Sometimes You Have to Punt a Production


The Conflict of Schedules and Indie Productions

Long time no post. Got busy with a production I’ll be posting about here soon. I also had a bit of existential grief that I wasn’t just writing watered down platitudes, and what not. But I’ve got a good one, today: The conflict of  a tight filmmaking schedule and no budget.

Why, ‘Punt?’ Besides the extra point, the cherry ontop after a touchdown, sometimes in football you’re not where you want to be, and the First down is looking doubtful. So you kick the ball for better field position. Read more »

Communication is the Indie Filmmaking Special Sauce

Communication special-sauce2

The most important thing you need on a film set is Communication. On a studio film shoot, the budget allows department heads to have plenty opportunities to meet and disseminate information where it needs to go. But on an Indie set, there’s usually a mad visionary and her or his friends just trying to get it in the can. But without ‘communication,’ it’s nearly impossible. Read more »

Don’t Chase Trends

Don't Chase Trends

Cee Lo Green put is so succinctly in the latest evolution of his career, “I’d be a pretty good thug but that wouldn’t compare to a great me” Don’t chase the trends. Don’t try and be like everyone else. Every time the hot new thing becomes a trend, the industry jumps on the bandwagon. Read more »

Start With Short Shoots


Keep it Simple, Stupid. K. I. S. S. You’ve heard it but it has nothing to do with your stories. You don’t write simple stories. You don’t envision short films. Your canvas is huge, and that’s just what you do. But if this is your first rodeo, maybe you should just take a day and do a short, low stakes shoot before you go and conquer the Mt. Everest of a feature film. Read more »

“A Girl & A Gun” The Lazy Basics of Drama

Gun & Girl

“All you need for a movie is a girl and a gun.” That’s a quote from French Director Jean-Luc Godard. I guess you can say, these two images are ‘instant tension’ from a male orientation. Tension is pretty much the source of story. Read more »

Start With Small Productions

Crawl Walk Run Productions

How much money does it cost to make a short? Depends on the short. But it also depends on the filmmaker. And if you start with a small production, you can make short films with stuff you have in the house. This allows you to master the the mechanics of filmmaking. Read more »

Is The Samsung Galaxy NX A(nother) Filmmaking Game Changer?


Is the Samsung Android Mirrorless Camera Another Indie game changer? Sure, cameras have been flying fast and furious from manufacturers to the market. We got the Digital Bolex, Black Magic Cam, and firmware hacks that take just about any old digital camera you were about to put on Craigslist, and makes it a raw shooting machine.

But there’s a huge schism between manufacturers and consumers: Read more »

Start With Small Stories.

Crawl Walk Run Stories

You don’t have to be Communist to agree, the march of a million miles begins with a single step. Big movies inspire us to make films, but you really should start trying to make small films. Read more »

Ups and Downs of Collaborative Filmmaking


When you get an opportunity to build a team and make a film, be careful you don’t get all precious when the shoe is on the other foot and someone else needs help. Read more »

Powered by WordPress