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.

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...

From The Lens: Perspective

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! It’s no secret that I’m not the most socially outgoing person, so I’m not the type of New Yorker who knows all his neighbors. This is not because I don’t want to be friendly though; I’m just always in such a...

How Can Acting Help Your Writing?

Click to tweet this article to your friends and followers! If you look me up on the Internet Movie Database, you’ll see that I have acting credits. Some of them on things you may have heard of. But I’ve never really considered myself an actor. When I think of actors, I...

From The Lens: How I Shot An Improvised Feature Film

I’ll admit that publishing a blog about improvising a film to an audience of professional screenwriters is a little scary… please don’t hate me! This style of filmmaking by no means replaces the need to write screenplays, and should obviously be recognized as an a-typical approach to filmmaking. Truth is: There...