Five Steps to Make a Living in Filmmaking

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If you want to make a living in filmmaking, you're in the right place. The one thing I absolutely love about being a filmmaker is that I am my own boss. I don't have to punch a clock, I don't have to do every single gig that comes along, and I can do things my way. The greatest part? Making movies is my full time job. Most filmmakers want this too. The trouble is they want … [Read more...]

How To Brand Yourself As A Filmmaker

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How To Brand Yourself As A Filmmaker (Part 1) By filmmaker and graphic designer, Ela Gancarz Everyone’s talking about personal branding these days, but not everyone understands what it does and why it's important. As a filmmaker, you might be thinking to yourself, “do I really have to care about my brand?” In today's Internet focused world, personal branding is no longer … [Read more...]

Working With Partners

Before you jump into BIG filmmaking projects, I recommend working with creative collaborators on weekend films and other, smaller projects. This helps you uncover everybody's idiosyncrasies early on. From this experience, you can better determine if anybody's social imperfections (coupled with your own imperfections) will derail the possibility of collaborating on bigger … [Read more...]

Screenwriting: what experience do you want the audience to have?

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According to Stefan Mumaw's book, "Chasing the Monster Idea," one of the key questions to ask if you want to find out whether your idea is a "monster" rather than just good (or bad) is, "Does it create an experience?" Which movies you've seen would you call an experience? I'd say "Alien," which made me jump out of my seat when that thing exploded out of poor John Hurt's … [Read more...]