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The Director's Chair Issue #91 – Oct. 12, 2008 (The New Indie Filmmaking Arena)

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THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR
Free Monthly Ezine for Film and Television Directors

October 12, 2008                  Scene 9 – Take 10
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Published once a month.

Publisher: Peter D. Marshall
Email: mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com
Web Site: http://www.actioncutprint.com

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CONTENTS
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1. Introduction
2. Is Your Dream to Direct Movies?
3. BLOG – Film Directing Tips
4. Twitter
5. The Director’s Chair Filmmakers Discussion Forum
6. Links to Subscriber Videos
7. FEATURE ARTICLE – Web Series: The New Filmmaking Arena
8. Write an Article for The Director’s Chair
9. Subscriber Shameless Self-Promotion
10. Subscriber Links of Interest
11. Filmmaking News, Websites, Articles and Events
12. Filmmaking Workshops
13. Back Issues of The Director’s Chair
14. Subscribe & Unsubscribe Information
15. Copyright Information

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1. INTRODUCTION
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** Happy Thanksgiving weekend to all Canadians!

Welcome to Issue #91 of The Director’s Chair (Oct. 12/08)

1) FILMMAKERS IN OVER 100 COUNTRIES READ THIS EZINE:

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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) SPECIAL FEATURE ARTICLE – the feature article this month
is called “Web Series: The New Indy Filmmaking Arena” by
A.J. Wedding. “There are hundreds of them on the web, and in
production. Budgets vary widely, creating almost a wild west
backdrop for a new world of filmmakers. A combination of
brilliant and horrible ideas swimming together in an
unedited universe where a ticket doesn’t cost a penny. A
place where the only thing that sets your project apart from
others is how many hits you get. Democratic filmmaking?
Independent filmmaking? The internet is becoming a proving
ground for your big ideas.” (See below to read article)

3) FACEBOOK – The Director’s Chair has it’s own page on
Facebook. If you haven’t signed up to Facebook yet, 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.
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:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Directors-Chair-Ezine/21890858600

4) FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS AND PRODUCT PROMOTION –
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
ezine.

5) SHARE THIS EZINE – Share this Ezine by email and forward
it to your friends and associates.

6) SUGGESTIONS & COMMENTS – Send any comments, suggestions,
questions or advice to: mailto:comments@actioncutprint.com

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Enjoy.

Peter D. Marshall

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2. Is Your Dream to Direct Movies?
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Do You Want to Become a Successful, Working Film and
Television Director?

“The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar” is a
10-Day multimedia audio seminar I created full of film
making tips, techniques and tools designed to help you
become a successful, working film and television director.

This 162 page pdf eBook contains links to 26 audio files you
can download onto your computer, 23 downloadable PDF
reports, 28 links to videos you can watch and is supported
by over 500 separate website reference links.
http://www.actioncutprint.com/audioseminar-aotd1.html

I am very proud of this film directing course and I
guarantee that anyone who listens to the audio files and
reads all the support material 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.
http://www.actioncutprint.com/audioseminar-aotd1.html

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3. BLOG – Film Directing Tips
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Thanks to subscribers like yourself, my filmmaking blog,
FilmDirectingTips.com has been on the first page of Google
for months now using the keywords, “film directing.”

Don’t forget to take some time to look through the many blog
postings on the site and even post some filmmaking tips or
filmmaking resources of your own.

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.

Blog – http://filmdirectingtips.com
RSS – http://filmdirectingtips.com/wp-rss.php

Here are some of the latest blog entries I have made:

– The Director’s Script Breakdown: Character Analysis
– Behind-the-Scenes Tutorials with Paul Del Vecchio
– Script and Scene Analysis for the Film Director
– The Casting Session and the Director
– Understanding Camera Techniques – Moving Camera

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4. TWITTER
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Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging
service that allows users to send and read other users’
updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based
posts of up to 140 characters in length.

