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I’m Peter D. Marshall and I would like to introduce you to The Director’s Chair monthly filmmaking ezine for indie filmmakers.

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“I just started with your newsletter.. saw it on a friend’s facebook page.. she is a director I had worked with on a film project. I think what you do is fabu! and so needed.. you provide a wealth of info in what I have read so far.. so, I had to say thank you with great appreciation. I do not have time to go to film school.. please know you make a difference.” Daphne Valentina, Studio City, California

2000
Issue #1 – April 10, 2000 (Working with Actors: Personality Traits)
Issue #2 – May 12, 2000 (Working with Actors: The Casting Session)
Issue #3 – June 12, 2000 (Script Breakdown: Script and Scene Analysis)
Issue #4 – July 17, 2000 (Script Breakdown: Character Analysis)
Issue #5 – August 20, 2000 (On Set: Blocking a Scene)
Issue #6 – September 26, 2000 (On Set: Rehearsing a Scene)
Issue #7 – October 30, 2000 (Visual Concept and Colours)
Issue #8 – November 29, 2000 (Staging and Shooting a Fight Scene)
Issue #9 – December 30, 2000 (Staging and Choreography)

“I am regular reader of your paper. I am a new director in Nepal (Kollywood film industries.) Thank you very much for giving me very useful tips. Due to this, I can manage my tasks very easily. I’m so greatful to you.”Pradeep K. Bhatta, Nepal

2001

Issue #10 – January 31, 2001 (Convergence: The Reality)
Issue #11 – February 19, 2001 (The Commercial Director – Part 1)
Issue #12 – March 19, 2001 (The Commercial Director – Part 2)
Issue #13 – April 23, 2001 (Letter from Your Sound Department – Part 1)
Issue #14 – May 21, 2001 (The Commercial Director – Part 3)
Issue #15 – June 18, 2001 (Letter from Your Sound Department – Part 2)
Issue #16 – July 23, 2001 (Letter from Your Sound Department – Part 3
Issue #17 – August 20, 2001 (Directing Direct Response Television)
There was no September issue
Issue #18 – October 22, 2001 (The Director’s Prep)
Issue #19 – November 17, 2001 (The Art of Directing)
Issue #20 – December 17, 2001 (Motion Picture Directing)

“I just wanted to let you know I find you’re ezine to be very helpful! I’m in the process of a film and have enjoyed the tips & info!” Morbid Trioxin – Louisville, Kentucky, USA

2002
Issue #21 – January 14, 2002 (Directing as a Helping Profession)
Issue #22 – February 25, 2002 (On Israeli Cinema)
Issue #23 – March 25, 2002 (Pre-Production Activities)
Issue #24 – April 29, 2002 (Directing 101)
Issue #25 – May 26, 2002 (21st Century Black America Filmmakers)
Issue #26 – June 28, 2002 (Working with Actors – Parts 1 & 2)
Issue #27 – July 29, 2002 (Finding Work in the Film & TV Business)
Issue #28 – August 26, 2002 (A Series of Subscriber Articles)
Issue #29 – September 27, 2002 (Television vs Movies)
Issue #30 – October 31, 2002 (Movie Industry Analysis)
Issue #31 – November 30, 2002 (Making a Living in Video and Film)
There was no December issue

“I’d like to say how much your publications have meant to me and how much I have learned from them and I have left more then one printed version with a few of my directors.” Greg Fawcett, Los Angeles, USA

