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 22, 2410 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 Steve Pond.

NAB: 'Gravity's' Emmanuel Lubezki on the New World of Filmmaking – 'Same Job, Different Tools'

“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.

But his collaboration with director Alfonso Cuaron on “Gravity” has put Lubezki – or “Chivo,” as everyone calls him – in the forefront of the new style of digital filmmaking, in which cinematographers don’t light a physical set so much as they help design virtual spaces that as often as not don’t ever have an actual camera pointed at them.

A month after winning the Oscar (his first after six nominations) for “Gravity,” Lubezki spoke to an audience at the NAB conference this week about this new style of filmmaking. Afterwards, he talked to TheWrap about the threat of cinematographer-less movies, how he would have preferred to shoot “Gravity” in space and whether his new films might be bound for Cannes.

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by Adario Strange.


As the director of the highest-grossing movie of all time — the 3D technology-driven Avatar — 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 the tech and filmmaking community will likely perk up.

“I personally would be very interested to find a way to incorporate VR and a narrative-filmmaking experience,” Cameron said during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session.

“So a narrative directed experience that has individuated pathways where you have choices that you make in real-time, I think that would be a lot of fun.

So a narrative directed experience that has individuated pathways where you have choices that you make in real-time, I think that would be a lot of fun. I think it would be very technically daunting and expensive, to do it as the same quality level as a typical feature, but it would be fun to experiment with.”

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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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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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