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The 6 Best Music Licensing Platforms of 2019

Music is responsible for much of what an audience feels when they watch a film. So if you’re truly serious about storytelling and moving your audience emotionally, the last thing you want is generic, boring stock music. 

The 6 Best Music Licensing Platforms of 2019

How We Shot a Feature Film in One Night

Not only did we shoot a feature in a single night. And not only was it entirely improvised (no script, no shot list, no regrets), but we decided to do it on the craziest and most chaotic night of the year... New Year’s Eve.

How We Shot a Feature Film in One Night

Quick Tip: The Smart Way to Schedule Your Indie Film

Things inevitably take longer than you expect they will on indie film sets. Oftentimes, this leads to a frantic rush at the end of the day to get all of the necessary shots to make the film actually work in the edit.

Quick Tip: The Smart Way to Schedule Your Indie Film

Casting Quick Tip: A Simple Way to Find the Best Actors in Auditions

This morning I was reading Dan Mirvish's hilarious and incredibly useful book, The Cheerful Subversive's Guide to Independent Filmmaking, and he shared a tip he learned from the great casting director Lynn Stalmaster.

Casting Quick Tip: A Simple Way to Find the Best Actors in Auditions

Translating the Experience of Asperger's Syndrome into a Short Film

Asperger’s syndrome is something that I was diagnosed with at a very young age. It’s basically a mild autism where you may struggle with social interaction, social communication and have issues with the 5 senses (sound, taste, touch, sight and smell). You may also see the world differently from the way others view it.

Translating the Experience of Asperger's Syndrome into a Short Film

Prioritizing Story, or Why You Should Kill Your Darlings in the Edit

When I set out to shoot my thesis film Ripples, we had a 14 page script. I told everyone the final film would be, “slow, probably closer to 20 minutes.” The assembly cut was 19 minutes long. The final cut is exactly eight minutes. And that’s with credits.

Prioritizing Story, or Why You Should Kill Your Darlings in the Edit