“Look Dad, Five More Links to Good Filmmaking Articles!”

We should really thank the Angry Filmmaker for taking the time to put these together…

On Directing Actors: An Interview with Tim Blake Nelson

There is a lot of good stuff here if you want to direct actors well. And directing actors is one of the biggest problems I see with film students and many independent filmmakers.  They know all about cameras but don’t know shit about getting good performances from their actors. Read this!

http://www.moviemaker.com/archives/interviews/on-directing-actors-an-interview-with-tim-blake-nelson/

Attention Filmmakers: Here’s How to Make a Million Dollar Movie for Thousands 

I don’t agree with all of these things here but there are some good take-a-ways. It’s certainly worth the few minutes it took to read it.

http://www.indiewire.com/article/attention-filmmakers-heres-how-to-make-a-million-dollar-movie-for-thousands-20150526?utm_source=iwDaily_newsletter&utm_medium=sailthru_newsletter

The Seven Best Apps for Filmmakers in Pre-Production 

I don’t use these,(I’m old school and have my oid worn out tired methods…) but it’s nice to know they’re around.
http://www.indiewire.com/article/7-best-apps-for-filmmakers-pre-production 20150519?fb_action_ids=10153072370106130&fb_action_types=og.shares

I love this, What’s in Your Kit: Cinematographer Frankie DeMarco.

There’s some funny stuff here, and some things that make as lot of sense that we don’t think about until it’s too late. Like an extra pair of shoes…
http://www.moviemaker.com/archives/print/spring-2015/whats-in-your-kit-cinematographer-frankie-demarco/

Sell a Movie to Netflix 

I don’t think this article goes in to enough detail but it’s a good start.

http://www.filmmakingstuff.com/sell-a-movie-to-netflix/

 

Read these and learn! You’re welcome.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking Podcast Part Two

This is Podcast #2 and I will recap how these Podcasts came about for those who haven’t heard any of these yet…

A couple years ago after watching hundreds of students films and films by new filmmakers, William Akers (Author of Your Screenplay Sucks!) sat down and wrote out The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking for his students. His goal was to put a laminated list of these sins in to every camera bag at school so when students went out on their shoots they would have one more reminder of things not to do.

He passed his list around to some of his friends in the film business for input and we added more until the list swelled to eighteen.

On one of my frequent trips to Nashville over a glass of wine or two, William decided we should record a group of Podcasts about some of the most common problems we see.

William continues to call it The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking (even though there are eighteen) because it has such a classical sound to it.

For the next couple months I’m going to re-post these one per week so come back and listen. And if you can’t stand the suspense and want to listen to them all at once, you’ll find them here on my website under the menu button that says, PODCASTS.

I’m sure you have other Filmmaking Sins that are not included in our list but we think this is a pretty good place to start. So gather round filmmakers and take a listen. This shit is more entertaining than sitting in a classroom.

This weeks edition is called “What Story Are We Telling.”

 

7 Deadly Sins of Filmmaking Part Two: What Story are We Telling

 

Go ahead, click on it. Don’t be afraid…

My Five “Go To” Books on Writing

Here in no particular order are my five favorite books on writing.

 

1.)  Strunk & White – The Elements of Style

2.)  Stephen King – On Writing

3.)  Ray Bradbury – Zen in the Art of Writing

4.)  William Akers – Your Screenplay Sucks!: 100 Ways to Make It Great.

5.)  Blake Snyder – Save The Cat!

 

There are a lot of other writing books out there and I’m sure you have all sorts of favorites, but these are mine, the ones I keep near my desk. In fact I’ve been known to re-read various parts of these books in the evenings just because…

As a filmmaker I write every day. I know that by writing every day I’m getting better. At least I hope I am.

It doesn’t matter what you’re writing, novels, screenplays, or short stories you need to read The Elements of Style. It’s about proper use of language. It’s been around for decades and I really can’t think of another book that covers what it does. It is my go-to-book if I have questions. I have the third edition, which is copyrighted in 1979…

I’m not a fan of most of Stephen King’s novels.  Not that I have anything against him, I’m just not a big fan of the horror genre. I like his short stories a lot and I have a ton of respect for him as a writer. … More

5 Links to Articles of Interest for Independent Filmmakers & Documentary Filmmakers

I recently read 5 pretty good articles on various aspects of both Independent and Documentary Filmmaking. Topics include Distribution, Fundraising and a list of do’s and don’ts. Check these out.

Over at Filmmaker Magazine are these two articles – -

Distribution Transparency: Four Filmmakers Reveal Their Distribution Numbers, Parts One.

http://filmmakermagazine.com/94034-distribution-transparency-four-filmmakers-reveal-their-distribution-numbers-part-one/

And Part Two.

http://filmmakermagazine.com/94095-distribution-transparency-four-filmmakers-reveal-their-numbers-part-two/#.VVIS82aPDS-

Here is an article on, Good Pitch, who I had never heard of.

Reality Checks: How Good Pitch Raises Millions of Dollars for Documentaries.

