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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Martin Scorsese Inspires Every Filmmaker With Tisch Commencement Speech

I had the pleasure of watching Martin Scorsese’s commencement speech for the graduates of the Tisch School for the Arts. I believe he speaks to every filmmaker through his inspiring words of encouragement. Here are the highlights of that speech transcribed, in hopes they inspire the filmmaker and artist in you: Any of you, whether you’re […]

Highlights & Top Film Picks From TIFF 2014

TIFF is well under way with lots of celebrity press coverage, insightful panel discussions and, of course,  amazing talent. One of the top highlights I’ve seen in these initial few days is this first installment of their “Talent to Watch” series with Mattieu Denis (Corbo), Andrea Dorffman (Heartbeat), Jeffrey St. Jules (Bang Bang Baby), Jacob Tierney (Preggoland): New Directions For […]

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.   […]