Smart Tips for Smartphone Filmmaking

Cell phone technology has advanced at an unbelievable pace since the 1980’s. In the dark dystopian future of 2017, entire feature length movies are shot on so-called ‘Smart Phones’. What does it all mean? Just how smart are they? Are these ‘Smart Phones’ planning a revolution? Can they feel? Seriously, though, smartphones are becoming smarter, […]

6 Films That Turned Failure Into Success

As filmmakers, we all want to make great films. What is a great film? We know that a big budget and amazing special effects, huge explosions and epic scale does not guarantee a great or successful film. Success can sometimes come DESPITE the lack of budget or not-so-great special effects. In the film industry, success […]

5 Reasons To Attend The Independent Filmmaker’s Ball.

Filmmaking can sometimes lead to the depths of isolation. Every waking moment is spent chained to a never ending film project. The inability to edit one’s own life is undeniably frustrating. Unshakeable focus and unwavering passion can generate feelings of captivity. This solitary darkness can be soothing to the artistic soul, sure. You know what […]

‘I think indigenous women have always been great storytellers’

Sonia Bonspille Boileau made her first feature length film Le Dep in just 10 days. She was in London to see it screened at Raindance 2015 and gave me some of her time for a chat about filmmaking. The main challenge for this film [Le Dep] was that I wanted the main character to be […]

Cinema 2.0: Get The F**K Out Of Bed!

I have a friend, a rock n’ roll rebel/ educator Martin Atkins who tours the world talking about his time with NIN, Ministry, Pigface and a bunch of other bands while preaching the DIY gospel to musicians and artists everywhere. His message? “Get The F**K Out Of Bed” if you want to succeed in the […]

I think there aren’t enough women’s stories being made

Elisa Paloschi took her groundbreaking documentary Driving with Selvi to Raindance this year and in between fundraising spoke to us about why she had to make this film. I felt I could do anything I wanted; I came from the Canadian mentality where if you have a dream you work hard and you can probably achieve […]

“As artists and filmmakers we are privileged in having a voice”

Showing her first feature film at Raindance 2015 Laura Plancarte took some time out from working on her next project to share some words of wisdom with us. I’m from Mexico and my career comes originally from the visual arts. I’m a performance artist, an installation artist and a video artist. My work has always been […]

“Work your butt off as much as you can while you can”

Jennifer Sharpe is a first time feature documentary maker. She presented her debut film Traceable at Raindance 2014 and shared some of the lessons she learned with us. I have had a roundabout career in film.  Initially I thought I would get into production design, art direction or costume design, before I realised I wanted […]

Directors on Directing Film Pt 2

Compiled By Amelie Thille If you missed Part 1, follow the link: HERE You must find the note, the correct key, for your story. If you find it, everything will work. If you do not, everything will stick out like elbows. The movie that get him noticed: The Lovers, 1958 Buy the movie HERE Be […]

Directors With a Variety in Their Resumes

When a director finds fortune and success in a particular genre, it may be tempting for them to continue producing content for that audience. Or if they’ve had several successes in that genre, others might believe that is all they are capable of. Certainly, there are many directors who work on the same kind of […]

5 Tips on Clearing Music For Your Film

Music can make or destroy your film. And I’m not talking about a bad score or a cheesy tune. No, I’m talking about music rights. You only need one unclear copyright and you can say goodbye to your distribution deal or being shown at film festivals. No one will touch your film until the copyright […]

Weekly Production Tip #8 – Actor’s Vocal Levels in Films

This week’s video production tip is one for the Actors. Directors should also take heed, however, if you’re looking to squeeze a passable performance out of a less-than-capable thespian. There is one thing all ‘good’ actors do. You may have noticed it, or it may have passed you by. Turn on the TV tonight. Choose […]