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
Directing Films and 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.
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
In this post I'm going to share a simple and powerful film editing technique that when combined with shot planning will help you navigate time travel, fantasy as well as allow your characters to smoothly transition from real life into a dream world. It's called a transition match cut, and it will help you make your audience
In this post, I'm going to share what I believe to be the main ingredient for moving from a backyard filmmaker to an award-winning filmmaker. It's actually a technique taught in all the best film schools. Best of all it's free and it's easy to do if you have a computer and an internet connection. Let me start
I recently received an email from one of my subscribers asking for help. A filmmaker in distress and thinking about quitting. I've been there more times than I can count, so I'm pretty confident I can help him re-frame and get things into perspective. I think his problem and the problem most of us in this