Modern Moviemaking Manifesto Explained

Last week I published a new filmmaking podcast called the Modern Moviemaking Manifesto. I published these ideas in response to all my veteran independent filmmaking friends who are currently having difficulty raising movie financing, and later, getting a return on that money. Since posting, I have gotten a lot of feedback. Most of it has been positive. But there have been … [Read more...]

How To Break Down and Schedule Your No-Budget Movie

If you're a first time feature filmmaker, you do not need a gazillion dollars to join the feature club. But you will need to learn how to replace money with ginormous creatively. And once your screenplay is complete, then 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 … [Read more...]

Filmmaking Training From a Mentor

Mentors are role models who take a vested interest in your success. Sometimes, you meet your mentor when least expected, and they will help guide your filmmaking career. A mentor will provide insight and will often direct you toward a successful outcome. This doesn’t necessary mean your mentor will enter into a business relationship with you, but he or she may offer … [Read more...]

Increase the production value of your movie

Image via Wikipedia I'm going to ask a few questions today and also take us back in time... Have you ever watched a movie where the story seemed like it was just a bunch of Visual Effects, with no substance? Conversely, can you think of a movie where the FX and VFX were just icing on the cake? When I first started out, the movie The Matrix was all the rage. I don't … [Read more...]