Posts Tagged ‘Filmmaking’

Script Geekery: Script Breakdown of “Django Unchained”

Script Breakdown by Philip Dyer, from Django Unchained By Quentin Tarantino Best Original Screenplay Academy Award nomination Best Screenplay Golden Globe winner

Don’t Make A Credit Card Movie

Making your first feature film. It’s a bug that gets up the butt of every new filmmaker at one time or another. It makes a lot of sense really – feature films are taken more seriously than shorts and they have the opportunity to make a profit, where shorts don’t. But one of the first […]

Juggling Writing, Directing & Acting

Filmmaking is a collaborative process that requires effective communication on every level. When communication is lacking, productions fall apart. This spurs some filmmakers to wear multiple hats, with that Mother Goose, “I’ll do it myself attitude.” It’s one thing to shoot and grip, but a popular combination is the Director/Actor. This seems like a good […]

If you want to be a filmmaker, don’t move to LA

Should I move to Hollywood to be in the film industry? Here’s an article about all the upsides. This article covers a few of the downsides…. There are few film jobs. One of the goals many ‘green’ filmmakers have when they move to LA is get a job in ‘The Biz.’ What many newbies can’t […]

Why You Should to Move to LA if You Want to Get into the Film Business

Every few months, I meet some wide eye noob who’s just arrived in LA to be in the film business. I’ve often wrestled with the wisdom of this. So this week’s “Top Reasons You Should Move to LA if You Want to Get into the Film Business” will be followed by “Top Reasons NOT to Move to […]

Wanna Fail in Pre-Production?

Do you want to fail in pre-production? Really? It’s easy to do; Don’t test your equipment. It sounds simple, but it dumbfounds me how often newbie film makers get into shooting only to realize, oops we didn’t know we weren’t getting bad sound.

Script Suicide: A Wandering Protag

Problem: The protagonist’s goal isn’t specific enough. Many screenplays have a protagonist who simply bounces around from one situation to another and then the story comes to an end. When that happens, the reader has no idea what the story is about (and neither does the writer, apparently) and doesn’t know whether the protagonist has made any actual […]

What Use Film School Can Be

To film school or not to film school. The question crosses every young filmmaker’s mind. You don’t need film school to make a film, but film school, film classes, coaches and mentors definitely serve a place in the filmmaker’s life.

Screenwriting Life After the Black List

Many people dream about their ‘big break’ in the entertainment industry. For Screenwriter Kevin Koehler, that break came with making it onto the Hollywood Black List in 2008 with his script, “Phantom Limb.” Many believe from there, you’re rich and famous. But the reality is, Kevin’s secured his place as a working writer.

A Hard Lesson After Sundance

Getting a film into Sundance is hard work. They only accept the best of the best, and only a small sliver of that. Could you imagine getting a film in, getting repped by a top Hollywood agency only to not be prepared? That’s what happened to Maurice Dwyer. It’s called Show Business for a reason; […]

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