Michael Wiese Productions (MWP) are the publishers behind "Shooting Better Movies:The Student Filmmakers' Guide". MWP was launched in San Francisco in 1976 primarily to produce films. But, after Michael was unable to find a publisher for his first book,The Independent Film and Videomaker’s Guide, he self-published the book which went on to sell 50,000 copies.


Michael then wrote four other film books over the next few years and eventually started publishing other authors’ filmmaking and screenwriting books. Today, the company is known worldwide having published some 200 books. Some of the bestsellers have been translated into 18 languages, are used in over 700 film courses, in the Hollywood studios and by emerging filmmakers.