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

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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!

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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

How Reframing Can Help Your Filmmaking

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NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) is an incredible tool to use in all areas of your life, including filmmaking. But what areas of filmmaking can NLP be used in? Ever heard of failure? What about negativity? Getting caught in a rut and feeling like you’re just not getting anywhere? So you want to re-frame failure and negativity? Joseph O’Connor and John Seymour’s … Read More

20 Directors and How They Made It Part II

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Continuing from yesterday’s piece about directors and how they made it, we continue the list of interesting cases of filmmakers making their start in the business… Christopher Nolan As a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States, he spent his childhood in both London and Chicago. Nolan found an interest in botany and “dicots” early on until … Read More

20 Directors and How They Made It

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I wanted to investigate how various directors broke into film, how they “made it.” I tried to select filmmakers from a wide breadth of backgrounds, nationalities and experiences. Obviously, this won’t be a comprehensive list of everything that’s possible, but these examples cover many of the varied tracks into directing. I think, often, we forget that the big name directors … Read More