From low-budget to high-budget films, there are filmmakers who take on multiple roles. These individuals are known as “hyphenates.”
The film The Shape of Water (2017) is the realization of a fairy tale idea filmmaker Guillermo del Toro has been imagining since he was a young boy. Christopher Schiller shares his insights.
The phrase "award winner" is so often heard that we likely ignore it and seldom consider whether we are supposed to be impressed by the statement or not. Christopher Schiller's answer is, as always, it depends.
Hollywood tends to make movie sequel after sequel chasing diminishing returns and never seem to recover. Christopher Schiller explores why is this disease is so contagious and widespread throughout the industry.
John Heywood may have opined that many hands make light work, but, when all those hands are done he was mute on who’s supposed to get the credit. Christopher Schiller explores the concept of workshopping.
Contrary to a lot of thinking, words aren’t universally defined and meanings can change. Words can mean different things according to the context they’re used within or the group who uses them.
Writing films are flights of fancy with no limitations. Producing require lots of logistics. It may seem dichotomous, but Christopher Schiller explains how budget and story can both be served.
Contracts can be seen as scary shackles binding the unwary to massive tangles of responsibility and exposure. Entertainment attorney Christopher Schiller demystifies the contract process.
Christopher Schiller explains what the Bechdel-Wallace Test is to different parties and how it should (or shouldn’t) be used as a touchstone in this industry.
Entertainment Attorney Chris Schiller takes his legal insights column into a new direction, exploring his screenwriting side and filmmaker perspective.