Film Tips

How to Make Robert Rodriguez’s Guacamole Gun

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The first time I ever heard of the “Guacamole Gun” was watching Robert Rodriguez’s 10 minute film school on DVD for the third part of his El Mariachi series “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.” (he developed it first in his and Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn) Robert talked up the Guacamole Gun something fierce, saying: “The Guacamole Gun…

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[WATCH] All of Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film School

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Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film Schools – ALL OF THEM I’ve been a huge fan of the way writer/director Robert Rodriguez makes his films. The almost total creative control within the studio system is remarkable. Before Youtube film schools there was the 10-minute film schools on every DVD release of any Robert Rodriguez film. These 10 minute film…

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How to Get Bad Ass Prop Guns for Your Film

When my team and I were making my first short film BROKEN (Watch it on Amazon Prime) and Lipstick and Bullets we really wanted to have functional and professional looking guns for the project. Obviously we weren’t going to use real guns and getting our hands on working prop guns was too cost prohibited. We knew we could create…

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Werner Herzog’s Teaches Filmmaking MasterClass

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Werner Herzog’s Teaches Filmmaking MasterClass Most of what we’ve heard about Werner Herzog (for a FREE 90-minute masterclass see below) is untrue. The remarkable number of false rumors and outright lies disseminated about the man and his films is truly astonishing. Yet Herzog’s body of work is one of the most impressive and important in postwar…

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How to Produce Your First Feature Film

How to Produce Your First Feature Film or Short Film. A question I get asked often is How to Produce Your First Feature Film or short film? This can be intimidating, it was for me when I produced and directed my first film BROKEN (Watch it FREE on Amazon Prime). Here are some of the questions I asked…

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How to Find Your Shots While Directing Actors in Rehearsal

Directing Actors in Rehearsal In this episode of “Film Tips from the Trenches” I wanted to show you how I discover many of my shots while the rehearsal process with my actors. During pre-production of my short film BROKEN (Watch it FREE on Amazon Prime), I shot all my rehearsal. I have since done that on every project I…

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How to Create Killer Indie Film Stunts

When you are making a low budget or no budget independent film, stunts are usually out of the question. You have to pay professional stunt people and also a stunt coordinator to make sure everyone is safe and sound on the set. This is out of reach for most filmmakers, so when I had a…

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How to Shoot an Indie Film Action Sequence

How to Shoot an Indie Film Action Sequence In this episode of Film Tips from the trenches goes in depth on how I shot a 3 min action sequence in my short film BROKEN (Watch it FREE on Amazon Prime).  I had no experience shooting any type of action whatsoever. Being nervous about shooting this complex gun fight,  I…

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