Directing Feature or Short Films

Christopher Nolan Master Class: How to Direct Your First Feature Film

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 19, 2017 | 9 Comments
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Christopher Nolan Master Class: How to Direct Your First Feature Film Who isn’t familiar with the mastermind who resurrected Batman and made people watch Interstellar twice and thrice even just to find some new angle of the movie? Being London-born, Christopher Nolan was born to an English father and an American mother, Brenden James Nolan…

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Hollywood Directing MasterClass: How to Shoot a Killer Foot Chase

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Hollywood Directing MasterClass: How to Shoot a Killer Foot Chase Do you want a high production and exciting action sequence in your film? Fast and Furious a bit out of your budget? Then do what Kathryn Biglow did in the 90’s action masterpiece …shoot a foot chase. A foot chase can add a ton of…

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The Shining: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece

By Jonathan Roberts | Jul 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
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The Shining: Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Masterpiece The Shining is the legendary 1980 film starring Jack Nicholson as the protagonist of a psychological horror story. Directed by Stanley Kubrick, it’s touted to be one of the top 10 all-time scariest horror shows. The original story was written by Steven King who published a novel with…

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Joe Swanberg: How to Shoot & Sell Six Feature Films in a Year!

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 16, 2017 | 12 Comments
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Joe Swanberg: How to Shoot & Sell Six Feature Films in a Year! If you want to be an indie filmmaker you should definitely study the work of the prolific film director Joe Swanberg. Who is Joe Swanberg you ask? I just recently not only discovered his work but also started to study his unique filmmaking process. I…

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6 Filmmaking Techniques Alfred Hitchcock Used to Create Suspense

By Maggie Dern | Jul 14, 2017 | 2 Comments
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6 Filmmaking Techniques Alfred Hitchcock Used to Create Suspense Although you may not have seen any of his movies (a situation which you seriously need to rectify), you’ve certainly heard the name, Alfred Hitchcock. He is recognized as one of the great minds of cinematographic history and is even hailed as the Master of Suspense.…

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What is a MacGuffin? Alfred Hitchcock Explains

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 11, 2017 | 0 Comments
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What is a MacGuffin? Many of you might have heard of the term “MacGuffin” floating out there in the ether, but what the is it? The answer is not that straightforward. Legendary director coined the phrase back in the days of his film and used it throughout his career. When asked what a MacGuffin was…

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Darren Aronofsky’s MasterClass: Breaking Down His Directing Style & Technique

By Jonathan Roberts | Jul 6, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Darren Aronofsky Renowned for his somewhat odd movies, Darren Aronofsky is a Brooklyn born film director, screenwriter, film producer and an environmentalist. Being exposed to the Broadway theatre performances at an early age by his parents sparked in him a deep interest for the showbiz and film industry. Darren Aronofsky trained as a field biologist…

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Watch Stanley Kubrick’s First Indie Film ‘Fear and Desire’

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 5, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Watch Stanley Kubrick’s First Indie Film “Fear and Desire” We all start somewhere and the 1953 feature film Fear and Desire is where the legendary Stanley Kubrick go his. Fear and Desire is a 60 minute independent film, written, financed, shot and directed by a 25 year old Stanley Kubrick, who had just quit his…

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IFH 163: Why Indie Filmmakers Need to Break the Rules

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Why Indie Filmmakers Need to Break the Rules In this episode, I discuss breaking the rules. why it is important to your career as an indie filmmaker and how it can make you stand out from the crowd. I share examples on rule breakers in throughout Hollywood history and the impact it had on their…

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Michael Bay: Directing Hack or Genius?

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 23, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Michael Bay: Directing Hack or Genius? Every indie filmmaker who knows anything about films loves to hate on Michael Bay…or do they? Over-the-top he may be, but is Michael Bay really the worst director alive? I know we are all a bit tired of watching giant robots beat the hell out of each other. With that…

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IFH 120: What the HECK is a Scriptment?

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 23, 2017 | 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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IFH 162: 7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set

By Matt Webb | Jun 21, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 162: 7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set
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7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set Your first week on a film set will be an intimidating experience. It takes time to find your feet and feel comfortable in such a unique working environment. You may have experience from college working on short film sets, but it is usually completely…

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John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood?

By Maggie Dern | Jun 20, 2017 | Comments Off on John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood?
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John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood? The world knows John Milius as the craziest man in Hollywood mainly because of his unconventional style of filmmaking and choosing a rather different storyline for the movies. He is an ultimate legend of the film industry and a friend to Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Born in…

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Alfred Hitchcock: Breaking Down the Master’s Techniques

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 19, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Alfred Hitchcock: Breaking Down the Master’s Techniques Alfred Hitchcock is the master of suspense. You’ll see what I mean. A hand draws back a shower curtain and a blade appears through the steam. A man descends a staircase, bearing a tray with a glass of milk that appears at once nurturing and suspicious. A young…

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How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 15, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film
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How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film So you have a screenplay or film idea that could definitely be financed and produced only if I could get a movie star attached and there’s the rub! Attaching a movie star at any level to a un-produced screenplay or indie film is the dream…

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Film Meet Art: How Famous Paintings Inspire Great Filmmakers

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 12, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Film Meet Art: How Famous Paintings Inspire Great Filmmakers We all know that many filmmakers have been inspired by famous paintings. Directors like Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam have pulled directly from the art world to create some of their masterpieces. A remarkable video essayist Vugar Efendi, has…

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John Cassavetes – The Godfather of Independent Film

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 9, 2017 | 1 Comment
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John Cassavetes – The Godfather of Independent Film What comes to your mind when you first think of the name John Cassavetes? One of his iconic films probably popped into your head, didn’t it? Cassavetes wasn’t afraid to push the envelope with his films, and many of the movies we see today owe a debt…

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IFH 160: Ed Burns – How to Make a $9000 Feature Film (The Brothers McMullen)

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

How to Make a $9000 Feature Film with Ed Burns Many of you might have heard of the Sundance Film Festival winning film called The Brothers McMullen written and directed by Edward Burns. Burns went off to star in huge films like Saving Private Ryan and direct studio films like She’s the One but what you might…

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Top 50 Filmmaking Quotes to Inspire

By Alex Ferrari | May 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Top 50 Filmmaking Quotes to Inspire

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 | 1 Comment
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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 | Comments Off on Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production
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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 | Comments Off on IFH 156: Secrets to Directing a Killer Action Sequence with Gil Bettman
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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 | Comments Off on Tony Scott: Breaking Down His Cinematic Visual Style
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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 | Comments Off on Pulp Fiction: Breaking Down Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece
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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 | Comments Off on Reservoir Dogs: Breaking Down Quentin Tarantino’s Masterpiece 25 Years Later
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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 | Comments Off on Micro Budget Film Production – How to Make a Feature Film on the CHEAP!
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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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