Kim Garland

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...

Editors Picks

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...