Digital Film Making: The Indie Film Maker’s Dream

As a filmmaker, I benefit greatly from the advent of digital. Hardcore filmmakers like Tarantino will say that film is the epitome of cinema. I don’t disagree. The quality of film is incredible and you can’t get the same look in digital. Not even in post. Still, film is awfully expensive. Trying to raise funding…



Blocking a Scene

Blocking is a term in theater and film that refers to placing subjects and background set pieces in a particular arrangement. Blocking helps to set the pace for the action, and actors must remain conscious of where they are placed in relation to the camera. In film, there are two basic concepts we use to…



Tips for Producing a Film on a Microbudget

Chances are that your early film will be one shot on a micro, or what’s known colloquially as a “shoe-string” budget. These are some of the most entertaining and exciting projects to work for, but they can also be quite difficult. Micro budget filmmaking is where many people get their start and it’s a chance…



The Importance of Setting

When you read scripts for a living, you get used to shooting them down if they don’t grab you within the first few lines. What makes it so easy to turn a film down based on those first few lines? For starters, volume has a lot to do with it. The audience also plays a…



Quiet on the Set! Your First Time in the Director’s Seat

Making an indie film takes a passion and dedication for the craft that will test every ounce of resolve you have for this business. Taking the director’s chair for the first time is a huge honor, but one that comes with an immense amount of pressure. You must not only create your vision, but you…