How to Break Into The Film Industry

How To Break Into The Film Industry

If you're wondering how to break into the film industry, you're not alone. Nearly every successful filmmaker has started from nowhere. The problem is, there is a big catch 22 in the industry. Unless you're known, nobody will take your calls or read your screenplays or produce your ideas. And unless you get your work produced, it is really tough to become "know." When I … [Read more...]

Study Everything Filmmaking

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One of the best ways to get started as a filmmaker involves watching every movie you possibly can. Take note of the angles, lighting and pacing of the movie. It is helpful to read the screenplay for every movie you can as well. A quick search on the Internet will help you find screenplays. You should set a goal to watch at least 50 movies and read at least 100 screenplays over … [Read more...]

Feature Filmmaking Advice

Prior to getting my own features off the ground, I worked for an indie producer in New York City. I took the gig because I wanted to uncover the "secrets" to making movies. And after a few months, I ended up working in development - which pretty much meant it was my job to read screenplays and write reports about the material, called coverage. When I wasn't reading, most of … [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...]

Filmmaker David Allen Talks Modern Moviemaking and VOD Distribution

The Gates of Hell Movie Cast & Crew

As we get closer to an independent filmmaking business driven by video on demand distribution, I am on the hunt for various case studies that can help filmmakers navigate the changing world. I caught wind of an indie production company based in Australia called Rapidfire Productions. This is a production company that operates as a self sustaining modern moviemaking business. … [Read more...]