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 […]

Robert Rodriguez Says I’m Lazy

I’ve been reading the Robert Rodriguez book “Rebel Without a Crew” and I am feeling both excited and depressed. The guy grew up with many siblings (10 if I remember correctly). His father, a salesman, bought a video camera to enhance his business. Robert started shooting his family and everything else within a 12” radius, […]

My Absolute Worst Experiences On Set (And What They Taught Me)

I’ve worked on a few sets over the years and, as it tends to happen, you get some wonderfully inspiring as well as absolutely horrible, makes-you-rethink-your-career-choice type of experiences when you’re first starting out in the biz. Not that you’re immune to them as you gain experience and begin to work with more seasoned directors but, for […]

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 […]

4K for 3K: Blackmagic Does It Again!

Blackmagic Design announced that they will finally start shipping the 4K Production Camera that debuted six months ago. But in what seems to be a Blackmagic tradition the price has been dropped by a thousand dollars! For those of us who remember Red‘s long forgotten promise of 3K for 3K this is a really special day! […]

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, […]

The Best Camera For You: Sony F55 vs. Canon C500 part 2

To continue from yesterday’s conversation comparing the Sony F55 to the Canon C500, let’s go into:   Functionality For people who are coming from shooting with the Canon C300 and switching over to the C500 or anyone who has been shooting in HD for a long time and is now getting clients who are requesting […]

ARCommunity #FF: Alfred Padilla Writer/Director of “Best Man in the Dark”

I had the pleasure to meet with the director and one of the producers of a feature film that is currently in production in Brooklyn.  Puerto Rican born Alfred Padilla has been working in the film industry for the last 20 years since he moved to the US.  He has directed various shorts such as […]

Spotlight: BarFly 200D

The Kino Flo BarFly 200D is likely the most powerful, small light you’ll find on the market.  Its Quad lamp technology offers a light output equivalent to a 500W tungsten softlight, uses only 1 amp of power, weighs less than 8 lbs.  It’s much brighter than a Mini-Flo and is about half the size of […]