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Outside Hollywood, the Book

Like the Berlin Wall, the seemingly impenetrable colossus of Hollywood, with its enslaving influence on American culture, will someday come crashing down, destroyed by inexpensive technologies, new distribution methods, and a rising tide of independent filmmakers. All of these factors represent unprecedented opportunities for innovative Christian visionaries who are willing to take every thought captive through a presuppositionally biblical approach to making films outside the Hollywood system.

In this groundbreaking book, experienced cinematographer, writer, and animator Isaac Botkin prepares Christians for successful Christ-honoring leadership as writers, directors, and producers. Botkin has worked as both a Hollywood outsider and an insider, and is a leading proponent of a new independent film industry. In Outside Hollywood, he smashes the myth of methodological and cultural neutrality and offers a paradigm for developing a family-friendly approach to this hugely important field of cultural influence.

Readers of this 320 page paperback will benefit from his insights on the proper training and qualifications and the history and future of the Hollywood industry, as well as the key to courageous script writing, and the responsibilities of professional directing. Several appendices explain ways to get the most out of modern equipment, how to avoid the common mistakes of new filmmakers, and more. Order Outside Hollywood here.

“Isaac Botkin’s Outside Hollywood is an excellent tool for the aspiring filmmaker.” –David Rasmussen, Director and Cinematographer

“Young men with stardust dreams would do well to read this cogent, faithful work from Isaac Botkin whose experience and wisdom belie his youth. The book is both practical and insightful. And for those who have no plans for filmmaking, it provides a window into another world. I read it in less than a day, and will be mulling it over for years.” –Dr. R. C. Sproul Jr., Director of the Highlands Study Center

“Whether you’re new to filmmaking, or whether you’ve been at it for years, Isaac’s book helps each of us better understand our highest calling for the opportunities this artform affords.” –Ken Carpenter, Director and Producer

“If there is any hope for family entertainment, for artistic integrity, and for creative vitality in the days ahead, Isaac Botkin is right: it is going to have to come from outside Hollywood. Do you hear the trumpet blast? In this book, Mr. Botkin has sounded it loud and sure. It is not the sound of fearful alarm but of certain advance. It is a very welcome sound indeed. –Dr. George Grant, Director of the King’s Meadow Study Center

“It’s exciting to read a book that discusses many of the issues that I face in filmmaking. Isaac has a valuable viewpoint in this discussion of the choices to be made morally, intellectually, and artistically while creating film projects.” –Norman Cates, Filmmaker, Weta Digital Ltd.