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

Cherelynn Baker
Cinerama - ArcLight closure: how are you feeling about this?

Wow - I have seen so many films here. So many premieres and screenings with panels by the film creators. This is sad. Or, is it rebirth? What are your thoughts and feelings on Cinerama / ArcLight closing?

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Karen "Kay" Ross
New Genre: Sports Docu-series?

Okay, it's not NEW new, but it's not really a thing either. But could it be? This new series with Serena Williams seems like a neat way to break open that "on the court, off the court" story engine that reality tv needs.

What do y'all think? Have you seen anything like this? Who would you want to fol...

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Serena Williams Docuseries to Follow Tennis Champ On and Off Court
Serena Williams Docuseries to Follow Tennis Champ On and Off Court
Serena Williams will star in a new docuseries for Amazon Studios that chronicles the 23-time Grand Slam tennis champion in her personal and professional life. The as-yet-untitled series, currently fil…
Erik A. Jacobson

People like Tom Brady, Simone Biles, Michael Jordan, perhaps Hideki Matsuyama, who won at Augusta Sunday after pursuing his dream for 10 years, might be interesting.

Liked by Joanna Karselis and 4 others

Bridget Klassen-Brule
Go big now or later?

Hi everyone

I am Bridget and I am 25 years old and starting film school this fall. I have been struggling with something that I am curious if people have advice about. I am a "new filmmaker" and screenwriter but inside me I have the impulse to go "higher further faster". My brain is in a constant ba...

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Bridget Klassen-Brule

Thanks so much for all your insight and advice. I am very grateful to have this community that understands my current dilemma.

Karen "Kay" Ross

What Alun said, spot on - school is the time/place to make your mistakes. Try everything! But there's no reason for you to stop working on what you want to work on as well. You don't need a permission...

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Sam Chambliss

Something I was told from a professional while I was in school: “degrees or certificates don’t mean anything in our industry. We can teach you everything you need to know. The one thing we care about...

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Don Hoeksema

Thank you very much for your response. I got your information from Cherie Laurent and I am her manager and you crossed each other path on Stage 32. Cherie Laurent has produced her own lifestyle TV sho...

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Andrew Sobkovich

Bridget just do it. Not quite sure what you will learn in a year, but if the instructors are worthwhile, then their time should be devoted to inflicting information and hopefully knowledge upon their...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Finding Stories from Untapped History

Not gonna lie, I'm still surprised when I discover new things about the Renaissance period (as if I were some sort of expert - HA! That's a gas). To that end, I have _never_ heard of Catherine de Medici of France. I'm so excited for this series, though! Not surprised that Starz is the one moving for...

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Samantha Morton to Star as Catherine de Medici in Starz Series 'Serpent Queen'
Samantha Morton to Star as Catherine de Medici in Starz Series 'Serpent Queen'
Samantha Morton has been cast in the lead role of the Starz drama series "The Serpent Queen." Morton will star as Catherine de Medici. Based on the book "Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of Fran…

Liked by Karen "Kay" Ross and 5 others

Frank Van Der Meijden
From critic to director?

Is it a sin to become a director, when you were a film critic (which I did for 10 years)? Some people seem to have problems with that, although I don't know why.

The same problem with literary critics who become novelists themselves. Why not?

It seems to me that both critic and director practice a pro...

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Tasha Lewis

Welcome! Being diverse is a blessing and gift.

Karen "Kay" Ross

It's not a problem at all! The bar will be set higher for you, of course, because the assumption is you know what you're doing and won't make the same mistakes, but don't pay that any mind. Do you, do your best, get the film done, and celebrate the transition into a creative life!

Rutger Oosterhoff

Depends if you want to make "Dutch orientated movies. I would say go for it!

Frank Van Der Meijden

Thanks for your encouraging words, Rutger. And do you think Dutch oriented movies do add something in the wordwide landscape of movies... or the contrary?

Rutger Oosterhoff

Frank, of course they add something. We made some pretty good movies (we successfully sold). Not many, but still. And even if -- in general -- only we we Dutch like our movies, that's fine. I think a...

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Pedro Cardita
Working on "Pedro, The Madman"

During shutdowns, I developed “Pedro, The Madman”, a funny character inspired by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Jerry Lewis and Mr Bean.

In 10 episodes, Pedro is a Multiple Man, who does a lot of characters who represents the different types of people of the society (the Cowboy, the Blonde Barbie Gi...

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Ben Htoo
My 2016 Flashback: the Not-So Grand Theft

I was so grateful to actor Michael Figlock and co-director/cinematographer Svetlana Butnaru for helping me completing all the filming of the short film, ‘the Not-So Grand Theft”, that I treated them lunch at Union Square’s the Cheesecake Factory in San Francisco the same day. Opportunities like this...

