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...]

Question: Should Filmmakers Move To Hollywood?

Filmmakers_Move_To_Hollywood

Should filmmakers move to Hollywood? That's the question I asked myself as I packed everything I could into my car. I had spent the previous year grinding towards filmmaking success in New York City, while sleeping on an inflatable air mattress. And after burning through my bank account, I was looking for a change. Hollywood seemed like a much more exciting … [Read more...]

Fighting The Urge To Quit Filmmaking

Quit Filmmaking

Filmmaking can be challenging. Many times you face obstacles you never imagined. And sometimes the thought of quitting just makes sense. Do you ever fight the urge to quit filmmaking? Believe me, I have been there. When I first started, a few things sucked. Here's my story: Fighting The Urge To Quit Filmmaking Picture this! You leave your small town and move to New … [Read more...]