Here is the lowdown on a practical filmmaking guide geared towards anyone interested in making their own independent horror flick – from a guy who has done time in the horror-filmmaking trenches.  Danny Draven’s The Filmmaker’s Book Of The Dead is a comprehensive guide that covers everything from scripting to selling the finished product, all based on real-life lessons that Draven received making his own films, and also includes interviews with the likes of Tom Savini, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Debbie Rochon and many more.  Better yet, you can sample the book before you buy it by going to the bottom of the text, where a link will allow you to access a chapter of the book in PDF form (it’s called “War Stories & Advice From The Trenches” and it’s pretty damn entertaining).  Read on for all the fright-filming details…


Survive tight budgets, wardrobe malfunctions, alcoholic vampires, and more to create your own heart-racing horror film!


“Danny Draven’s book, The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead How to Make Your Own Heart-Racing Horror Movie is a terrific new ‘How To’ for aspiring indie horror filmmakers. In fact, there’s a ton of great information packed inside making it a great go-to reference for anyone involved with indie production, not just horror. If you want to learn how to make a horror movie without enrolling in film school, this book is where your journey should start!” —Todd Debreceni, Makeup Effects Artist/Designer, Author of Special Makeup Effects for Stage and Screen Making and Applying Prosthetics (Focal Press, 2008)

Sharing his personal filmmaking experience, award-winning producer/director Danny Draven reveals how to create a spine-tingling horror film from start to finish.

Readers will not only discover how to craft the story, but also how to master using production techniques, music, lighting and editing to thrill audiences. Straight-from-the-set tips will help readers avoid common filmmaking pitfalls, and extensive information on marketing and distribution will show you how to get your film out to the public.

  • Write, produce, and distribute your own low-budget but high-quality horror film.
  • Find even more hands-on horror advice and over an hour of video extras on the companion web site!
  • Classic behind-the-scenes footage from Puppetmaster, Blood Dolls, Dead Hate the Living and more courtesy of Full Moon Features.

Readers will learn from groundbreaking horror legends such as Lloyd Kaufman, Toxic Avenger; Robert Kurtzman, From Dusk till Dawn; James Wan, Saw; Robert Englund, Freddy Krueger from the Nightmare of Elm Street films; Stuart Gordon, Re-Animator; Tom Savini, Night of the Living Dead; “Godfather of Gore” Herschell Gordon Lewis; Charles Band, Trancers; David DeCoteau, Puppet Master 3; John D. LeMay, Friday the 13th: The Series; Debbie Rochon, Tromeo & Juliet; Reggie Bannister, Phantasm and many more!

The Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead

ISBN 13: 978-0-240-81206-9

PUB DATE: March

US PRICE: $39.95

EUR PRICE: €29.95

GBP PRICE: £19.99

SAMPLE CHAPTER! – Click on the following link to access a free PDF of Chapter 9: “War Stories & Advice From The Trenches” – Filmmaker’s Book of the Dead – Chapter 9