Directing Feature or Short Films

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

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
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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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20 Film Terms You Need to Know to Survive On-Set

By Matt Webb | Jan 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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…

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

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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 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,…

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

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 3, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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…

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Download FREE Storyboard Template + Tutorials

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
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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…

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What is Auteur Theory and Why Is It Important?

By Jonathan Roberts | Dec 26, 2016 | 0 Comments
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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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Star Wars VFX: The Ultimate Visual Effects Breakdown

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 17, 2016 | 16 Comments
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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…

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IFH 123: What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 15, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 123: What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond
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What is Cinematic Virtual Reality with Jason Diamond Is Virtual Reality the next big step in visual storytelling? Steven Spielberg said: “I think we’re moving into a dangerous medium with virtual reality. The only reason I say it is dangerous is because it gives the viewer a lot of latitude not to take direction from the…

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Roger Corman: How to Never Lose a Dime Making Indie Films

By Pablo Carranza | Dec 14, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Roger Corman: How to Never Lose a Dime Making Indie Films Who knew you could take films with such titles as “Attack of the Crab Monsters” and “The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent” so seriously? But that’s exactly what has happened for 50 odd…

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IFH 122: What “Hamilton the Musical” Can Teach Indie Filmmakers

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 12, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 122: What “Hamilton the Musical” Can Teach Indie Filmmakers
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What “Hamilton the Musical” Can Teach Indie Filmmakers If you have been living underneath a rock you probably haven’t heard of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton. For the rest of you, this remarkable musical by Lin-Manual Miranda has changed not only Broadway but storytelling as well. I know that is a bold statement but let me ask…

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IFH 121: Joshua Caldwell – The Art of the $6000 Feature Film

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 9, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 121: Joshua Caldwell – The Art of the $6000 Feature Film
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The Art of the $6000 Feature Film with Joshua Caldwell I had the pleasure of meeting Joshua Caldwell, a brother in “indie filmmaking” arms. He directed a $6000 feature film called LAYOVER, which World Premiered at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival where it was nominated for the New American Cinema Award. The story of how he…

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The Power of Myth: Creating Star Wars’ Mythos with Joseph Campbell

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 8, 2016 | 3 Comments
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Joseph Campbell & George Lucas: Creating Star Wars’ Mythology The Power of Myth is very powerful. With the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story the interest in Star Wars is at an all time high. Whether you love or hate Star Wars you have to admit that creator George Lucas tapped into something primal when…

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5 Indie Film Hidden Gems You MUST Watch

By Robert Heske | Dec 7, 2016 | 1 Comment
Indie Film Hidden Gems

5 Indie Film Hidden Gems You MUST Watch Often, I find myself up at night surfing through trailers and film descriptions on Netflix, Amazon, Fandango, and Vudu – only to look up at the clock and see 90 minutes have passed. Most nights I go to bed wishing there was something to watch. But on…

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IFH 120: What the HECK is a Scriptment?

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 6, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 120: What the HECK is a Scriptment?
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What the HECK is a Scriptment? So what is a Scriptment? I found it to be a liberating form of prepping a story to be filmed? When I was in pre-production on my first feature film This is Meg, I wanted to get into production as fast as I could without waiting to develop a…

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What is the French New Wave?

By Jonathan Roberts | Dec 5, 2016 | Comments Off on What is the French New Wave?
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What is the French New Wave? French New Wave, which is also known as French Nouvelle Vague, can be considered as one of the most influential film movements that took place in the history of cinema. The ripples created by this cinematic movement can even be felt today. A group of critics, who wrote for…

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Let Stanley Kubrick Tell You Why Life is Worth Living

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 30, 2016 | Comments Off on Let Stanley Kubrick Tell You Why Life is Worth Living
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Read Stanley Kubrick’s Beautiful Answer to Why Life Is Worth Living If you look at Stanley Kubrick’s work like Full Metal Jacket, Dr. Strangelove, Eyes Wide Shut, and A Clockwork Orange, they’re not the most uplifting depictions of mankind, it would make sense to think of Stanley Kubrick as an intensely pessimistic human being. That would be a mistake, as this…

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IFH 118: Kevin Smith, John Milius & Directing John Malkovich with Zak Knutson

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 29, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 118: Kevin Smith, John Milius & Directing John Malkovich with Zak Knutson
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Zak Knutson: Kevin Smith, John Milius & Directing John Malkovich This week we have Zak Knutson on the show. Zak is a producer/writer/director/editor based out of Los Angeles. In 2005 he co-founded Chop Shop Entertainment, a filmed entertainment company that supplies added value materials to all of the major studios, and a large number of independents.…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Wakaliwood – Introducing Uganda’s Quentin Tarantino Isaac Nabwana

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 25, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Wakaliwood – Introducing Uganda’s Quentin Tarantino Isaac Nabwana

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…

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IFH 117: Ask Alex – I’m Making My First Feature Film…HELP!

