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The Director's Chair Issue #84 – March 17, 2008 (Becoming a Director)

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1. Introduction
2. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar
3. The Director’s Chair is now on FACEBOOK
4. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
5. Subscriber Links of Interest
6. FEATURE ARTICLE – “Becoming a Director”
7. Write an Article for The Director’s Chair
8. Internet Marketing for Filmmakers
9. The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum
10. Filmmaking News, Websites, Articles and Events
11. Filmmaking Workshops
12. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
13. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
14. Copyright Information


Welcome to Issue #84 of The Director’s Chair (Mar. 17/08)


Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bahamas,
Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Botswana, Brazil, Bhutan, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, China,
Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican
Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Finland,
France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland,
India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica,
Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon,
Liberia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico,
Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Portugal,
Puerto Rico, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia,
Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri
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
“Becoming a Director” by Karen Margolese. “In the spring of
2006, I was traveling in Bangkok, Thailand where I came
across a book called ‘Welcome to the Bangkok
Slaughterhouse’. The title intrigued me and as I sat by the
pool, I read the book in one sitting. It was about the
Children of the Slums of Bangkok and the suffering they had
endured. My heart was stricken and I needed to go meet these
children. I went to the Mercy Centre Orphanage where over
200 children resided and within seconds I knew this was it,
this was a Documentary that needed to be made, and I needed
to tell the story. (see below to read article…)

From time to 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 under no obligation to purchase anything. I only offer
this information as a service to subscribers of this free

4) BLOG – Film Directing Tips and Resources Blog
Take a look at my Film Directing Blog and post some
filmmaking tips or add some resources. And please, make some
comments on the posts – your feedback is important to me
because they will help me decide on the content I will add
to this blog. http://filmdirectingtips.com/

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Peter D. Marshall

2. The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar(2008)


If your dream is to have a professional career as a
filmmaker but you don’t know where to begin, or you’re
having difficulties getting your films made, or you can’t
find creative work as a film director… you owe it to
yourself to check out the 2008 updated version of The Art
and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar.

This multimedia 10-Day online audio course is packed with
filmmaking tips, techniques and tools designed to help you
become a successful, working film & TV director.

Here’s what you’ll receive when you order the 2008 updated
version of “The Art & Craft of the Director Audio Seminar”

1) a 162 page PDF eBook you can download to your computer
2) a free 30 minute consultation with Peter D. Marshall
3) a free script review from script consultant Michael Adams
4) $100.00 off any of my Filmmaking Workshops
5) a 30 minute audio interview with a young filmmaker
6) 18 Bonus PDF reports
7) 100% risk-free one year money back guarantee

Here are comments from three subscribers who have
received their copies of this 10-Day audio seminar

“Great resource and extremely well done. As a working film
professional I am constantly learning more about my craft
and honing my skills. Your dedication and work is to be
congratulated.” Julian Grant, Toronto, Canada

“I’m so glad that you offered those of us who bought the
audio seminar last year the chance to download the updated
version this year. Your courses have given me the confidence
— and steadily increase my desire and fuel my passion — to
make films as a director. Thank you, Peter. It’s a wonderful
gift that you offer.” Larry D. Barr, Texas, USA

“Now this is what I call customer “DELIGHT”. Thank you so
much for the updated version. I know, any input from your
side is worth a film school.” Amar, India

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 on my website for you to check out now.

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.

3. The Director’s Chair is now on FACEBOOK

I have published the Director’s Chair for 8 years now and it
has been a very rewarding and enriching experience. I have
met and chatted with filmmakers from around the world and
together we have fueled our filmmaking passion.

But sending an ezine out once a month is a very one sided
form of communication. So I have decided to take steps to
create a “Social Network” for subscribers of The Director’s

I started this step a few months ago with the Filmmakers
Discussion Forum (see below for more info.) And now I have
created a Facebook page for ezine subscribers.

If you haven’t signed up to Facebook, I sincerely recommend
you think about doing it. Facebook is a fabulous place to
meet people who share your passions and it is one of the top
Social Networking sites on the Internet today.

Here’s the Facebook home page: http://www.facebook.com

Once you are signed up, type in “The Directors Chair” and
the page should come up. Sign up as a fan and then start to
join the discussion forums, post photos, videos and write on
the Walls.

If you are already a member of Facebook, here is the direct
link to the page:

See you there!


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). Alystar Mckenneh – I am shooting a film in Africa at
the end of this year and I’m looking for hook-ups, spare
change and uncles with a few extra bucks. I have broken it
down and have it budgeted. It’s not horribly expensive to
make.  I can shoot it for less than a million and a half.
The Kenyan film commission has many incentives and Kenyapix
in Kenya can crew up and supply equipment for much less than
it will cost to fly equipment in. I can almost shoot it as a
local because my good friend Ralph has a compound there, and
I’ve been to the locations where I’d like to shoot it. Most
of the locations are owned by my friends.

