Directing Feature or Short Films

Top 50 Filmmaking Quotes to Inspire

By Alex Ferrari | May 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Top 50 Filmmaking Quotes to Inspire Anyone who has ever listen to the IFH Podcasts know that I start off ever episode with a filmmaking quote. I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite filmmaking quotes from some of the master of the medium. Without further ado enjoy the inspiration. Pick…

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What is Cinema Verite?

By Jonathan Roberts | May 16, 2017 | 0 Comments
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What is Cinema Verite? Cinema Verite is a French film movement, which took place back in the 1960s. This film movement forced the movie industry to pay more attention towards incorporating natural actions and authentic dialogue into the movies, which showed people in day to day lives. Basically, the movement was about observing and capturing…

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How to Shoot a Micro Budget Feature Like Ed Burns

By Jim Defalco | May 11, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Shoot a Micro-Budget Feature Like Ed Burns All my life I wanted to make movies. I studied films after school since I was twelve. I would go down the line of actors and directors filmography. I went to film school to learn the basics of filmmaking. Last year with a lot of hard…

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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

By Matt Webb | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production Film Production is created in 5 phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution. Each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages. Sadly, some…

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IFH 156: Secrets to Directing a Killer Action Sequence with Gil Bettman

By Alex Ferrari | May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Secrets to Directing a Killer Action Sequence with Gil Bettman You are in for a treat guys. Today’s guest is directing and camera movement guru Gil Bettman. Gil is a seasoned director directing features, television shows, commercials and music videos for over 30 years. He has written two best-selling books: Did I mention one of…

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Tony Scott: Breaking Down His Cinematic Visual Style

By Alex Ferrari | May 8, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Tony Scott: Breaking Down His Cinematic Visual Style Tony Scott was a British film director who lived for 68 years as a filmmaking visionary. Though he began in commercial work, the call of artistic filmmaking would ring out loudly. He seamlessly transitioned from a commercial maker to a big-budget A-list action film director. With the…

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Pulp Fiction: Breaking Down Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece

By Jonathan Roberts | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Pulp Fiction: Breaking Down Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece In 1994, pulp fiction became the first independent film to gross more than $200 million. Over two decades later, the American neo-noir crime black comedy film is still Quentin Tarantinos’ finest work, a movie that changed modern cinema. So what went into the making of the movie that…

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The Room: The Best WORST Film Ever Made!

By Jonathan Roberts | May 3, 2017 | 1 Comment
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The Room – A Cinematic Disaster There are bad movies, there are worse movies and then there is The Room which is so terribly awful that it has transcended to being good. Though it has gained popularity as a cult movie, it is simply disastrous. And possibly the best worst movie ever made. The Room’s writer/director/star/producer Tommy Wiseau…

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Reservoir Dogs: Breaking Down Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece 25 Years Later

By Jonathan Roberts | May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Reservoir Dogs: Breaking Down Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece Quentin Tarantino had begun his career in the late 80s when he directed and wrote the film, My Best Friend’s Birthday. That screenplay, later on, formed the foundation for the film True Romance, directed by the legendary Tony Scott. His career got off to an incredible start when his…

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Micro Budget Film Production – How to Make a Feature Film on the CHEAP!

By Alex Ferrari | May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Micro Budget Film Production – How to Make a Feature Film on the CHEAP! I’m alway on the look out for top notch filmmaking education, especially when it’s DIY kinda of stuff. I came across this pretty amazing course called The Art of Micro Budget Film Production. This film workshop is 3 days of non-stop information, all…

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IFH 154: How to Direct the Character, Not the Actor with Mark Travis

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 24, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 154: How to Direct the Character, Not the Actor with Mark Travis
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How to Direct the Character, Not the Actor with Mark Travis This week I have the pleasure of having directing coach Mark Travis on the show. I was introduced to him after I watched his stellar workshop Hollywood Film Directing, which he co-instructed with Gil Bettman (he’ll be on the show soon). Mark Travis is the…

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Enroll in ‘The Martin Scorsese Film School’ – Learn From the Master

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Enroll in ‘The Martin Scorsese Film School’ – Learn From the Master
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The Martin Scorsese Film School A Martin Scorsese Film School..sign me up! If you are a filmmaker alive today then you should know all of Martin Scorsese’s work. His films are a master class in themselves. I used to pay $125 a piece for his films on Criterion Collection LaserDiscs (yes I’m old) just to listen…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 21, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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IFH 153: Why You Need to Get Off Your Ass NOW & Make Your Film

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 21, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 153: Why You Need to Get Off Your Ass NOW & Make Your Film

Why You Need to Get Off Your Ass NOW & Make Your Film I think the title speaks for itself. Every once in a while I need to hear some stories that inspire me to get off my ass and make sh*t happen. I hope this episode helps inspire you to get off your ass…

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Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Film Upstream Color

