Health and Fitness For Filmmakers

MattFilmmaking, Lifestyle1 Comment

Today is the first in a series of posts about health & fitness and how it relates to our filmmaking and businesses. Yes, we’re talking big picture stuff here. Firstly, there are a lot of out of shape people on film sets. It seems that the long hours, intense days and (often) stressful conditions don’t lend themselves to eating well and … Read More

Should I Go To Film School? Part II

MattBusiness, Filmmaking, Lifestyle13 Comments

Welcome again to another post here on Filmmaking Lifestyle Today we pick up from where we left off with our second post on a response to the question: Should I Go To Film School? LET’S TALK ABOUT BUSINESS Too many filmmakers that I meet not only don’t care about the business side of filmmaking, they are so opposed to the … Read More

Should I Go To Film School?

MattFilmmaking, Lifestyle7 Comments

Beginning a series of article about Film School and its validity in the modern film industry climate, here’s the first of our articles. IS IT ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW? Really good film schools are expensive – you potentially need to spend a lot of money just to make connections. Those connections can actually make or break you however and the right hookup … Read More

How Shane Carruth Made Primer

MattDirector Stories, Filmmaking1 Comment

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

Just Let Go of Everything and Write!

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Let’s start today with a quote: Blank paper is intimidating. It’s the cute girl at school, and you’ll need every ounce of courage you can muster to ask her for a dance. Today I was going to go for a walk in solitude to figure out what to write about and I spent most the day pondering subjects that might be interesting, going back and … Read More

Werner Herzog And Eating Shoes

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I always found this story both bizarre and inspirational. It’s also incredibly fascinating and gives a glimpse into the passion needed to be a world-famous filmmaker: Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe is a short documentary film directed by Les Blank in 1980 which depicts director Werner Herzog living up to his promise that he would eat his shoe if Errol Morris ever completed the film Gates of … Read More

How To Make a Film Using the Dogme 95 Manifesto

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I found this write-up about the Dogme 95 movement and how Lars von Trier made The Idiots really interesting. This article covers the Dogme 95 films and the movement that created them. From Wikipedia: The goal of the Dogme collective is to purify filmmaking by refusing expensive and spectacular special effects, post-production modifications and other technical gimmicks. The filmmakers concentrate on … Read More

Without Commitment, You Ain’t Got Nothing

MattFeatured, Filmmaking3 Comments

Following up from this post on Loving The Process earlier this week, just wanted to make a few clarifications after getting some interesting email on it. MORE ON LOVING THE PROCESS I’m not trying to insinuate that someone has to be working on their filmmaking four times a week in order to get good. I was just suggesting a framework that … Read More

LOVE The Process! How To Change Everything!

MattFeatured, Filmmaking6 Comments

You know, every day I think about filmmaking, and I have some wacky distinction that changes the way I perceive things. The crazy thing about filmmaking is that it’s one of the only artforms in which you have to really get out of your comfort zone to practice. I mean, you want to learn to play tennis, you get out on … Read More