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Top tips for directing when you’re the only beginner on set by Kat Wood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwAKF1rYd-o Earlier this year I directed my first short film. I had always thought that making my first film would be similar to most other people’s first short film experience – it’d be small scale, probably filmed in or around my own house with just a few people to help out. More like a ‘practice […]

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Top Ten Tips For Making Shorts from GFilm Alum Lee Greenhough

GFilm alum Lee Greenhough has just completed his recent short, post the previous Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass and I asked him to share some of his insights so we can all learn from his experience. So it’s taken me just over 11 months to make my latest short film ‘Three Strikes’ and every time I make […]

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14 tips for shooting your first feature film on a micro budget from Guerilla Film grad Brian Barnes

AKA – What I learned on the Guerilla Filmmakers Masterclass that I used on set with my first feature film The Redeeming. I’ve taken Chris Jones’ Guerilla Filmmakers’ Masterclass twice – in 2011 and 2012. And you bet your bottom dollar I bought a ticket for this year’s last ever class the instant the announcement […]

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How To Production Design a horror film: Top Ten Tips from designer turned director Melanie Light

Certified visionary / nutcase Melanie Light just completed her dark and disturbing short ‘The Herd’. I asked Mel to share her insights into how to get the most from the least when designing your own horror film. Over to @MisartressMel Share skills If you know anyone that makes props, works in graphic design or SFX […]

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Shooting With Drones: Ten tips for filming astounding footage on a shoestring

Guest post by Sebastian Solberg Drones will and are already revolutionising filmmaking, allowing cash strapped filmmakers to achieve jaw dropping, cinematic results that have previously only been available to Hollywood productions. Watch the film above in HD. I’ve been working with drones on and off for a few years now but at the end of […]

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Should you use a title sequence for your movie?

Last week I posted about the importance of script and movie titles – you can read it here. But that sparked a small debate about title sequences and how indie film makers should approach them. I spent some time browsing the amazing Art Of The Title Sequence website (http://www.artofthetitle.com/) watching breathtaking title sequences from my […]

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Top Ten Tips For Titling Your Movie

 Is the title of your film killing its chances? Consider, the title for your film or script is the VERY FIRST thing most people will experience about it. The first question asked is usually ‘what’s it called?’ And like all first impressions, you want it to be a good one. As humans, we make immediate […]

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Are you ready for a crash?

Last week I had a spectacular disk crash on my main computer. Thank god I am someone who is anal about backing up my data, and with some wailing and gnashing of teeth, I was up and running within a day. We all know computers crash, but we always think it will be someone else’s. […]

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