If you’re serious about filmmaking, buy this now How To Make an Action Movie achieves a rare balance with books like these. It’s a step-by-step, solution based look at how you can go from idea to finished product. But what it also does is widen the focus to more than just a director’s point of view. When you are making a low-budget film (of which, I’ve made three) you need to learn how to manage the personalities of your actors, keep on schedule, stay on budget and still make sure you have friends after everything has wrapped. If it wraps.