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“There are no rules in filmmaking. Only sins! And the cardinal sin is dullness.” Frank Capra As a filmmaker, I’ve been working professionally in the film and TV business for over 40 years, primarily as a Director and a 1st AD. During that time, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of productions: […] Read the full article →
I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting a live 90 minute webinar called Preproduction: The Film Director’s Process of Discovery for Stage 32 on Wednesday, January 22 at 1:00pm (PST) http://bit.ly/1aXf44s NOTE: You have to be a Stage 32 member to register for this event. You can sign up here: https://www.stage32.com And […] 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 →
The Director and the Director of Photography (DOP) relationship is one of the most important collaborative relationships on any film set. Not only does a director need a DOP who has all the visual and technical skills to make a film “look great,” the smart director also wants a DOP who has the creative sensibility […] Read the full article →
I am pleased to tell you that I will be teaching a 2 day film workshop called “Film Directing Essentials: The Art of Story Telling” in Petionville, Haiti on July 31 – August 1, 2013. http://www.nehemiahrecords.com/#!workshops/cxbs This 2 day live event is being sponsored by Nehemiah Records and Haiti Love Revolution. The event producer is […] <!--more-->
Exclusive article from the New York Film Academy. Getting the chance to work with pyrotechnics is about as exciting as it sounds, but not nearly as dangerous as you’d imagine (when handled properly, that is.) Still, there are a few key things to consider when working on any scene which features live fire and other […] Read the full article →
I have partnered again with Raindance Canada (Toronto) to bring you another 2-day advanced directing workshop called Directing Actors. This directing workshop builds on my previous Advanced Blocking workshop and creates an intense, experiential environment in which directors and actors learn critical skills for working together effectively on set. Working with actors can be one […] 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 →
I will be teaching a 2 day film directing workshop (Essentials of Film Directing) in Toronto on June 23 and 24, 2012. This event is sponsored by Raindance Canada. As of June 17, 39 filmmakers (from Canada, USA, South Africa, Haiti and Singapore) have registered for this 2 day intensive workshop. A director is a […] Read the full article →
Dear Filmmaker, To celebrate Spring (and April 1st), I am offering my newly updated 2012 version of “The Art and Craft of the Director Online Course” at a substantial discount for this weekend only: March 31, and April 1, 2012. This special sale will end Sunday, April 1 at 11:59pm PST (Los Angeles time.) The […] Read the full article →