EOC 003: Interview with Shenita Moore, actress

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In this episode of the podcast, I speak with actress Shenita Moore, who I met back in 2010 on the set of a short film that Shenita produced titled Queen Victoria’s Wedding. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Shenita is a working actress with tons of invaluable insight. In this the take, we discuss: […]

EOC 002: Interview with Jake Katofsky, producer/ screenwriter

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In this take of our podcast, I speak with Jake Katofsky, a producer and writer whose first feature, 108 Stitches, is now available on Amazon and other VOD platforms. Jake is (only) a student but through unlimited passion, smart networking, and perseverance, he found his way into an independent production that features such talents as […]

EOC 001: Interview with Jai Corria, Assistant Camera/DIT

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In this take of the EOC Podcast, I speak with Jai Corria, an assistant camera and digital imaging technician with over a decade of industry experience.  Jai has worked in such big titles as Pirates of Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and  Parks and Recreation. More recently, Jai has also worked on Horrible Bosses 2 and […]

Introducing The Elements of Cinema Podcast, featuring Interviews with Filmmakers

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Greetings CinemaNation! I’m so excited to announce the launch of the Elements of Cinema Podcast, a phenomenal resource for both current and future filmmakers as we will explore different professions and careers in the entertainment industry. This will help us break the business apart and then piece it together. Here’s our introduction episode in which I explain […]

Is Film School a Good Idea?

The debate between Film School vs. DIY or Learn-As-You-Go Filmmaking is one of the hottest topics out there. Here's my two cents on the matter.

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If you read my about page, you know that I went to film school. It’s no secret, I’m not ashamed. I actually had a superb experience, where I worked on a multitude of projects and befriended some of the nicest people I know. But, in the spirits of fair discussion, I will try to be […]

Martin Scorsese’s Inspiring Speech and Advice to Filmmakers

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The pursuit of the arts, and specifically filmmaking in our case, is never a pain-free journey. There’s often a lot of confusion, doubt, and struggle along the way. By interviewing professionals of the entertainment industry, I often hear two dreaded words: “Burn out.” If you ask around, it’s not uncommon to meet professionals who are sick and tired of […]

Quentin Tarantino’s Movie Theater, The New Beverly, and His Love for Film Prints Explained

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  The transition to digital has taken the industry by storm. First the cameras, then the  projectors. Nowadays, actually celluloid film is a rare sight. But one old-school advocate vows to keep 35mm projections alive and available to the  interested audience. Quentin Tarantino, who purchased The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles in 2007, is […]

Coming Soon: Your Hollywood Career (and How You Can Be a Part of It)

I often receive questions about specific careers in the industry. Sometimes these questions are basic enough that I can answer them without missing a beat. Other times, however, I have to investigate, dig around, ask a friend… Call it research, if you will, and I love doing  it! So I’m happy to announce my plans […]

What’s the Difference Between a Screenplay Outline and a Treatment

On my original introductory  post about the principles of screenwriting, I wrote that “in filmmaking, the story is first developed in the screenplay.” That is only half-true. Within the Phases of Film Production, it is true that the film only begins to exist with the screenplay (this “document” is needed for planning, casting, budgeting, scheduling, […]

7 Basic Things All Future Film Directors Should be Doing Right Now

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Last week, Hiba from Lebanon hit me up with the following question: “To become a director, should I read more or watch more?” My immediate response to her was that directing is so complex and multifaceted a career that both reading and watching should be a constant for her. A more interesting question, I proposed, […]