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 August 21, 2529 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 155 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 Blocking and Rehearsing Actors on the Set. “When you first start directing, blocking a scene can be one of the hardest – and most embarrassing – parts of your job. Get it wrong here, and you could waste valuable shooting time trying to get out of the mess you created! Before you step onto any film set, you need to first do your homework on Script and Character Analysis. You must be able to understanding every detail of the script (what the story is about; the themes; the story points) and character development and analysis (the development and objectives of the characters).”

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from Cover Media.


Billy Bob Thornton believes the television boom comes down to “economics”.

The actor, who stars in FX series Fargo, says small screen projects have “taken over” bigger-budget independent film, sending the most talented writers to what used to be considered a less prestigious outlet for storytelling.

And he insists excelled interest in television can be boiled down to simple math.

“It has to do with economics,” he told Deadline. “Moviegoers are young people into the social networks, and that is a young man’s game. So movies are either $3 million to $4 million independents that are very hip and plug into something with a 21-year-old, or they are huge event movies.”

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by Lois Pryce.


The DVDs just kept on coming. They were arriving with postmarks from India, Poland, Brazil, and all over Europe, the USA and Australia.

Incredible films of true-life derring-do were landing on our doormat at a startling rate, complete strangers were sending us links to obscure vintage travel documentaries and our friends were getting used to receiving the call, “You gotta see THIS!”. As the films piled up, the realisation dawned that we were sitting on a unique archive of stupendous, but essentially unknown, celluloid gold. Eventually, we reached the logical conclusion: “We should start a film festival.” Quickly followed by: “But not a normal film festival…”

Ten years earlier, I had left my job at the BBC to ride a small motorcycle a rather long way – from Alaska to Argentina. This resulted in the publication of my first book, Lois on the Loose, and an eventful career as a travel writer ensued. A few years later, I rode the length of Africa, crossing the Sahara, the Congo and Angola to reach Cape Town, spawning book number two.

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How Digital Cameras Changed Hollywood Film Making

August 19, 2014

by James Layton. Any movie fan is familiar with the traditional 35-millimeter video film camera. You know, the ones with big cans of film on top. The nature of these film cameras and how they capture light and shadow is what gives movies that “movie” look. What is the movie look? Have you ever noticed […]

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Filmmaking: The Burden of Greatness

August 18, 2014

by Ranjan Das. Unlike cinema, where one can move back and forth in time at will, life moves ceaselessly forward without bothering to give you a chance to undo your mistakes and fix missed opportunities. The vacuum created by aspiring filmmakers who are on the wrong side of 40 is being constantly replenished by younger […]

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Directors Give Glimpse Behind the Scenes in ‘Grrl’s Guide to Filmmaking’

August 17, 2014

by GoWEHO Staff. Award-winning filmmaker Rolla Selbak debuts her online “interview” series “Grrl’s Guide To Filmmaking,” sharing her personal Hollywood vlogs as she visits some of LA’s busiest lesbian filmmakers. “Grrl’s Guide To Filmmaking”offers an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes, into the writers’ room at Paramount Studios with Faith Soloway (“Transparent”); stumbles into Cathy DeBuono’s backyard; gets the […]

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Robert Rodriguez Discusses Hollywood, Film Making and SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR

August 16, 2014

by Nathan Best. is crazy enough to have changed the world of filmmaking. Instead of working under the watchful eye of corporate overlords in a huge a studio in Los Angeles, he operates Troublemaker out of Austin, Texas, in hangars on the city’s abandoned airport. He created all of his new movie, Sin City: A […]

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“Guardians Of The Galaxy” Director James Gunn On His Path To Big-Budget Filmmaking

August 15, 2014

by Joe Berkowitz. If you were looking to explain the dichotomy of cinema on both a monetary and creative level, you could do worse than using as examples Marvel Studios and Troma Entertainment. One is the comic book-powered megabrand whose superpower is churning out intersecting billion-dollar franchises. The other is the schlock-factory behind movies like […]

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‘Boyhood’ director talks about his 12-year filmmaking odyssey

August 14, 2014

by Bob Fischbach. The buzz about “Boyhood” is everywhere these days. Words like “masterpiece” and “Oscar” are being batted around. Director  has captured the public imagination with filming a fictional movie over a 12-year period. The audience sees a boy named Mason, played by Ellar Coltrane, literally grow up from first grade to his first […]

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VIDEO: Walter Murch Talks Editing with Jon Favreau

August 13, 2014

by Vadim Rizov. “Cutting is not just something that we have to do because of the discontinuous nature of the way we shoot films,” muses in this clip from a recent conversation with Iron Man/Chef director Jon Favreau. “We actually, both as filmmakers and as audiences, like these sudden juxtapositions of concepts.” Editing, of course, […]

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6 Filmmaking Tips from Shirley Clarke

August 12, 2014

by Landon Palmer. Shirley Clarke grew up wealthy, the daughter of a manufacturing magnate and a family fortune. She had an extensive education between four universities, and married to escape her father’s tyrannical control of her adult life. At first Clarke pursued modern dance in New York City but, failing to secure a future for […]

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