Meet Your Filmmaking Co-Conspirator | 2/06/13
I share my experience of being a screenwriter & a director and how this column will offer tools to help get you started directing your own work.
Grab Life by the Here and Nows | 3/06/13
Lessons I'm learning as a filmmaker on embracing my career today and appreciating each step along the path to professional success.
Facing Down the Repeat | 5/01/13
A career isn't made after one script or one film but by getting to the end of a project and jumping right back in again on the next.
Film Festivals and the Short Film Part 2 | 7/03/13
Part 2 covers preparing for and attending a film festival.
After writing & directing two short films I look back at the lessons learned from film editing that I can apply to my next scripts.
If you settle for a weak script every step afterward is built upon a poor foundation – script development tips for first-time directors.
Working with a Casting Director [Interview] | 03/05/14
Interview with Casting Director Brette Goldstein on attracting talent to your project.
Marketing Your Short Film Part 1 | 05/28/14
Covers planning & executing your marketing plan during pre-production and production.
Interview with Chris Sparling (writer of BURIED and ATM) on the path to his first screenplay sale.
Mining Film Directing Lessons from Your Work | 07/01/15
I share my process for analyzing my own work and extracting all of the directing lessons I can from each film I make.
Dare to Make a Scene | 2/20/13
Takes you through the steps of shooting a scene by laying out a great project for first-time directors.
Get Set | 4/03/13
Tips for landing your first on set job.
Film Festivals and the Short Film Part 1 | 6/05/13
Part 1 covers selecting an online release vs a festival release and how to select the best festivals for your film.
Working with Line Producers [Interview] | 8/28/13
An interview with Line Producers - what they do and how they can help your production.
Hosting a Table Read for Your Script | 11/06/13
Tips for using this invaluable tool to improve your screenplay and ready it for production.
Selecting Your First Project to Direct | 02/05/14
You write & now you want to direct. Tips for selecting your 1st project as a director.
Lookbooks for Films and Scripts | 05/07/14
Adapt a director’s tool — the lookbook — into a writer’s lookbook.
Marketing Your Short Film Part 2 | 07/02/14
Part 2 covers executing your marketing plan during post-production and beyond.
Time to Make a Film! | 10/01/14
Tips for getting into fighting shape before diving into the filmmaking trenches. Plus, I announce my new film!
Write a Compelling Short Film Script | 08/12/15
Tips for writing a great short film script by focusing on what's unique about this form.