Making of a PSA: Interview with Writer/Director Aubrey Smyth

Above: Writer/Director Aubrey Smyth (center) works with the young actors on the set of Little Leading Ladies. Photo courtesy of Gingersnap This is the first installment of a five-part series co-presented by New York Women in Film & Television and Adorama Rentals.  Intro: When fellow NYWIFT member Aubrey Smyth shared her idea to create a PSA inspired by […]

Make Your Movie: Regardless

As filmmakers we are, by default, ingrained with a sense of passion for the work we do. Both on-set and off, we push ourselves harder than the average working stiff. It is this passion, I believe, which sets us apart from the rest of society. Bump into a fellow filmmaker at an unassuming location and […]

10 Podcasts Every Screenwriter Should Follow

I’ve recently discovered that podcasts are useful for more than just expanding your musical palette (I know, I know. Late to the party as usual) and that there are a surprise amount of podcasts out there which cater to as many individual needs as there are people. The following is a list (the first of many […]

ARCoverage: Digital Cinema Society Talks Indie Film Financing and Distribution

On August 6th we had the pleasure of hosting a Digital Cinema Society panel on the subject of Indie Film Financing and Distribution with speakers such as: Alex Daly who’s company, Vann Alexandra, has successfully fundraised for 14 projects. Roderic David, CEO of Thunder Studios in California as well as a new initiative called Thunder […]

6 Filmmaking Tips From 2 Prominent Directors

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network, Fight Club, Se7en. The Wolf of Wall Street, The Departed, Goodfellas, Taxi Driver. The above list of great films came from two very talented and well-respected directors of our time: David Fincher and Martin Scorsese. Now, here’s a chance to learn from these amazing filmmakers.   […]

How 3 Famous Screenwriters Got Their Big Break

Aline Brosh McKenna …was working in the publishing industry and unsuccessfully attempting to get her stories in various magazines.  She took an NYU screenwriting course where her fellow classmates dubbed her work as “too mainstream”.  Luckily, these same scripts caught the attention of an agent who recognized the market value of her work.  She’s best known […]

Is Passion First the Next Step in Crowdfunding?

We’re all familiar with Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Some of us have even used Slated, but Richard Guay, longtime indie producer, wants to change the way we fund films online.  Passion First is “a portal for crowdfunders to truly become investors”.  The idea is simple:  instead of simply donating to a film or project of your choice […]

#TBT: The Matrix (Wachowski/1999)

“You can stop waiting for the future of movies. It’s already here. Someday, 1999 will be etched on a microchip as the first real year of 21st-century filmmaking. The year when all the old, boring rules about cinema started to crumble. The year when a new generation of directors—weaned on cyberspace and Cops, Pac-Man and […]

3 Filmmakers On Developing Style

Ran across this insightful post featuring the wise words of “Sixteen filmmakers from different parts of the world and different time periods […] Their words are both revealing and encouraging.”  Here are my 3 favorite from the list:   Filmmaking isn’t if you can just strap on a camera onto an actor, and steadicam, and […]

Developing The Budget For Your Film

Here’s some advice for you filmmakers out there.  When it comes to creating a budget for your project there are many obstacles you will encounter.  Collecting numbers and figuring out how much things will cost is one thing but in the end your goal is to present a comprehensive business plan that investors will appreciate. […]