January 21, 2019

Here are my three secrets of filmmaking. They could be the three secrets of mastering any discipline. They’re called “secrets,” but they’re not particularly sexy. Over the years and ideally for the continuing future, these three aspects have helped me. I always push th...

January 12, 2019

I receive about three unsolicited emails a week from students looking for work experience or employment. Some larger industry employers receive up to 250! If an email is well-worded, polite, and demonstrates that the sender has at least tried to make me feel like I am...

January 12, 2019

If your phone call / email / application to a company or individual is successful, they will suggest meeting with you.

Here's a short list of considerations to remember the next time you have a meeting to go to.

Taking a meeting involves courtesy and professionalism. Sug...

January 12, 2019

Most (if not all) filmmakers have produced films that they are not proud of. Our first efforts are where we try new things, learn the craft, and copy what we have seen in our favorite films.

Here is a list of undesirable but common traits student films share. Avoid them...

November 4, 2018

Here's the Facebook live video that I recorded last year to support the launch of my film book, "Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers' Guide".  You can buy the book on Amazon by clicking this link: BUY SHOOTING BETTER MOVIES

In the video, I talk about how the...

October 29, 2018

I'm thankful for the opportunity to work on this film which was due to two industry colleagues, stunt co-ordinator, Joe Golby, and actor Oliver Park. Both of whom let me know of the project that they were both already attached to, and was in need of a DP to lens it. It...

October 18, 2018

(Excerpt taken from my forthcoming film book "Making Your First Blockbuster" due for release early 2019 by Michael Wiese Productions.)

One event that still haunts me to this day is the time I could have ended up in a 10' x 8' cell.

I was 18 and we’d just wrapped a day of...

October 17, 2018

(Excerpt taken from the visual effects chapter in my new film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster", due for release early 2019 by Michael Wiese Productions.)

Using a green screen for film work is very common now, and has a wide range of applications. Green screens come...

October 14, 2018

(Excerpt taken from the visual effects chapter in my new film book, "Making Your First Blockbuster", due for release early 2019 by Michael Wiese Productions.)

“All art is technology. That’s the very nature of it. The artist is always bumping against that technology.” —...

October 11, 2018

(Excerpt taken from my book "Shooting Better Movies: The Student Filmmakers' Guide" now available from Amazon. See end of post for link)

There are standard industry shot sizes that we can choose to help tell our story. This film grammar was established in Hollywood in t...

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