Directing Feature or Short Films

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

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 24, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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 | 0 Comments
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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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments
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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 | 0 Comments
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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 | 0 Comments
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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 | 0 Comments
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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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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
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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…

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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
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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…

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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
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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…

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Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear

By Corey Steib | Feb 15, 2017 | Comments Off on Learn Your Craft & Stop Worshipping Film Gear
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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…

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

By Sean Falcon | Feb 14, 2017 | 1 Comment
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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…

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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
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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…

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Troy Duffy: A Cautionary Hollywood Tale – Boondock Saints

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 9, 2017 | 1 Comment
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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…

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

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
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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…

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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
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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…

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

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 30, 2017 | 2 Comments
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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…

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