Advice from Professionals Archive

Renowned Gaffer John Higgins Reveals Secrets Behind Lighting Some of Hollywood’s Biggest Films

Just about every cinematographer will tell you the same thing: their work wouldn’t be

Everything You Need to Know About Color in the Digital Age

Color is one of the most important and powerful visual tools through which filmmakers

You Will Never Be An Insider In The Industry

This week’s article is a guest post from actor, director + acting coach Craig Archibald

5 Ways To Prepare For Pilot Season Right Now!

Think you’ve got plenty of time to get ready for pilot season? Think again. With

Learn About Taking Meetings & the Development Process from the Austin Film Festival

One of the most important career skills a screenwriter should learn is how to

‘American Psycho’ Screenwriter Guinevere Turner Wants You to Write the Worst Scene Ever Written

Writer/director/actress, and one of the most influential proponents of LGBT cinema, Guinevere Turner, sat

Character vs. Performance: What is Your Focus as a Director?

If you’re a director, you’re responsible for so much that goes on (or should

Joe Eszterhas’ 10 Golden Rules of Screenwriting

Legend has it (okay, well, actually it was theLos Angeles Times) that Joe Eszterhas once

Tony Gilroy’s 5 Simple Rules for Writing an Original Screenplay

Narrative film is certainly a collaborative medium, but almost always it begins with a


Welcome to Going Bionic #179. Today we’re answering five questions that have found their way to

Five Ideas That Will Change the Way You Produce Film: Takeaways From IFP Film Week

IFP Film Week wrapped up Thursday with a keynote by DJ Spooky, marking the

12 Steps to Avoid Going Broke Applying to Film Festivals

The author of this guest essay is a filmmaker whose most recent film is Between

Errol Morris’ Five Golden Rules of Moviemaking

In his groundbreaking and critically acclaimed documentaries, world-renowned moviemaker 
Errol Morris has tackled a

Famous Directors Who Never Went to Film School

It’s an exciting time to be a filmmaker. The Internet has extended the reach

‘Twilight Zone’ Creator Rod Serling Shares Great Screenwriting Insight in Final Interview

To many he’s just that eerie, stilted voice of The Twilight Zone, but to others he

The Script Doesn’t Matter: French New Wave Director Claude Chabrol’s View on Style

Even though many great filmmakers are associated with the French New Wave, three of


There is no exact formula to ‘make it’ when you want to be a

Kenneth Anger: How I Made “Lucifer Rising”

The director of the 1966 occult classic talks about how an anti-British massacre paid

Steven Soderbergh’s State Of Cinema Talk

Here is the full transcript of director Steven Soderbergh‘s keynote at the 56th San Francisco International Film

Shooting The Kitchen: Trying To Keep A One-Location Indie Visually Interesting

In early 2011, my longtime friend and collaborator, director Ishai Setton, told me about

The Most Important Phrase You’ll Ever Say in a Meeting

The most important phrase you’ll ever say in a meeting isn’t “Please” or “Thank

10 Lessons on Filmmaking from Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Benh Zeitlin

Despite legions of advice to the contrary, there is no quick-fix scheme toward making

Getting Organic Recordings In The Digital Realm

So much of the debate about digital versus analog has do do with feel

Julian Assange’s 7 Lessons For Filmmakers

Julian Assange was born in Queensland, Australia in 1971 and experienced a difficult home

How To Write a Killer Logline

People get obsessed with writing their logline. And so they should. It’s a crucial

The Quick and Dirty Video Guide to Marking Actors

Like any job, going to work in the film industry isn’t always fun. Stepping on set