Lessons from the Set is a filmmaking guide by award-winning screenwriter, film director, and producer, Usher Morgan. I was drawn to this book immediately. Although I have never thought about writing my own screenplay, I am very fascinated with the film industry. I love watching behind the scenes footage, interviews with the cast and crew, and picking out important details/easter eggs in a film. Lessons from the Set gives aspiring filmmakers, and curious movie lovers like me, a realistic look behind the scenes. Morgan shares his personal experiences with writing, directing, producing, marketing, and releasing his debut film.
This was such a fascinating and inspiring read. Morgan dives right in and wastes no time going into detail with casting, budgeting, scouting, and so forth. Lessons from the Set includes script excerpts, budgeting breakdown sheets, call sheet templates, and more. Morgan also recommends what types of software and apps to use to stay organized and on track. These tools are incredibly helpful as it gives aspiring filmmakers an idea of what these things look like, beyond just knowing that they exist. I’ve always heard actors and directors talk about call sheets, and it was nice to see what they look like.
Lessons from the Set is wonderfully written. Morgan is transparent and honest in detailing his experiences. This is a very well thought-out film guide for aspiring filmmakers. Morgan teaches newcomers to always improve, reinvent, and inspire. If you are an aspiring filmmaker, know someone who is, or are curious like me, I highly recommend this book. Thank you to NetGalley and Library Tales Publishing for providing me with both an eARC and a physical copy of Lessons from the Set in exchange for my honest review. Get your copy on Amazon today.
Lessons from the Set by Usher Morgan.