How To Produce Hit Television Shows Like Charlie Day

Charlie Day

As a filmmaker, getting a project off the ground is often easier said than done. From day one, you are faced with a seemingly never ending barrage of challenges like how to get money, how to actually finish what you start, and importantly, how to sell your project… Faced with this level of uncertainty, it’s not surprising why many would-be filmmakers and producers give up … [Read more...]

What Screenwriters Can Learn From Documentary Filmmakers

Recently I taught a workshop to a group of documentary filmmakers, and I was reflecting on how much easier we screenwriters have it. The docu-makers may have a general story idea in mind, but often in the course of filming it turns out that reality doesn't cooperate. Sometimes one of the people they're filming dies or decides to stop cooperating. Sometimes they're following … [Read more...]

Make Shorts First – Filmmaking

Before you make a feature, you should create a whole bunch of short movies. This advice is nothing new for the up-and-coming filmmaker. But what is new are the many options for distribution. Past Filmmakers. . . Most short films lived and died at film festivals. But these days, shooting on the Canon EOS 7D, combined with quick Internet uploads have changed filmmaking … [Read more...]