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Film Upstream Color
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Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Upstream Color Upstream Color is an indie science-fiction film written by Shane Carruth. He is best known for his 2004 debut movie ‘Primer’. His next film, Upstream Color first premiered  January 21, 2013, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Shortly after that a theatrical release in U.S.A on April 5,…

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IFH 152: How to Build a YouTube Empire with RocketJump Co-Founder Dez Dolly

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Build a YouTube Empire with RocketJump Co-Founder Dez Dolly So I want you to get ready for an epic podcast. Have you ever been surfing through Youtube and come across a channel with 5, 8, 10 million followers and ask yourself: “How the hell did they build that audience?” I do all the…

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Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Sundance Hit PRIMER

By Jonathan Roberts | Apr 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Sundance Hit PRIMER
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Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Sundance Hit PRIMER Primer, an independent science fiction film, was released in America on October 8, 2004. The $7,000-budgeted film centers on the unexpected discovery of time travel. It is a film that was directed, written, produced, scored, and edited by the main role player, . With a running time of…

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IFH 149: Star Wars, Star Trek & Geeking Out with Greg Grunberg

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 2, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 149: Star Wars, Star Trek & Geeking Out with Greg Grunberg
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Star Wars, Star Trek & Geeking Out with Greg Grunberg Have you ever kept seeing an actor pop up in all your favorite films and television shows? Well, that guy is probably Greg Grunberg. I’ve been a fan of Greg before I knew who Greg was. Greg Grunberg has been in some of the BIGGEST films…

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

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 30, 2017 | Comments Off on [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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180 Degree Rule – Understand the “Line” or DIE!

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 29, 2017 | 1 Comment
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180 Degree Rule – Understand it or DIE! You might here on set a DP or camera guy discuss the 180 Degree Rule and say: “You can’t put the camera there, you’ll cross the line” There’s a lot more to shooting a great scene than just planting a camera somewhere and yelling action. We all want…

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3 Stereotypes to Avoid Becoming On a Film Set

By Matt Webb | Mar 22, 2017 | 4 Comments
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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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[Watch] Top Ten BEST Filmmaking Courses Online

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 20, 2017 | Comments Off on [Watch] Top Ten BEST Filmmaking Courses Online
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Top Ten BEST Filmmaking Courses Online I’m always asked what the top filmmaking courses online I’d recommend to filmmakers. As Jack Nicolson says: “If you don’t keep learning, you die.” I am a HUGE consumer of online courses of all types. I’m a visual learner and online courses help me keep my skills sharp. Below I’ve…

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How Mumblecore Films Are Changing the Hollywood Landscape

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 8, 2017 | 5 Comments
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How Mumblecore Films Changed Hollywood for the Better The core of what filmmaking is that it has always been there to entertain people with different audio and visual sources along with some cinematic techniques and professionals. This entertainment has been evolved from different phases and now it is revolutionized to a complete new picture of streaming,…

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IFH 146: Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 7, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg It’s a been a long journey but This is Meg finally had it’s World Premiere at the Cinequest. I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of the cast make the trek up to San Jose, CA from Los Angeles. We had an amazing time.…

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Noah Baumbach: Independent Film’s Dramedy Mastro

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 6, 2017 | Comments Off on Noah Baumbach: Independent Film’s Dramedy Mastro
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Noah Baumbach: Independent Film’s Dramedy Mastro Born to film critic/novelist Jonathan Baumbach and Georgia Brown who was Village Voice critic, Noah Baumbach was born in Brooklyn New York City on 3rd of September 1969 and was the third of four siblings. After completing his graduation from Brooklyn’s Midwood High School in 1987, Noah Baumbach got…

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IFH 145: How to Make 250K Indie Film Look Like $25 Million Blockbuster with Gaelan Connell

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 1, 2017 | 2 Comments
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How to Make $250K Indie Film Look Like $25 Million Blockbuster with Gaelan Connell Every once in a while I come across a filmmaker who is just a bit crazier than I am. This is true for writer/director Gaelan Connell who’s film Blood Sand and Gold is a true indie film miracle. This mad man decided to raise…

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20 Camera Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know

By Matt Webb | Mar 1, 2017 | 2 Comments
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20 Camera Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know Camera terms aren’t just jargon for one exclusive department to throw around like code as they shout at each other across the set. Everyone working on the film should be privy to them, and use them day-to-day in order to get things done efficiently. Here…

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Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors

By Jonathan Roberts | Feb 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors
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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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IFH 144: The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 24, 2017 | 2 Comments
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The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin Have you ever wish that you could avoid pitfalls and mistakes that other filmmakers made before you? Today’s guest does just that. Reed Martin is the author of the best-selling book The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know…

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10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro

By Matt Webb | Feb 24, 2017 | Comments Off on 10 Tips To Negotiate Your Rate Like A Pro
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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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