So you want to be a film critic and review movies for a living? Veteran film critic Christopher Null teaches you, step by step, how to break into the business with the lessons he's learned from more than a decade in the industry. Five Stars! will teach you all you need to know! - Understand movie history and the mechanics of filmmaking — without the film snob jargon! - Learn how to write a review, step by step - Get into every movie for free and never pay to go to the movies again! - Get free DVDs — before anyone else! - Break into professional writing in newspapers, magazines, and online - Launch a movie review website, recruit staff, and start your own business as a critic - Learn how to approach editors — from the experts themselves - Build an audience for your work - Interview celebrities and hang out with the stars! Five Stars! is the only book on the market that shows you exactly how to become a professional movie reviewer, step by step! It's an absolute must-read for any aspiring film critic! 256 pages — packed with essential information!
The founder of the Web site filmcritic.com offers his take on the business and philosophy of film crit, based on his experiences with the site. Null focuses on the Internet as "the world's great media liberator," and argues that it's the best way for a beginner to get published. He then, over about 100 pages, takes the reader through the mechanics of actually writing a review. For someone just starting out this may be the most valuable part of the book, from sections on "Judging Cinematography" to internalizing "The Point of a Movie Review." Later chapters on the business aspects of film writing ease neophytes into a difficult market. Null also includes a list of "300 Must-See Films for the Aspiring Critic," a good starting point for anyone looking to learn more about the movies. While this is a useful book for those who simply want to write reviews for a blog-sized audience, writers looking to break into prestige publications should probably seek advice elsewhere.