Directing
Working With Chance: Actors And Production

Working With Chance: Actors And Production

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry and this is particularly true in the case of filmmaking. Even with the best production manager in the world and the most experienced crew, countless variables can still affect the successful outcome of a shoot. Rather than interpret these problems as havoc makers for...
Your Inner Voice

Your Inner Voice

Your Inner Voice Everyone at one time or another has felt inadequate. Often, this comes from comparing ourselves to others or feeling that we just aren’t where we are supposed to be in life. The little nagging voice in the back of our head begins to allow negative thoughts to guide our thoughts and decisions....
Creating Need-Based Relationships

Creating Need-Based Relationships

Relationships are created anytime you engage in a need-based interaction with another person. Each of you becomes a character in the scenario of the relationship. Simple objectives, which are sometimes the most useful, have a physical goal. For example, if you want someone to smile or go away, these are emotional tasks. A goal like...
Getting Actors to Perform

Getting Actors to Perform

Writers will often put textual cues or emotional directions into lines in an attempt to communicate with actors how they intend for the lines to be read. Instead of Shakespeare’s “To be or not to be;” the modern writer will write “(pensively, slowly, with deliberation) To BE…or NOT to be.” Sometimes this is at the...
Enjoying the Art, Despite the Artist

Enjoying the Art, Despite the Artist

Earlier this year, DC comics announced that the acclaimed author Orson Scott Card was to contribute a script for an upcoming Superman anthology. This sparked an online campaign from Superman fans who claimed that Scott Card‘s prominent views against Gay Marriage go against all the things that Superman stands for. But should it matter? Can...
Connecting with Your Audience

Connecting with Your Audience

So you have your site up and running. Now what? How do you get people to visit it? You have many options: optimizing your site architecture for search engines, outreach via people you know, and social networking, outreach via organizations, via SEO keyword optimization, and finally, by making your site attractive to web surfers. What...
Do Reboots Ever Work?

Do Reboots Ever Work?

Recently, you might have become aware of a hysterical spate of rumours about the return of hit 90s sitcom Friends. How would you even begin to market that? “Haggard and fat ex-superstars desperately flail for glory with a criminally uncalled-for comeback season of F.R.I.E.N.D.S”? Yeah, I’ve pre-ordered the boxset. Even though it was denied by...
Emotional Events

Emotional Events

“Something palpable is happening that the audience perceives and that is not the words.” –Mike Nichols   “It is inside, around, and under the words of the script.” –Sydney Pollack In life, even the smallest, most insignificant gesture can change our lives.  The storyteller- in this case, the director- isolates and elevates these moments, infusing...
Different Episodes, Different Directors

Different Episodes, Different Directors

Different directors are used for separate TV episodes primarily because the production format for television is quite different from the cinema.  This difference in production formats can be attributed to the rapid pacing of a television show.   In television, the various production stages often overlap so that one episode is in preproduction, another is shooting,...
Creativity in Film

Creativity in Film

Creativity is much more than just the ability to create.  It also encompasses an idea’s novelty , its usefulness or applicability, and its ability to evoke a reaction.  In the field of film the reactions are emotional. Using the above definition, creativity in film involves the emotional reactions, and thus interactions, of the producers, directors,...
Casting Tips For Independent Films

Casting Tips For Independent Films

Casting The most important part of film production after writing, revising, and preparation of the script is casting. Find the appropriate cast, and you’ll likely create a great film. Alternatively, a bad cast, even with great cinematography, writing, or editing, is likely doomed. A bad cast does not necessarily mean bad actors; extraordinarily talented actors...
Actor to Director

Actor to Director

While it’s been a long time since the thought of an actor working behind the camera instead of in front of it was considered shocking, it’s worth thinking about what attracts a performer to an outwardly less glamorous role. Here are three examples of how an actor can change his career path in favour of...
Director’s Authority - Sharing Your Visions

Director’s Authority – Sharing Your Visions

The backbone of successful directing is to ask questions and tell stories. A former student referred to this tactic as “stealth directing,” because it unobtrusively guides the actors, who come to feel that the proposed idea was their own; it enables rather than instructs, which empowers the actor. The greatest virtue of stealth directing is...
Why Aren't Studios Making Better Sequels?

Why Aren’t Studios Making Better Sequels?

Why is it that movies like Hangover 2 and 3 are so terrible?  It would be nice to think that these movies would be as good, or better than, the original. Usually this isn’t the case and sequels rarely measure up. Understand the following: Generally movies aren’t that great.  The story ideas and scripts can...
How Do Filmmakers Make Actors Look Taller?

How Do Filmmakers Make Actors Look Taller?

There are many reason why filmmakers have to make actors look taller. For proper framing, character depiction and, even though casting is the best option it is extremely difficult to cast based on height; a tall female lead casted with a short male will require height adjustments for the film. Let’s examine the heights of...
Director’s Authority - Thinking like a Director

Director’s Authority – Thinking like a Director

A director is responsible for four forces: the story, the audience, the cast and crew, and the schedule and budget. Sometimes “actor-oriented” directors can get so caught up in the inner lives of the actors that the responsibility to the audience is forgotten. A director who wants to be actor oriented needs to be able...
Art of Active Listening

Art of Active Listening

The need to communicate touches every aspect of our lives. Almost anything we do in life involves some form of communication with others. There is a wealth of theories on how to speak to others to best convey your message. But, communication is a two-way process. It is an activity, not a one-time event. A...
Creative Tension in Film

Creative Tension in Film

Creative tension?  What does tension have to do with creativity?  Tension is defined as the act of stretching or the condition of being stretched. It can also be mental, emotional, and nervous strain. But what would happen if we consciously let tension compel us to grow in life and work? A good example is found...