Fitness For Filmmakers Part II

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Continuing where we left off last time, this is the third post in a series on fitness for filmmakers and business-people. In this post, I explain how to get more fit and healthy and how it can affect your filmmaking positively. As we discussed in the last two parts, it’s not just a massively important thing for your filmmaking, but for your … 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

Should I Go To Film School? Part III

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Continuing from where we left off in the last part. DEBT AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS I think the only advice I’d give people is to not go into debt for the sake of film school. At least not in the US, and especially not school loans which can’t be eliminated by bankruptcy anymore. Literally every single person I know with an art … 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

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

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