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 […]

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: […]

Make Your Movie: Notes On Directing

As a director there are a million things going through your mind while in production. You oversee every aspect of the film, even if you don’t have a hand in making each happen. You should approve every detail along the way. There’s a lot of pressure there. You might even start to doubt yourself. Luckily, there […]

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 […]

Make Your Movie: You Can’t Buy Talent

I’ve had this discussion more times than I can count. What makes a true filmmaker? Is it professionalism? Talent? Drive? Passion? Creativity? Yes! It is all those things and so much more. I’ve spoken with many filmmakers, photographers, and artists of all mediums and when asked the question “What advice would you give an aspiring […]

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.   […]

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. […]

Why a Set Photographer Is the Biggest Asset To Your Film

You can have the best script, director, cinematographer and a star cast but none of that will matter if your film isn’t marketable.  How do you make it marketable?  A stellar press kit.  But you can’t create a press kit without amazing photos to show the public what a great little film you’ve made. Many […]

Make Your Movie: Screenwriting – The First Draft

It all starts with the script. Whether you are a director, producer, gaffer or cinematographer, we all know that the start of any collaborative effort starts with the all important script.  Changes will always be made and though (unfortunate as it may be) the script is never the end all say all to a film, […]