Archive for the ‘FIlm Life’ Category

Problems with Get Out & Moonlight For Indie Filmmakers

What are the problems with Get Out and Moonlight? It takes away all excuse from indie filmmakers on getting the job done right. For next to no money. Just story, craft and get’er done is all it takes to make a splash with your film. [Spoilers]

Improve Your Filmmaking with Podcasts

Improve your Filmmaking with Podcasts

I love podcasts. The digestible log form audio content really gets me through the day. Why’s this good for the filmmaker? It’s essentially the oldest form of storytelling. And you can listen to podcasts while you’re doing something else.

Failure Lab: Where we learn to succeed.

This is a pretty awesome series on failure by some folks who’ve obviously succeeded. Great vitamins for if you ain’t ‘there’ yet, ‘there’ being your destination of choice. I dug this episode by the Daily Show’s Roy Wood Jr. A good title is, “Pride comes before the fall. Then you learn to get up again.” […]

Hey… Where you been Moe?

Hey… Where you been Moe? So after about 9 months writing this blog I had an existential crisis: Who am I to talk about making movies? I’d never made a feature film and I had a film making blog. I was a fraud. Well… maybe.

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 […]

Communication is the Indie Filmmaking Special Sauce

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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

“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.

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