What To Do When Your Filmmaking Sucks

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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 […]

How To Get Noticed As a Filmmaker

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As a filmmaker, your goal is to get your movies seen and sold. The problem is, if you’re just beginning, nobody will take your calls or read your screenplays or produce your ideas. So how do you get noticed as a filmmaker? When I first started, I did what you’re doing. I sent out countless […]

Screenwriting With Jim Makichuk

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As a screenwriter, your goal is to get your writing made into movies. So you write and write and write. And through perseverance you get an agent and eventually get your story sold and produced. With a little more luck and hard work, you make a living doing what you love. If you want to […]

Essential Advice For The Modern Filmmaker

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Talk to any filmmaker about distribution and they will tell you the world has changed. Gone are the days when you simply made a movie and sold it to the highest bidder. These days everybody is making backyard indies. And the market is saturated with a never ending supply of mediocre movies. Suffice it to […]

Why Hollywood Dreamers Fail Fast

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It is easy to dream about becoming the next Hollywood hotshot. When I first moved to Los Angeles, I met these people a lot. We went to fancy dinners and cocktail parties, all of us posing as if we already had an awesome career in entertainment. I naturally assumed that these people went home each […]

Cynicism Won’t Make Movies

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As a filmmaker, it’s easy to make excuses for why you aren’t making movies. Maybe you don’t have enough experience, time, money, connections, friends or [fill in the blank with your best reason HERE.] A few weeks ago, I found myself watching a Superman with some Hollywood acquaintances. At the end of the movie, one […]

How To Profit From Other Filmmaker’s Mailing List

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Hollywood spends a gazillion dollars on movie marketing each year. But most independent filmmakers don’t have Hollywood marketing money to toss around. And if you’re like most filmmakers, by the time you read this article, odds are good that you spent all your money in production. If you’ve ever attended one of my speaking events, […]

Top Filmmaking Excuses and How To Avoid Them

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As a filmmaker, taking action is everything. But sometimes this is easy to say, but tough to execute. Over the past two weeks, I have been getting a bunch of emails from Hollywood hopefuls who want to make movies or write screenplays or do something. But for some reason – (insert idiotic excuse here) – […]