Filmmaking / Directing

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50 Of The Best Screenplays To Read And Download In Every Genre

Here's a mega list of 50 best screenplays to read for aspiring screenwriters. Download these scripts, get reading, and improve your screenwriting: http://www.scriptreaderpro.com/best-screenplays-to-read/...

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Questions about Film Festival.

I have a short film that is a pretty intense rape scene of a male college student by his female preofessor. There is no nudity but the scene could still make people uncomfortable. 1 in 17 college males are the victims of some sort of unwanted sexual contact, including rape. So I wanted to make a sho...

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Doug Nelson

Most film festivals (all I know of) are open to all audience levels - including kids. Your film sounds more like it would be "R" rated and thus a little less appealing to a large number of festivals....

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Directing actors who have not come prepared

I have worked with actors who were doing fairly well during the audition, but on the actual shoot day, the actor did not come prepared at all. It was too late to fire or replace him due to limited budget and schedule, and I had some hard time directing. How do you deal with situations like this?

Matthew J. Kaplan

Rehearsals are great - some time between auditions and the shoot, have a rehearsal and see where the cast is with their parts. You can also see how the actors are with each other. At that point, if so...

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Gene Williams

I view direction as an ongoing experience throughout the process. I make certain that actors know the backstory and character arc. This is essential in getting the right responses from them, even thou...

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Ken Koh

If anything this will be a great learning experience. Always have a contract no matter what your budget is or lack of. Even with a no budget production it costs everyone gas, travel, time and it adds up and ends up screwing everyone else. Deal memo/Contract, even film students do it.

Shawn Speake

Another super frustrating component of Independent filmmaking. Nothing's worse than being in your zone in a scene and an actor yells, "line". You basically wanna kill a mofo.

Short films into Feature Films

There are a thousands of short films film around the world every year, my question is why don't we get together as crews from around the world and film with the same budgets and efforts our short films following a feature film script that allows us to make that jump into features so other oportuniti...

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Pierre Langenegger

Are you proposing each film crew film one or two scenes of a feature length script?

Pedro A. Benavides

Yes, I am proposing each crew films a couple of scenes or more depending on budget... Short films are getting better and better with technology evolving.... so is the same budgets... if I can get my b...

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Quentin Desert

Looks interesting, do you still want to do it?

Pedro A. Benavides

I actually still want to do it... But I didn't get the support I thought I would, so I move on.

Debbie Croysdale

I like the idea. Sounds like parallel narrative, tandem, or portmanteau type of feature, that jumps continents. First a theme needs to be set up, whats the story all about? Could have one large Macro...

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Recommendations of Films to Watch\ Advice and Tips during Production process

Guys, I'm kinda into making a story "well, it's a long documentary" but with some cinematic style like a reality show theme, anyways it's with 8 different nationalities with 8 various stories ,, and I will be shooting for a whole year ,,I'm kinda into it already "almost done half of shooting" and go...

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Ghada Ali

Yes I already have the vision and all, since all the stories have somehow a link, but everyday still I progress it even more- in a good way ,,so if there some certain related stuff "articles, films" with the same theme, that would be fruitful

Anu Deshpande

Hi Ghada.. I am not an expert to advise in this matter but just thought of expressing myself. As far as i know one movie with multiple story lines is called as an Anthology film. One imp question rise...

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Alena Shipilova

Hi. Your project seems to be interesting for you said about 8 nationalities. I am the International Agent and work with the actors from different countries. I look for the projects for my Actors all o...

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Debbie Croysdale

Read Linda Aronson The 21st Century Screenplay. Its the most deeply layered and concise book on linking multiple storylines, whether a group story to be linked, separate stories linked and tandem/non linear narrative.

Ken Koh

You need to prep now for distribution. Think PR/EPK kit, you'll need photos, interviews of talent, crew on set and locations. Will also be useful for DVD extras release. List your production in every...

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Seeking director

I'm a screenwriter looking to pair up with a director. I write many different genres but I currently am working a horror comedy. Any directors looking to start a beautiful partnership? Check me out!

Janet Elizabeth Swainston

Just wanted to say I checked out Script Revolution and joined on the spot!

Savas

Hey! Nice to meet you!

Debbie Croysdale

Janet its great you joined Script Revolution. The only reason Ive not put any scripts up yet is because my current shorts are post produced, but look forward to reading yours. Maybe sometime in future, with new material, it may be possible collaborate!

