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 his filmmaking mentors is Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis. We discuss what lessons he learned from Mr. Zemeckis and he also goes into great detail on how to shoot a killer action sequence. Gil and I have teamed up to bring his amazing course Hollywood Film & Television Directing Masterclass and it has become one of the best-selling courses we’ve ever released at Indie Film Hustle. Check out the trailer below:

For the first time director, this book offers ideas and techniques in clear and concise language and illustrations. But of even greater importance, it is a survival guide for working with producers, technicians, and actors in the usual atmosphere of tension and chaos. This valuable book by an experienced director demystifies filmmaking.
– 
Irvin Kershner, Director, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back


Here’s some info on Gil Bettman:

No one would ever see Gil Bettman as the retiring type. Bring Academy Award-winning director Robert Zemeckis to his directing class and Bettman wades right in, challenging his old friend’s point of view and sparking a good-natured debate about the best ways to tell a story using a camera. But that’s Bettman’s style. He has very definite opinions about how to block a camera or talk to actors from his days as a top action director for TV series like The Twilight Zone and Knight Rider.

Bettman learned the value of subjecting all film ideas to the acid test of a free-wheeling debate from Zemeckis himself while working as a screenwriter developing projects for Zemeckis at Universal and Warner Brothers. It’s a lesson Bettman wants to pass on to his students as well.With a degree from Harvard (with honors in English Literature), as well as an M.F.A. from UCLA, Bettman has directed a wide range of projects from feature films to music videos and corporate profiles. He recently directed a feature documentary, The Long Road to Cabo, for rock icon Sammy Hagar, and published a textbook, First Time Director, through Michael Wiese Productions.

Enjoy my conversation with Gil Bettman.

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Thanks to Gil for dropping some knowledge bombs. Check out some old school behind the scenes of Gil on the set of Never Too Young to Die. Until next time!

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