Production Design

How to Make Robert Rodriguez’s Guacamole Gun

GUACAMOLE GUN, Robert Rodriguez

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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3 Stereotypes to Avoid Becoming On a Film Set

STEREOTYPES, Film set, film crew

3 Stereotypes to Avoid Becoming On a Film Set Often the biggest problem stopping new or inexperienced crew continuing to get work is their attitude. Sometimes it is the fact that they just can’t fulfill the job, but most of the time it all boils down to their attitude and how they approach the tasks.…

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What is Color Science – Let Pixar Teach You!

Color Science, Color Psychology, Pixar in a Box, Pixar Animation Studios, Khan University,

What is Color Science & Psychology – Let Pixar Teach You! So not only did Pixar Animation Studios create a FREE only course teaching their storytelling secrets (click here for that gem), they also decide to teach us a bit about Color Science and it’s importance in filmmaking. They teamed up with Khan Acadamy to…

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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro

Negotiate, Negotiation, day rate, film rate, salary

10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro Learning how to negotiate is a learned skill for most. It is nerve wracking and awkward, but necessary in the industry. For every job you will have some kind of negotiation over pay rate and conditions. Negotiation for a job takes place with the Unit Production…

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IFH 142: Lessons Learned from Running Indie Film Hustle

LESSONS LEARNED, LESSONS, LESSON

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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How to Make Prop Money for Your Indie Film

How to Make Prop Money, Prop Money, Fake Money, Movie money

How to Make Prop Money for Your Indie Film If you are making an action film, thriller or crime drama chances are you’ll need a briefcase FULL of prop movie cash at one point or another.  The good folks over at Indy Mogul made this video to show you how to make some amazing looking screen…

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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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IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature Film

Clerks, The Following, El Mariachi, Slacker, Spike Lee, She's Gotta Have It, Richard Linklater, Kevin Smith, Robert Rodriguez, Christopher Nolan, no-budget feature film, no-budget feature, no budget feature

Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature On this week’s episode, I go way to a simpler time, the 90s, and discuss the lessons we can learn from some filmmaking legends. I’ll discuss films by Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Christopher Nolan, and Richard Linklater to break down and learn the techniques they used to make…

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IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets

imdb. Internet Movie Database

IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets Sometimes I feel people believe IMDB.com (Internet Movie Database) is the great and powerful OZ, and to an extent they are right. If you are a filmmaker, actor or anyone in the film business and your not on IMDB (owned by Amazon.com) you might as well be invisible.…

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