filmmaking

Posted in Career Advice, Filmmaking Tips, Uncategorized, on 15 March 2016, by , 4 Comments

I’m writing this in Denver, Colorado, my new home.

I lived in LA for ten years. I went there because a script I wrote got optioned and I stayed to do the rewrite. I remember when I arrived in LA how I loved overhearing people talk about movies at every table in every restaurant, how it made me feel like I’d found my home when everyone in any given café seemed to be working on their scripts and hustling to get their films made, just as I was. I felt like I was at the Cannes film festival…but it went on all year! I loved it. I did not however plan to stay; I fully intended to return to my life in Barcelona, Spain after delivering my script.

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Posted in Filmmaking Tips, Of Dust and Bones, Post Production, Uncategorized, on 21 January 2016, by , 0 Comments

So much is written about screenwriting and shooting films, but it seems there’s very little on what it is to finish a film, which is often a long and emotionally challenging process. As I prepare to begin the final sound mix on OF DUST AND BONES next week, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on post-production, particularly to help those who might be approaching it for the first time.

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Posted in Film Development, Filmmaking Tips, Uncategorized, on 9 January 2016, by , 2 Comments

We live in a world of instant gratification. If we want something, we want it now. We don’t want to wait.

We also live in a world where we measure success in dollars and cents and in the numbers of likes or followers on a social media page. External validation is everything.

As filmmakers, what this means is that we often feel an incredible pressure to succeed – both quickly and visibly. Success for our movie means:

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Posted in Film Development, Filmmaking Tips, Uncategorized, on 13 September 2015, by , 2 Comments

I’ve recently wrapped production on my third feature, OF DUST AND BONES, and quite honestly, it was one of the most fulfilling creative experiences of my life.  It got me to thinking about the essence of filmmaking, and the crucial elements that will lead to a happy time and a successful films, the most essential advice for anyone starting out.  Here in super-condensed form are five points I think EVERY first time filmmaker should know:

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