8 Casting Tips For First Timers

I asked a director once how the hell I go about becoming a director. He told me what I have henceforth been told a million times, ‘just fucking do it’. There was another comment he gave me that most look over: if you’ve casted properly, most of your job is done. Well, I’m not about […]

Top 10 Cinema 2.0 Take Aways

Cinema 2.0 is all about making your own cinema on your own terms for your own audience.  You have to take the first steps and start shooting and sharing – today. If I had to distil this manifesto down to simple statements – these would be it: #SHOOT #SHARE #REPEAT #DOMOREWITHLESS Everything else comes in […]

Deadly Virtues: Love Honour Obey

Deadly Virtues: Love.Honour.Obey – the taut pyschological thriller writtern by Mark Rogers and directed by Ate De Jong (Drop Dead Fred) has hit the UK charts and is currently at #12 on iTunes. Watch the trailer here If you are in the UK you can buy the film on a handsome DVD from Amazon, or […]

The Perks of Creating in the Digital Age

We keep saying it on this blog, there’s never been a better time to make movies. You can make movies on your phone, and there are loads of platforms for you to upload your creations. TelloFilms.com is one such platform. Christin Baker is the founder and CEO of TelloFilms, and she’ll be with us at […]

When Filmmakers Need to Be Remarkable

re·mark·a·ble  [ri-mahr-kuh-buhl] adjective 1. notably or conspicuously unusual: extraordinary: a remarkable change. 2. worthy of notice or attention. I get invited to do a lot of guest speaking and generally my hosts want a few simple sharp film facts wrapped in an uplifting and inspirational package – not exactly a happy pill, but similar I […]

12 Types of People Who Go To Film Festivals

To film festival attendees every where – why are you attending a film festival? There are so many benefits to attending Raindance Film Festival: see great movies listen and learn at panels and special events meet filmmakers from all over the world networking events galore With so much going on at Raindance, in fact, with […]

Cinema 2.0: Why 10 Hour Days Work for DIY Cinema

10-Hour Days RULE OK! Many mainstream crews are slaves to the grind of a very long day and you don’t have to be. The average union shoot day is 14 hours allowing for lunch and traveling to set (12 hours work/ 1 hour lunch/ 1 hour travel). Even longer if the gig is out of […]

Cinema 2.0 Guerilla Strategies: 7 People You Need on Your Set

I meet filmmakers all the time who are convinced that the more people they have on set the better it will be. WRONG! I am constantly amazed by the arrogance and attitude of ‘movie’ brats who watch mainstream cinema and determine that you need an army to make a movie. It’s complete bullshit and you […]

3 Ways To Get Your Film Funded

Starting out making a film is not easy. Whether that is professional or amateur, you need the funds to be able to follow through with the project. However, there are many ways that you can raise the money to fund your project. Some of these include grants from companies, crowdfunding and personal fundraising. 1. Fundraising […]

5 Tips To Keep Your Audience On The Edge Of Their Seat

The movie-going experience is one of the most popular forms of entertainment there is in pop culture today. And what you, as a filmmaker, want to do, is keep them satisfied. And if you want to exceed all expectations, you just want them to be on the edge of their seat during the entire film. […]