Pre-Production

An Inside Look at the World's Best Filmmaking Newsletter

Every Sunday morning, we send out our weekly filmmaking newsletter. We're reasonably sure it's the best in the world. Maybe even the best in the known universe. But we'll let you be the judge of that.

An Inside Look at the World's Best Filmmaking Newsletter

How an Animated Short Film Comes to Life

Over the past two years, we wrote, directed, produced, illustrated, animated, sound designed, and scored our short film, Death Loves Life. Here, we hope to give you a behind-the-scenes look into what it takes to create an animated film — from scripting to scoring.

How an Animated Short Film Comes to Life

The Keys to Kickstarting Your Indie Film: Preparation, Hustle, & Heart

When we first got started thinking about running a Kickstarter campaign for this movie back in October, it seemed like a relatively easy thing to take on. We would message everyone we knew, post on Facebook about it, tweet about it, and we would probably be able to hit our goal with that. Then we started doing research.

The Keys to Kickstarting Your Indie Film: Preparation, Hustle, & Heart

How to Pay Your Cast & Crew, Even If Your Budget Is Tiny

I’m a filmmaker from a small market (Pittsburgh originally, and now Austin) where micro-budget filmmaking is essential if you want to make movies at all. After a few years of producing short films and a web series for under $1,000, I finally was able to work on something where we could pay people. The difference was amazing!

How to Pay Your Cast & Crew, Even If Your Budget Is Tiny

10 Things I Learned Producing My First Indie Short Film

For years I had jotted down ideas for films and stories, even started writing several, always with the dream of making a short film to run through the circuit of short film festivals. But I had always been ‘too busy’ to get one of my personal projects actually made. So when I finally found myself with a few months of spare time, I took the plunge. I re-trained my ability for writing TV commercials into writing screenplays – a very different format and methodology.

10 Things I Learned Producing My First Indie Short Film

The Smart Way to Find & Manage Locations As a No-Budget Filmmaker

Whether you like it or not, the locations in your film are powerful storytelling tools. From the objects that surround your characters to the cars that drive in the background, it’s all a part of your story. This is your film’s larger fictional world of wonder, something that, in theory, goes on even when the film is long over.

The Smart Way to Find & Manage Locations As a No-Budget Filmmaker

Authenticity in Filmmaking: The Incredible Power of Casting Non-Actors

Professional actors can often propel your stories to new heights. However, when you’re hunting for authenticity, sometimes you just can’t beat the real thing.

Authenticity in Filmmaking: The Incredible Power of Casting Non-Actors