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

Welcome To Your Reality And Acting In The Moment

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Today’s topic is quite hardcore and certainly not for the squeamish. We’re going to really get into the nitty-gritty detail of having a successful mindset. We’re also going to touch on some subjects that might sound kind of egotistical. It’s not as ego based as it might first sound. Just roll with it – we’re building our mindsets, so a … 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

Why You Should Give People Money In Order To Get Better With Filmmaking

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Today I want to jump into something that’s slightly controversial. There’s a little known mindset shift that’s used in a few business and personal development fields that I think can really help people with their filmmaking and videography. Okay, I lie – it’s fairly well known in some circles, most notably the health & fitness industry. In fact, there are … 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

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

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

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