles Band, Lloyd Kaufman, Mick Garris, Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming, Jessica Cameron, James Cullen Bressack, Jeff Burr, William Butler and many many others! See full list in store!

B&W / Paperback / 246 Pages / 2017 / Lukan Books (1st. Ed)

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A Mortal's Guide to Making Horror Movies (2nd. Ed)

"Danny Draven is THE renaissance film dude!" - Charles Band, Producer of the Puppet Master Series

"An amazing resource for all aspiring filmmakers in any genre!" - Famous Monsters of Filmland Magazine

Filmmaker's Book of the Dead: A Mortal's Guide to Making Horror Movies (2nd) by Danny Draven

Produce, direct, promote and sell your own chilling horror film with real-world advice from award-winning producer/director/writer Danny Draven!

The second edition is completely updated with information on new technology, new exclusive interviews with industry pros, new photos and samples from the production of recent horror movies, new behind-the-scenes video, information on modern distribution methods and delivery and more! From the history of horror and the technique of the scare to pre-production and distribution, this complete, full-color guide to filmmaking uncovers all the insider secrets for creating your own spine-tingling horror film from start to finish. 

Interviews with industry pro help you along the way!

Companion Website!

Full Color / Paperback / 437 Pages / Focal Press 2nd Ed.

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"Genre Filmmaking offers a straight forward, useful guide to shots and style... Every section is filled with numerous examples of shots to be found within a film, from ‘the voyeur’ in horror and ‘bullet time’ in sci-fi, to the ‘lustful gaze’ in comedy and ‘the floating corpse’ in thriller. Draven places a heavy emphasis on images to demonstrate his points, showing how angles and positions of the shot can be taken in order to achieve a desired emotion of effect... Draven’s book is successful in offering a visual guide to shots and style, providing multiple ideas of shots as well as how and when they should be used. He provides plenty of examples within these four genres. It is easy to use and refer to due to the layout and clear use of imagery." -

Genre Filmmaking: A Visual Guide to Shos & Style by Danny Draven

What does it look like? How is it done?
When should I use it? 


Whether you’re shooting a comedy, thriller, sci-fi or horror flick, you’ll need to know the answers to these questions. Learn how to execute the visual style of your genre in this highly illustrative, inspirational guide to shots and sequences for genre films. Jam-packed with full-color examples from the movies you love, Danny Draven shows you the aesthetic, emotional and visual techniques of popular shots and sequences used in genre films and then explains how, when, and why to use them.


  • Inspiration meets practicality in this highly illustrative guide to working within a specific genre

  • Learn how to play with the emotions and expectations of your audience by using camera techniques such as dolly zooms and ghost reveals. 

  • See a wide selection of major and independent film examples to inspire and inform you about visual techniques used in motion pictures.

Full Color / Paperback / 264 Pages / Focal Press 1st Ed.

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Charles Band's Full Moon Entertainment was the most remarkable B-movie studio of the 1990s, responsible for a barrage of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror classics during the last true "golden age" of the home video era. From Puppetmaster to Trancers and beyond, Full Moon transformed the VHS experience for fans worldwide, bringing the inner workings of the movie-making process into the living room, and in turn creating a ravenous fan base that remains to this day. This book tracks the history of the company, from its late '80s birth among the ruins of the American drive-in through to its bid to survive in the modern digital world. Featuring rare artwork, behind-the-scenes photos, and over 50 exclusive interviews with the cast and crew who helped to create the legendary B-movie studio, this is an essential read for any cult film fan still lamenting the death of the "mom 'n pop" video store.

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A BOOK BY by David Jay (Author), William Wilson (Author), Dewi Torsten (Author) 

Featuring comprehensive interviews with Danny Draven about the films he made for Full Moon Entertainment and producer Charles Band.


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