Spending Time To Save Time

Spending Time To Save Time

It may sound like an oxymoron, but as a director spending time can save you time. Spending time in the beginning, during rehearsals will save you time on the set. One of my favourite quotes about a director’s usage of time: “When a light bulb has burned out, you take the time to change it....
The Director As An Honest Leader

The Director As An Honest Leader

Being Open with the Actors Being vulnerable as a director is not the same as being a weak director. Sometimes, directors may not have all the answers, nor will they admit to any type of mistake. Actors may perceive this as coercive or micro-managerial, insensitive to their work, mistrustful of their instincts, or negatively critical...
The Location

The Location

Once you’ve done your initial location scout, you and the art director will want to look at the locations one last time before you decide to film there. This is just one last check to make sure that everything is the way you want it, and also to see if anything has changed since you...
Setting the Scene: Sets Vs. Locations

Setting the Scene: Sets Vs. Locations

When it comes to deciding how you want the world in your script to be translated to the screen, few things are more important than designing the right set, or picking out the right location. The artistic vision you have for the film should decide whether a set is built to your specifications, or you...
Before You Can Start Recruitment And Organise For Film Production

Before You Can Start Recruitment And Organise For Film Production

After you have decided what film you are going to make and you have obtained in their entirety the rights to that film property However, before you can start recruitment and organise for film production, it is essential that you consider the following points: Product placement One way of saving precious cash on the all-important...
Job Functions Of The Director And The Team

Job Functions Of The Director And The Team

As a director a fundamental question you need to answer is which of the innumerable jobs involved in film making do you need to understand? Can it be presume that a film script is the work of another and leave it at that? You may well believe after your experiences of film studies or even...
The Power of Authentic Casting

The Power of Authentic Casting

If you’ve ever seen an Italian neorealist movie from the post-World-War-II era, you may have been amazed at how impactful the actors were, and came to the conclusion that the leading man is famous for his genuine performances and his appearance happens to be the perfect fit for the character. How else could the director...
Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

It is a common notion that women, as a head of an organization, are under-represented. Typically, many different reasons are offered as to why that may be. The top three are usually to do with their capabilities, lack of interest, or that they may have the abilities and be interested, but cannot break through that...
Movie Sets vs. TV Sets

Movie Sets vs. TV Sets

An important part of the popularity of today’s TV shows and movies is not only due to the brilliant acting and writing, but the sets on which these shows and movies are filmed. On screen, these sets translate to vividly imaginative alien words, such as James Cameron’s Avatar, or the iconic bar scene in How...
Get Your Film Out There!

Get Your Film Out There!

When you’ve already invested so much creative energy into developing your film, it can be easy to overlook the financial energy required to get your project out into the ‘real’ world. Unfortunately, without a sound fiscal distribution plan, no film will progress past the production studio. No two projects are the same and all will...
Seven Influential TV Producers

Seven Influential TV Producers

TV series that are popular shows are appearing with greater frequency each TV season. For this reason, the producers of these shows are in a tougher struggle on the battlefield of the TV show industry to gain that popular success and wide-audience demand for their products. This article present popular opinion as we discuss some...
Influential Music Producers

Influential Music Producers

The Music production industry has developed since its infancy in the mid 20th century as it was established. The structure of the industry matured from music professionals in different spheres to record companies that hired those professionals. As time went on the independent music producers appeared, founding new recording companies and inventing new brands and...
Seven Influential Film Producers

Seven Influential Film Producers

Creating the idea, finding money for making a movie, finding decent directors, writers, and approving actors for their roles: these are the responsibilities of a producer. The producer must plan his or her work in an effort to make the movie successful so that it pays off; otherwise the producer loses money and prestige. In...
Should you write that book?

Should you write that book?

Writing a book is huge. Even thinking about it poses various questions. Is a book really necessary? How long will it take me? Who still reads books? Can’t I just blog or tweet about it? Real accomplishment Just about anyone can write a blog, send a tweet or post a video onto YouTube. It does...
Managing Creative People

Managing Creative People

The film industry is populated by creative people. Directors, producers, writers, and cast members are all creative, and their collaboration makes a production successful. But screenplay business management is not an easy task. Creative people are often described as prima donnas, undisciplined or self-absorbed people who finds it difficult to work as part of a...
The Role of Judgement In film

The Role of Judgement In film

As viewers, we tend to judge the villains in films, criticizing their actions as unscrupulous and wicked. It is a natural response for those of us who do not have a vested interest in the mean-spirited character. But how should actors playing a villain feel about their character? Should they be equally judgmental , or...
A Case for Caution When Building Your Customer Base

A Case for Caution When Building Your Customer Base

For the new company striving to showcase its reputation for quality and innovation, the need to build a reliable customer base is a necessity that cannot be understated.  The acquisition and retention of valued customers is the blueprint for years of future success, but one must be cautious of the risks that are involved.  The...
Perhaps A Radical Approach to Acting

Perhaps A Radical Approach to Acting

Creative projects sometimes take an inordinate amount of time to finish because you cannot force artistic expression. When director Paul Schrader presented Nick Nolte with the script for Affliction, the actor delayed shooting the film for five years. Although this undoubtedly frustrated those involved in production, the actor needed the extra time to ruminate on...