Film Directors

Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors

Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors Mike Leigh is a legendary filmmaker known for his idiosyncratic creative process in which he and his actors create the film together through improvisation and workshopping. This is what I find so fascinating about his work. Let’s jump into the world of Mike Leigh. Born in…

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Watch: How Damien Chazelle Shot the Musical Sequences of La La Land

How Damien Chazelle Shot the Musical Sequences of La La Land After the amazing debut of writer/director Damien Chazelle‘s first feature “Whiplash” many industry insiders were waiting to see what the director would do next. Well, he came out with a bang with the musical postcard to Hollywood “La La Land.” The film has been nominated…

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IFH 142: Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle

Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle I wanted to put together this episode to share with the IFH Tribe the amazing lessons I’ve learned over the past year and a half running both IndieFilmHustle.com and the IFH Podcast. I wanted to show you how these lessons can be applied to your filmmaking or screenwriting…

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Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints

Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints I’m always looking for success stories in the film business to study and analyze. Robert Rodriguez and El Mariachi, Kevin Smith and Clerks, and Oren Peli Paranormal Activity come to mind. A name you might not have heard of is Troy Duffy. Studying filmmaking success stories is…

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IFH 135: Disrupting Sundance & Helping Filmmakers with Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish

Disrupting Sundance & Helping Filmmakers with Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast In our journeys through the Sundance Film Festival, we ran into the David to the Sundance Goliath, Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish.  Dan has been a rebel, author, filmmaker, disruptor, festival creator, and true indie film hustler.  This interview…

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Pete Docter: How to Craft a Remarkable Story the Pixar Way

The Pixar Way: How to Craft a Remarkable Story with Pete Docter I’ve been a fan of Pixar Studios films ever since I first saw “Toy Story.” The ability that Pixar has to tell an amazing story in uncanny. After that film I started studying every Pixar movie that came out. It seemed that they had…

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What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important?

What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important? Auteur Theory is a way of looking at films that state that the director is the “author” of a film. The Auteur theory argues that a film is a reflection of the director’s artistic vision; so, a movie directed by a given filmmaker will have recognizable, recurring…

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