Filmmaking

At Filmmaking Stuff, we are dedicated to providing filmmaking articles related to production, production equipment (cameras, lighting, audio), film scheduling, budgeting, casting and directing. From time to time, we will also include articles from guest filmmakers. We have provided the following ideas and filmmaking tips so that you can take action and make your movie.

What To Do When Your Filmmaking Sucks

What To Do When Your Filmmaking Sucks

This filmmaking article is challenging to write. The reason for this is simple. It is tough to admit that a movie you made (that you once thought was brilliant) totally sucks. Cringing at the sight of your old work is a good sign. The emotion means that you're growing as an artist. But I don't know. After having made a few feature films and prior to that, a whole bunch of … [Read more...]

Five Ways To Make Your Short Film Awesome

Make Your Short Film Awesome

When I got into filmmaking, short films were viewed as a calling card. You'd make a short, get into festivals and hope someone would come along and offer you a gazillion dollars to fund your feature. While making a short film is still a great representation of your talent, advancements in streaming video has created a lot of opportunity for the short filmmaker. Of course, … [Read more...]

The New Model of Filmmaking

The New Model Of Filmmaking

As a filmmaker, it is no longer enough to simply make a great movie and sell it off to the highest bidder. Lower production costs coupled with the rapid surge of distribution opportunities means that in order to succeed, you need to start viewing yourself as an entrepreneurial filmmaker. This is the new model of filmmaking.  Filmmakers must now take a more comprehensive … [Read more...]

How To Break Down and Schedule Your No-Budget Movie

Schedule Your Movie

Thanks to enhancements in production technology, you no longer need a gazillion dollars to make a feature. But you will need to learn how to replace money with ginormous creatively. Once your screenplay is complete, the next step in the filmmaking process is your initial breakdown and schedule. Breaking down the script means you go through your screenplay, number each scene … [Read more...]

How To STOP Filling Your Closet With Camera Gear

Camera Gear

When I was starting out as a filmmaker, the only way to be taken seriously was to shoot on film. I saved up all summer to purchase an Arri BL 16mm camera and a few rolls of film. The idea was to shoot a film, get it processed, transferred to video, edited and possibly garner a distribution deal. This was an era where indie film budgeting involved trying to find deals on … [Read more...]