Make Your Movie: Creating a Business Plan for Your Film

With crowd-funding being the go-to source of income for most short and feature films these days, it’s easy to forget how crucial a detailed business plan can be to the success of any film. However, many indie filmmakers are often puzzled as far as where to begin, let alone how to complete, a thoughtfully drafted […]

Practical Interview Tips

I’ve been presenting a series of workshops about “Interview Techniques” both from a producer’s perspective (things to consider) as well as from a DP’s perspective (equipment considerations and lighting approaches). Here are some of the essential tips I share during these events. 1. Interview Structure An interview is a conversation that involves three people, not […]

Make Your Movie: The Casting Process

When producing a narrative, whether it’s a short or feature-length film, one of the utmost critical moments in pre-production is going to be the casting process. It can be especially trying if you are an independent filmmaker who doesn’t have the budget to hire a proper casting director. A few years ago a good friend […]

Make Your Movie: How Do You Know Your Script Is Ready For Pre-Production?

We’ve talked about getting your script started, working through that second draft, what you should look for when acquiring a script, and even how to get started with pre-production. But if you’re a writer/director-type, like most of us are, how do you know for sure that the script you’ve been working on is ready to be […]

Notes From the Field

Folks often ask me how I prepare for a shoot. While there are a multitude of ways to get ready (and therefore many ways to answer this question) I do have a system in place. This system assumes that you have more than one active role in the project. Here’s how it breaks down: 1. […]

5 Photo Projects To Enhance Your Image-Making Skills

No matter what your career goals it’s important to always stay on top of your craft. We gain experience and wisdom through practice and photography is no different. The best way to do this is by challenging ourselves and pushing the limits of our comfort zone. Below are a few photo projects to help enhance […]

Make Your Movie: 10 Steps to Tackle the Big Bad Second Draft

Congrats! You wrote a script! That’s great news and a big deal. The bad news is: you’re just getting started. There is so much more work to do now. After all, “writing is rewriting”. Every writer knows that. Unfortunately not everyone knows how important to the screenwriting process the second draft really is. It’s a lot […]

Geena Davis’ Two Easy Steps to Make Hollywood Less Sexist

We recently ran a blog series centered around the gender equality PSA, Little Leading Ladies, which encourages young girls to take on leadership roles within, as well as, outside the film industry. But what about on-screen? Oscar winner, Geena Davis, has advocated for gender equality in the film industry through her Institute on Gender in […]

An Argument Against Formulas (Or Why Scott Myers is My New Hero)

With a single blog post, Scott Myers, has become my screenwriting hero. I’ve cringed, for years now, as I’ve watched my fellow writer and filmmaker friends fall prey to book after book of screenwriting and filmmaking propaganda. And while I don’t believe everything these books say is absolute rubbish, I have to agree with Scott when he explains: […]

Making of a PSA: Interview with Casting Director Jessica Daniels

Above: Casting Director Jessica Daniels (right) and her associate Candice Alustiza-Lee (left) at the casting for Little Leading Ladies. Image courtesy of Adorama Rentals. This is the second installment of a five-part series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals. NYWIFT member Amanda Lin Costa interviews Casting Director Jessica Daniels about her work […]