Filmmaking / Directing

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La????

Hi folks,question how important you think it is to move to LA??? To break in the industry??

Doug Nelson

The filmmaking industry spreading all over the nation. Production costs in Southern California is in the process driving the industry to other locations/states - so I don't think you need to be in LA...

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Stephen Foster

You can do things via computer now (even take meetings) so create where you are & move to LA when you have a deal.

Doug Nelson

Face to face is the only way to go - even in these computer driven times. My advice is to prowl locally; although if you're in a dinky little market such as I, you may have to widen your search. I've been in LA - no one could ever pay me enough to actually live there.

James T. Sale

Industry Professionals who live in LA work much more than people that live outside of LA. AND the most important thing about living here is making contacts which means that this is the best place for that. Good luck!

The Challenge of Working with Actors

I see Working With Actors being the central skill that every director has to master in order to create and effective and engaging film. The story lives in the characters and it from my experience as an actor I can see that for many directors this is the single most frightening part of the directing...

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Mark W. Travis

Thanks for the Comments.Soco, I hope all is going well with your short film, I'd like to hear more. And you are very right about the strain between actors and directors. That is why I am so intrigued...

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Andrew Sobkovich

I’ve worked with hundreds and hundreds of directors. The central skill they all need, and that the best exhibit the most skill at, is to tell a cinematic story. Actors are one part of the story tellin...

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Caitlin Burt

Successful relationships depend on choosing agreement over expectation. Making this distinction I think can really empower a director. When we have expectations of others we often end up disappointed,...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Caitlin could you tell me how you see a Director implementing negotiations leading to an agreement on the set. How often would this be done; daily, hourly, or every time a decision is made on the set?...

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Stephen Foster

well. a lot of actors can try to play director instead of doing their job is part of the trouble. the other part is lack of organization and people skills.

Which coast is better for to make a film?

The question seems to pop up over and over again. But I always love the comments. NY or LA? This question makes it into the narrative of so many films. I can think of (2) right away. 1) TOOTSIE(1983) Stanley Pollack is playing Dustin Hoffman's agent and he is on the phone with :"The Coast" Dustin ba...

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Who's looking forward to SXSW??!!

I can't wait to see this year's films. Which screening/event/party are you most looking forward to?

Clive Barker wants to give you $300,000 to make your Horror Film
Clive Barker Wants to Give You $300,000 to Make Your Horror Film
Clive Barker Wants to Give You $300,000 to Make Your Horror Film
Oh, and the master of horror will mentor you through the process, too. Project Greenlight Digital Studios has announced a new contest, Reel Fear, in collaboration with the renowned horror writer and f…
Debbie Croysdale

8 days notice to enter this contest as Ive only just read this thread. Never forget the first time i saw HellRaiser. "YOU INVITED US....SO WE CAME." Only words but Pin Head made my guts turn even befo...

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K.M. Ecke

Thanks for the thread, looks like a good competition!

Stephen Ohocinski Jr.

I was reading the fine print and whomever wins and received the money loses any and all intellectual property on the pitched project. Anyone read the fine print with more contract knowledge out there? Would really love someone expert opinion on this one.

JD Hartman

$300,000 isn't enough? They're buying your script and even if in heavily modified form, producing and hopefully distributing it. What more could you want?

Stephen Ohocinski Jr.

Im not saying its a bad deal. Just curious if Im reading it right. Taking ownership of the brand seems strange.

Low budget, big FX?

From time to time I see "low budget" movies pop up that have burning spaceships crashed into various places, like forests, complex rotten city scapes, and more. Are there special software packages for the low budget film maker to get these big FX? Or do these people make use of regular 3D animation and just have a lot of spare time on their hands?

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Some do their own VFX, others grab their friends (who are gifted in their ability to create VFX). I've seen plenty done in After Effects. In the movie "Monsters" (2010) the director did the VFX in his...

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The Artistic Philosophy of Andrei Tarkovsky's Poetic Filmmaking

http://nofilmschool.com/2016/05/artistic-philosophy-andrei-tarkovskys-poetic-filmmaking

The Artistic Philosophy of Andrei Tarkovsky's Poetic Filmmaking
The Artistic Philosophy of Andrei Tarkovsky's Poetic Filmmaking
They're often described as poetic works of "pure cinema." Free of symbolism and full of emotion and atmosphere, the films of Andrei Tarkovsky are enigmatic. Enigmatic though they may be, Lewis Bond di…
How did you do it?

I want to write and film my own feature length movie, but I am lacking funds for more equipment because let's face it, you can't make a feature length film with one camera. How did you get your start and how much did you spend on your first film?

Mark W. Travis

Lachele. Don't use the excuse of not enough equipment or not enough money to make your film. Start now. First step: How strong is your script? Start there. Because if the script is weak, the film will...

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Antonio Bamgbose

Go for it and don't look back Lachele...

Antonio Bamgbose

Here is the link to the film I did... you can achieve so much with the right people around you.https://youtu.be/_2tD6wrs3M4

Justin Miller

Do it, by any means necessary. I think Issa Rae is a perfect example of what you don't need in order to enjoy success. Tell strong relatable stories and everything will follow.

Elisabeth Meier

Wow. I needed this myself. Thanks, Lachele, for the question and all others for the encouragement.

Directing

Is it just me, or does directing frustrate you?

Richard "RB" Botto

Nice out of the box suggestion, Vanar.

Mark W. Travis

Lachele, I truly do understand your frustration. As a director (over 40 years) and a teacher/consultant on film directing (over 25 years) I have eventually come to the realization that there are a few...

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Justin Miller

I agree with David, let the story guide you. I always go back to story when I get lost. What's being said right now? How can I pull that from my actor? How can I pull that from my DP?

Elisabeth Meier

I think your script, the story, will/should tell everybody what to do. As the director you should know the complete script by heart - or at least prepare for each shooting day you know by heart what w...

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Elisabeth Meier

A very interesting thread btw.

My Director's Mindset

Hey all, I thought I create my first non-introductory post to talk about how I chase this Directing rabbit through daily routines. Honestly, I'd love feedback as well as some insights into what others do daily, but I'd really love for this gives some folks some ideas of what they can integrate into...

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EEOC Investigates Studios for Failing to Hire Female Directors

First I've heard of this... !!!!http://deadline.com/2017/02/hollywood-studios-female-directors-eeoc-investigation-1201912590/

EEOC: Major Studios Failed To Hire Female Directors; Lawsuit Looms
EEOC: Major Studios Failed To Hire Female Directors; Lawsuit Looms
EXCLUSIVE: The EEOC is currently in settlement talks with the major studios to resolve charges that they systemically discriminated against women directors. "Every one of the major studios has receive…
David Trotti

Yeah. It's a big problem. And it's very systemic. Part of it's a Catch 22 situation: a studio doesn't want to hire a director who doesn't have a track record, but the only way to get the track record...

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Jeff Lyons

David--Great response... thanx

When to stop?

I was on set of Death House and had an amazing time. The Director encouraged people to post selfies on set and sneak behind the scenes shots on social media networks. Where do you draw the line?

Richard Thrift

JD Hartman under the covers, lol Hospital Patiernt

K.M. Ecke

I agree with Evelien And Dorien Twins Free promotion, as long as it doesn't show any key story elements I think it's a good thing.

JD Hartman

What has become of Death House? Is it going direct to DVD, no theatrical release?

Richard Thrift

I am not sure. Will have to check IMDb

Doug Nelson

I think it's a disservice to the cast, crew and the film promotion. I always like to see "the making of..." clip or a "Director's cut" with interviews of writers, actors & crew that can be used for ed...

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