Film Directing

Some screenwriters also become directors. If you’re a first-time director, you’ll need an understanding of the overall filmmaking process, as the directorial duties go far past just calling, “Action!” Film directors draw stellar performances from actors, as well as manage the crew behind the scenes. Once the director wraps the film shoot, the work still continues with overseeing film editing, colorizing the film, working with the sound designer, producer, composer, and more. It’s said the film belongs to the director. Anyone who has experienced independent filmmaking will agree.

Write, Direct, Repeat: Time to Make a Film!

There’s only so long you can talk before you need to get off your ass and do. And that’s where I find myself today, getting back on my filmmaking horse and heading out to make another film. When I made my first two short films, I made them back-to-back, just about...

Writers on the Web: Dealing With Difficult Personalities On Set

If you’re producing your own work, becoming adept at dealing with difficult personalities is an invaluable (and often hard-earned) skill. Most people you hire will be wonderful collaborators who give their all to help you realize your dream. And if you’ve done your due diligence during pre-production and met every single person you’ll...

From The Lens: 9 Visual Styles In One Shot

An important lesson I’m sure many film and videomakers have come to learn is that no matter how simple a shoot seems… It’s never really simple. I’d like to share my recent experience on a seemingly “simple” sketch comedy video I did for Ariana Seigel and Emma Tattenbaum-Fine, which is available...

Writers on the Web: Casting a Web Series, Part Deux

So you’ve hired a casting director or decided to cast your web series yourself, written some killer breakdowns, made your decisions about going union or not, booked your audition space, narrowed down your selects, sent out audition times and sides, and you’re ready to rock. Now what? (Check out Part One of my discussion...