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 23, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Ask Alex – I’m Making My First Feature Film…HELP! So this episode is going to be fun. I’m starting a new segment I call “Ask Alex.” Yes, I know it’s very creative = ) I asked the IFH Tribe to submit questions to ifhsubmissions@gmail.com and I’ll do my best to answer them. This week we have…

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

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 22, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 116: Fast and Cheap: Lessons Learned for the No-Budget Feature Film
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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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Hans Zimmer Masterclass – Learn from the Oscar Winning Master

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 18, 2016 | Comments Off on Hans Zimmer Masterclass – Learn from the Oscar Winning Master
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Hans Zimmer Masterclass – Understand Film Scoring Film scoring is a mystery to most filmmakers. How a composer comes up with the perfect music to compliment the image is truly magical. Oscar-winning film composer Hans Zimmer (Inception, The Lion King, and The Dark Knight) has decided to share his creative process in his new masterclass. Hans Zimmer didn’t…

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A Clockwork Orange: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece

By Jonathan Roberts | Nov 18, 2016 | Comments Off on A Clockwork Orange: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece
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Making of A Clockwork Orange In 1971 Legendary film director Stanley Kubrick released one of his masterpieces, A Clockwork Orange. The film is by far one of the most violent depictions of the future London. The movie itself is based on Anthony Burgess’s novel A Clockwork Orange published in 1962. Stanley Kubrick started filming A…

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Terrence Malick: Understanding The Enigmatic Filmmaking Master

By Jonathan Roberts | Nov 16, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Terrence Malick: The Enigmatic Filmmaking Master Legendary film director Terrence Malick’s films have been branded as radical re-evaluations of the current concepts of cinema like sound, image, narrative and character. Malick’s films happen to be intensely visual, unorthodox, and flourishing with natural scenery. Born in Ottawa Illinois, Terrence Malick’s parents were Irene and Emil A.…

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What is Cinema Verite?

By Cindy Clifford | Nov 14, 2016 | Comments Off on What is Cinema Verite?
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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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Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement to Direct Another Anime Feature

By Cindy Clifford | Nov 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement to Direct Another Anime Feature
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Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki Comes Out of Retirement…Again! He’s Back! Three years after his “retirement” Studio Ghibli animation legend Hayao Miyazaki appears coming out of retirement and ready to return to feature filmmaking. Anime News Network reports that the legendary anime director revealed he wasn’t happy with the Computer Generated animated short he’s been directing on for the Studio Ghibli Museum…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Do I Need to Move to Los Angeles to Make it in the Film Business?

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 11, 2016 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Do I Need to Move to Los Angeles to Make it in the Film Business?

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…

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Eyes Wide Shut: Sex, Masks & Betrayal – Stanley Kubrick’s Final Masterpiece

By Jonathan Roberts | Nov 10, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Eyes Wide Shut: Stanley Kubrick’s Final Masterpiece Eyes Wide Shut is one of Stanley Kubrick’s last great masterpiece, and personally one of my favorite Kubrick films. Many critics and Kubrick fans considered it one of his lesser works when it was released. But as the years have gone by Eyes Wide Shut has aged extremely well. Even…

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Quentin Tarantino’s Unreleased Feature Film: My Best Friend’s Birthday

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 5, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Quentin Tarantino’s Lost Feature Film: My Best Friend’s Birthday We all have to start somewhere and Quentin Tarantino is no exception. Unlike popular lore Tarantino did not come bursting through the indie film gates with Reservoir Dogs as his first film. His first little ditty was an unreleased feature film called “My Best Friend’s Birthday.” “My…

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Stanley Kubrick: The Ultimate Guide to the Master Filmmaker

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 4, 2016 | 12 Comments
STANLEY KUBRICK, indie film, filmmaking, indie film hustle, Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, Eyes Wide Shut, Lolita, The Killing, The Shinning, Stanley Kubrick Interview

Stanley Kubrick – Breaking Down the Master’s Directing Style What is that elevates a filmmaker to a film master like Stanley Kubrick, or that elegant French word, auteur? In the vast majority of films that make it onto the big screen these days, it is the actors’ names which draw curious audiences above the director’s.…

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Full Metal Jacket: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece

By Cindy Clifford | Nov 4, 2016 | Comments Off on Full Metal Jacket: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece
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Full Metal Jacket: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece We all know that Stanley Kubrick is a legend among legends in the film industry, but he did tend to take his time releasing new movies. Kubrick made three films in the last couple of decades of his career. And between the period of The Shining (1980)…

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