What I’m looking for is resources. Not free help. I never
work for free and I don’t expect my friends to. Read the
script and if it resonated with you or someone you know pass
it on. I am not looking to sell it. Many of you have worked
with me, I’m an animal, and I will get this made no matter
what the budget. So please give me a hand if you can. Thank
you. mailto:alystar@mac.com

2) Simeon Ocheje – I am a young aspiring artist as I have
written quite a number of fascinating stories that will
capture the attention of a great number of people. I have
also composed some good songs. What I am looking for now is
a movie producing company that I can work with.


“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.

6. FEATURE ARTICLE – Becoming a Director

“Becoming a Director” by Karen Margolese

In the early 1990’s I woke up one day and decided I wanted
to see what working in the film industry had to offer.
Coming from a family that was not involved in anyway except
for being able to enjoy a good film or television show,  I
needed to explore all my options on my own. So I enrolled in
the Vancouver Film School for one course, “Production
Planning as First AD.”  I felt this course was the most
interesting at the time because I wanted to know what was
behind the camera and how films were organized for shooting,
as I knew they were rarely shot in sequence.

I am a “think it through” kind of person so it seemed like
the best option for me. In the course I met a local AD who
was working on a TV series, and invited me to set to see how
things were done. It was then that I got hooked and decided
this was the career path I wanted for myself. So I paid my
$5 to the DGC – yes only five dollars – I enrolled in the
traffic control course, and within a few weeks I had gotten
my first job as a production assistant on the TV series

Picking up cigarette butts and getting yelled at by angry
crew members was not what I had expected, but I figured I
had to pay my dues, and I was just glad to be working and
learning. It was exciting to be working in new locations all
the time and in places that I would never get to see if I
chose a different career. It wasn’t long before I was ready
to get into the AD department as a trainee and start to
really learn what scheduling, planning, and organizing
really meant. I remember one early morning at 4:00am
standing in the middle of the Lions Gate Bridge while the
sun was coming up and thinking to myself, “wow, this is so
cool”, when else would you be able to stand here and not be
scared of getting run over by traffic. That thought was over
fast as I had to organize the crowds of people (extras) who
were coming towards me for our shoot of a Marathon Scene for
a commercial.

The years went on, and I moved up from PA to Trainee AD, to
3rd AD and finally to 2nd AD. At first, moving up to 2nd was
a tough phase for me because I really enjoyed being back at
the trailers and running the workings of the machine.
Becoming a 2nd AD at first was a challenge in the sense that
now I had to make more decisions and delegate to other
people. I loved my job, and when asked if I ever wanted to
be a director the answer was always “NO”, perhaps a
Production Manager or Producer, but never a Director.

Cut to… After years of work in the industry and having
had many wonderful experiences, I still wasn’t quite as
fulfilled as I needed to be. I needed something else,
something to satisfy my creative and emotional side.

In the spring of 2006, I was traveling in Bangkok, Thailand
where I came across a book called “Welcome to the Bangkok
Slaughterhouse”. The title intrigued me and as I sat by the
pool, I read the book in one sitting. It was about the
Children of the Slums of Bangkok and the suffering they had
endured. My heart was stricken and I needed to go meet these
children. I went to the Mercy Centre Orphanage where over
200 children resided and within seconds I knew this was it,
this was a Documentary that needed to be made, and I needed
to tell the story.

Next thing you know I am back in Canada, writing and
researching and fundraising and organizing and booking
everything to go to make this film happen.

The journey has been tough yet rewarding. In order to start
the funding to get me to Bangkok, I organized and event at a
local club. I had 3 bands play, charged a small admission
fee, received all sorts of donations for a raffle from local
restaurants, hotels, spa’s gift shops etc… It was amazing
how many people are willing to help out a good cause. The
hard work I put into organizing the event energized me even
more in the belief in my project. The support I got that
evening made me truly feel that so many people believed in
me. The only thing left to do was to believe in myself.

