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The Director's Chair Issue #77 – July 16, 2007 (Filming in the Philippines)

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July 16, 2007                  Scene 8 – Take 5

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1. Introduction
2. Web 2.0 & Social Networking for Filmmakers
3. SQUIDOO – Art and Craft of the Film and Television Director
4. BLOG – Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog
5. FORUM – The Director’s Chair: Filmmakers Discussion Forum
6. Want to Write an Article for The Director’s Chair?
7. Subscriber Comments
8. Results of the Paul Potts Video Survey
9. Want Some Help Finding Film/TV Work?
10. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar
11. Feature Article – Filming in the Philippines
12. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
13. Subscriber Links of Interest
14. Filmmaking Websites, Events and Festivals
15. Filmmaking Workshops
16. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
17. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
18. Copyright Information


Welcome to Issue #77 of The Director’s Chair (July 16/07)


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Lanka, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania,
Thailand, Trinidad and Tabago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States,
Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

NOTE: If your country is not represented here, please let me
know and I will add it to this ever growing list.

2) FEATURE ARTICLE – This month’s Feature Article is called
Filming in the Philippines by Pat Garret. “Originally the
film was set in Ireland but the cost of filming there was
prohibitive and after investigating Eastern Europe and
Africa the decision was made to shoot in the Philippines
where our low budget would give us the best value for money.
The script was re-worked for a tropical setting and a line
producer in Manila was booked to sort out locations, crew
and  auditions for some of the cast.” (see below to read

more “Online Filmmaking Communities” for those who work in
the film and television production industry. (see below)

time I will contact you by email to inform you of certain
filmmaking workshops or film products that I feel are
beneficial to filmmakers like yourself. Of course, you are
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2. What is Web 2.0 and Social Networking for Filmmakers?

The past 3 weeks have been very busy for me. No…I haven’t
been working on a movie, but rather, I have been busy
creating three more “Online Filmmaking Communities” for
those of us who work in the film and television production

If you have been online for any time now, you will have
noticed some new buzzwords: Web 2.0; Social Networking;
Social Bookmarking; Online Communities; My Space; Facebook,
Squidoo etc. )

So what is this new Web 2.0 all about (and what does it have
to do with filmmaking?)

Web 2.0 is the term used for the next generation of online
community building where visitors to a website interact with
the webmasters of that sites. In short, it’s all about
Social Networking – about the involvement of the website
visitor with the creator of the website (and vice versa.)

Social Networking focuses on the building of online social
networks for communities of people who share interests and
activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests
and activities of others such as chat, messaging, email,
video, voice chat, file sharing, blogging and discussion

And that is what I have attempted to do here: create more
Online opportunities for filmmakers like us to share our
questions, websites, resources, ideas and hopes.

Please take a moment to look through these three new film
making sites of mine and let me know what you think by
leaving a comment or two.

1) Art and Craft of the Film and Television Director
2) Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog
3) The Director’s Chair – Filmmakers Discussion Forum

I have also created my own Facebook page:
Name – Peter D. Marshall
Network: Vancouver, BC

3. SQUIDOO – http://www.squidoo.com/filmtvdirecting/
Art and Craft of the Film and Television Director

Art and Craft of the Film and Television Director

Squidoo is one of the most popular sites on the Internet for
people who want to build a page about their passions. It’s
part wikipedeia, part social site and part blog and it
brings the best of Web 2.0 and Social Networking together in
one place.

4. BLOG – http://filmdirectingtips.com/
Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog

Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog

I finally started my film directing blog. Browse through the
directing tips and resources – and don’t forget to leave a
comment or add your own content.

5. FORUM – http://www.actioncutprint.com/smf/index.php
The Director’s Chair – Filmmakers Discussion Forum

The Director’s Chair – Filmmakers Discussion Forum

I have started a subscriber only discussion board where you
can ask film directing questions, submit your own (film
related) websites for review, post film and television
directing resources, share film making tips and special
events or just use the forum to keep in touch with other
subscribers from “The Director’s Chair.”

6. Want to Write an Article for The Director’s Chair?

If you would like to contribute articles, tips, links of
interest, industry news, interviews, special event dates or
other resources to The Director’s Chair, please email me at:

7. Subscriber Comments

1) Peter I really enjoyed Kal Bishops post on the Hero’s
Journey. Vic Hernandez

2) Hi Peter:. Thanks for the information.
Alberto Carnero, Producer

8. The Results of the Paul Potts Video Clip Survey

WOW! I received 91 responses from subscribers to the video
clip of Paul Potts I showed you last month.

Because there were so many responses, I couldn’t put them in
this ezine, so I created a 16 page pdf file you can download
to your computer.

You can get the Paul Potts Video Results file here:

For those of you who just joined this ezine and don’t know
about this survey, I have included (below) the message I put
out to subscribers last month.


If you want to witness an incredible human drama that will
inspire you, bring a tear to your eye, and brighten your
day, you must watch this video!

It is a beautiful example of what can happen when you
believe in yourself and your dream – you can literally bring
people to their feet.

