Filmmaking / Directing

The place to discuss, share content and offer advice and tips on all things filmmaking and the craft of directing. From pre-production to on set practices to navigating the industry and beyond, this is your forum

First Time Filmmaker

Hello,I'm starting off making my first movie, which will be suspense. I will be doing a lot of it myself with very little budget. I plan on renting a few lenses and lights, but is there any huge pointers for me? I really don't want this to look like a low quality production. Yes, a vague and all encompassing question, I know.

Bethany Brandt

I have been talking to my local film commission and they have been pretty helpful in credits, locations, and resources.

Bethany Brandt

Doug, I tried to view your video, but it was down at the time. I'll take a look again in a bit.

Doug Nelson

Bethany - I just checked - it's still there. Diana (about your age), made this with her sister & friend, I promoted it in some festivals and showed it to some folks I know. She is now a working actress in Hollywood with a role in a substantial new project.

Andrew Pallett

Hey Beth, always exciting to meet someone venturing into films for the first time! I don't think this has been mentioned and, although it may seem implausible, it's definitely possible - forget fancy...

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Robert Franklin

Hi, I posted a link with some videos to watch and learn from. Best to you!

Creative filmmaking

Need help to share my latest YouTube video.

Finding a good Director

Hello all. Just a general question. I am meeting with some investors very soon about a script that I wrote. The producer/Director that I usually work with is not super excited about this script and, although I know he will still be a huge support when it comes to managing the project, I may be going...

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J G Blodgett

Denard, a little early yet. send me a network request though please.

Doug Nelson

J.G.- is your script posted anywhere we can take a look at it?

Doug Nelson

Guess not.

J G Blodgett

Doug, it was posted on here but I took it down while rewriting.

Andrew Pallett

Are you purely the writer or are you looking to produce the project yourself, too?

Collaboration

I am looking to collaborate with other filmmakers in the Portland area on projects. I love to edit and also have an interest in co-directing and co-screenwriting. Feel free to contact me with projects

Doug Nelson

I guess not that interested.

Jean Francois Primas

Doug Nelson Doug I emailed you.. I'm very interested

Doug Nelson

Then try again - it may have gone to my spam folder.

Doug Nelson

Jean - I sent it on to Blake.

Cannot thank You Enough!

To all you folks, who bring all us folks together, in order to complete a story in film ... THANK YOU!

Maui Film Festival

Who's going? Which films are you excited about?

Josh Mitchell

I wish I was taking the road to Hana - www.vimeo.com/picknroll

Doug Nelson

Josh - keep your eyes on the road. My wife is native from Maui so I got more family on that Island than I ever want to visit.

Executive Producer

Hi Stage 32 I am looking to connect with executive producers and hopefully create an opportunity to work together.

James Drago

Welcome Victor.

Doug Nelson

Why do you need an Executive Producer? Sounds to me like you're just trollin' for dollars.

Judd Apatow Offers Sony Free Colonoscopy

Judd Apatow says Sony can shove its clean versions of movies up its ass: http://www.avclub.com/article/judd-apatow-says-sony-can-shove-its-clean-... Not wanting to practice medicine w/o a license, all I wanted was a read. Dear man seems to have forgotten the Golden Rule, "He who's got the gold makes...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

This version is just being offered as an extra, an extra choice. Edited versions are quite common when films air on regular network television or perhaps on an airline flight where children may be pre...

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Ryan Rodriguez

Pretty cool though Sony's agreed not to release clean versions without director's consent as a result of Judd's gasket leak.

Myron DeBose

Lisa, you read more into my response than was stated. Others have to invest in my idea to make it real. I expect that if directors, producers, actors and the crew work on my script, then it changes to...

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Ryan Rodriguez

I hear you, Myron. Fifty Shades Screenwriter Too Heartbroken by Rewrites to Watch Film: http://jezebel.com/fifty-shades-screenwriter-too-heartbroken-by-rewrites.... I think that's sort of the crux of t ...

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Myron DeBose

You know, Ryan, I am passionate about my art but not dogmatic. As a writer, I know that I need other artists. I want their input. But I realize that my script and me may part ways. I put in the time t...

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Elizabeth Banks against Steven Spielberg

The Feminists.. If you comment on things like 'huh', you are the inadequate one. Me, me, me, me, what about Steven Spielberg, perhaps evidently he hasn't been so inclined by his way of life to have a female lead, not his problem. Does she want more roles (women in general), she has to break habits and ...

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Ryan Rodriguez

She has since apologized because of her lack to mention movies like Color Purple. Still, I think it's a good idea for male directors, screenwriters, producers to be reminded to create for women. It's...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Women are half of humanity, are we not? A wider variety of perspectives and increased diversity of thought will only further benefit the industry. It sounds as if Ms. Banks may have misspoke some? But...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks for the link, Ryan. Much appreciated. ;)

Erik A. Jacobson

I'm happy she said what she did. We need the constant reminder, not just regarding lead roles, but also women as writers, directors, and producers. It should be so common that it becomes the norm. We...

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Directing for the first time for a horror?

What advise would you give a first time director for a horror short?

Matthew Corry

I'm all for jump scares there Myron but when they are lame as hell and don't match up to the quality of the other 99% of the short it just degrades the whole experience.

Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

Go watch a few horror shorts or feature films. Pay attention to how tension is built. Then have at it!

Claude Gagne

I watched a YouTube video that mentioned, 'watch the car and in front of that car, you'll see an apparition, pay close attention.' Well, I did pay close attention. I kept my eyes on that car as it tra...

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Mark Vadik

Get a Good DP - let him/her focus on the look and you focus on performance

Aaron Avalon

Pay attention to lighting, especially if you're filming a lot of night scenes. Learned that the hard way on our first horror short film lol.

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