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 April 24, 2412 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 one of the top film directing websites for Independent Filmmakers on the Internet today 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 151 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 7 Tips to Make a Living Filmmaking by Brian Barnes. “I always say that the best way to make a living as a filmmaker is to work in corporate video production. I’m based in London, UK and my experience is in the European market, but the principles for a great video business that I have discovered are universal and will work in any market. I thought it would be helpful to share my 7 top tips for how to build and run your corporate video business.”

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by Todd VanDerWerff.


Since he began his career in the early ’80s with his Oscar-nominated documentary Brooklyn BridgeKen Burns has been one of the most prolific and critically acclaimed documentarians in U.S. history. That’s fitting, as the man’s great subject is the scope of the nation’s backstory, the ways that events both major and minor draw us together as Americans—or perhaps push us apart.

Though best known for his PBS miniseries, like The Civil War, Baseball, and The War, Burns has also made a number of smaller films and projects, including The Address, a short feature about students with learning disabilities working to memorize the Gettysburg Address. Burns sat down with The A.V. Club at January’s Television Critics Association press tour to talk about the notable firsts in his career, including how he uses techniques from feature filmmaking to liven up still photographs, how he came to American history as his subject matter, and how one of his first contributions came from a legendary political boss.

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by Kate Solomon.

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Recent technology has changed filmmaking forever – but special effects are now so seamlessly done that sometimes you can’t even tell that the crew didn’t just pitch up with their cameras and record real life for two hours.

Here are ten surprising ways that tech has been used to create recent films:

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‘Gravity’s’ Emmanuel Lubezki on the New World of Filmmaking – ‘Same Job, Different Tools’

April 22, 2014

by Steve Pond. “The danger now is that a director could choose not to have a cinematographer,” the Oscar-winner tells TheWrap Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki made his name shooting on film and helping create the look of movies like “A Little Princess,” “Sleepy Hollow” and “The Tree of Life,” all of which won him Oscar nominations. […]

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3D-Film Pioneer James Cameron Talks VR Filmmaking and Oculus Rift

April 21, 2014

by Adario Strange. As the director of the highest-grossing movie of all time — the 3D technology-driven  — when James Cameron talks new film technology, Hollywood and Silicon Valley listen. That’s why when Cameron responded to a question on Saturday about making films using a virtual-reality device such as the Oculus Rift, many ears in […]

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Insider Insights On Indie Filmmaking Part 5: Pre-Production And The Director

April 20, 2014

by Chris Hood. (This is Part Five of an ongoing series to help educate aspiring filmmaker on the process of making their first film. Previous articles in this series can be found at BleedingCool.com and MovieIndustry.com) So now you’ve used my easy steps in the last four parts of this series and have a big […]

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VR movie pioneer on the challenges and future of virtual reality filmmaking

April 19, 2014

by Hayden Dingman. There isn’t even a consumer-ready  headset on the market yet, but that isn’t stopping a few filmmakers from thinking it’s the future. One of the pioneers in the area is Condition One’s Zero Point—a film that’s as much a discussion of VR’s potential as it is a showcase for new technology. According to […]

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Heaven’s Gate marked the end of personal filmmaking

April 18, 2014

from Movie Forums. I earnestly believe (as well as numerous others) that  marked the end of personalised filmmaking in American cinema. The repercussions of that prodigious flop is still conspicuous across the industry today, and it is a real shame. Prior to Cimino’s ambitious and consequential film, filmmakers in large to moderate funded American projects […]

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10 things we learned from James Cameron’s Reddit AMA

April 17, 2014

by Jake Cleland. Director  has done some pretty incredible things in his time. Not only has he directed some of the most famous action films in cinematic history but he’s constantly pushed the boundaries of film-making technology, pioneering new methods to realise his otherworldly visions. He recently created a new type of submersible vehicle to […]

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How Captain America 2′s Explosive Visual Effects Were Made

April 16, 2014

by Nicole Nguyen. It’s decided —  is this Spring’s must-see movie. The sequel has already made $10.2 million on its opening night, and it’s set to break box office records this weekend. Why is the Cap’s new title film making such big waves? The movie’s incredible visual effects may have something to do with that. […]

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Viewing Nature’s Beauty Through a New Lens

April 15, 2014

by Sonia Harmon. Nature filmmaker and photographer Louie Schwartzberg wants to really open your eyes, and not just so you can see what’s in front of you. He’s made it his personal goal to help others see the beauty of the world—people, plants, places—in a different way. He’s captured everything from San Francisco to fungi, […]

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