And then, after you have watched it:

Could you please email me right away and let me know what
you FELT when you watched it…what kind of emotions you
went through…how many times you watched it. I will then
post your comments in the next issue of The Director’s


Because if you are a filmmaker, (actor, singer etc) finding
the TRUTH in your work must come from your PASSION. And when
you have found your passion, and you believe in yourself,
you can stir people’s emotions; and make them FEEL.

9. Want Some Help Finding Film/TV Work?

Ron Armstrong, from RonCineTV.com (another subscriber) sent
me this 8 minute tutorial he created on how to find work in
the film/TV industry. Check out the link below and then
check out his website.

http://www.RonCineTV is the ultimate hub for aspiring
writers, actors and filmmakers. The site provides a platform
for artists to network, find jobs and gain useful industry
information. Membership is free and each member has access
to cutting edge technology including; video tutorials,
articles, job opportunities and other essential tools to get
their careers started.

10. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar

Filmmaking is a universal language, and no matter where we
live in the world, we all have our own stories to tell.

If you have a story that has UNIVERSAL THEMES, and you have
the PASSION to tell this story, you CAN make a movie, in
your own language, and audiences around the world WILL watch

“The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar” is a
comprehensive, 10-day program of discovering what it takes
to be a successful, working film and television director.

I talk a lot about PASSION and TRUTH in this 10 day course
because these are two of the essential ingredients to having
a successful directing career.

I am very proud of this audio course and I guarantee that
anyone who listens to the entire 10 days will discover many
of the tools a working film director needs to survive today.

All the information about the 10 Day “The Art and Craft of
the Director Audio Seminar,” including the content list,
audio files, support materials, free bonuses and how to
order, is available now. Just click on the link below.

11. FEATURE ARTICLE – Filming in the Philippines

“Filming in the Philippines” by Pat Garrett.

I got my first film directing break on a short, low budget,
spoof musical three years ago via a posting on a film
website by a producer based in Ireland.  Coming from a
background as a choreographer working in film, theatre,
television and commercials, a musical was an obvious first
step.  The film was shot in Ireland and I forged a very good
relationship with the producer.  After I had directed two
more short films in the UK, he offered me the opportunity to
direct a feature length romantic drama which he had
co-written with an Irish writer.

Originally the film was set in Ireland but the cost of
filming there was prohibitive and after investigating
Eastern Europe and Africa the decision was made to shoot in
the Philippines where our low budget would give us the best
value for money.  The script was re-worked for a tropical
setting and a line producer in Manila was booked to sort out
locations, crew and  auditions for some of the cast.

In August I flew out for a two day recce with my DoP and
after 27 hours of travelling I met my 1st AD, art director
and production manager.  As we couldn’t afford to have the
art director for the shoot, it was crucial that he
understood exactly what was needed so that he could instruct
his assistants who would be with me for the whole shoot.

We visited the beautiful isolated ranch which would be our
location and also saw the hotel on the edge of the South
China Sea where the whole crew and cast would stay for the 4
week shoot.  A glorious location and a wonderful hotel that
would have cost very much more anywhere else.  The following
day, I auditioned dozens of actors in a hotel in Manila, for
several small parts and the 2nd male lead.  A somewhat
unusual feature of the auditions involved some of the
candidates turning up with friends and family who expected
to sit in and watch!  This was normal procedure in the
Philippines and on several occasions, they would chat to
each other and make phone calls during their friend’s
audition!  I quickly had to introduce UK audition procedure!
I flew back to the UK, my head full, to say nothing of the
exhaustion of 54 hours of travelling for 48 hours of work!

Six weeks of pre-production later I flew out to Manila with
my DoP, two lead actors, a Sony 730 HD camera, 40 HD tapes,
battery, charger and monitor (unfortunately, my producer was
unable to come out for the shoot).  For anyone considering a
shoot in the Philippines, I’d advise hiring the camera etc
there!  Getting through security and fighting to get the
equipment on the plane with us was a nightmare!  In the
Philippines, they use NTSC so unless it is essential to
shoot on PAL, don’t do it!

After a day of preparations and adjustment to the time
difference, filming started.  I was amazed at the size of
the crew and later found out that in the Philippines there
is no insurance for equipment but instead, for each item you
hire you have to employ a technician to go with it!  This
meant that we had to limit the amount of equipment hired and
be very strict about what we needed each day.  The crew all
spoke English at some level and were warm, friendly and hard
working.  In the Philippines, crew are used to working as
many hours as there are in a day!  I decided with my DoP
that we would work a maximum of 12 hours per day and the
appreciation for this was phenomenal. It meant that everyone
worked really intensely in gratitude for the rest time they
knew they would have.

September was supposedly the end of the rainy season but
this was the year it lasted longer than ever before!  Almost
every day we lost hours as we sat around waiting for the
rain to stop.  As the rain was followed by a cacaphony of
croaking frogs and crickets, to say nothing of the iguanas,
shooting was sometimes a little difficult!  I took advantage
of the situation by using the time to rehearse with the
actors and we were often ahead of the game by working on
scenes that were shooting several days ahead.  This proved
very  useful and almost made me grateful for the weather
problems!  Having said that, it felt really strange shooting
a night scene with rain machines after all the natural rain
that we experienced on an almost daily basis!