My very good friend and wonderful cinematographer, Stephen
Maier agreed to come along to Thailand in March 2007.  It
was very important to work with someone I knew I would get
along with and who would understand my vision, and someone
whom I could trust with their talents. Stephen bought a
brand new camera 3 days before we left, the Sony HV1U, HD
format camera. The biggest lesson I have learned, and still
learning in post production is to NOT use the Advanced pull
down setting (24A). It has caused many problems with time
code breaks. I had to have the tapes dubbed into SD for now
in order to cut a small teaser. We are learning that the
advanced setting does not like Final Cut and the workarounds
are very difficult. We are now in the process of
transferring to DVC pro HD and will cut the film Online in
that format, which will in the end save some money and time,
but it is a valuable lesson I learned with making sure how
important it is to do all your homework before going to

The next biggest challenge is finding a good editor. Someone
who can cut well as well as be a good story teller. As
documentaries are so different than a scripted film, often
the story really unfolds in the editing suite. I have the
basis of my story and the message I am getting across but it
is the magic of the editor that pulls it all together.

To get me where I am now has taken a lot of perseverance,
and dedication and belief in myself. I have learned the main
principals to making this work was; Passion, belief,
research, and honor to keep my word.

I am now a Director, a Writer and a Producer. I made it
happen without even realizing it.  I followed a dream and
made it become a reality. I wake up every day and say “wow”
I am a filmmaker now. Years of working on Features,
Commercials, Series and MOW’s I never felt like a filmmaker.
Of course I was part of the machine of making films, but
only now am I actually a “Filmmaker”. I am not going to say
it is easy, it isn’t. I am learning all over again, and
there are days that I feel I am not getting anywhere, but
then I look at my footage, and all the work I have done and
continue to do. Everyday I am closer to finishing my film,
“Slaughterhouse Kids”.  Soon I will be able to sit back and
say “congratulations Karen, you did it” You are a Filmmaker,
a Director, a Producer and a Success!!!

In the meantime, I  am self promoting by keeping an on-line
blog. I am currently working on a new trailer that will be
up on the internet soon, and I have Website under
construction. (http://www.slaughterhousekids.com)

To end this article, I would like to say go with your heart,
follow your desires. Filmmaking is a passionate art, so if
you feel strongly about your goals and you are passionate
about following through, just keep on persevering and you
can do it.

Karen Margolese

7. 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:

8. Internet Marketing (Workshops/Products) for Filmmakers

I’m creating some workshops and related products for
filmmakers on how to use Internet Marketing techniques for
promotion… BUT I need to know what filmmakers like
yourself want to know about using the Internet (and
especially social networking sites such as Facebook,
MySpace, Squidoo, YouTube etc.) for marketing and promoting
yourself or your films.

By participating in a quick survey of four questions, you
will help me decide on the content for my Internet Marketing
for Filmmakers website.

To help me out, could you please visit my Squidoo webpage at
http://www.squidoo.com/internetmarketingforfilmmakers and
participate in a quick poll of four questions.

1. Why do you want to know about Internet Marketing?
2. Do you have your own website or blog?
3. Which social networking website do you like the best?
4. Have you ever posted a Video or Demo Reel on YouTube?

Also, can I add you to my Internet Marketing mailing list?

This will enable me to contact only those subscribers who
are interested in using the internet (particularly Social
Networking Sites) for marketing and promotion.

If you want to find out more on how to use Internet
Marketing for promoting yourself or your films, click below
to get on my mailing list and to receive a free ebook called
“The Multi-Layered Mindset of Web 2.0 Marketing” describing
the evolution of Web 2.0. Click Here: mailto:imfm@aweber.com

9. The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum

The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum.

Ask film directing questions, submit your website for
review, post film and television directing links, share film
making tips and special events or just keep in touch with
other filmmakers from “The Director’s Chair.”

This forum is for subscribers of “The Director’s Chair”
only, so you will have to register in order to post
questions, give answers or add links. All you can do without
registering is read the posts.

Please visit this new forum now, sign up and take a look
around. http://www.actioncutprint.com/smf/index.php

10. Filmmaking News, Websites, Articles and Events

1) The Great American Pitchfest
Learn from Hollywood Professionals how to hone and pitch
your idea, and then meet one on one with the companies who
can turn your ideas into television shows and movies.
June 20 – 22, 2008
Marriott Burbank Hotel & Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA

Film Financing Seminar and Business Plan Workshop
Saturday & Sunday, March 29th and 30th
9am – 5pm
Writers Guild of America Theater
135 South Doheny Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90211

3) Film Directing Shots
One of the most over used cliches in film is “The Shots are
all you have.” Film Directing SHOTS: The following are what
you need to think about practically so you can think
creatively and device the best shot list you possibly can.
Click below to read rest of article

4) Mystery movie makes marketing history – IT WAS the film
without a name, and the poster with no words. For months it
had no title and a shroud of secrecy surrounded its cast and
plotline, with only a few carefully leaked clues. Now we
know that Cloverfield, a horror film, has been the subject
of an unusual internet marketing campaign that experts
herald as the way of the future.
Read rest of article:

11. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall

I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over
34 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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