Filmmaking / Directing

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Festivals for new Directors

Hi, a friend I met through Twitter Talece Brown, sent me here. She says this is where I need to be :) Anyway: I will cut to the chase, I am a new director from England and have been looking for festivals for new directors that will screen my period/sports drama film "Sandow" that is already streaming online (on Amazon and Vimeo). Let's chat!

Adam Harper

Hi Alexander, nice to meet you. I'm not going to be much help with festivals unfortunately. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, we have Flatpack Festival which you could look into, unfortunately it's already...

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Alexander Cooper

Thanks Adam. I haven't tried Flatpack. :)

Career advise, should a director do 1st AD jobs

Hello fellow filmmakers, I need some career advise for directing who has done a 1st AD job. I'd like to hear some opinion if this is a good a thing or not. Is it helpful for your own directing career? Love to hear your advise. A friend of mine is doing a promising project and asked my help me to be ...

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Rakesh Malik

Remember that the AD's actual boss is NOT the director. It's the producer... and you should keep that in mind during the shoot. It is not the AD's job to support the director, it's to make sure that t...

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David Trotti

Good notes Rakesh. You never want to undermine or weaken the Director/DP relationship - which is probably the most important relationship on set. Or any relationship between a department head and the ...

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Rakesh Malik

"I am a firm believer that the War is won in prep" as am I. That's huge. Solid prep is the reason that on my last four film productions we wrapped on time or early nearly every day of shooting. We had ...

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Michael Rogers

Patrick, you question prompted some invaluable insight and advice. Take the job.

Patrick Carelsz

Hello all, Thank you for all your advise. It's good to read the experience of others on this side. I've spoken to the director and discussed my expectations for the role. I'd love to learn from other ...

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WHAT'S YOUR PROCESS? Topic #1 :Storyboarding

Hey Everyone! What's storyboarding to you? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you even do it? Do you draw? Do you work with an artist? Color? Black and White?

Debbie Croysdale

You can do a lot more with story boards than the standard use of them. (Something to rely on). To really test a story’s options you can mix and match the sequence of events in front of impartial audie...

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Debbie Croysdale

As i mentioned earlier, storyboarding is different for everyone. Im trying to take my storyboarding from depicting purely visceral emotional beats to more “technical” graphic layouts. Im including all...

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Debbie Croysdale

Storyboard clip GRADUATE

Henry Hoang

Storyboarding and or previs is key to visualizing for yourself and to share with those who you'd be working with. Especially if your ideas are lofty, if there's low morale, trust, or something you hav...

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Debbie Croysdale

@Cory. I sometimes use photographs of models I position in locations aswell. I do this with key moments where I want audience to stop and think, along with the character portrayed. I don’t know the fu...

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Daniel Caslaw

Mel Gibson is God-tier

Ryan McCoy

I like all four of the last directors mentioned and agree with them. Cooler is dope, but still has a LONG way to go before he proves himself as one the best.

Brian Rhodes

David Lean yesterday and a toss between the Coen Brothers and Danny Boyle today.

Ryan McCoy

Most influential to a singular generation....Fincher.

Henry Hoang

They're dead, but alive in spirit. Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jean-Pierre Melville. While it's hard to judge art, a useful barometer would probably be their influence on our modern day directors influential today.

Martina Cook

Thanks Steven!

Doug Nelson

Yup...that's exactly how it works.

N. Arunkumar

Universal truth. love this video.

Royce Allen Dudley

Step 24 never happens.

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

In my world I only use 12 steps. Always happens. Thank you Bill & Bob.

A new way to make yourself seen

I read this article about this filmmaker who decided to post her short on Vimeo and ended up getting more than she thought... https://nofilmschool.com/2018/05/watch-how-haunting-short-denmark-caught... Yes, it’s her graduation project from one of the most prestigious film schools in the world, so no d ...

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Martina Cook

Hi Beth! Yes you mentioned it before and I keep forgetting to check that one out...going now! Thanks :)

Beth Fox Heisinger

Thanks for the info about Amazon Prime, Sam. Good to know for future possibilities. :) However, I truly enjoy Shortoftheweek.com more so as a consumer. I much prefer their format over Amazon's. I love...

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Doug Nelson

How did it do at Aspen? I'm curious to see how it tracks at some of the larger American film festivals (TIFF included).

Beth Fox Heisinger

Martina, I watched the short... and I was more fascinated by the modern design of the house and its huge metal exterior barrier, and the minimalism. Oh, and the sheep. Loved the sheep, especially at t...

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Martina Cook

Beth Fox Heisinger yes that house is exactly as her first draft called it, Nordic minimalism on steroids! The short is very good but if you see the credits and how many people worked on it, I cannot b...

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Casting

So I have a script that is MOS. During a casting call do I just have the actors come in and do a monologue and Direct them from there? Or how would I approach it? Also If I need voice actors is that different?

