27 of the Best Filmmaker Quotes About Following Your Filmmaking Dreams

MattDirector Stories, Filmmaking, Lifestyle, Travel, Writing6 Comments

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

14 Elements of Pre-Production For Filmmaking & Video Production

MattBusiness, Filmmaking, Video Production, Writing4 Comments

Today we have a special guest article from Andrew Swanson: Owner/Operator/Filmmaker at Filmik. 60, 10, 30. Those are the percentages taught to me about how much time should be spent on each portion of a project. 60% in pre-production, 10% in production, and 30% in post-production. Preproduction – Your Best Friend & Your Worst Enemy Do you have 6 weeks to create … Read More

57 Filmmaking Books You Need To Read

MattBusiness, Director Stories, Filmmaking, Video Production, Writing62 Comments

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

Case Study: How I Got 1,032 Visitors to My Video Production Company Website in 24 Hours Using Reddit

MattBusiness, Filmmaking, Video Production, Writing41 Comments

I’ve written before about websites for your video production business. So far, I haven’t touched on getting traffic (that is, visitors) to your website. Today, I’m going to give you a straight-forward and FREE method for getting traffic to your website using Reddit. What Is Reddit, Exactly If you don’t know what Reddit is, then I’d first question if you’ve … Read More

From Screenwriting to Video Production

MattFilmmaking, Video Production, Writing2 Comments

So you’re a screenwriter and want to expand into video production? Of course you do! Screenwriting to video production is a pretty common transition – lots of people start as wannabe screenwriters and end up transitioning their craft into video production. After all, the fields are far from mutually exclusive. Quite the opposite, they complement each other rather nicely, both … Read More

Is Screenwriting Using the Three Act Structure Still Relevant?

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I used to hate the 3 act structure simply because that’s the formula you see in every screenwriting book. How can you create art following such a restricting structure? I’ve changed my mind since. There are a lot a great filmmakers who express their full creativity within the ‘restrictions’ of this formula. One of my favourite film directors, Rainer Werner … Read More

3 Great Techniques For Letting Go and Letting the Writing Flow

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Recently, I wrote about some of the difficulties inherent in writing, and tackled some issues concerning writer’s block in a post about how to Just Let Go of Everything and Write! Today, I have some more practical ideas for blasting past writer’s block and really getting down to writing work. In fact, if you start adopting these techniques, then writer’s … Read More

Just Let Go of Everything and Write!

MattFilmmaking, Writing1 Comment

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

13 of My Favourite Screenplay Resources

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I get asked a lot about my sources for screenplays. So here’s a list of resources for finding screenplays and scripts of all kinds: Scridx: A Screenplay Index – http://scridx.com   BBC Writersroom – http://www.bbc.co.uk/writersroom/scripts   Daily Script – http://www.dailyscript.com   Horror Lair – http://www.horrorlair.com   Internet Movie Script Database (IMSDb) – http://www.imsdb.com   LA Screenwriter – http://la-screenwriter.com   Sci-fi Scripts … Read More