I’m Peter D. Marshall and I created this film directing blog in 2007 as an online movie making resource center for Independent Filmmakers like yourself.

Peter D. Marshall

(As of February 28, 2668 film making posts have been published on this blog!)

For over 40 years I’ve worked (and survived) in the Film and TV industry as a Film Director, Television Producer, First Assistant Director and Creative Consultant. (See IMDb Credits.)

In 1999, I started my website, ActionCutPrint which has grown into a major film directing resource for Independent Filmmakers featuring online movie making courses, film directing articles, film and television books and filmmaking workshops.

In 2000, I started publishing my free monthly film making ezine, The Director’s Chair which is read by over 6000 filmmakers in 105 countries around the world. (You can read 159 back issues here.)

To fulfill my goal of mentoring and teaching, I developed several filmmaking workshops that I have presented over the past 19 years (Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Haiti, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Regina.) I am also a directing instructor for Raindance Canada and the Vancouver Film School.

I also offer Film Directing Coaching services via Skype. So why hire me as your film directing coach? Along with my international teaching experiences and my 40 years of professional filmmaking experience (as a TV Director and Feature 1st AD), I feel I have the necessary qualifications to help you achieve your dreams of being a creative and successful independent film director.

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The Feature in this month’s issue of The Director’s Chair areTwo Filmmaking Videos from Established Directors – Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott.”

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by Clifford Coonan.


Leading film director Feng Xiaogang has launched an attack on the current trend in China of adapting reality TV shows into movies, saying this tendency is stifling the creative development of the domestic industry.

His comments came after Running Man, a feature spinoff from a popular local reality TV show, based on a Korean format, overtook Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies atop the box-office charts, with a cume of $61.96 million after 10 days. Running Man reportedly took six days to turn into a film.

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Banned from filmmaking, this Iranian director ignored his government — and it’s paying off

February 27, 2015

by Shirin Jaafari. What do you do when your government bans you from making films? Ignore them — in spectacular fashion. That’s what Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi has done, anyway. In 2010, Iran banned him from making films for 20 years after the government accused him of working on a documentary about the 2009 uprising in Iran. He was also barred […]

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Shooting The Oscars’ Most Centered Movie: The Precision Filmmaking Behind “Grand Budapest Hotel”

February 25, 2015

by Hugh Hart. Wes Anderson’s go-to cinematographer Robert Yeoman has nearly 20 years of experience capturing painstakingly composed scenes for the famously meticulous director. But the duo’s work on The Grand Budapest Hotel took precision-tooled moviemaking to an entirely new level. Nominated for nine Oscars including Best Cinematography and Best Picture, The Grand Budapest Hotel […]

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What documentary filmmakers and journalists can learn from each other

February 23, 2015

by Lene Bech Sillesen. Harnessing the power of film to tell investigative stories can be risky for documentary film producers. In 2009, the documentary Bananas! took a critical look at a Dole Food banana plantation, where pesticide use was allegedly making workers sterile. Dole sued filmmaker Fredrik Gertten for defamation and sought to ban further […]

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Without casting directors, there are no “Best Actors”

February 21, 2015

by Kai Ryssdal. Actors are usually the ones in the spotlight, but it’s someone’s job to put them in their roles. Terri Taylor cast the Oscar-nominated “Whiplash,” which is up for five awards. As a casting director, Taylor is ineligible for an Academy Award but she was nominated for the Artios Award from the Casting […]

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Six Women Directors Discuss Filmmaking, Their Countries and Their Sundance Premieres

February 20, 2015

by Taylor Hess. In and out of movie theaters, buses, cafes, after-parties, and the crowds of Main Street, the conversations at Sundance Film Festival are exclusively about movies. The fact that the cinematographer of the film you are trash-talking is probably standing behind you is negligible. There is an unrestrained and unforgiving buzz of reviews […]

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Ed Burns on The Brothers McMullen, finding your voice, and the meat grinder of independent filmmaking

February 18, 2015

by Andy Meek. The ad that ran in Backstage magazine back in the 90s gave no indication of the long film career about to get under way for a young production assistant at Entertainment Tonight. Indeed, the language was unassuming: low-budget, non-Screen Actors Guild movie seeks Irish-American actors. “No pay. Will provide lunch.” Ed Burns […]

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“My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn” shows the toll that filmmaking can take on directors

February 16, 2015

by Ryan Gilbey. The hour-long film that Liv Corfixen has made about her husband, the 44-year-old Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, falls somewhere in between two earlier examples of the insider documentary. It is nowhere near as comprehensive or compelling as Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, Eleanor Coppola’s study of her husband, Francis Ford […]

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Star Wars director JJ Abrams ditches CGI special effects for ‘old school’ filmmaking methods

February 14, 2015

by Natalie Corner. JJ Abrams went “old school” when making Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The 48-year-old Star Wars director claims that although he had top-of-the-range software and effects available to him when making the highly-anticipated film, he admits there were times when he reverted to “old school” methods. He shared: “I feel like the […]

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How to be a filmmaker on a micro budget

February 12, 2015

by Alice Ross. Selective Listening is the first feature film created by Producer and Met Film School Part-Time Producing graduate, Miriam Rodriguez plus Writer/Director/Partner Tim Prescott. Working on a micro budget the film was shot late last year premiering in October 2014. The film tells the story of Harrison a man with a history of […]

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