Ingrid Stobbe and William R. Pace, authors of The Filmmaker's Guide to Creatively Embracing Limitations

Porter Square Books is thrilled to welcome Ingrid Stobbe and William R. Pace for a multimedia presentation of their new book The Filmmaker's Guide to Creatively Embracing Limitations: Not Getting What You Want Leading to Creating What You Need! Following a reading, the authors will screen examples from the exercises detailed in the book and clips from films referenced. This event will take place on Tuesday, August 22 at 7pm at PSB: Boston Edition (50 Liberty Dr. Boston, MA 02210).

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Starting out as a filmmaker comes with a host of limitations and restrictions leading to one key question: how do you channel your creativity past these daunting challenges to create compelling and impactful films? Authors William Pace and Ingrid Stobbe advise the key is to not consider them roadblocks to being creative, but opportunities. Providing both historical and contemporary examples, as well as outlining practical exercises filmmakers can apply to their own creative processes, they illustrate how filmmakers can transform obstacles into successes.

Looking into limitations and restrictions arising at all stages of the film production process, the book illuminates the importance of developing unique creative muscles and how to apply them to your own work. This is a unique text in the field that provides both a theoretical and practical approach to inspired and savvy filmmaking that uses limitations as points of inspiration. Drawing on examples from artists like Frank Oz, Pete Docter, Gabby Sumney, and Shaun Clarke, filmmakers will gain a well-rounded understanding of the creative processes behind motion picture production and learn how to shape their own independent creative voice when utilizing budget-conscious, creatively aware filmmaking. Foregrounding limitation-embracing strategy and capability, making a film for the first time or with limited resources is no longer overwhelming with this highly practical textbook.

Ideal for undergraduate students of film production and first-time filmmakers.


William Pace is an alumnus of NYU's acclaimed graduate Film & TV program and has written five distributed independent feature films (four of which he co-produced), assorted TV episodes, and several optioned screenplays. He has also directed the award-winning feature film Charming Billy, and several award-winning short films, including "A Relaxing Day" (written by Pulitzer-nominated playwright Theresa Rebeck). He continues to work professionally as well as serve as a Faculty Associate of Digital Media Production at Seton Hall University in New Jersey, USA, where he teaches screenwriting, film production, and editing.

Ingrid Stobbe is an Associate Professor of Digital Filmmaking at Lesley University’s College of Art & Design in Cambridge. She is an Advisor to the board of Women in Film & Video New England, as well as an editorial board member of the Journal of Film & Video, and previously served on the Marketing Committee for the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. She has comprehensive experience designing curricula for the visual arts, and her pedagogy has been internationally recognized - most recently including the 2021 Best-In-Track award at OLC Innovate, and the 2020 University Film and Video Association Award of Teaching Excellence. She additionally advises tenure track and full-time academic applications, and regularly speaks at various institutions about media production's evolving landscape, and its broader social impact.

Event date: 

Tuesday, August 22, 2023 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Porter Square Books: Boston Edition
50 Liberty Dr.
Boston, MA 02210

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The Filmmaker's Guide to Creatively Embracing Limitations: Not Getting What You Want Leading to Creating What You Need By William R. Pace, Ingrid Stobbe Cover Image
ISBN: 9781032261256
Availability: Available to Order from Supplier: Arrives at Store in a Week(ish)
Published: Routledge - July 19th, 2023


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