Future Of Filmmaking: Will You Be Replaced By A Robot?

Future Of Filmmaking

In case you haven't noticed, filmmaking is changing. And the future of filmmaking is now. In years past, if you wanted to make a movie, you had to raise enough money to not only cover the film and equipment, but you paid for your DP, your camera operator, someone to pull focus, someone to load the film, someone to lay dolly track and someone else to push your dolly. If … [Read more...]

5 Ways To Succeed As a Modern Filmmaker

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The other day it occurred to me that I've been living in Los Angeles for nearly a decade. Over the years I have learned a thing or two about Hollywood. I have also realized there are distinct differences between filmmakers who make a movie and the would-be filmmakers who do not. Since most people in LA are involved in some aspect of the movie industry, most conversations … [Read more...]

Screenwriting Agents Do Not Have Time To Read Your Script

Screenwriting Agents

Somewhere in the world someone has just finished the first draft of her first screenplay - ever. Full of enthusiasm, the unknown screenwriter breaks out a hammer and puts the final touches on the two brass brads that hold the 90-120 pages together. It is at this point when this writer asks himself the obvious question: "How do I get my movie script produced?" This is … [Read more...]

How Do Filmmakers Compete?

With video on demand distribution and the emergence of several new VOD aggregators, independent movie distribution has become non-discriminatory. This means ALL filmmakers can access the marketplace without asking permission. While this is exciting, it now means the market is flooded with content. Couple this paradigm shift with the demise of DVD sales channels, and you'll … [Read more...]

Write A Crappy First Draft

Unless you're an experimental filmmaker, you rely heavily on having a great screenplay. And if you're like a lot of people I've met, you probably have a gazillion ideas for movie projects - but you might not have any completed screenplays. If this is you, you're not alone. Since producing my first feature, I have received about a gazillion emails from writer-producer … [Read more...]