Kim Garland

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...

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Monday Morning Editor’s Picks: Becoming a Director

I’m all for challenging yourself to learn more about writing by exploring your script from the angle of the other artists involved in bringing it to life. What screenwriter hasn’t thought about becoming a director? 1. Master Shots Series of Books: This book series illustrates how some of the best shots in film happened,...

Lynn Appelle (right) on set shooting Rob the Mob with 2nd AD Sarah Fairchild & Bitsy (Lynn’s dog, working as an extra that day!) | Photo: Phil Caruso

Write, Direct, Repeat: Working with Line Producers [Interview]

I’ve focused a lot in this column on different aspects of self-producing your work, from landing your first job on set to directing for the first time to attending film festivals, but it’s now time to tackle the thorny issue of budgets, schedules and what it means in practical terms to go from “I...

Vivienne Again Production Still

Write, Direct, Repeat: Get Set

Back in 2009, when I had just begun studying screenwriting, I went to a one-day workshop on the basics of filmmaking that was geared toward first-time directors. I wasn’t attending because I thought I could ever direct a film – that seemed like a mythical goal well out of my reach – but instead...