Advice from Professionals Archive

3 Things to Avoid When Directing Films – David Fincher

According to David Fincher, do you have any guesses about what the top 3

BRYAN CRANSTON’S BREAKTHROUGH PHILOSOPHY

Bryan Cranston was once asked to give advice to aspiring actors, and in turn

Jon M. Chu Weathers Box-Office Disappointment, Advises to Never Say Never

The L.A.-based nonprofit Film Independent put on the three-day conference for independent moviemakers. This

LIVING THE “SLICES” NOT WRITTEN

Your agent sends you the scenes for your audition, and if you’re lucky, the

How Actors Can Save the Film Industry

See if this plot sounds familiar: An evil corruption has swept over the land

You Will Find Your People: Emily Best

Emily Best is the founder and CEO of Seed&Spark, a crowdfunding and distribution platform

14 LESSONS RODRIGO GARCIA AND GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD TAUGHT US ABOUT WORKING WITH ACTORS

When they met at the Sundance Directing Lab in 1998, neither Rodrigo Garcia nor

Martin Scorsese on the Pros and Cons of Digital Filmmaking

“Everything we do in HD is an effort to recreate the look of film.”

What Does it Take to Make a Movie? Wisdom from Effie Gray Producer Donald Rosenfeld

When he was just a boy, one of the first movies that really stood

On Directing Actors: An Interview with Tim Blake Nelson

For nearly 20 years, Tim Blake Nelson has shoe-horned in his filmmaking alongside a

What’s in Your Kit: Cinematographer Frankie DeMarco

The Kit I’ve chosen to exclude my meters, specialty lenses and other DP hardware

Here’s How to Make a Million Dollar Movie for Thousands

“The passion translates. If you have passion for the project it comes across.” Some

What Do You Need to Open a Movie? a Post-Distribution Deal Checklist

So you made your film, screened it at a ton of festivals to rave

GETTING INTO BED [with a distributer]

You’ve been seeing a lot of each other for a few weeks now. He

How to Make TV Shows Into Movies

Christopher McQuarrie, the director of “Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation,” was 5 years old when the

Here’s How to Get Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team to Produce Your Film

SpectreVision, the genre film production company spearheaded by Elijah Wood along with filmmakers Daniel

Olivia Wilde Talks Producing From An Actor’s Perspective

Actress-producer Olivia Wilde and the producers of successful indies Bachelorette, The Place Beyond the

3 Directing Techniques Actors Can Use to Look Brilliant

Attention filmmakers: As you are no doubt aware, much of your time as filmmakers

Rules of the Screenmovie: The Unfriended Manifesto for the Digital Age

The digital world is rapidly taking over as the predominant environment for our waking

Positivity

Let’s talk about positivity for a moment. I know, I know, it’s cool to

Make Your Smartphone Smarter: What Goes in Your iPhone Filmmaking Kit?

“Shot on a smartphone” rarely means just a smartphone. So what goes in your

Legendary Producer Marin Karmitz on Great Directors, Producing, and Why Money is Never the Real Problem

Combining taste, business savvy, and enduring idealism for the role cinema can play within

Premiere Pro Tutorial: Using the ‘Set Matte’ Effect to Create Badass Titles in Seconds

Adding titles may not be the most exciting of your post-production process, but that’s not

Watch: Wim Wenders’ ‘Room 666,’ Featuring Spielberg, Godard, Fassbinder, Herzog, Antonioni & More

Thirty-one years ago today, Rainer Werner Fassbinder died from a cocaine-induced heart attack in his Munich apartment, leaving behind a

INTERVIEW: ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY ON “THE DANCE OF REALITY” AND THE HEALING POWER OF ART

Many words come to mind when describing the films of Alejandro Jodorowsky. Everything from “surreal”

Godard Excuses Himself from Cannes with “Letter in Motion” to Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux

More than half a century since Breathless, Godard still enjoys his fair share of devotees despite a descent