You're using a beta version of our new web site.
Early in my video career, I wanted to make a film to enter into a local short film festival. Just one problem: none of my friends or family were available to help me. We all know that filmmaking requires a whole team of collaborators, right? How could I create...
Everytime out, you pick up some trick, some shortcut, even when you can’t take any shortcuts. Something. Let me tell you a little bit about my odyssey of education in the film trade, which continues to this day. 1. Use Available Technology For my third project as a director, I was...
1980s nostalgia is now in full swing with the widely heralded series “Stranger Things”, not to mention “The Goldbergs.”  Even assorted clips from a show produced by New & Unique Videos in 1987 called “California Big Hunks” – stripteases by six erotic male dancers – recently appeared on shows...
Directing is a tough job. The long hours and pressure of keeping a production on track require a strong leader. While the stereotype of the riding crop and megaphone wielding director may be a thing of the past, many filmmakers maintain a fearsome reputation. But is it necessary to...
Early collaboration with your cast is often easier said than done, but the results and impact on your project are well worth it. Working alongside actors is a vital part of the process of getting better performances and memorable characters.The project is your creation and your vision, but bringing...
Iconic Hollywood director Steven Spielberg makes his observations about the power of film in the documentary series Five Came Back. Based on the 2014 book Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War by Mark Harris, the three-part Netflix original makes compelling viewing for doc...
Making a film can be as exciting as it can be frustrating. As a director, one can find themselves dealing with immense stress, whether in shooting a short film, feature length film, or just for something fun to share on YouTube. Stress, when it comes to dealing with crew...
The independent filmmaker must learn to wear many hats, from casting to editing. But as you advance to bigger productions, one of the most important skills to learn is the art of delegation. With experience, you’ll establish a crew that you’ll want to work with again and again.A critical...
ACTION. AND….CUT! Saying those words is every aspiring director’s dream! I’d even venture to say, it’s one of the first things learned about being a director. But often times, “cut” has been called at the most inopportune moments. There’s an art in when to call cut. And if you...
Last summer, I survived a video shoot that seemed to have been conceived by the darkest forces in the universe, starring a rock and roller who was so neurotic he made Woody Allen look like the Dalai Lama. However, I succeeded, perhaps even triumphed, in the end.I’m still alive...

Trending