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Tip 6 – A Director Prepares

A Film Director needs to prepare diligently for a film shoot.  The areas that a Film Director is involved in, during preproduction is as follows. Casting and Rehearsals with Actors Meetings with the Production Designer ref the design or enhancement … Continue reading

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Tip 5 Find the Best Crew Size for your production.

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Tip 5:  Find the Best Crew Size for your production.  The best Crew size varies from production to production. I have shot a micro budget short films with 7 Crew and I have directed a weekend feature film with 15 Crew. I … Continue reading

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Tip 1 A Film Director Prepares

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Tip 1 –   A Film Director must Prepare Prepare Prepare.  Film Directing is divided into four distinct seasons. PreProduction The Shoot Post Production Film Festivals and Screenings Today, lets focus on Preproduction. Having personally worked on hundreds of film … Continue reading

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Tip 2 To Direct Like a Pro – Cast like a Pro.

Tip 2 To Direct Like a Pro –  Cast like a Pro.  When we teach on our Film Courses, we always have a full night of casting as one of the sessions. There is a very good reason for this.I have seen … Continue reading

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Film Directing Tip 4 _ Build Your Network

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Tip 4 Network – Surround Yourself with the Best Team  Networking is one of the most important Film Maker Skills. There are two types of networking. Networking to meet financiers distributors and people who are in powerful positions and can help your … Continue reading

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Tip 3 – Every shooting Day, Prepare a Shot List

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It amazes me if a Film Director chooses to wing it on Shooting Day. That means do minimal preparation and turn up on Shooting day with no shot list. A Feature Film in Australia takes on average 6 – 8 … Continue reading

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Three Tips for finding the Best Locations

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  Locations, and finding them for a film, is one of the easiest parts of preparing a film production . There are three different ways to find location Pay a Location Scout to go out and source your locations Via word of … Continue reading

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Casting – The Core of Your Film

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If the Screenplay is the blueprint for your film, casting is the core.  Audiences are drawn into high quality stories; however, they connect with the film via your cast.  This is an area tech savvy film-makers often blow. You will … Continue reading

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Screenplay and Formatting Properly

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How to write a professional Screenplay.  Part 2: Checklist before you start to write your screenplay.  You have totally worked out your story, step by step. You have all the main dramatic scenes checked The Story has being checked and double … Continue reading

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How to Make your Film Professional

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I would like to go into detail about making, directing and producing  a professional film. There are 12 steps that one needs to pay particular attention to when creating a professional film.  If any one of them is deficient the … Continue reading

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Three ways to produce a great edit and make your film work.

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I am writing about editing a film today because it is close to my heart.  I feel so many times a film is made or broken in the edit.  In my personal opinion, it is the most challenging and difficult … Continue reading

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Greetings from Burma – 5 Attributes you must have if you want millions of people to see your work.

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I am out of town this week.  Yes, I am currently on a bus travelling between Yangoon and Bagan in Burma (Myanmar). As always, I have my camera shooting as much as I can of what I see on the … Continue reading

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