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 September 16, 2555 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 156 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 (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 article in this month’s issue of The Director’s Chair is called Defining the Director/DOP Relationship. “The cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (The Conformist, The Last Emperor, Apocalypse Now,) said that cinematography was a shared art that couldn’t be articulated by any one single person. The director is usually the one person that can take credit for any specific element that happens during the making of a film because whatever creative or technical concept that ends up on the screen, it’s assumed to have been the vision of the director.”

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After her first runaway success with Westland, My Life, My Rules: 18 Stories of Unconventional Careers, entrepreneur and writer, Sonia Golani is gearing up for yet another best-seller. Titled Decoding Bollywood: Stories of 15 Film Directors, the book is first of its kind in unraveling the genius of 15 masterclass directors who have created remarkable benchmarks with their films.

“My attempt is to delve into the professional and personal journeys of these film-makers… unravel their minds… explore their creative world; their insights and learning’s of the business; Bollywood’s elusive quest for the Oscars; the use of marketing blitzkrieg for a film’s success, professional ethics and so on”, says Sonia Golani.

From Anurag Basu’s memory of his father’s advice when he wanted to make a career in dramatics — ‘natak mein “na atak” (Don’t get stuck in theatre),’; to Ashutosh Gowariker jocularly recounting his transition from an actor to world-renowned director, “There was no fee. I was willing to bring home-cooked food to the set. So thankfully, I didn’t have to pay the guys to give me a break!’; to the intense and passionate Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra on his incomparable commitment to film making “…I won’t flinch even for a moment if the need arises to liquidate my property, to be able to do the work I enjoy doing in my present” – the book showcases some of the deepest and most inspiring stories from Bollywood.

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Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help to achieve your dreams of being a creative and successful independent film director, please check out my Film Directing Coach services via Skype.



by Hannah Means Shannon.


Yes, I was originally going to title this article “Sound and Music” but beat you to the punch. I robbed you of a lame pun. So eat it, we’re moving on.

As we get into the realm of finalizing audio on your picture, I’d like to preface this section with the fact that your final sound mix will likely be a decisive factor in letting a distributor or buyer gauge how much money you spent on your film. In addition, how much your project feels like a “real” movie will come in large part from how professional and complete your http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/08/29/film-schooling-insider-insights-on-indy-filmmaking-post-production-music-and-sound/turns out to be.

I have turned off films after less than five minutes simply because the sound was not to the minimal professional level. I’ll tolerate bad acting and lame dialogue longer than a shoddy sound mix. The fact is, in some cases I can sell a film with bad acting and lame dialogue if it has other marketable elements (i.e. boobies) but I can’t sell a film with bad sound.

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Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help to achieve your dreams of being a creative and successful independent film director, please check out my Film Directing Coach services via Skype.


Secrets of Selling Your Movie Online (Don’t Get Screwed)

September 14, 2014

by Jason Brubaker. Today’s question comes from a filmmaker who is puzzled over how to sell his movie online. Since the world of video on demand distribution is changing the ways in which movies are seen and sold, having a solid distribution strategy that you can implement is essential for success. And selling your movie […]

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6 Filmmaking Tips from Jim Jarmusch

September 13, 2014

by Landon Palmer. As many successful American filmmakers who get their start in independent filmmaking quickly find themselves comfortable in Hollywood studios, Jim Jarmusch feels like the anachronism that the economics of filmmaking rarely find room for but the culture of cinema certainly needs. After making the No Wave-era Permanent Vacation on the seemingly post-apocalyptic landscape […]

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The Art of the Documentary: How Sundance Institute Is Supporting Unparalleled Creativity On-Screen

September 12, 2014

by Holly Eagleson. In the digital age, making a documentary with an impact is deceptively simple. All you theoretically need is a smartphone camera and an Internet connection. But as any filmmaker will tell you, that’s like saying, “Here’s a fire and a fork—go make a gourmet meal for hundreds.” Not only do docs require […]

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The Passion Plays That Spark The Activism Of Modern Female Filmmakers

September 11, 2014

by Denise Restauri. As I was watching the trailer for STILL, a film about a young woman in an abusive relationship that is directed by 22-year-old Slater Jewell-Kemker, I started to think about what drives young filmmakers to pour every cent and every ounce of energy they have into making films that take on really […]

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Should Documentary Films Strive For Social Change?

September 10, 2014

by Sarah Salovaara. It’s a widely recognized fact that today’s can no longer delight in the luxury of simply getting from development through post. She may be the writer-director, but chances are, she also has a hand in the film’s grassroots publicity efforts and even its release. In the case of documentary film, some are tacking ‘public advocate’ onto […]

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Cameras Don’t Make Movies, People Do

September 9, 2014

by Evan Luzi. Why do we spend so much time these days discussing RED vs. Alexa or DSLR vs. 4/3, when the real discussion piece should be about evoking emotion, capturing the soul of audiences, and ultimately, injecting a film with heart. It’s not about the camera or the lens, it’s about the idea, the […]

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