“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. Read more »

Start With Small 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.

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 »

You wrote it, now what do you do?

I moved to Los Angeles to be a screenwriter. I had five scripts under my arm and the first reality I was faced with is, what do with crypts scripts? I got a ‘job’ as a reader, (if a job is what you call working for free) and soon became a bitter script reader. Read more »

Be Creative, Not Hungry

I often here the idea that people are hungry to make it, and it makes me shake my head. Some would say I”m splitting hairs, but it’s a poor metaphor for your  journey to creative success. It’s far better to be creative, than to be hungry. Read more »

Analogy as a Story Development Tool

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 »

Notes From Tarantino: Master Your Genre

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 »

Filmmaking as Community Development

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 »

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