5 Greatest Things That Have Happened In Virtual Reality So Far

Virtual reality is not just “the next big thing”, and definitely far more than just a gimmick. It’s an entirely new step in the evolution of visual storytelling.  It’s not just 3D and a step forward from film: it’s a new medium. We’ve explored it in our Virtual Reality Filmmaking Toolkit, where you can learn how […]

5 Non-Screenwriting Books for Screenwriters

When I wrote my first screenplay, I bought screenwriting books. Seems logical, right? I wanted to write a good screenplay – so I bought a book about the craft of screenwriting, specifically Story by Robert McKee (both the paperback and iBooks edition). This was a breakthrough for me at the time – however, somewhere between the third and […]

5 Movies – Dealing with life through comedy

“If it weren’t for the brief respite we give the world with our foolishness, the world would see mass suicide in numbers that compare favourably with the death rate of lemmings.” – Groucho Marx In the 21st Century comedy based media takes its place as a dominative force within consumer culture and entertainment. Comedic television, movies […]

Funny Is Money

Any film that’s made you laugh could easily have been a drama. Tootsie? Oh the yearning of breaking free from this prison Michael Dorsey has shackled himself in! Facing an impossible dilemma, Dorothy Michaels asks for her character to be written off, yet the executives won’t do it, so she kills herself on live television. The […]

10 Hilarious Comedies To Learn From

“Dying is easy, comedy is hard.” It’s one of those phrases that have been heard and repeated so many times that there’s really no way of knowing who coined it first. Yet we all know that it holds some truth. For those of us who want to write/direct/produce films, we know that great comedy -or […]

Donald Trump’s 6 Brave Lessons For Independent Filmmakers

Donald Trump is not my favourite person: His physique, his manner, his views and opinions are the anathema to everything I stand for. But Donald Trump has become an icon – a phenomena that is sweeping America. In the process he’s changed the political landscape leaving just about everyone scratching their heads in amazement. From […]

HOT MODELS WANTED: One Actor’s Point of View on Casting Your Indie Film (Part 2)

Six dos and don’ts every actor wishes you knew from breakdown to booking.   PART TWO If you are an indie filmmaker then you know that casting is that wildcard that can make or break your chances at festivals, awards, and making all of your hard work worth it, and that mis-casting can make your […]

Warm Props: Why Did Hitchcock Hate His Actors?

Hitchcock hated actors. He called actors “cows” and “stupid children” and thought Walt Disney was smart for making his actors made of paper, since he had the luxury to “tear them up” when he didn’t like them.1 So, yeah… Hitchcock hated actors. When a film has been properly staged, it isn’t necessary to rely upon the […]

Interview with Oliver Nias – ‘The Return’ Director

With awards season well underway it’s easy to forget about what a great year it’s been for low-budget indie film as the barrage of studio releases hit the multiplexes. So we sat down with one of 2015’s most talented indie film break-outs, a real winner for us – Oliver Nias, director of The Return, nominated for Best […]