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Filmmaker Usher Morgan reveals the secrets to DIY, low-budget indie filmmaking in new book

Detailing the strategies and methods used to bring his debut feature film to theaters across the nation, “Lessons From the Set” is scheduled for a January 25th release.

Writer, director, and producer Usher Morgan (Prego, Pickings, Windblown) is encouraging filmmakers to embrace a DIY approach to film production and distribution with the release of a new book, Lessons from the Set: A DIY Guide to Your First Feature Film, from Script to Theaters, to be released by Library Tales Publishing on January 25th, 2019.

Lessons from the Set is a comprehensive filmmaking guide that takes a cinephile’s “Do It Yourself” approach to low-budget indie film production and distribution. The book is peppered with filmmaking tips and tricks, as well as valuable, practical insight into the process of writing, directing, producing, and distributing commercial feature films on a low budget – whether you’re working with $1,000 or $1m. You’ll learn how to write, direct, produce, and release your film to theaters, tackle festivals and handle press, create a marketing plan, get reviews, and approach the filmmaking process with both an artistic soul and an entrepreneurial mindset.

After releasing his debut feature film to wide acclaim, filmmaker Usher Morgan (Prego, Windblown, Pickings) decided to write a filmmaking book which detailed his approach to writing, directing, and producing his own work, as well as the steps he took to distribute and market his film, Pickings, and release it to theaters across the nation.

Lessons from the Set: A DIY Guide to Your First Feature Film, from Script to Theaters is the perfect gift to any aspiring filmmaker, it’s an essential guide for anyone who wants to tell stories and make movies for a living.

Lessons From the Set is now available for orders in paperback and eBook format in bookstores everywhere. For more information, visit

About the Author

Usher Morgan is an award-winning screenwriter, film director, producer, and studio executive residing in New York City. Morgan started his career in book publishing and later became involved with film production and distribution. He produced his first documentary film The Thought Exchange starring David Friedman and Lucie Arnaz in 2012, followed by his directorial debut, the award-winning short film Prego. His debut film, Pickings, was released to theaters in March of 2018. The Los Angeles Times calls Usher Morgan “a talent to watch.”

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