Definitely a great read when it comes to fundraising. I’m wondering how you can get on their list to pitch to them?

http://www.indiewire.com/article/reality-checks-how-good-pitch-raises-millions-of-dollars-for-documentaries-20150513

Tow other articles from Indiewire – Attention Documentary Filmmakers: Don’t Make These 10 Common Mistakes. (This article originally appeared on the Raindance Film Festival Blog and was reprinted on Indiewire with permission.

http://www.indiewire.com/article/attention-documentary-filmmakers-dont-make-these-10-common-mistakes-20150505

The Best Documentary Filmmaking Advice from Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

http://www.indiewire.com/article/the-best-documentary-filmmaking-advice-from-full-frame-documentary-film-festival-20150424

You’re welcome.

Don’t forget to come back for more.

 

The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking Part One

A couple years ago after watching hundreds of students films and films by new filmmakers, William Akers (Author of Your Screenplay Sucks!) sat down and wrote out The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking for his students. His goal was to put a laminated list of these sins in to every camera bag at school so when students went out on their shoots they would have one more reminder of things not to do.

He passed his list around to some of his friends in the film business for input and we added more until the list swelled to eighteen.

On one of my frequent trips to Nashville William decided we should record a group of Podcasts about some of the most common problems we see.

William continues to call it The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking (even though there are eighteen) because it has such a classical sound to it.

For the next couple months I’m going to re-post these one per week so come back and listen. And if you can’t stand the suspense and want to listen to them all at once, you’ll find them here on my website under the menu button that says, PODCASTS.

I’m sure you have other Filmmaking Sins that are not included in our list but we think this is a pretty good place to start.

The first one is Digging For A Good Idea.

Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking #1 Go ahead, click on it. Don’t be afraid…

 

 

Five Links to Five Articles Filmmakers Should Read, (but probably won’t…)

What the Success of “It Follows” means for Indie Film Distribution

Do you Need To Remove Company Logos From Your Film?

Jonathan Oppenheim’s keynote comments from a panel he was on at Sundance.

“The name of this series of Sundance/KSFEF events is The Art of Editing. And as a way of entering into the spirit of this panel, I want to talk about the particular uniqueness of the role of the editor on a nonfiction film and some of the implicit tensions this role creates.”

Jonathan has edited quite a few docs and what he has to say is pretty interesting… Check it out.

Tribeca: Ava DuVernay’s 8 Tips to Filmmakers On How to Stay in Control

Attention Documentary Filmmakers: 9 Deadlines You Don’t Want to Miss

That last link is about getting money, but you’re going to have to work for it…

The Writer/Director Speaks: Billy Wilder

A great piece about Billy Wilder. He made so many amazing films as a writer and a director. You gotta watch this film and then find every Billy Wilder film you can. He was amazing.

I have posted stuff about him before and I never get tired of his work.

Take it Billy!

Oh what the hell, here’s a copy of The Front Page from 1974 for you to watch as an introduction…

Five Things I Learned Making Short Films

That Helped Me When Making a Feature

I made eight short films before I made my first feature, Birddog. I made a lot of mistakes (which I will chronicle in another post) but I also did a lot of things right. These are the things I think are most important to pass on.

1.)  Story, Story, Story.

2.)  The Value of Pre-Production

3.)  Time Management

4.)  The Importance of Rehearsal

5.)  Always Have a Back-up Plan

I don’t care if you’re making a short film, a documentary, or a feature; you need to have your story down. Even though some of my short films look like they’re documentaries and done “off the cuff”, each and every detail was planned. … More

I’ve heard the sound in your movie and it SUCKS! You need to buy this if you want to be taken seriously.

Test drive this book with the FREE download over there on your right.

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Sound is not the enemy! – - Lee Haxall, Editor, Crazy Stupid Love, Meet The Fockers (Emmy Award Winner)

Sound is an excellent carrier of emotion. And film is about emotion. – Gary Rydstrom, Sound Designer – Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park (winner 7 Academy Awards)

I like off beat stuff, weird sounding films and subtle sound tracks as compared to bombastic. – Ron Eng, supervising sound editor – Mulholland Drive, Coraline

The rule of thumb for good sound is: does it tell or promote the emotional content of the scene, does it support and/or reveal the story. – Tom Johnson, re-recording mixer – Alice In Wonderland, (winner 2 Academy Awards)

The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide Part Two:Sound Conversations With (un)Sound People

Motion picture audio is one of the least understood parts of filmmaking. It is often neglected by film students and filmmakers alike. It is boring, scary, too technical and not considered important by most filmmakers. Until they get in to the editing room and realize that by not paying attention to audio earlier they are screwed. … More

François Truffaut Documentary

Check out this great doc on French Filmmaker Francois Truffaut. It’s in two parts.

You don’t know who Truffaut is? Well here’s your chance to learn about one of the great French New Wave Directors.

You can thank me later.

Part One is here…

And Part Two

That was a nice way to spend an evening wasn’t it?

You’re welcome.

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