Ryan McCoy

Interesting question...I just had the idea...maybe you could “voice audition”, basically have whomever submits send you an audio file of them reading whatever parts you’d like to hear from your script? Just a thought!

Tony S.

M-O-S derives from early directors from Germany who would say, "We shoot this mit out sound (no sync sound)." I take your post to mean the film will be shot MOS, but it's a bit unclear. Scripts are no...

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Doug Nelson

Aalijah - I'm looking for a short short non dialog script right now. Something with a runtime <5 min. Why don't you post it on your Profile page?

Aalijah Amaro

I mistyped that post. There is only a few lines and the rest is sound design driven.

Tony S.

I know how greasy keyboards can get.

Then a standard audition.

Good for you Doug Nelson

Help with directing and film making.

I would love to work with people who could help me out on writing, directing, filmmaking, producing, and acting on children fantasy films or cartoons. It's my dream to become an actor and film director for children.

Hamish Downie

According to your profile, horror is where your strength lies. Perhaps focus on horror for kids, like "Goosebumps"?

Brian Alan DeLaney

I am with Hamish Downie, there is definitely room for more quality young-adult or kids horror. (I am a little biased though, because I love horror)

Daniel Lewis

I totally agree with you guys.

Daniel Lewis

I could make horror great again for children.

Create your first documentary

Hi, hope everyone is well, I'm a multimedia journalist in Cape Town, have been producing Feature video's on various topics, but want to start producing longer more in-depth documentaries. How should one get started - first shoot the entire documentary and try sell it or shoot a preview and then try get funding ?

Solomon Thomas-El

Preview to get funding, then sell later.

Dan MaxXx

Do everything. As long as you finish what you started, you're a winner.

Need help starting out

Hey guys so I’m still a high school student but I definitely know that I want to go into film once I graduate, but I’m not entirely sure what’s steps I should and can take now to gain experience and understanding of the field, any suggestions? Thanks!

David Trotti

Good call Dan. Post, VFX and animation are good ways to go. And actually moving from being an editor to a director is pretty common path.

Vasco Saraiva

Go shoot (at least) a couple of shorts. Use whatever gear you have/ can get and make them. Don't be too precious, just finished them without any expectations. You can do it for almost nothing. Get som...

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Anthony Gaouette II

network seems to be the key , the only answer and response i seem to find is network. if you have to work it sucks up all the time away from anything you'll want to do and thats not accounting for the resources needed to be face to face.

Doug Nelson

First - get on a working set. Carry a boom pole, unwind cable, wind cable up... do whatever it takes, do it for free, but do it. Gain a little incite into the various aspects of filmmaking th see wher...

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Michael Rogers

Good to meet you, Laurel. If you ever need someone to read your material, I will check it out for you.

Permission to Direct an American Play for Theatre

Could someone kindly guide me on the possible procedures present to gain permission to direct and stage an American play in Europe please? And how to win over the person I need to contact to gain said permission? I would like to direct a contemporary play hopefully late this year if not next year an...

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Diandra Anne Mamo

David Trotti Thanks David! According to chosen script, it's published by Faber and Faber but it says specifically to contact in advance one Joyce Ketay, which I have managed to find her email address...

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David Trotti

I looked her up. Her theatrical agency got bought by Gersh in 2006. If you have trouble reaching her at the email you have, try contacting Gersh to see if she's still there or if the playwright you wa...

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Diandra Anne Mamo

This is awesome - thank you so much for your help! Saved me alot of trouble there.

Diandra Anne Mamo

David Trotti Ketay's email address that I used didn't work, and I think the email address you gave me had a typo cos when i did gersh.com in the address section it got through. Now here's hoping that...

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David Trotti

Glad to hear it went through. Best of luck connecting with the playwright. If Gersh doesn't rep him or her, and you're having trouble with leads, post the name and play here and I'll see what I can find for you.

Agents for Directors

I’m just completing my second feature film and I’m working on a third and I was recently talking to a few actor friends who suggested I look for an agent? Has anyone else done anything like this if so are there any tips on how to go about it?

Matthew Murnan

There are 2 schools of thought here, some say that agents come to you, others say go find an agent. Most agents that come to you will find you once you start winning awards (whether thats film festiva...

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Doug Nelson

I'll second that - hungry Agents are lurking in the bushes looking for you (if you got some excellent stuff).

Tom Wadlow

Brill, I think there a clear pattern there, thank you for that, I’m going to keep focused on the project I’m working on and see where that leads me. If nothing comes of it I can always start looking out for agents then

Royce Allen Dudley

Actual licensed agents for creatives - at least in Los Angeles- are ultra selective. A few released films is not always enough to pique their interest in a director. If you have commercial reels, it's...

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Kisseih David

Hello I am looking for a director whom I could share something with.Thanks.

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