2003
Issue #32 – January 6, 2003 (18 Film Making Article Links )
Issue #33 – February/March, 2003 (The Visual Style of John Woo)
Issue #34 – April 14, 2003 (The Craft of Directing)
Issue #35 – May 26, 2003 (What is Your Goal?)
Issue #36 – June 27, 2003 (Buyers and Sellers)
Issue #37 – July 28, 2003 (Beginning the Deal)
There was no August issue
Issue #38 – September 22, 2003 (Dreaming the Impossible Dream?)
Issue #39 – October 21, 2003 (What is a Director?)
Issue #40 – November 22, 2003 (10 Tips to Market & Promote Your Film)
There was no December issue
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“I’ve been reading your articles since “Scene 1 Take 1″ in April 2000. They are a great help to all aspiring screenwriters and directors.” Leonid Bochkov, Moscow, Russia.
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2004
Issue #41 – January 7, 2004 (55 Story Elements for Writing Romance)
Issue #42 – February 23, 2004 (A Short History of the Horror Film)
There were no March or April issues
Issue #43 – May 11, 2004 (Working with Actors on the Set)
Issue #44 – June 20, 2004 (10 Website Links for Free Film Ezines)
There was no July issue
Issue #45 – August 30, 2004 (The Hollywood Pitch Festival)
Issue #46 – September 28, 2004 (What to Avoid in Low Budget Scripts)
Issue #47 – October 18, 2004 (The 12 Biggest Mistakes Directors Make)
Issue #48 – November 22, 2004 (Don’t Let Budget Choose Your Format(Pt.1)
Issue #49 – December 26, 2004 (Don’t Let Budget Choose Your Format(Pt.2)

“Do keep up the good work in The Director’s Chair. Filmmakers all over the globeare benefitting from your insight and your generosity in sharing your knowledgeIncluding me – and I’ve been at it for thirty years!” James MacGregor www.movieScopemag.com

2005
Issue #50 – January 18, 2005 (Don’t Let Budget Choose Your Format(Pt. 3)
Issue #51 – February 21, 2005 (Finding the Right Agent)
Issue #52 – March 15, 2005 (Script Analysis Check List)
Issue #53 – April 28, 2005 (Why S*x Is a Turn-Off for Movie Audiences)
Issue #54 – May 30, 2005 (Finding a Film Job)
Issue #55 – June 30, 2005 (MAKING IT in Film Production!)
Issue #56 – July 29, 2005 (Introduction to “Directing the Money”)
Issue #57 – August 28, 2005 (Translating Ideas Into Money Talk)
Issue #58 – September 26, 2005 (Five Good Producer Skills)
Issue #59 – October 22, 2005 (Using Music Legally in Your Work)
Issue #60 – November 19, 2005 (What is a Pro?)
Issue #61 – December 22, 2005 (African Cinema – An Overview)

“Thank you for your ezine. It is a amazing resource!” James Sutherland, South Africa

2006
Issue #62 – January 15, 2006 (More About African Cinema)
Issue #63 – February 27, 2006 (Music Licensing)
Issue #64 – March 30, 2006 (Digital vs Film)
Issue #65 – April 28, 2006 (The Importance of Securing Chain of Title)
Issue #66 – May 16, 2006 (Tips to Make your Movie Sound Real)
Issue #67 – June 20, 2006 (Producing Films for the Internet)
Issue #68 – July 18, 2006 (INDIE Film Financing)
Issue #69 – August 22, 2006 (DVD Replication for Dummies)
Issue #70 – October 10, 2006 (Good Inexpensive Production Music)
Issue #71 – November 27, 2006 (Producing a Dynamite Demo Reel)
Issue #72 – December 28, 2006 (Film Making in Jordan)

“Thanks for the words. You ezine is great, I read about 8 of them in one sitting. It’s great what you are doing for us struggling filmmakers!” Robert E. Holley, Grave Shift Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2007
Issue #73 – January 25, 2007 (Breaking Free of Structure Paradigms)
Issue #74 – February 27, 2007 (A Sound Mixer: Notes for Directors)
There was no March/April issue
Issue #75 – May 22, 2007 (Filmmaking and Storytelling)
Issue #76 – June 19, 2007 (The Hero’s Journey-106 Stages)
Issue #77 – July 16, 2007 (Filming in the Philippines)
Issue #78 – August 13, 2007 (Art as Business or Hobby?)
Issue #79 – September 24, 2007 (What To Do Until The Money Arrives)
Issue #80 – October 26, 2007 (Hollywood and the Case of Africa)
Issue #81 – December 9, 2007 (Location Scouting Tips)

