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 […]

Films Within Films (That We Wish Actually Existed)

Creative thought at its finest. Making a film within a film is a fun way to challenge the structure of your feature, handily giving a solid objective or plot line for your characters to follow. Dating back to as early as the 1900’s, the use of this film making device is a clever means of […]

“To me everything in film is incredible”

With her first feature, They Are All Dead, Beatriz Sanchis filmed in her home town of Madrid. She talks about her love of film and the lessons she learned on set.   I don’t think Spain is a good place now for any filmmakers. It’s a hard time there. It’s difficult to make movies, I […]

“You just have to do it, you have to put your feet on the ground and make a film”

Stephanie Joalland, originally from France, has made her debut feature here in the UK, The Quiet Hour is an intimate take on the alien invasion genre and was one of the gala films at Raindance 2014. She talks to us about her working life. This is my first feature film, I’m from a writing background […]

“I’ve tried to focus on the projects rather than the ceilings”

Documentary filmmaker Maureen Judge hails from Canada and has an industry CV that spans over 20 years. Working in TV and film she here shares her expertise and talks of the new challenges she faced with her latest project Living Dolls. Once I started making films I loved it. I made my first 3 films […]

“There’s a certain confidence that comes from naiveté”

Debs Paterson fairly burst onto the film scene in 2010 with her acclaimed feature debut Africa United. Since then she has been beavering away writing and developing multiple projects for TV and film. She took some time out of her hectic schedule to impart some words of wisdom. Africa United happened so fast. I was slightly […]

“If you are good it doesn’t matter whether you wear trousers or a skirt”

Anna Kazejak’s 3rd feature The Word had its UK premier at Raindance 2014; here the Polish filmmaker shares her experiences of working at home and in Denmark.   I’ve been making films for 13 years. After my 2nd year in film school I said to my friends ‘let’s make a feature film’. I thought it’s better just to […]

“Once you find a good collaboration it’s best to never let it go”

Esra Saydam and Nisan Dag co-wrote and co-directed Across the Sea. They met and trained in the US but they returned to their home country of Turkey to make this, their first feature. They talk about the hurdles they had to overcome and how they got started. (Esra) Living away from Turkey for many years, […]

5 New Scares in Cinemas this Halloween

  If any of you love horror as much as I do, then this may be your favorite time of year, especially for film. Do you love the good, the bad, and the disturbing of horror that leap out of filmmakers’ minds and onto the big screen? Well if you’re searching for a scare this Halloween weekend, here are […]