Craft

How I Found a Story Worth Telling, Then Crowdfunded 11K to Make It

There are two super frustrating parts of getting started with telling your own stories. The first is constantly feeling like you have no fresh ideas. And the second is when people tell you to work on "developing your own unique voice."

Ironically, both of these challenges combine into one magnificent feedback loop of bullshit.

How I Found a Story Worth Telling, Then Crowdfunded 11K to Make It

The Long, Winding Road to Making Films You’re Truly Proud Of

When I first moved to Los Angeles, my goal was to make a feature film within one year of moving. It’s now been 9 years and I’ve only just released my first short film, “The Long Goodbye” which by my original standards is depressingly off the mark. 

The Long, Winding Road to Making Films You’re Truly Proud Of

Beating Burnout: How a Commercial Director Reclaimed His Passion for Filmmaking

On the outside, Jonathan Bregel was at the top of the industry, directing commercials for some of the biggest brands on the planet. But on the inside, burnout and depression were taking their toll. This is his story getting back up after being knocked down, and learning to love the art of film again.

Beating Burnout: How a Commercial Director Reclaimed His Passion for Filmmaking

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