Kim Garland

The time has come to plot the final point on this map and complete my trilogy.

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 as quickly as...

A girl and her film poster.

Write, Direct, Repeat: Marketing Your Short Film, Part 2

In the current independent film scene, filmmakers are expected to do much of the marketing of their own films. Since the goals for a short film are often different than for a feature — with learning the craft and gaining exposure often trumping making a profit and securing your next project — short filmmaking...

Actor Christina Brucato and camera crew in a behind-the-scenes still from "Vivienne Again"

Write, Direct, Repeat: Marketing Your Short Film, Part 1

For many beginner writer-directors, short films are an ideal way to dive into the art and craft of directing. The stakes are much lower than with a feature film, allowing you to experiment and learn from your mistakes, without risking too much capital or your budding reputation. Just as a short can offer creative...

"Vivienne Again" lookbook on Pinterest.

Write, Direct, Repeat: Lookbooks for Films and Scripts

In my own pursuit of Write, Direct, Repeat, I’m currently deep in the writing phase. I’m working on a couple of short film scripts and a couple of feature scripts, and ever since I began directing, I can’t resist writing everything with an eye toward directing it myself. Because of this relationship that has...

I wrote my first film to direct, "Vivienne Again," specifically to the free & unique location I had -- a funeral home.

Write, Direct, Repeat: Selecting Your First Project to Direct

I talked recently with two screenwriters about their plans to direct their first films this year. One of them has already moved from “wishing for it” to “going for it” and the other is right on that cusp. They both sound committed to getting their films made, and I’m excited to watch their progress...