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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: In January 2015 I received a message from Michael Wiese (film book publisher) who asked me if I would like to write a film directing book. Oh yeah!!!! Well…two years later, “Making the Magic Happen – The Art and Craft of Film Directing” has just been published and is now for sale on the Michael Wiese Productions website!

I am very proud of “Making the Magic Happen” and I could never have written this book without the love, friendship and help from all those people who have supported and influenced me in both my personal life and my professional life.

I would also like to give a big “thank you” to all the friends and film industry professionals too numerous to mention whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with on some amazing (and not so amazing) movies and TV shows. You know who you are! http://mwp.com/product/making-magic-happen-craft-directing/

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Hi, I’m Peter D. Marshall and I’ve worked (and survived) in the Film and TV industry for over 40 years: as a Film Director, Television Producer, First Assistant Director and Creative Consultant. (See IMDb Credits.)

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In 1999, I started ActionCutPrint which has grown into a major film directing resource for Independent Filmmakers featuring online movie making courses, film directing articles, film and television books and filmmaking workshops.

In 2000, I started publishing my free monthly film making ezine, The Director’s Chair which is currently read by over 6000 filmmakers in 105 countries around the world. (You can read 163 back issues here.)

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The Feature in this month’s issue of The Director’s Chair is Top 3 Qualities Directors Look for in Casting. “Because there is never enough time to work with actors in a casting session, along with the added pressure of producers and executives also making casting decisions, here are the top 3 qualities you look for in any actor when they audition.”

SUBSCRIBE to the current issue of “The Director’s Chair” and get two free bonuses: (1) Day One (41 pages) of my 261 page Online film directing audio course, “The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar” and (2) the first 30 pages of my 165 page “Script Breakdown and Film Scheduling Online Course For Independent Filmmakers.”

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Working with actors can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a film director – or one of the most traumatic! And the difference between a good experience and a bad experience usually comes down to one word: TRUST! Actors begin by trusting the director – and it’s the director’s trust to lose. If […] Read the full article →
IMPORTANT: The DGC will reimburse a portion of your registration fee for taking this workshop. Working with actors can be one of the most rewarding experiences for a film director – or one of the most traumatic! And the difference between a good experience and a bad experience usually comes down to one word: TRUST! […] Read the full article →
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