The ways of working in the Philippines are very different
from what we are used to in the UK or US and the first few
days of shooting were an intense learning curve for us all!
It was several days before call sheets became a daily event
and had the desired effect!  Finishing one complicated
scene, I turned to my AD assuming that the props guys would
have everything ready to shoot the next scene on the
schedule, only to find that they had prepared nothing, not
realising that they needed to read the call sheet!  We all
sat around for over an hour while a mad panic ensued as
people rushed in all directions trying to catch up! Having
said that, they learnt very fast and later in the shoot,
took great pride in showing me everything I needed to see
the night before and coming to me with appropriate
questions.  On day three of shooting, we were well behind
schedule but by the end of the following week we were
slightly ahead… a wonderful feeling.

Eating a breakfast of fresh tropical fruit in the open air
dining room of the hotel, looking out at the South China
Sea, made for a great start to the day, before travelling to
the location to be greeted with ‘Morning Direk’ by my happy
smiling crew.  I’ve never worked with such a lovely group of
people and by the time they really understood what was
necessary to ensure that we shot the film on budget and in
the 20 days allocated, it was an extraordinary and wonderful
experience which I would be very happy to repeat.

A few weeks ago, the first screening of a shortened version
of the film won the award for ‘Best Film Under 75 Minutes’
at the Swansea International Film Festival.  A wonderful
reward for everyone’s hard work.

Pat’s numerous high profile credits include choreographing
the film of ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Muppet Christmas
Carol’ and ‘Muppet Treasure Island’.  She has also worked
with the Royal National Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare
Company, and has directed theatre productions in London and
the US.  Her short films have won awards and been screened
at numerous film festivals in the UK, Europe and the US.

Link to my winning the award at Swansea International Film
Festival – http://www.amritsa.com/sff/WTC.htm
E-mail Address – mailto:garrett.pat@gmail.com
Producer’s Website for two of my films – http://www.cookson.eu.com


NOTE: Please send me your shameless self-promotion. I have
none left for the next issue!

Each month, I give two subscribers an opportunity to promote
themselves, their company or their productions in this
section. If you are interested, send your “shameless
self-promotion” to: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com.

Please limit your promotion to less than 200 words. I also
reserve the right to edit the promotion for length, spelling
and formatting.

1) Henrik Holmberg – Wanna make a horror movie? “Interested
in horror scripts for indie filmmakers?” asks Henrik
Holmberg. If you think all Hollywood movies are crap – then
his scripts are NOT for you. If you want to make “artsy”
movies – then his scripts are NOT for you. but… If you
want Hollywood-style scripts without the hefty price tag –
then perhaps you’ll like his scripts. If you’re looking for
low-budget horror stories you can make for a 50-250k budget
– then perhaps you’ll like his scripts. Henrik Holmberg
writes indie horror screenplays – and he loves every minute
of it! Check out his website: http://www.horror-scripts.com


“Subscriber Links of Interest” is where you can further
promote yourself, your company or your productions by having
your information displayed on a special links page at:

If you are a subscriber to this ezine and you want me to put
your self-promotion on this page, just send an email to:

Again, I also reserve the right to edit the promotion for
length and formatting.

14. Filmmaking Websites, Events and Festivals

1) Directing a Film

Directing a film is the most intensely solitary and
intensely collaborative experience you may ever have. On a
psychological level, it’s about keeping your ego in perfect
balance with your need for input, and your vision moving
forward with your changing circumstances.

Whether you’re running your first independent-film casting
call or into your millionth day of shooting, you may find
some useful ideas here.


2) International Dialects of English Archive

The International Dialects of English Archive, IDEA, was
created in 1997 as a repository of primary source recordings
for actors and other artists in the performing arts.

All recordings are in English, are of native speakers, and
you will find both English language dialects and English
spoken in the accents of other languages. The recordings are
downloadable and playable for both PC and Macintosh
computers. http://web.ku.edu/idea/index.htm

3) Genie-winning director sees ‘shift away from art”

Anne Wheeler, who has been making films for 36 years, was in
anything but a celebratory mood as she lamented the state of
female directors in the film industry and the state of
Canadian filmmaking generally.


4) So You’ve Decide to be Evil?

A Step-by-Step Guide to joining the Forces of Darkness

5) Blade Runner: 25th Anniversary Featurette

15. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall

I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over
33 years – as a Film Director, Television Producer, First
Assistant Director and Series Creative Consultant. I’ve been
asked many times to share my Film and TV production
knowledge with others. As a result, I developed several
workshops that I have successfully presented over the past
15 years.

To find out more about these workshops, just click on the
link below. If you are interested in any of these four
workshops for yourself or your organization, please contact
me to discuss how we can bring these workshops to you.


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