Indie Filmmaker Inspiration: Mark Toia

Indie Filmmaker Inspiration: Mark Toia

Mark Toia never made a feature film before. He came up with an idea and explored it as a hobby. Soon it became an obsession, that became a screenplay, attached actor Neal McDonough, the directed and produced it, with 200 effects shots for under $2 million dollars. It looks like a $50 million dollar movie. He turned down complicated film...

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Advice from Script Readers

Advice from Script Readers

Script readers have the difficult task of reading spec script submissions sent to studios, producers and agents, the good and the bad, and a lot of the later. I'm always interested to hear what they have to say about storytelling. They may not be great writers or teachers of screenwriting, but just by virtue of swimming in the slush...

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Stanley Kubrick’s First Short Films

Stanley Kubrick’s First Short Films

From Look photographer to filmmaker, Kubrick's first two short films show the developing eye of a great director. He made his first film Day of the Fight in 1949 for $3900. It tells the story of a day before a fight for boxer Walter Cartier. The 16 minute film sold to...

Handheld Camera Hell

Handheld Camera Hell

Handheld camerawork has lost it's way in today's media. It's overused, over-exaggerated, and misplaced. Some media productions have fallen into handheld hell -- impossible to watch without getting sea sick. Too often handheld camerawork destroys what would have been...

Great Literature Editions for Christian Storytellers

Great Literature Editions for Christian Storytellers

B&H Publishing and Dr. Karen Swallow Prior have published a number of literary classiscs in beautiful new hardcover editions. These editions are from the series "A Guide to Reading and Reflecting (Read and Reflect with the Classics). Each novel includes helpful...

CWVFF Filmmakers Guild Membership has relaunched

CWVFF Filmmakers Guild Membership has relaunched

The Christian Worldview Film Festival has reluanched The Filmmakers Guild with over 300 hours of keynote addresses and workshops. I've purchased a membership and have enjoyed many great videos from past events. It's well worth the membership fee, and for a limited...

7 Indie Micro-budget Filmmakers Who Have Chutzpah

7 Indie Micro-budget Filmmakers Who Have Chutzpah

We are living in a new era of microbudget filmmaking. More and more filmmakers are learning how to make their own films on a shoestring and find an audience. We are no longer beholden to Hollywood for entertainment, and that's a good thing, especially for Christian...