It is one of the best and quickest ways for friends, family
or people with common interests to stay in touch.

If you have a Twitter account, let’s follow each other. You
can follow me at http://twitter.com/bcfilmmaker. Just
mention that you are a subscriber to The Director’s Chair
and I will then follow you.

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

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

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6. Links to Subscriber Videos
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This is a new service for subscribers of The Director’s
Chair. If you have a video you want to share with other
subscribers, send me the link and a little info and I will
post them here.

1. I wanted to share the Behind the Scenes of my latest
film, FALLOUT, with you. Part2 has stuff on directing:
http://snurl.com/42lb7

Paul Del Vecchio

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7. FEATURE ARTICLE – Web Series: The New Filmmaking Arena
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“Web Series: The New Indy Filmmaking Arena” by A.J. Wedding

There are hundreds of them on the web, and in production.
Budgets vary widely, creating almost a wild west backdrop
for a new world of filmmakers. A combination of brilliant
and horrible ideas swimming together in an unedited
universe where a ticket doesn’t cost a penny. A place where
the only thing that sets your project apart from others is
how many hits you get. Democratic filmmaking? Independent
filmmaking? The internet is becoming a proving ground for
your big ideas.

My friend and I had developed a project for television which
we had pitched around Hollywood. People seemed to love it.
In fact, we had actually been told that we should give
classes in pitching because they hadn’t heard such a great
pitch before. But Hollywood executives have to worry about
their jobs…and with so much money and influence
surrounding the business, they need to find big reasons why
a show will make it…bigger than whether they think the
story is good or not. When two unknown actors and writers
pitch a TV series, no network exec is willing to stake their
career on it!

The internet, on the other hand, does not YET have the same
rules. There are many new media companies investing small
amounts of money in web series, trying to find out what the
biggest money-making opportunities are going to be.
Currently, there are no glass ceilings in this world….if
you have a great idea, you can get funding…and a great
amount of creative control over your project!

A company leading the charge to bring high quality
productions to the web is 60 Frames Entertainment. Being the
first “filmmaker friendly” web studio, they attract artists
who wish to hang on to their ideas, and share in the
profits. Their flagship Web Series, launched Sept. 18th. is
called “Infamous.” This is the series that we have been dying
to get out there. And as you will see, we have attempted to
not only make a great web series, but also, to raise the bar
for production value on the web.

“Infamous” is a story about two guys that have the big dream
of being actors…but they are stuck paying their bills with
their mundane day jobs…as contract killers. We follow Tom
and Anthony as they navigate Hollywood’s sexiest strip
clubs, posh hotels, and their employer’s covert
assassination operation while trying to keep their Hollywood
dreams alive…

We had decided we would shoot in HD, with 35mm lenses, and
finish the project with a grainy-film look. It’s kind of an
homage to Reservoir Dogs and Swingers, so it seemed right.
Questions constantly arised as to whether we would be able
to cover the costs, given the modest budget we had. We knew
that in order to make it work, we would have to call in many
favors, which is exactly what we did. At no time did we
intend to make any money out of the budget we were given.
Raising the bar was more important to us, so that we could
show internet viewers that we appreciated them. They deserve
more than what they are given right now by other web
producers.

Constantly raising the bar is how production budgets go up,
viewership increases, and of course corporations put more
advertising dollars into the programming. Currently,
corporations aren’t sure what web video should be, so they
are still poking around at product-based series that are
reminiscent of 1950’s television. But little by little they
are learning that sponsoring shows that appeal to their
fan base (without blatantly taking over that show) is the way
to go.

Over the next 5-10 years, we will see an increase in
production value on the web that rivals many television
programs. The web will become an amazing proving ground for
future TV projects, and it will be a new place where there
can truly be a working-class actor again, which seems to
have been all but eliminated in Hollywood. But you should
take advantage now, and get in before the doors all close.
Remember the stock market boom of the early 90’s, where
internet speculation ran rampant, and several unknowns
became millionaires almost overnight? It’s about to happen
again. You have a choice. You can watch it happen, or you
can be creative, pitch projects you can do on the web with
low budgets, and get on the inside.

