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 17, 2403 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.”

SUBSCRIBE to the current issue of “The Director’s Chair” and get two free bonuses: (1) Day One (41 pages) of my 258 page Online film directing audio course, “The Art and Craft of the Director Audio Seminar” and (2) the first 30 pages of my 165 page “Script Breakdown and Film Scheduling Online Course For Independent Filmmakers.”

by Jake Cleland.

Director James Cameron 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 explore some of the most mysterious reaches of our Earth within the abyss of Mariana’s Trench. He stopped by Reddit to give one of the most lucid, thoughtful and comprehensive AMAs the format has seen to date. The below is just a taste of the anecdotes Cameron shares from an extraordinary life. Here’s 10 things we learned from James Cameron.

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by Nicole Nguyen.

How Captain America 2's Explosive Visual Effects Were Made

It’s decided — Captain America: Winter Soldier 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.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes on a much grittier, tougher, and — consequently — more human look than the first movie. We spoke to visual effects supervisor Dan Deleeuw, who revealed how the team achieved that feel with the Winter Soldier, the Captain, and the Falcon. He also shared an interesting bit on the making of one of our all-time faves Armaggedon! Below, learn how the movie’s explosive visual effects came alive and take a look at some behind-the-scenes shots from the set.

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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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Hans Zimmer: “Filmmaking Is Collaborative, Why Does It Need To Stop When It Comes To Music?”

April 14, 2014

by Kevin Jagernauth. is one of the most in demand composers at the moment, and with that busy schedule, he’s called in collaborators to help bring his work to life. The forthcoming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ score will feature Zimmer working alongside Pharrell Williams, Johnny Marr, Junkie XL, Andrew Kawczynski, Steve Mazzaro and Incubus member Mike Einzinger. That process can sometimes bring […]

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6 Filmmaking Tips From Darren Aronofsky

April 13, 2014

by Landon Palmer. You can call  many things, but what you can’t call him is unambitious. From a stylized depiction of a mathematician’s gradual descent into madness to a story of one man’s love and loss that traverses across a millennium to an unrelenting journey into the life-or-death stakes of the perfect ballet performance, Aronosky’s […]

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10 Filmmaking Myths: Busted

April 12, 2014

by Elliot Grove. One night when I was about 7 years old I caught my mum sliding a quarter under my pillow. I had just lost a tooth and having caught my mum red-handed I had to deal with having the Tooth Fairy myth busted. Later, when my daughters were born I always tried to […]

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Two film festivals, two indie filmmakers, one discussion on filmmaking ethics

April 11, 2014

by Christopher Rejano and Andrea Bauer. It’s officially film festival season in Chicago. As the Gene Siskel Film Center’s long-running European Union Film Festival wraps up, two similarly enduring fests, the Chicago Underground Film Festival and the Chicago Latino Film Festival, are shifting into gear this week. Though they offer wildly different programming—CLFF favors narrative […]

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Documentary filmmaker explores the new visual language of virtual reality

April 10, 2014

by Stephen Kleckner. When we get our first box of crayons in preschool, the primary rule that the teachers drill into us is to draw within the lines of a flat piece of paper. Our imaginations may be infinite, but our two-dimensional representation of it has a limit that ends at the four borders of a […]

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15 years of celebrating women’s filmmaking

April 9, 2014

by Justine Griffin. The Through Women’s Eyes Film Festival will celebrate its 15th year of promoting international women filmmakers in Sarasota this year. The festival, which began with two films, has expanded to showcase 23 films over two days, which represent issues and women in 27 countries, during the length of the Sarasota Film Festival. […]

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“Memory Lane” – A Lesson In Sustainable Indie Filmmaking On No Budget

April 8, 2014

by Shawn Holmes. After dropping out of film school, I wrote, directed, and produced a critically-acclaimed feature film with a budget of less than $300. Then I secured international distribution. IndieNYC asked me to tell you how: Two years after enrolling, I heard David Mamet say “stay out of school”. If you’re familiar with Mamet, […]

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