Making a Movie

The other night, I did a film school talk at the UCLA film school about how to make, market and sell your movie without the middle-man. And while most of the UCLA film students in attendance agreed that my way of making a movie may not be fully inline with the studio ideal - many of these filmmakers agreed that getting a movie made is better than merely just talking about … [Read more...]

Feature Filmmaking Advice

Prior to getting my own features off the ground, I worked for an indie producer in New York City. I took the gig because I wanted to uncover the "secrets" to making movies. And after a few months, I ended up working in development - which pretty much meant it was my job to read screenplays and write reports about the material, called coverage. When I wasn't reading, most of … [Read more...]

Screenwriting Tips – Hope for shy screenwriters

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Shy and awkward is how screenwriter Seth Lochead describes himself. When he was starting out he felt he had to choose between building his career by socializing or by writing a great script. He decided to try to do the latter. The result is "Hanna," co-written by David Farr, starring Kate Blanchett as the daughter of a rogue ex-CIA agent. He told the Vancouver Sun: "“I … [Read more...]

How to give your screenplay emotional intelligence

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"Chasing the Monster Idea" is a book by Stefan Mumaw in which he identifies seven questions that will help you determine whether you have a "monster" idea rather than just a good one (or a bad one). These questions also can help you figure out whether your movie idea is a monster. The first one: Does it evoke an emotional response? People go to movies not just to see … [Read more...]

Filmmaking interview with Nathan Wrann

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Nathan Wrann is a talented, experienced and enthusiastic filmmaker. While his movies are still considered underground, his filmmaking philosophy is universal. This is a man who goes against the odds, makes the movies he can make - without asking permission. Nathan Wrann's drive and ambition has enabled him to get some features under his belt. I interviewed Nathan because … [Read more...]