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

Herzog on the Obscenity of the Jungle

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Some interesting comments from fabled German filmmaker Werner Herzog during the making of Fitzcarraldo: “Kinski says [the jungle] is full of erotic elements. It’s not so much erotic, but full of obscenity. Nature here is vile and base. I wouldn’t see anything erotic here. I see fornication and asphyxiation and choking, fighting for survival and growing and just rotting away. … Read More

How Darren Aronofsky Got Funding To Make His First Film

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Darren Aronofsky is known throughout the world as the celebrated director of such films as Black Swan, The Foundation and Requiem For a Dream. But he didn’t always have big budgets to use. Like every filmmaker, he had to start somewhere. Aronofsky’s debut feature, Pi (also known as π), was shot in November 1997. The film was financed entirely from $100 donations from friends and … Read More

Francis Ford Coppola and His Apocalyptic Shoot

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You may have heard some of the crazy stories from Francis Ford Coppola’s frenzied production of Apocalypse Now. It’s lauded as one of the great films of the 1970s now, but during production many people didn’t even believe the film would ever see the light of day. The production itself is infamously considered one of the toughest of all time, … Read More