Posted on May 14th, 2013
Sometimes I fall in love with a concept, scene or character and then struggle to write a script to put that element into. A concept, scene or character isn’t a script, because a concept, scene or character isn’t a story.
One way to think of a story, is that a story is an analogy Read more »
Posted on May 8th, 2013
So, the day Quentin Tarantino’s Django came out on DVD, a good friend bought it and gave it to me. “You’ve got to watch this,” he said. So I did. (Sigh) My head is still spinning. It’s a wonderfully thought provoking piece of art. Art’s supposed to provoke an emotion right? Well I got pretty emotional.
But regardless of your opinion of the films content, it really really reminded me how impressive Tarantino is with doing his homework and mastering a genre. Read more »
Posted on May 6th, 2013
The answer to, ‘why make a film’ can run the gamut of, ‘to be rich and famous’ and ‘to fulfill the burden of telling a story.’ The answer is usually personal and rarely includes the idea, ‘to help reinvigorate pride in my community, but that’s exactly what I got speaking to Martin Thurlow. Read more »
Posted on May 1st, 2013
I saw this posted on Seth Godin’s blog earlier this week, and it seemed to be written specifically for most of my filmmaker friends.
Sure, it’s fun to be picked, anointed, given social approval for what you do—the newspaper writes you up, you get invited to speak at graduation, your product gets featured on the front page of a website or blog… Read more »
Posted on April 30th, 2013
The one curse afflicting many filmmakers with the proliferation of cheap film production tools is the ability to do it all yourself. But you can’t do it all yourself. You shouldn’t even try. Read more »
Posted on April 24th, 2013
The myth of the overnight Hollywood success is one of the more discouraging ideas in the filmmaking community. At the heart of it is the idea that with little or no effort or investment of time, you to can be a famous star. If that’s your hope for being in The Biz, you’re better off playing the lottery. Read more »
Posted on April 18th, 2013
3D is cheap enough that it’s a real option for Indie filmmakers. I’m going to try out rebroadcasting the Events Calendar by 3D Force and see how folks like it. Chime in, if you like it or if you don’t. Read more »
Posted on April 17th, 2013
This is a personal pet peeve of mine, how I see some people who call themselves networking working a room, passing out business cards but not connecting to anyone. If you’re in a room with 100 people, it’s better to meaningfully connect with one person, than to get everyone’s contact info. Read more »
Posted on April 15th, 2013
Tools are cheap and stories are a flowing. This hasn’t always been the case. Speaking to industry Veteran Mike Rogers brought in to stark relief just how difficult and expensive filmmaking used to be, and how cheap and easy it is to try your hand at it now. Read more »
Posted on April 11th, 2013
Contrary to all the advertisement, the best camera in the world, won’t make your film much better than if you shot it on an iPhone if you don’t know how to use it. I saw this creative rant about the new MoVi (which I totally want, I admit it, I’m a gearjunkie… What? Read more »