This will be the first in a series of post where I'll be sharing what I think are the right ingredients for a successful documentary. I'm not going to talk about them in the abstract, but instead I'm going to outline what they are as I put my money where my mouth is and share all the
Making great film distribution deals in today's noisy online market is largely dependent on creating a solid filmmaker's platform. In this post I'm going to share what ingredients make up a filmmaker's platform, as well as why doing this is like having money in the bank. Everything I'm talking about here pertains to the filmmaker looking to
If you're a filmmaker who's wants to make great films, you'll want to explore what motivates human beings. Do you know the inner life of your characters, what makes them tick? Why am I asking? I'm asking because unless you're serious about exploring human beings you'll never make great films. You might make pretty pictures or videos
Does the Thought of Directing Children & Non-Actors Keep You Awake at Night? It doesn't need to. In this post I'm going to show you what to look for in an untrained actor, as well as how you can use three proven techniques while directing children & non-actors in truly believable performances. You will see a big difference in
Some of this likely comes from on-set nerves because most new film directors don’t yet know how to use pre-production to discover what kind of guidance an actor needs. Where do you fall on the "over or under directing actors spectrum?" If I'm not careful I tend to swing toward over directing. I know
Do you know how to Direct Film Actors? In this video-post I'll share five amazing tips on how to direct film actors. But before I do I think you'll get some great "don't-do insights" by watching the video of a frustrated actor sharing an experience about a director who doesn't know how to direct. Ouch - Don't make that mistake!
I got this question "Do film directors need to know how to light?" came from from Mukul, a Digital Film Farm newsletter subscriber named last week. It's a great question and likely one many new and even experienced filmmakers have. When I first read the question I thought the answer was straight forward and obvious, but it's not.
By the time you get to the end of this post, you'll come to appreciate how directing is similar to making gravy. It's true! :) This is important because if you don't make your day on a consistent basis, you won't make your movie. You have a schedule that outlines a certain number of days for your
I like to look at film directing as having three major legs, each comprised of many skills sets. Directing Performance Camera Blocking Directing Story In this post, I’m going to pickup where the last post left off and get into camera blocking. If you haven’t read the last post it’s called "Three Legs of Film
In order to get good at directing, and for that matter any craft, it’s important to identify the individual skill-sets that make up the craft. Only then is it possible to focus on specific tasks and the most useful techniques. There are too many dynamics involved to approach directing as a broad stroke "thing." It only