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Kinney Scott

fabulous (:

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Cassidy Robinson
Hello all! Do you need a COMPOSER?

Hello everyone! My name is Cassidy and I'm a freelance film composer and excited to connect with so many people! I'm currently looking for some work for the summer and beyond and happy to lend my services to anyone needing a composer for their film, video, or any other media!

My specialities are orch...

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Brad Mason

Welcome!

Do you have any compositions or soundbites online to share?

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Keep in touch here Cassidy, I need composers from time to time. Also... the link to your website is throwing all sorts of weird errors and refusing to connect...

Cassidy Robinson

Brad Mason I do! Please connect with me and I'd be more than happy to share the links with you!

Stefano Pavone

Welcome to the club. :) I'll keep you in mind.

Kinney Scott

sounds great (:

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Rebecca Casselman
Working on an Indie Film

During shutdowns, I had time to write, and now...I'm taking my shot. Directing and acting are my crafts and I need some rallying as I gear up for on location shooting in Alaska. I am elbows deep in pre-production, my brain is on overload but there is a joy that only creatives know about when working...

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Debbie Croysdale

@Rebecca congrats on your first feature shoot in Alaska, I remember 2015 for just a documentary in Norway we had to get a certain extra safety certificate cos you can freeze to death falling in water...

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Rebecca Casselman

Thanks, Karen for the encouragement about grants! Having others submit too is great advice. Maurice - there was 16+ inches of snow on Easter in the interior! Egg hunts are indoors.... Hey Debbie! I'd...

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Debbie Croysdale

Hi an oil and gas promo, not my line of business but helping out artistically. Was just before shares fell and out of an office of a thousand only three were left at a desk. I miss Norway not been back since lockdown, maybe one day I’ll come Alaska.

Craig William Dayton

Hi Rebecca! Congratulations on your project! As a film composer, the thing that I would recommend is not to wait until the last moment to find your composer. So often filmmakers do this, and it is unf...

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Kinney Scott

great (:

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Amanda Toney
Introduction to TV directing with Heath Cullens

What were some of your favorite take aways from Heath's webinar?

John V. Knowles

I appreciate his honesty. This is a hard business and it's no good to sugarcoat things or pretend otherwise.

Alex Marmalichi

Going to echo that I appreciated his honesty and candidness. See you in the 4 week, Heath. Looking forward

Liked by Joshua Odigie and 8 others

Vi Angeli Zarco Lanot
Does language really matter in film?

Hi. I'm a 19-yr-old passionate filmmaker who just wants to make films. I don't have the budget or the crew but I do make use of what I have. For the film below, I had my cousin who has no acting experience whatsoever act as the main character. He is also someone who finds it really hard to connect t...

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Vi Angeli Zarco Lanot

Thank you so much!:)

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Vi Angeli Zarco Lanot Very interesting. Your questions raise the issue of the director-actor relationship. Your situation should be studied by aspiring directors here because you solved a common direc...

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Doug Nelson

I've watched this one and some of your other short films also. They're all very powerful, deep, dark & introspective. You shoot a lot of creative camera angles that add much to the moodiness as does t...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

First, I would just like to applaud your gumption, Vi. Making something, putting it out there, and discussing it with other professionals is exactly the kind of creative cycle that makes you into a po...

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Eliz Medeiros

This is so true, mental health affects us all and each in it's own way. Well done!!

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Amanda Toney
The Great Content Gold Rush of 2021 - RB's April AMA - Let's Talk About it!

Hope you enjoy RB's April AMA - share some of your favorite things you've learned below!

Aray Brown

Yes, ppl fill out or update your bios. It makes a difference. I updated mine recently. I had to look at it from a business standpoint. What I had was nice but I’m talking about the one collab I had ag...

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Aray Brown

Is introverted the same as shy? Shyness involves fear of negative evaluation (and is a milder form of social anxiety),1 whereas introversion refers to a tendency toward becoming over-stimulated and t...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

@Aray - Great question! In my experience, Introverted, shy, reserved, and standoff-ish are not all the same. I would agree - shy denotes a fear while introverted implies a preference for time spent. I...

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Aray Brown

Thank you Kay! I can honestly say I’m an ambivert. I get energy from being around people (the right people) but I also need my alone time to energize (I feel like a battery lol)

Aray Brown

I can be shy but not as shy as I was when I was younger, I was afraid of what people thought, afraid I didn’t have anything of value or anything to offer the conversation, afraid of what ppl would thi...

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