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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.)

In 1999, I started ActionCutPrint as a 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 2400 filmmakers around the world. (You can read back issues here.)

I have developed several filmmaking workshops that I have presented over the past 18 years (Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Haiti, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Regina.) I am also the directing instructor at the Shanghai Vancouver Film School.

I also offer Film Directing Coaching services via Skype. So why hire me as your film directing coach? Along with my international teaching experiences and my 40 years of professional filmmaking experience (as a TV Director and Feature 1st AD), I feel I have the necessary qualifications to help you achieve your dreams of being a creative and successful independent film director.

I am also the author of the film directing book, Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing published by Michael Wiese Productions. You can preview the book on Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

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The Feature article in the introductory issue of The Director’s Chair is the 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 introductory 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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ARTICLE: What is Expected of a Film Director?

Directing a film is not only about visually interpreting the screenplay and creatively handling actors, it also includes the ability to complete a day’s work on time and on schedule.

Like any artist, a good director understands the necessity of working from the “inside out.” In other words, a good director needs to work on him/herself first so they can develop the artistic, logistic and emotional skills that will enable them to better see and hear “the truth” in their work.

To be a good film director, you also need to know the creative and technical filmmaking skills that are expected of you when you begin pre-production; when you step on the set; and when you are in the editing room.

Ultimately, I believe the Director’s main job is to empower their cast and crew to work creatively and collaboratively with one firm goal in mind: to make the best film they can within the budget and time they have.

If you want more information on film directing, please check out Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing

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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 […] Read the full article →
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 →
My next 2 day film directing workshop is called Essentials of Film Directing in Vancouver, Canada on February 7 & 8, 2015. These two comprehensive and intense days are a must for any filmmaker wanting to reach the next level of career success as a film or television director in the competitive film or TV […] Read the full article →
“Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.” Martin Scorsese When you first start directing, blocking actors in a scene can be one of the hardest (and most embarrassing) parts of your job. If you get it wrong here, you could waste valuable shooting time trying to get out of the […] Read the full article →
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 →
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 →