Advice from Professionals Archive

Three Steps For Filmmaking Success

Have you ever had this thought: If I make my movie, I will sell it

London Calling: Five sports documentary making tips

We spent two years following 13 Irish athletes from across the spectrum of Olympic

8 Bad Habits that Crush Your Creativity And Stifle Your Success

“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts the moment you get up and

The 7 Dumbest Mistakes You Can Make Your First Day On Set

What’s the stupidest thing you’ve done on set? For me, it was spraying canned air

3 Reasons You Will Fail In Filmmaking

Every week I share my filmmaking thoughts in a newsletter broadcast to over 5000 filmmakers. The

Why You’re Broke and Other Video Professionals Aren’t

As I’m writing this, I’m strapping on the armor because I know the title

Top ten Reasons Why Film Makers Screw Up In High Level Negotiations

At some point in your career, or in the life of your film, you

7 Things to think about before making your next video

The days of homemade cat videos and laughing babies biting each other’s fingers are

How to get better at estimating your time

Creating proposals with fixed budgets can be a big challenge when it means estimating

Q&A: C-Stands

Several people asked about the C-stand (short for century stand) that I used on

Balls of Steel: Give to Receive

I’ve mentioned the power of paying it forward before, but I’d like to discuss what makes

Avoid These 3 Practical DSLR “Gotchas” for a Smoother Shoot

Where were you when the floodgates opened? Only a few years ago, the first HD

Eye Shapes in Makeup Artistry

Understanding the portions of the face and body will lead you to the art

First time Filmmaker F-Up #59 – Dialogue Is Recorded on Set

What looping is and why it will save your movie! The F-Up… Discovering looping

How to get MASSIVE results when you ask for help for your movie

I get five to ten communications a day from people asking for help –

Ray Bradbury Gives 12 Pieces of Writing Advice to Young Authors (2001)

Like fellow genre icon Stephen King, Ray Bradbury has reached far beyond his established audience by

12 Steps To Film Well With A DSLR

Adam here. I’ve been critical of DSLR’s. Well, I should say that pretty much

Seven Ways Screenwriters Can be More Productive

Do you want to write your screenplay faster but without giving up quality? Here are the

How Seinfeld’s Productivity Secret Fixed My Procrastination Problem

I’ve long been overwhelmed by an unwieldy list of goals that would sit, unaccomplished,

How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 3: EQUIPMENT

Cameras As there are so many different cameras out there I’m not going to

How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 2: TECHNIQUE

Part 2: 10 Camera Operating Techniques 1. Operate a variety of  different cameras Seems

How To Be a Better Camera Operator – Part 1: MINDSET

Part 1: The Camera Operator’s Mindset Being diverse, responsible, flexible, enthusiastic and creative are just

How to Survive Filmmakers’ Big Egos

I’ve seen insecurity in producers, directors, other actors—any number of individuals, many times over. 

Screenwriting Tip #116: Raise Questions, Drop Hints, Leave Riddles Half-Solved…

Raise questions, drop hints, leave riddles half-solved — whatever it takes to keep them

Why You Should Maybe Not Show Actors Their Work

When a group intends to function as a repertory company, as Fassbinder’s did in

Location Scouting – What You Need To Know

Okay, you’re a little tired of reading the script. Who could blame you? So