Janet Elizabeth Swainston

Hey Debbie ......I have a script up right now ...

Aleksandar Zavisin

I am good at creating horror soundtracks. If you need composer you can check out my work.

Developing as a music video maker: Mainstream Vs Creativity

Will try to keep the story short and very much interested in opinion of professionals. Majority DIY (low budget) and even top studio's music videos focus on showing a musician and the band. A good luck if a specific story is being told on the background. Majority - musician is playing, singer is sing...

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David Trotti

In the early days of MTV, there was a lot more experimentation with the Music videos as short films and contained stories. Then the labels realized the product (the song/artist/album) wasn't being pus...

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Ashoke Roy

Excellent. I wish all the Best

Layooluwa Bidemi Afun

Excellent

Shawn Speake

My man.... The only music vid rule I know is: thou must entertain. Do u, bro. Your band does lack energy around the 1:00-minute mark. Either liven up or make cuts quicker. You guys are so cool you look bored. Just my humble opinion. I do like the song! Hope this helps. Always here for U.

Dima Sounder

Thanks David - this is a good example that you gave, where the song is not very top-pop but the story keeps you playing the video to the end...
Shawn, thanks for your input. Entertainment has a very wide meaning. Agree, 1 minute intro may be too long ..

Who is your favorite?

who's your favorite director? one of mine is Tim burton!

Alena Shipilova

Luc Besson!

Chris Blair

One filmmaker I've been loving a lot as of late is Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth, Under the Skin). Anyone else a fan? He does some cool stuff and his movies look gorgeouuuuuus

Geebran Warchausky

Dario Argento, Jodorowsky, Andrei Tarkovski, Ingmar Bergman

Pavel Mosencov

Do we need favorites? I do not have them for sure

Janet Elizabeth Swainston

Spielberg, Scorsese, Kubrick, Hitchcock, Scott, Bigelow, Jackson...Taymor

Brandon Phillips

I see. Well, I wish they had included that data that makes them "common reasons" and showed where they were cited by the industry. I'm a data-driven person, so I will believe anything with a solid fou...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Brandon, in the third paragraph they clarify: "To wit, here are the most common reasons cited (usually privately) by the industry when deciding to hire male directors over female directors for studio...

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Beth Fox Heisinger

Sorry, here's a better, longer trailer for "Miss Representation": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ap2xnMcvpw. And here's a trailer for "The Mask You Live In": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hc45-ptH ...

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Doug Nelson

A lot of folk like to bump their gums regarding this (& all sorts of) perceived and real inequities. I'm not much of a talker, so all the chatter bores me. I'm more of a doer type - when I see a probl...

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Brandon Phillips

Beth Fox Heisinger - great recommendations! I'll give them a watch! thanks for sharing your perspective! It is always good to share ideas and perspectives, so thank you!

Awesome Director, writer, producer.

Super happy to have worked on StartUp. Ben Ketai is an amazing Director, writer, producer, and a super chilled human being.

Debbie Croysdale

COOL PIC ROMAN!

Amazon Video Direct - "Self-Publishing" for Indie Films

I'm a newb on this site, so forgive me if someone else has posted this. Amazon Video Direct enables film makers to distribute their movies, very similar to the idea of authors self-publishing their books. Check out this article on the Script website: http://www.scriptmag.com/features/columns/true-ind ...

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TRUE INDIE: 5 Reasons to Self-Distribute Your Film on Amazon Video Direct
TRUE INDIE: 5 Reasons to Self-Distribute Your Film on Amazon Video Direct
Rebecca Norris gives indie filmmakers 5 reasons to self-distribute your film on Amazon Video Direct, for international distribution without the middleman. Rebecca Norris Click to tweet this article to…
Nick Nichols


Thank you very much! Any experience with them?

Arial Burnz

Nope! I have experience from the eBook and print publishing perspective, but I haven't tried videos yet.

Debbie Croysdale

Thanks for the info.

Fancy a new project?

Hey peeps, I'm wondering if there is anyone is Scotland that may be able to help me? I have started to write my first "real" film and I feel like I could do with a little help as I have never written a screenplay before. The reason why I say "Real" film is because I have had ideas in the past and wr...

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Pavel Mosencov

500 thousand people and no Scots ?? Strange ...

S.J. Robinson

Hi Iain from your Celtic neighbour. Those are the kind of ideas you need to grab with two hands, so go for it! Tbh I thought turning novel to script would be a cinch. I really didn't realise how much...

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