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 Plan a Kickstarter for Your Film — The Ultimate Guide

How to Plan a Kickstarter for Your Film

For many filmmakers, our hometowns and their particular micro-cultures and institutions inspire many of the stories we'd like to tell. In our minds, we all want to be Mark Twain, sharing takes of our childhood on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. For me, making movies was all about telling stories about the colorful “yinzers” I grew up around near Pittsburgh. And that's … [Read more...]