Make a Movie on a Budget: Making a Feature Film for $6,000… It’s possible

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Are you looking to make a movie? Then this exclusive article by filmmaker James Defalco is going to be just what you’re looking for! In ‘Making a Feature Film for $6,000… It’s possible,’ James explains the journey he took to make his movie, Long Island Love Story. Take it away, James! [Editor note: Images throughout are stills and posters from … Read More

5 Tips to Using a Visual Presentation to Promote Your Film

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A cofounder of the Slamdance Film Festival, Dan Mirvish is also an award-winning indie film director. On top of that, he also recently wrote a book called The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Film (Focal Press/Routledge). In this article, Dan takes us on a journey into the idea of visual presentation and what it can do to help the promotion … Read More

Horror Filmmaking: 10 Things I learned from Shooting My First Horror Feature

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Here’s Gio Orellana again with another article about his filmmaking experiences. A couple of weeks ago, we heard about his 10 Reasons Why Most Filmmaking Partners Are Bad For You. This time around, Gio has thoughts and advice on horror filmmaking with his experiences making a first horror feature film. Here’s Gio: I was hired to write and direct a horror feature … Read More

27 of the Best Filmmaker Quotes About Following Your Filmmaking Dreams

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It’s great to be inspired by other people who are doing what we’re doing. Or doing what we want to do. Maybe you’re already make films, or perhaps it’s a dream you’ve been holding for a while. I pay special attention to what filmmakers say. Not only can I relate to them because they’re doing what I’m doing (just on a … Read More

57 Filmmaking Books You Need To Read

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In our quest for furthering our knowledge and understanding of all aspects of filmmaking and video production, we often turn to books as a source of information. Anyone who follows this site knows that I’m a big reader and a life-long learner. Whilst nothing trumps real-world experience and time in the trenches of getting things done, books can open up … Read More

How Michael Bay Got His Start in the Movie Industry

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We all know Michael Bay as the hyper-active director of full-on action, and huge budget, flicks like Transformers, Armageddon and The Rock. But it wasn’t always like that. Like everyone, he had to start somewhere. Bay often traces his interest in action films back to an incident during his childhood. As a boy, he attached some firecrackers to a toy … Read More

How Shane Carruth Made Primer

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Interesting article by Shane Carruth about the making of his first feature, Primer. Says Carruth: The first thing I did when I set out to make Primer was to make sure I could get it finished as well as feed myself for six months on the small amount of money I had saved as a software engineer. After figuring the price of … Read More

El Principios – How Robert Rodriguez Got His Start

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The story of the making of Robert Rodriguez’ first feature, El Mariachi, is one of those infamous guerrilla filmmaking stories and is chronicled in the excellent book Rebel Without A Crew. The film was shot in numerous locations in Acuña, Coahuila, located in Northeastern Mexico. Rodriguez had a $7,000 budget, almost half of which he raised by participating in experimental clinical drug testing … Read More

Herzog on the Obscenity of the Jungle

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Some interesting comments from fabled German filmmaker Werner Herzog during the making of Fitzcarraldo: “Kinski says [the jungle] is full of erotic elements. It’s not so much erotic, but full of obscenity. Nature here is vile and base. I wouldn’t see anything erotic here. I see fornication and asphyxiation and choking, fighting for survival and growing and just rotting away. … Read More