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10 Filmmaking Tips from Mark and Jay Duplass

“Employ a strict ‘No Assholes’ policy” and more great advice from the filmmaking bros. At the Producers Brunch at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25th (where their producing partner on “The Bronze,” Stephanie Langhof, received the Sundance Institute Red Crown Producers Award), the meta-multihyphenates provided the keynote in handy list format: 10 tips for Read MoreRead More

5 Tips on Making Your Next Doc a Success

Chris McGuinness shares 5 tips for better documentary filmmaking Documentary films are becoming more and more popular.  From Feature length to episodic documentary TV shows to short Docufilms for non-profit or corporate clients, there are plenty opportunities for filmmakers to practice their trade. Here’s a short list of things you may want to keep in Read MoreRead More

Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s 12 Tips for Directing Your First Feature Film

Thinking of making your first feature film? You must read this advice from Justin Schwarz, writer-director of “The Discoverers” starring Griffin Dunne, out on VOD, DVD and iTunes today. Making my first feature was one of the most difficult and rewarding experiences of my life. It was honor and privilege to work with an all-star Read MoreRead More

Short Film Woes and Worries

Entertainment lawyer Christopher Schiller takes a legal look at the trials and pitfalls of making short films. Short films are easy, right? I mean, they’re just like the real thing only shorter, cheaper. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, short films can be seen as a concentrated concoction of every problem and Read MoreRead More

Walter Benjamin’s Rules for Writing

Here’s an excerpt from German literary Critic and writer Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin with tips for every writer. Walter Bendix Schönflies Benjamin was a German literary critic, philosopher, social critic, translator, radio broadcaster and essayist. Though he died in 1940, before film really took over the world, he compiled a list of rules for his Read MoreRead More

5 Huge Mistakes You’ll Make in the Film and TV Business (and How to Avoid Them)

Dean and Tyler Silvers break down five big mistakes every filmmaker makes going into the business. Your Cast is Ordinary Audiences aren’t always sure about things like sound, lighting, and other filmmaking essentials, but everyone thinks they know actors. And we mean everyone — from my cab driver this afternoon, to my niece’s 7th grade Read MoreRead More

25 Things Writers Should Know About Creating Mystery

Novelist and screenwriter Chuck Wendig covers a few things to keep in mind when writing a mystery. 1. YOUR STORY MUST BE AN INCOMPLETE EQUATION A complete equation is 4 + 5 = 9. It’s simple. Clean. And it’s already resolved. Stories are not simple. They are not clean. And we most certainly don’t want Read MoreRead More

How To Make Your First Short Film

Lorenda Starfelt details the steps involved for first time filmmakers on crafting their first short. The goal with shorts is to keep it simple. Simple story, a handful of characters and just a few locations. If you do that, you can make your movie for under a few thousand dollars. How low you can get your budget depends Read MoreRead More

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