The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking Podcast #6

If it’s Monday then this must be Podcast #6.

For the sixth time, I will recap how these Podcasts came about for those who haven’t heard or can’t read…

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 and other Independent Filmmakers 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 four, William decided we should record a group of Podcasts.

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 every 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 all 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 “Put Conflict In Every Scene”

What the Hell does this mean? What do you think it means. Listen to the damn podcast!

This is all shit you need to think about when you’re writing your screenplay. If you’re a screenwriter that is…

We’ll be getting in to production stuff, yeah actual filmmaking, coming up in later podcasts.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking# Six – Put Conflict in Every Scene

 

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The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking Podcast #5

If it’s Monday then this must be Podcast #5.

I know it’s Tuesday but my daughter graduated College last week and I took a week off and I’m a little slow this week.

Hey! You’re lucky I’m even posting these at all!

Anyway…

Once again I will recap how these Podcasts came about for those who haven’t heard…

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 four, William decided we should record a group of Podcasts.

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 “And Superman Flies Off The Houseboat!”

What the Hell does this mean?

This is all shit you need to deal with when you’re writing your screenplay. We’ll be getting in to production stuff, yeah actual filmmaking, coming up in later podcasts.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking #5  – And Superman Flies Off the Houseboat

 

Go ahead, click on it. Don’t be afraid. It’s just some good old filmmaking advice…

I’ve Only Got Four Links to Articles That Filmmakers Should Read.

Hey everyone it’s time again for some links to interesting articles for Filmmakers and Documentary Filmmakers. You really should be reading this stuff, there is some good filmmaking advice here…

So here we go.

Thoughts on Distribber.

Well worth the few minutes it will take to read it.

http://www.filmmakingstuff.com/distribber/ 

Why You Should NOT Shoot 4K if You’re an Indie Filmmaker.

This article has a lot of great info about shooting 4K that I didn’t know about, especially when it comes to post-production costs. It’s from a panel that was done at Sundance in 2014 and you know how I feel about Sundance… but the panel seems pretty good.I’ll probably go back and listen to the entire panel discussion, there is a YouTube link at the end of the article.

http://www.mentorless.com/2014/04/14/shoot-4k-youre-indie-filmmaker/

Film Marketing Success: The One Thing You Must Do To Succeed At A Film Market.

Well this is some common sense, but then again most filmmakers don’t do their homework, so maybe you had better read this…

http://goodinaroom.com/blog/film-market/

… More

The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking Podcast #4

If it’s Monday then this must be Podcast #4.

Once again 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 four, William decided we should record a group of Podcasts.

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 “The Good Guy Must Want Something.”

You need to deal with this when you’re writing your screenplay. We’ll be getting in to production stuff, yeah actual filmmaking, coming up in later podcasts.

Remember if the Good Guy Doesn’t Want Anything, you don’t have much of a film…

The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking #4 The Good Guy Must Want Something

 

Go ahead, click on it. Don’t be afraid. It’s just some good old filmmaking advice…

William Goldman on Screenwriting

Hey Kids, Do you want to know about screenwriting? Well this is the guy!

It doesn’t get much better than this.

William Goldman wrote the screenplays for; The Princess Bride, Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, Harper, A Bridge Too Far, Misery and countless others.

He also wrote a great book called Adventures In The Screen Trade.

This guy is an amazing writer and he’s got good things to say.

If you want to be a writer, or think you’re a writer, well maybe you better read this.

You’re welcome.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking Podcast #3

This is Podcast #3 and once again 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 four, William decided we should record a group of Podcasts.

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 “Have A Script.” Cause remember, if you don’t have a good script you can’t make a good movie).

 

The Seven Deadly Sins of Filmmaking #3 Have A Script

 

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“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

 

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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.

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