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 October 25, 2595 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 157 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 How Do You Differentiate Good Acting From Bad Acting by Marcus Geduld. “If anyone tells you there are objective standards, they’re full of crap. This is a matter of personal taste. There are trends. There are many people who loved Philip Seymour Hoffman’s acting. But if you don’t, you’re not wrong. At worst, you’re eccentric.”

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by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros.


Feeling a bit overwhelmed and intimidated?

You are not alone…

This is the beginning of the season of awards, fall film festivals and lots and lots of screenings.

Living in LA we are surrounded by the movie business, and that can be intimidating for very independent filmmakers because, well, everyone is bigger than you.

Or at least that is how it seems at times.

But remember, everyone who lives in a big house, drives a big car and seems to know what they are doing certainly didn’t begin that way. And they still have mortgages and car loans and self-doubt.

So look at the plethora of film makers, venues, screenings, festivals and the like as a good thing.

Go to these events, watch whatever you can, and truly absorb the art of it, because, as very independent filmmakers, the business side of things can be a bit intimidating and ultimately, if you do ever get some actually money to make something, there will be someone else in charge of that stuff anyway.

You don’t need to know everything about everything.

Read the rest of this article from NoHo Arts District.

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from CBS News.


And now a page from our “Sunday Morning” Almanac: October 19, 1862, 152 years ago today . . . the debut of a future film-making pioneer.

For that was the day Auguste Lumiere was born in a small town in France.

Together with his younger brother, Louis, Auguste Lumiere improved on Thomas Edison’s early projector, making it possible for more than one person at a time to watch a movie.

Their first exhibition in late December 1895 featured 10 short films, beginning with a shot of workers leaving the Lumiere factory . . . cutting-edge cinema for its time, believe it or not.

Watch these videos from CBS News.

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.


Hollywood Salaries Revealed, From Movie Stars to Agents (and Even Their Assistants)

October 23, 2014

from The Hollywood Reporter. Who rakes in a whopping $75 million? Who are the highest-paid TV stars? And how much can you make working in an agency mailroom? In its Money Issue, THR reveals how much people are earning now, from stars including Robert Downey Jr., Sandra Bullock, Katherine Heigl and the ‘Duck Dynasty’ clan […]

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The Life Out Loud: Fostering a Creative Community (Stage 32)

October 22, 2014

by MeiMei Fox. I’m not afraid to say, and I say it with zero ego, but when it comes to the dreams of those who choose a life of creating for film, television and theater, I want to change the world. — RB, Founder and CEO, Stage 32 It’s tough to make a living as […]

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Sam Mendes’s 25 Rules for Directors

October 21, 2014

by Bennett Marcus. After reviewing his career highlights, in depth, the British Academy Award winner said, “One of the things I love about Americans is you do massive ego trips incredibly well. Blimey. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many photographs of myself. I didn’t even know they existed.” Mendes also noted that while […]

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On Thin Ice: Making a Low Budget Film

October 20, 2014

by Gary Collinson. For any aspiring writer, director, actor, or whichever field in film you happen to have aspirations in, a commonality exists. The struggle to breakout. There will be days when you want to give up, or days when you feel like you’re getting close, only to have the wool pulled out from under […]

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A Call for Transparency: Filmmakers Need (and Deserve) to Know Their Audience

October 19, 2014

by Emily Best. If we want to continue to have a thriving independent moving picture business we have to figure out how to build smart businesses that are also great films. I host a “Women in Moving Pictures” salon at my apartment once a month. The first one was a small gathering to introduce my […]

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How to Capitalize on the Business Side of Festivals

October 18, 2014

by Sara Fenton. Getting to picture lock on your indie film can feel like crossing a marathon’s finish line but it’s really only the halfway point. Getting it in front of an audience and navigating the film festival circuit are separate challenges. “There are two parts to film,” Peter Belsito, co-founder of Sydneysbuzz, a blog […]

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For ‘Judge’ director Dobkin, directing is a choreography

October 17, 2014

by Rick Bentley. David Dobkin looks at film directing as a type of dance: It’s his job to lead his actors while still giving them room to express themselves. In the case of his latest film “The Judge,” that meant leading two veteran actors, ” Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall, through a series of […]

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Insider Insights On Indy Filmmaking: Selling Your Film And The Contract

October 16, 2014

by Chris Hood. The most heartbreaking element of filmmaking is the lies. Lots of lies. You’ll find they are prevalent. They’re self serving (as are most lies). And they’re big. Actors lie about their experience, schooling and work ethic. Writers lie about previous work and accomplishments. Directors and producers lie about big projects in the […]

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