Independent Filmmaking; LESS is MORE, and here’s why.

Camera! Lights! Act- Hold on a second, I don’t own any camera equipment…yet.  So, you want to get into filmmaking? Lovely. But you have a limited supply of gold right? I can certainly identify with that. This beautiful square-shaped planet that we call Earth is overrun with creatives suffering from the same financial problem. If you’re […]

Weekly Production Tip #13 – Character Traits

Believable characters exhibit character traits. Giving the characters in your screenplay individual traits is a great way of diversifying them and making them feel more real and human. A trait is a small detail particular to one character; it could be something about their physical appearance, or about the way they think , or the […]

Cinema 2.0: Microcinema Manifesto: #cinehack

Welcome to my new blog on Cinema 2.0. Cinema 2.0 is A NEW APPROACH TO DIY FILM PRODUCTION, MARKETING and DISTRIBUTION working outside of the accepted mainstream cinema industry. It’s about leveraging your peer-to-peer marketing and online digital distribution for your own original cinema making your authentic, artisanal and original programming for enjoyment worldwide. DIY pictures […]

1 + 1 = 1

My daughter Mea just won best European student film in Berlin plus the audience award. My other daughter Lois received a congratulatory letter that she got admitted to the Film academy. (some fatherly pride here) We’re now a dynasty. And while celebrating in a lavish way, they wanted to know what I –the old rooster— […]

10 Items On A Film Crowdfunder’s Success Checklist

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flPlbl9BW_w This video really shows what crowdfunding is about! Crowdfunding is, of course, one film finance source for your project. No film school is going to tell you not to do a crowdfunding campaign. I am going to tell you never, ever do a film crowdfunding campaign unless you have ticked each of these important […]

10 Reasons Independent Filmmakers Are Cool

With the current heatwave melting filmmaker’s equipment, we thought it a good idea to remind ourselves how filmmakers can be cool! While independent filmmaking can be challenging, there is no doubt that being an independent filmmaker is the coolest of cool occupations and an independent film can become the flavor of the month amongst the […]

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Raindance

Stepping into the unknown can trigger a whole set of emotions – from excitement to paralytic fear. I bet anyone making a movie can relate to this: “Will I have the wherewithal to finish this, will anyone see it, and what if they laugh (or cry) in the wrong places?” All fair questions. As they […]

7 Things Screenwriters Forget About Filmmaking

If you are a screenwriter reading this you are likely wondering how to get your screenplay sold and turned into a movie. Join the club. For some reason many writers work along unaware of the basics needed to turn the script into a movie. Many writers are also afraid of accepting the creative collaborations of […]

10 Big Mistakes Documentary-Makers Make

I made my first doc while in film school, and have been doing it ever since. Documentaries are flavour of the month now – people love real and true life stories. Docs are an easier way for emerging filmmakers to break in as the production costs can be lower than with a narrative film. I’m […]

Cinema 2.0: Shooting Live Sets in One Day

Welcome to my new blog on Cinema 2.0. Cinema 2.0 is A NEW APPROACH TO DIY FILM PRODUCTION, MARKETING and DISTRIBUTION working outside of the accepted mainstream cinema industry. It’s about leveraging your peer-to-peer marketing and online digital distribution for your own original cinema making your authentic, artisanal and original programming for enjoyment worldwide. This weekend […]