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 […]

8 Reasons Why Moms Make the Best Producers

Making a film is hard. Making a film and raising a child is harder. However, I did find that by becoming a mom, I learned new and more efficient skills to be a better producer. Who else could function on almost no sleep, change a diaper in less than 30 seconds, change your child’s clothes […]

7 Things You Need To Know As A Screenwriter

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 […]

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 […]

10 Things Toronto’s Filmmakers Can Learn From Elliot Grove

Elliot Grove is the Canadian founder of Britain’s Raindance Film Festival. He has lived in the UK since the early 1980s. Raindance Canada’s Tiska Wiederman caught up with Elliot shortly after his return from the Berlinale Film Festival. Here he answers ten questions prior to his weekend masterclass Hands On Virtual reality Workshop in Toronto […]

7 Things I Learned Making a Film for $7000

When it comes to the really crazy ideas, like making a feature film with zero prior experience and for less than the price of a semester of film school, sometimes all it takes is one other person to say, screw it, why not? That’s how, a few months of begging, borrowing and dealing later, first-time […]

3 Reasons Why Sleeping On A Spaghetti Stained Couch Is Better Than Suicide

Suicide? Or make a short film? Plenty of short filmmaker’s have nominated suicide to be the driving narrative plot device of their work and in this year’s batch of submissions the trend is soldiering on. Why is that? Perhaps, the tragic plight of the short filmmaker is birthing a litter of suicidal fanatics. Who knows. […]

15 Things Everyone Does On A Film Set

If you’ve never been on a film set, you might be surprised to learn that it’s mostly a very boring experience. Sure, the occasional shot requires a great deal of exciting machinery and on-set wizardry that is a joy to behold and take part in, but a lot of time spent shooting a movie is […]

5 Things to Keep in Mind when Making a Micro-Budget Movie

So you have a couple friends, a camera and a script. Friends and family have pitched in some money to get your film off the ground (not to mention the funds out of your own pocket) but you still don’t have a lot to work with. What now? Your funding is not a limitation; it’s an […]

Friday Fact-File – TV Writers: #5 Amy Sherman-Palladino

5. Amy Sherman-Palladino DOB: 1966 (Age 47/48) First TV break: 1990 (Age 24) Amy Sherman-Palladino is a Emmy award winning screenwriter, producer and director, best known for the show Gilmore Girls. She was a trained dancer since the age of four and well into her teens, so much so that in her early twenties she was […]

Friday Fact-File – TV Writers: #4 Aaron Sorkin

4. Aaron Sorkin DOB: June 9th 1961 (Age 52) First TV break: 1988 (Age 27) Aaron Benjamin Sorkin is an Academy and Emmy award winning screenwriter, producer, and playwright. Sorkin graduated from Syracuse University in 1983 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Musical Theatre. After graduating, Sorkin moved to New York where he worked as an actor through the 1980’s. […]

6 RuPaul Quotes Every Filmmaker Should Live By

1. You better work it, girl! Trying to get into the industry is hard, but staying in it once you’ve broken in, is even harder. Making sure you stay relevant and in work means consistency, networking and a constant flow of ideas. Never be idle. Make new friends. Always have an idea. 2. Show off […]