Please check out our web series on your favorite web-video
outlet, or you can see it here…new episodes every Thursday
throughout October…
http://www.youtube.com/user/Infamoustheseries

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A.J. Wedding is the co-creator and co-star of the web series
“Infamous.” He also recently wrote and directed the horror
film, “The Disappearance of Jenna Matheson,” which is soon
to be released by York Entertainment. He won several
festival awards for his 35mm short, “Causality,” and has
acted on shows such as “Drake and Josh” and “Buffy the
Vampire Slayer.” He most recently played a role in the
Sci-Fi movie of the week, “Fall of Hyperion.”
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8. Do You Want to Write an Article for The Director’s Chair?
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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:
mailto:pdm@actioncutprint.com

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9. SUBSCRIBER SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION
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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.
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1) My name is Brad Royce and I am a writer and entrepreneur.
My company, CutThroat Creations, LLC, houses all of my
creative projects of Billiard apparel designs, screenplays
and a horror themed website, “hosted” by an original
character (Mortis Rigor) that I am developing a comic horror
storyline around. I have written one feature and several
short screenplays including one short that has recently
received the attention of several directors and producers.
It is called The Plea Agreement (The plea agreement has been
set…on a murder that hasn’t happened yet.) and is entered
into two contests currently.

I am looking to develop my writing skills and hope to meet
others in the industry. Please stop by my websites
http://www.cutthroatcreations.com and
http://www.mortis-rigor.com or drop me an email
mailto:spg_brad@yahoo.com

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10. SUBSCRIBER LINKS OF INTEREST
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“Subscriber Links of Interest” is where you can further
promote yourself, your company or your productions by having
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If you are a subscriber to this ezine and you want me to put
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Again, I also reserve the right to edit the promotion for
length and formatting.

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11. Filmmaking News, Websites, Articles and Events
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1) WHAT WE DON’T TALK ABOUT WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MOVIES
Armond White takes aim at the critics who write with their
thumbs.
http://www.nypress.com/21/17/news&columns/feature3.cfm

2) Location, Location, Location: Scouting Tips
Just like in real estate, when you leave the studio (if you
were ever in one) one of the biggest factors to a good
shoot, is location, location, location. I’ve been on many a
location scout and have seen some great location and so not
so great locations. One of the biggest things when seeing
what looks like a great location is you have to think will
it work logistically.
http://www.scottspears.net/locationscoutingarticle.htm

3) The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, is seeking
submissions for its sixth annual event. From February 13-22,
2009 the festival will screen 100 films, including world and
U.S. premieres, classics, rare and experimental works at the
historic Wilma Theater in downtown Missoula, Montana. In
addition to ten days of screenings, the event will feature
many public and VIP events including panel discussions,
galas, receptions and networking round-tables.
http://www.bigskyfilmfest.org/home.html

4) Digital Video 101 – Video Storytelling 103: Edit Your
Video, Share It Online. This course for the intermediate to
experienced filmmaker teaches you some tried and true
storytelling skills you need in the editing room to
structure your movie, such as editing for effect.
http://backstage101.learningcenter.sony.us/courses/overview/p/courseId/15547?courseSessionId=27164&eventType=RSC

5) Film directing style, editing and content affect brain
activity Using advanced functional imaging methods, New York
University neuroscientists have found that certain motion
pictures can exert considerable control over brain activity.
Moreover, the impact of films varies according to movie
content, editing, and directing style.
http://machineslikeus.com/news/film-directing-style-editing-and-content-affect-brain-activity

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12. FILMMAKING WORKSHOPS – Peter D. Marshall
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I have worked in the Film and Television Industry for over
35 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.
http://www.actioncutprint.com/workshops.html

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