“I must tell you that the Director’s Chair E-Zine has been my crash course indirecting and I am very grateful for the incredibly practical advice it contains!” Chisanga Kabinga, South Africa


2008
Issue #82 – January 20
, 2008 (Using the Internet to Find Funding for Films)
Issue #83 – February 25, 2008 (Shooting Action on a Shoestring Budget)
Issue #84 – March 17, 2008 (Becoming a Director)
Issue #85 – April 25, 2008 (Cynthia Wade – 2008 Academy Award Winner)
Issue #86 – May 19, 2008 (How to Get into the Music Video Business)
Issue #87 – June 16, 2008 (It’s Not a Song Without the Music)
Issue #88 – July 25, 2008 (50 Things to Know About Film Production
Issue #89 – August 22, 2008 (Sam Heer: A Producer’s Perspective)
Issue #90 – September 26, 2008 (How to Find Buyers for Your Films)
Issue #91 – October 12, 2008 (The New Indie Filmmaking Arena)
Issue #92 – November 24, 2008 (Entrepreneur Movie Director/Producer)
Issue #93 – December 24, 2008 (All About Indie Filmmaking)

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“Thank you for your monthly teaching Ezine. I have been receiving it since I first started taking film classes at community college and then into University film school and now I will continue learning tips & pointers from them as I create movies in my career.” Joe Perez, Los Angeles,  U.S.A.

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2009
Issue #94 – January 19, 2009
(How I Got That First Job in TV)
Issue #95 – February 22, 2009 (Working with a Music Composer)
Issue #96 – March 25, 2009 (The Ten Commandments of Filmmaking)
There was no April Issue
Issue #97 – May 3, 2009 (Metamorphosis Filmmaker)
Issue #98 – June 22, 2009 (Prodding the Drunken Elephant)
Issue #99 – (July) Aug. 20, 2009 (Make Your Short Film On a ZERO Budget)
Issue #100 – September 22, 2009
(The Current Status of Visual Effects)
Issue #101 – October 26, 2009
(An Austrian Filmmaker’s Journey)
Issue #102 – Nov. 24, 2009
(Film Festival Secrets)
Issue #103 – Dec. 15, 2009
(Best Way to Advance Your Film Career)

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“Peter, I can’t begin to thank you enough for your monthly Ezine! The content is so valuable I feel like I’m stealing free lessons. I’m constantly learning something each month, which allows me to grow as an independent filmmaker. I look forward to the next installment! ”
D. Miles, (Long Beach, USA)

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2010
Issue #104 – Jan. 10, 2010
(Creating Creative Working Relationships)
Issue #105 – Feb. 9, 2010 (On Collaboration: Less is not Always More)
Issue #106 – March. 9, 2010 (Film Pipeline Overview)
Issue #107 – April 24, 2010 (Florida Road – An Independent Film)
Issue #108 – May/June 17, 2010 (The 7-Step Film Directing Formula)
Issue #109 – July 26, 2010
(The Role of the Director During Pre-Production)
Issue #110 – August 28, 2010 (The Director’s Creative Process)
Issue #111 – September 19, 2010 (Making Up the Director’s Mind)
Issue #112 – October 25, 2010 (Psychology of Movement)
Issue #113 – November 26, 2010 (Casting Guidelines for Directors)
There was no December Issue

2011
Issue #114 – January  19, 2011
(A Film Director’s Journey)
Issue #115 – February 21, 2011 (Directing Tools – The Actors Language)
Issue #116 – March 25, 2011 (Indie Filmmakers-Creating Business Plans)
Issue #117 – April 18, 2011 (Interview with a Screenwriter-Part 1)
Issue #118 – May 14, 2011 (Interview with a Screenwriter-Part 2)
Issue #119 – June 5, 2011 (3D Beyond the Cameras)
Issue #120 – July 17, 2011(Pt 1: Interview with Actor/Director Trilby Jeeves)
Issue #121 – August 7, 2011 (The Art of Scene Transitions)
Issue #122 – September 8, 2011 (Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul)
Issue #123 – October 12, 2011 (Pt 2: Interview with Actor/Director Trilby Jeeves)
Issue #124 – November 11, 2011 (Remembrance Day 11-11-11)
Issue #125 – December 12, 2011(Directing the Audition)

