gil bettman: author

In 2003, Gil wrote down all the hard-earned, invaluable lessons he learned breaking into the industry as a television, rock video, and feature film director, and published his first LA Times best-seller, First Time Director. On the book’s success, The Hollywood Reporter writes,

First Time Director is a welcome resource for anyone seeking to make that world-changing first film and a good reference for those who have survived that first step.”

It has since become a required textbook at many most prominent filmschools. With it, you'll learn:

First Time Director: How to Make Your Breakthrough Movie
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If you are a first time director, you need all the help you can get, especially on the set. And that's exactly what Gil Bettman delivers: no lofty theorizing about the "art" of filmmaking, but lucid, real-world advice on how to handle the craft and people-management side of directing. This book explains in precise, easy to understand language everything the novice director needs to know before taking on his or her first professional assignment. Says Indie Slate Magazine, "Bettman’s voluminous tome on directing, is the real deal. A must-read for any serious aspiring director."

 Reviews for First Time Director: Hollywood ReporterIndie Slate

Praise for First Time Director!

Gil Bettman has written the most detailed and informative guide to directing that I've seen, and the only one that effectively tackles the problem of script development. For the aspiring director, First Time Director is a wonderful roadmap; for the experienced director, an invaluable refresher course.
David S. Ward, Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter/Director,
The Sting, Sleepless in Seattle, Major League, King Ralph
For the first time director, this book offers ideas and techniques in clear and concise language and illustrations. But of even greater importance, it is a survival guide for working with producers, technicians, and actors in the usual atmosphere of tension and chaos. This valuable book by an experienced director demystifies filmmaking.
Irvin Kershner, Director, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again, Robocop II