Focus, Commitment and Will

I just saw John Wick 2. Again. So I had to see John Wick 1. Again. This scene spoke to me, in particular. If you’re a nobody, you need to have focus, commitment and sheer will to make a splash as a newbie indie filmmaker.

One of the coldest, most effective, evocative scenes I’ve seen in years. Worth studying.

I love it. The cross cutting, the timing of the editing, the two scene’s emotional stakes. John’s bloodied, but calm. the mobsters are clean, but scared. Mobsters are warmly lit. John’s lighting is cool.

“With a pencil!” John, a guy who can get the job done with not enough resources. Can you?

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]

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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.

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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.”

“Failure is the training ground of success.”

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. Read more »

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

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

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 »

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