Directing Feature or Short Films

3 Stereotypes to Avoid Becoming On a Film Set

By Matt Webb | Mar 22, 2017 | 4 Comments
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.…

Read More

[Watch] Top Ten BEST Filmmaking Courses Online

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Filmmaking Course OnlineRemove term: Filmmaking Courses Online, Filmmaking Courses Online

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…

Read More

How Mumblecore Films Are Changing the Hollywood Landscape

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 8, 2017 | 5 Comments
humpday, frances_ha, Mumblecore, Netflix Easy, Joe swanberg, Kris swanberg, Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Lynn Shelton, greta gerwig, Drinking Buddies, filmmaking, indie films, uncle kent

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,…

Read More

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

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 7, 2017 | 0 Comments
Cinequest, Alex Ferrari, indie Film Hustle, This is Meg, Joseph Reitman, Jill-Michelle Meleán, Lahna Turner, Holly Wortell, Ruben Dario

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.…

Read More

Noah Baumbach: Independent Film’s Dramedy Mastro

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
Noah Baumbach, noah baumbach movies, noah baumbach greta gerwig, noah baumbach imdb, Mistress America, Frances Ha

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…

Read More

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

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
Gaelan Connell, Blood Sand and Gold, filmmaking, indie film, action film, Gravitas Ventures,

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…

Read More

20 Camera Terms Everyone on a Film Set Should Know

By Matt Webb | Mar 1, 2017 | 2 Comments
camera terms, camera department, film set, onset set life

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…

Read More

Mike Leigh: Writing a Screenplay with Improvisation & Actors

By Jonathan Roberts | Feb 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Mike Leigh, Happy Go Lucky, Life is Sweet, Naked, Secrets & Lies, screenwriting, Vera Drake, Naked

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…

Read More

IFH 144: The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 24, 2017 | 2 Comments
Reel Truth, The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn't Know You Need to Know About Making an Independent Film, Reed Martin

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…

Read More

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
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…

Read More

IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 20, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned
film distribution, film marketing, film school, film students, How to Make a short film, indie film, indie film school, indie filmmaker, podcast, post production, producing, screenplay, screenwriting, short films, visual effects

How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned So as filmmakers we all want to make the best films we can. Sometimes filmmakers think that a bigger budget is the answer, that bigger is better. This is what I thought when I went down the road and create my short film Red…

Read More

Watch FREE: Pixar Storytelling MasterClass – Pixar in a Box

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Watch FREE: Pixar Storytelling MasterClass – Pixar in a Box
Pixar in a box, Pixar animation studios, Disney, Khan University

FREE Pixar Storytelling MasterClass – Pixar in a Box Have you ever wondered how Pixar Animation Studios continues to create one masterpiece after another? How do they understand storytelling so well? What is their process? The Khan Acadamy has partnered with Pixar to create a multi-year project creating a series of videos, lessons, and online…

Read More

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

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Watch: How Damien Chazelle Shot the Musical Sequences of La La Land
Damien Chazelle, La La Land, Musical Sequences. Musical Sequences, Whiplash

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…

Read More

Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear

By Corey Steib | Feb 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear
Learn Your Craft, Film gear, Filmmaking, filmmaker, indie film, filmmaking courses, online filmmaking courses

Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear You may be wondering why this article is called Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear and the reason behind it is that I feel today’s filmmakers rely more on technology than the technique of filmmaking itself. I recently wrote an article on why shot composition…

Read More

Visual Effects: Knowing When NOT to Use Them in Indie Filmmaking

By Sean Falcon | Feb 14, 2017 | 1 Comment
visual effects, VFX, visual FX, VFX courses, VFX school, 4K, Ultra High Definition, 2K, 6K, Red camera, RED.com, RED Raven, RED Epic, RED Weapon, RED Scarlett, indie film, independent film, filmmaking, filmmaker

Visual Effects: The Sword and The Shield In the hands of an artist, cg and visual effects can be a beautiful display of elegance, subtlety and realism. The exact opposite effect, while equally as beautiful, can also be achieved. It can be rough and rugged, dirty, in your face, and completely devoid of any sense…

Read More

IFH 140: 6 Mistakes To Avoid Your First Day On a Film Set

By Matt Webb | Feb 10, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 140: 6 Mistakes To Avoid Your First Day On a Film Set
film set, film production, filmmaking, filmmaker, production assistant, PA, film set intern

6 Mistakes To Avoid Your First Day On a Film Set 1. Arriving Late If you’re not early, you’re late. I aim to get to work at least 15 minutes early each day on a film set. This gives me time to setup, read my call sheet and sides, cram in some extra breakfast and…

Read More

Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 9, 2017 | 1 Comment
troy duffy, the boondocks saints, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, Overnight, miiramax, harvey weinstein, screenwriting books, screenplay, screenwriter, david flores, indie film hustle, independent film, indie film, indie film hustle, alex ferrari

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…

Read More

IFH 136: How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
Circus Road Films, Film Industry, Media Circus, Producing Conference, RB Botto, Sebastian Twardosz, Stage 32, Sundance Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival 2017

How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast One of my most downloaded episodes ever was my interview with Film Industry vet and CEO of Stage32.com, RB Botto (Click here to listen to that interview). Ever since then I’ve been wanting to…

Read More

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

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 31, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 135: Disrupting Sundance & Helping Filmmakers with Slamdance Co-Founder Dan Mirvish
Dan Mirvish, Slamdance Film Festival, Slamdance, The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking, Sundance Film Festival

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…

Read More

IFH 134: Chasing Sly and the Family Stone Documentary for 12 years with Michael Rubenstone

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 30, 2017 | 2 Comments
Sly and the Family Stone, Michael Rubenstone, On the Sly: In Search of the Family Stone, Documentary, Sly and the Family Stones, Slamdance Film Festival

