Podcast interview by Chris Jones, co-author of “The Guerilla Filmmaker’s Handbook”

I went over to Ealing Studios last month to meet Chris Jones, co-author of “The Guerilla Filmmaker’s Handbook” and the soon to be released new pocketbook version. I have had the green edition since it came out and it’s an essential purchase. The new pocketbook is an updated version with all the new developments. Hence my involvement.

We did a long interview about HD-DSLRs for the new pocketbook, do’s and don’ts, what do you need, which camera etc…

Whilst there I also did a podcast interview with Chris which touches on my trip to Skywalker Ranch last year. Please go to his site and listen to both a section of the interview for the book and the separate podcast. Click the image below to be taken to his site.

One more quick thing…I have never seen Vincent Laforet and Chris Jones in the same room at the same time…startling resemblance below methinks?! Chris is at the top!




  1. Since I was playing it in the background I kept forgeting it was a poscast and kepy going back and forth to watch what you were saying…would have loved it to be a video to see what you meant. Great tips!

  2. I’ve only recently been turned on to Phillips blog. It’s been interesting. I’m a grip out of New York City, but now living in London and working as a gaffer. I spent my whole career up to this point working only with film cameras, and in the three years I’ve been here, I’ve worked with more digital cameras than I can shake a stick at! I’m trying my best to remember all the letters and numbers!
    What I’m finding is that due to the ease/cost of the new technology, it’s become too easy to shoot a feature! What I mean is that, it used to be, to shoot even a short with let’s say 16mm. You had to get a proper shooter, and because processing cost you, you were careful in what you shot! Now, anyone shoots, and they can shoot as much as they want, able to edit it on their computer in their boxer shorts at two in the morning. And with places like Mandy.com around, finding people to work for free is too easy. Where we used to be asked to work on a short for two days, now they’re expecting people to give up 3, 4, or even five weeks for expenses only!
    Personally, I think some of the basic skills are being lost. Whether it’s knowing what a certain lens size ‘sees’, or even set protocol. And proper lighting is certainly one of the first things to be lost in this new environment.
    And please don’t go thinking I’m some kind of Luddite, I realize and appreciate the future of the film industry, I’m just thinking out loud…

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