The Bulletproof Screenplay 

Screenwriting is one of the toughest professions in all of filmmaking.
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Screenwriting Lessons From Christopher Nolan

By Jonathan Roberts | Jul 20, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Screenwriting Lessons From Christopher Nolan Movie lovers all over the world are familiar with the identity of the genius behind the Batman trilogy and other mind-bending films like , , and . If you have in mind to write amazing characters dynamic in their personality, there are so much that you can learn from movies…

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IFH 168: How To Be Creative – The War of Art & Turning Pro

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 18, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How To Be Creative – The War of Art & Turning Pro How to be creative? This is a question that surprisingly has a simple answer. DO THE WORK! In this episode, I’ll be going over a remarkable book I’ve read that has truly changed the way I think about life, the creative process and…

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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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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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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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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Chris Vogler – Screenwriting & The Writer’s Journey Blueprint

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

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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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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THROWBACK FRIDAY: August Rush: The Million Dollar Screenplay Paul Castro

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 9, 2017 | 1 Comment

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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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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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Michael Hauge – Writing a Screenplay That Sells

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 2, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Michael Hauge – Writing a Screenplay That Sells

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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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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William Goldman Screenwriting MasterClass: Learn from the Legend

By Alex Ferrari | May 15, 2017 | Comments Off on William Goldman Screenwriting MasterClass: Learn from the Legend
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William Goldman Screenwriting MasterClass “William Goldman is, by far, one of the most popular storytellers of our generation,” says Sean Edgar, an author. Stated above is one the millions of great testimonies people around the world have to say about the iconic writer, William Goldman. Though his name may not ring a bell with people…

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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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Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create a Bulletproof Screenplay Structure

By Alex Ferrari | May 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create a Bulletproof Screenplay Structure
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Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create a Bulletproof Screenplay Structure Screenplay Structure is something that every agent, editor, publisher, Hollywood executive, public speaker, marketer and storyteller talks about, to the point that it can seem complicated, intricate, mysterious and hard to master. So legendary script consultant Michael Hauge (writer of Writing Screenplays That Sell) wanted to give…

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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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How to Pitch Your Screenplay or Film Idea

By Alex Ferrari | May 2, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Pitch Your Screenplay or Film Idea
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How to Pitch Your Screenplay or Film Idea Pitching your screenplay idea to an investor, actor or studio executive is one of the toughest parts of being a storyteller. Many screenwriters and filmmakers freeze up when they go into “the room“. Paul Castro, writer of Warner Brother’s August Rush (Starring Robin Williams) lays down some amazing…

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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 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

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 | Comments Off on IFH 153: Why You Need to Get Off Your Ass NOW & Make Your Film

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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David Mamet Masterclass: Learn Dramatic Writing from the Legend

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 20, 2017 | Comments Off on David Mamet Masterclass: Learn Dramatic Writing from the Legend
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David Mamet Masterclass: Learn Dramatic Writing from Pulitzer Prize Winning Master David Mamet sat in on a poker game full of thieves and left with the inspiration for American Buffalo. Now, the Pulitzer Prize winner of Glengarry Glen Ross takes you through his process for turning life’s strangest moments into dramatic art. He’ll teach you the rules of…

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Breaking Bad Pilot: How to Write the Perfect TV Pilot

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 4, 2017 | Comments Off on Breaking Bad Pilot: How to Write the Perfect TV Pilot
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Breaking Bad Pilot: How to Write the Perfect TV Pilot In my opinion, the Breaking Bad pilot is by far is as perfect as a television show as has ever been produced. The genius behind Walter White’s adventures into dealing meth is creator Vince Gillian. After watching the pilot episode of Breaking Bad I was hooked. Years later I…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: How to Pitch Your Film Like a Pro with Stephanie Palmer

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 31, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: How to Pitch Your Film Like a Pro with Stephanie Palmer

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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[WATCH] All of Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film School

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 30, 2017 | Comments Off on [WATCH] All of Robert Rodriguez’s 10 Minute Film School
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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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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Linda Seger – How to Make a Good Script Great

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 24, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Linda Seger – How to Make a Good Script Great

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 148: How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 21, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 148: How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson
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How to Write a Super Natural Hit Film with Beetlejuice Creator Larry Wilson If you were a kid of the late 80s or early 90s then today’s guest definitely had an impact on your life. Larry Wilson is the co-creator of the cult classic Beetlejuice (directed by Tim Burton), writer of Addams Family and worked on the legendary television…

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James Patterson MasterClass: Learn Writing from a Master Storyteller

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 20, 2017 | Comments Off on James Patterson MasterClass: Learn Writing from a Master Storyteller
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James Patterson MasterClass: Learn Writing from a Master Storyteller Set out to write a best-selling book. James Patterson, the author of 19 consecutive No. 1 New York Times bestsellers, reveals his tricks of the trade for the very first time. In this course, he guides you through every part of the book writing process. In…

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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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How to Create a High Concept for Your Screenplay

By David Flores | Mar 4, 2017 | Comments Off on How to Create a High Concept for Your Screenplay
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How to Create a High Concept for Your Screenplay Every story starts with a concept. An idea that hopefully causes your eyebrow to arch, your lips to purse, and your brain to go, “Hmmm… intriguing.” It’s what Robert McKee, the author of Story, refers to as the magic “What If.” For instance, what if a…

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Steve Martin Masterclass – Learn Comedy from the Legend

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 2, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Steve Martin Masterclass – Learn Comedy from the Legend One of Steve Martin’s first gigs was at the drive-in movies. When the audience liked a joke, they honked. In this class, Steve shares insights from performing for cars and humans over a 50-year career spanning sold-out arenas and blockbuster films. Learn how to find your voice,…

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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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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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