Chasing Sly and the Family Stone Documentary for 12 years with Michael Rubenstone SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast We all hear stories of filmmakers working on films for years and years. Well, I don’t know about you but I’ve never met one until now. In my journeys at Sundance and Slamdance…

Read More

Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

By Matt Webb | Jan 30, 2017 | Comments Off on Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production
film production,

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…

Read More

IFH 133: Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 27, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 133: Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom
Sydney Freeland, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, Drunktown's Finest, Robert Redford, Hoverboard , Sundance Film Festival 2017, Sundance Film Festival, Netflix

Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I ran into many filmmakers while fighting the blizzard at this year’s Sundance Film Festival but one of the most impressive of the bunch was director Sydney Freeland. Sydney has had a challenging journey to become a…

Read More

IFH 130: Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team – Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 24, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 130: Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team – Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films
Elijah Wood, Josh Waller, Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen, Company X, SpectreVision

Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films with Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I wanted to do something special for the Indie Film Hustle Tribe this year. I’m in Park City, UT interview some AMAZING filmmakers, producers, agents and actors. In celebration of Sundance I’ll be…

Read More

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

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
Pete Docter Pixar, Pete Docter, crafting a story, inside ou, monsters, Inc., Pixar, Pixar Studios, screenwriting books, screenplay, screenwriter, indie film hustle, independent film, indie film

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…

Read More

20 Film Terms You Need to Know to Survive On-Set

By Matt Webb | Jan 11, 2017 | 1 Comment
Matthew webb, first assistant director, 1st AD, Setlife: A Guide To Getting A Job in Film (And Keeping It), film terms

20 On Set Film Terms You Need to Know A film set is a wacky place full of nicknames, strange film terms, and abbreviations. There’s been so many days when someone has asked me to do something and I’ve enthusiastically responded “Copy that”, before realizing I don’t fully know what they even asked. Before long…

Read More

James Cameron’s ‘Xenogenesis’: Watch the Short Film That Gave Him His Start

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 6, 2017 | Comments Off on James Cameron’s ‘Xenogenesis’: Watch the Short Film That Gave Him His Start
Xenogenesis, Xenogenesis short film, Xenogenesis film, James cameron, James Cameron Xenogenesis, sci-fi short film

 James Cameron’s Xenogenesis: The Short Film That Gave Him His Start Before James Cameron was breaking every box office record he was a struggling indie filmmaker. We all started somewhere and before The Terminator, Aliens or hell even Pirana II: The Spawning, James Cameron had been inspired by George Lucas‘, Star Wars. Enough so that, in 1978,…

Read More

IFH 126: Should You Own Your Own Film Gear? – Ask Alex

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 3, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 126: Should You Own Your Own Film Gear? – Ask Alex
ask alex, first feature film

Should You Own Your Own Film Gear? Happy New Year IFH Tribe! We are now in 2017 and this will be ana amazing, creative and monumental year for us all. I wanted to start off the year with an “Ask Alex” episode. On this episode I answer the follow tribe member questions: Though I plan…

Read More

Download FREE Storyboard Template + Tutorials

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 28, 2016 | 3 Comments
Storyboard Template, Storyboard Templates, Storyboard Tutorial

Download FREE Storyboard Template + Tutorials For many directors, storyboards are imperative to the filmmaking process. I created over 200 storyboards for my first short film BROKEN. For that project I found it to be extremely helpful. Check out how my storyboards ended up in the film. If you are new to directing and need a…

Read More

What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important?

By Jonathan Roberts | Dec 26, 2016 | Comments Off on What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important?
Auteur Theory, Auteur, French New Wave, Cahiers du cinéma, François Truffaut, Alfred Hitchcock, Speilberg, Scorsese, Kubrick, Coppola, Fincher, Nolan, PT Anderson, Burton, Tarantino, Wes Anderson

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…

Read More

Star Wars VFX: The Ultimate Visual Effects Breakdown

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 17, 2016 | 16 Comments
Star Wars Films, STAR WARS Visual effects, VFX Supervisor, VFX Supervisors, Visual Effects Supervisor, visual effects, VFX, visual FX, VFX courses, VFX school, 4K, Ultra High Definition, 2K, 6K, Red camera, RED.com, RED Raven, RED Epic, RED Weapon, RED Scarlett, indie film, independent film, filmmaking, filmmaker

Star Wars Films VFX: The Ultimate Visual Effects Breakdown Oh the Star Wars Films VFX! After having a religious moment when watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I had to put this post together for all the indie film hustlers into visual effects. I was so impressed by the practical and visual effects of Star Wars: The…

Read More
Alex Ferrari, Indie Film Hustle, film school, independent film, robert rodriguez, indie film, moviemaker, red camera, arri alexa, cinematography, digital filmmaking, filmmaking, alex ferrari, guerrilla filmmaking, NYU, USC, Full Sail University, Sundance Film Festival, film festival, tarantino, kurosawa, cinematography, short films, short film, indie films, filmmaker, how to make a movie, short film ideas, filmmakers, filmmaking, film festivals, film production, guerrilla film, film distribution, indie movie, screenwriter, screenwriting, short film competition, film producers, short films online, how to make short films, film distribution process, great short films, good independent films, digital video production, list of film festivals, watch short films, marketing video production, indie filmmaking, filmmaking software, short film contests, short film festivals, how to make an independent film
we hate spam

HOME   |   START HERE   |   ABOUT   |   IFH TV   |   PODCAST   |   BLOG   |   RESOURCES    |   CONTACT 

© 2015 INDIE FILM HUSTLE. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.    |   AFFILIATE DISCLAIMER   |   DMCA POLICY   |   PRIVACY POLICY   |   TERMS OF USE