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If You Post It, They Won’t Come: The Truth About Attracting Fans and Getting Viewers

“The Onion” has a band of satire that is second to none. Usually they take on political figures or world events. But today they featured a video sarcastically making fun of the plight of thousands of content creators and aspiring filmmakers who don’t understand how to build an audience for their creations. The video is […]

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It’s Not the Camera: Insights Into Directing

Over and over and over again, I see aspiring filmmakers focusing on the wrong thing. On the one hand, I am delighted when I see someone skip film school, grab their own camera, and just start shooting. But then, people get really obsessed with something that has absolutely no bearing on your success as a Director: the […]

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‘Film School Secrets’ Basic Available Again

For the past 2 years, I delighted in sharing no BS insights into the film business in a small course called “Film School Secrets”. My team and I helped hundreds of students from around the world get on real film sets and begin planing their careers in a practical, powerful way. However, I realized that […]

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Have You Seen This Bill Murray Comedy Gem?

A couple of days ago, my girlfriend brought over one of my favorite movies ever that she took out of the library. The movie? “Quick Change”. An early 90s gem starring Bill Murray, Geena David, and Randy Quaid. The concept is pretty simple. A guy dressed as a clown robs a bank. It’s the perfect […]

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Film School Dropout Case Study

The day I moved in to my apartment building in 2006, I stumbled upon a small film shoot. There were bright lights, gaffing equipment, and a focused kid carrying a Panasonic DVX 100. That kid’s name was Pete Atencio, and you’ve probably never heard of him. He isn’t ultra famous like Steven Spielberg or Quentin […]

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5 Great Cautionary Movies About Making Movies

Everyone loves a movie; and people who make movies love making movies about people making movies. Self referential humor has become a cultural norm. The humor derived from most of these movies is either about how insane it is to make a movie, or how insane or ridiculous the people are who decide to make […]

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What You Can Learn From Zach Braff’s $2.2 Million Campaign on Kickstarter

Zach Braff wanted to make a sequel to “Garden State”. He decided to raise money via Crowfunding site Kickstarter. The goal of the campaign was $2 million. And at last count, they had raised $2.47 million. Some people have criticized Braff for doing this, since he’s already famous and has plenty of industry connections. Isn’t […]

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