The Wisdom of Stupidity by Roy Devon with Julian Butler and Bob Priestley (first edition signed by Priestley)


The Wisdom of Stupidity tells the true tale of Smile Orange Films and lets you in on the secrets of how you, too, can become semi-successful for a very short time, just like them...

Smile Orange Films, from humble beginnings, soon became hot property. Their head-spinning journey through DIY filmmaking led eventually to the Cannes Film Festival. When television came knocking, the jump to stardom was inevitable. Or so they thought.

The Wisdom of Stupidity is an introduction to the art of filmmaking for you, the filmmaker, by a pro team who learned exactly what not to do. Using jargon-free terminology this book guides you through the filmmaking process. You'll learn how to nurture ideas, pitch to commissioning editors, deal with unprofessional crews and celebrity strops, shoot on the moors, survive financial collapse and so much more...! 

In the process, you'll given an original insight into the pre-YouTube British filmmaking scene of the 1990s, a time when the increased availability of camcorders meant that anybody could make a feature film, advertise it in a fanzine and sell it to fans around the world.

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Headpress (10 Feb. 2019)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 1.6 x 24.8 cm