2012
Issue #126 – January 15, 2012 (The First Script Read-Through)
Issue #127 – February 12, 2012 (Creating the Director’s Subworld)
Issue #128 – March 12, 2012 (Basic Film Blocking Techniques)
Issue #129 – April 21, 2012 (Don’t Give Up On Your Dreams)
Issue #130 – May 6, 2012 (10 Tricks and Traps of Producing)
Issue #131 – June 16, 2012 (Shedding the Stigma)
Issue #132 – July 22, 2012 (Personal Observations)
Issue #133 – August 19, 2012 (High-Tech Movie Tools)
Issue #134 – September 19, 2012 (Mistakes First Time Directors Make)
Issue #135 – October 22, 2012 (The 5 Groups of On-Camera Players)
Issue #136 – November 15, 2012 (Truth, Justice and the Cinema!)
Issue #137 – December 19, 2012 (Get Your Creative Project off the Ground)

2013
Issue #138 – January 16, 2013 (Creating a Lasting Career in the Movies)
Issue #139 – February 21, 2013 (The Working Film Director)
Issue #140 – March 18, 2013 (A Filmmaking Checklist)
Issue #141 – April 5, 2013 (The Actor/Director Dance)
Issue #142 – May 7, 2013 (Transitioning From Narrative to Documentary)
Issue #143 – June 4, 2013 (Why Music is Paramount for Filmmakers)
Issue #144 – July 2, 2013 (The 5 Groups of On-Camera Players)
There was no August issue
Issue #145 – Sept. 14, 2013 (Creating Good Character Descriptions )
Issue #146 – October. 8, 2013 (Third World Entertainment)
Issue #147 – November. 5, 2013 (Film Industry Jobs)
Issue #148 – December. 10, 2013 (How Hitchcock can Save your Film)

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“I may not fully participate and write back with every issue of The Director’s Chair you send, but I just want to say thanks and I appreciate the knowledge you push out to us. I’m all the way in Zimbabwe and The Director’s Chair is one of my essential reads for “My Film School.” Pfungwa Kizito Chimbetete, Director,
Zimbabwe.
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2014
Issue #149 – January. 7, 2014 (Push the Boundaries of Your Creativity)
Issue #150 – February 4, 2014 (How I Made My First Feature For 7k)
Issue #151 – March 4, 2014 (Scene Tectonics: Building Blocks of Drama)
Issue #152 – April 8, 2014 (7 Tips to Make a Living Filmmaking)
Issue #153 – May 6, 2014 (Connecting with Your Audience’s Emotions)
Issue #154 – June 10, 2014 (What Makes Great Film-Makers So Great?)
Issue #155 – July 15, 2014 (Crowd Funding Tips from an Indie Filmmaker)
Issue #156 – August 7, 2014 (Blocking and Rehearsing Actors on Set)
Issue #157 – September 16, 2014 (Defining the Director/DOP Relationship)
Issue #158 – October 14, 2014 (Differentiating Good Acting From Bad Acting)
Issue #159 – November 6, 2014 (The Business of Film)
There was no December issue
2015
There was no January issue
Issue #160 – February 11, 2015 (Filmmaking Videos from Established Directors)
Issue #161 – March 10, 2015 (Does a Good Story Really Make a Good Film?)
Issue #162 – April 7, 2015 (Understanding Human Behavior (Part 1)
Issue #163 – May 5, 2015 (Understanding Human Behavior (Part 2)

SUBSCRIBE NOW to Issue #164 – June 8, 2015
(Why Auditions are the ‘Bottleneck’ of the Film Industry)

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