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 December 15, 2645 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 158 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 “The Business of Film: 5 short articles I’ve written about surviving in the film and TV business.”

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6 Filmmaking Tips from Mike Nichols

December 18, 2014

by Landon Palmer. The phrase “actor’s director” is thrown around a great deal, but there have been very few directors who knew how to work with actors quite like Mike Nichols. A former student of Lee Strasburg and a fervent believer in the revelatory power of improvisation, Nichols has directed some of the most notable performances […]

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The tracking shot: film-making magic – or stylistic self-indulgence?

December 17, 2014

by Jonathan Romney. In Alejandro González Iñárritu’s new movie, Birdman, a faded movie star, played by Michael Keaton, tries to reinvent his career by staging a Raymond Carver adaptation on Broadway. It is a virtuoso showboat, tipped for Oscars, most forcefully for its lead actor. But Birdman is actually about something other than its ostensible […]

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10 Oddly Specific Trends In 2014 Movies

December 16, 2014

by Alex Leadbeater. t’s the end of the year and, on top of having yet another return to Middle-Earth and a barrage of Christmas movies trying to be hip, it’s the time when everyone gets a little recollective. Best, worst and most-disappointing lists are rife, but there’s more to reviewing the year than just ranking its standout […]

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From The Hobbit to The Hunger Games, the curse of the movie trilogy

December 15, 2014

by John Patterson. Contra Aimee Mann and Harry Nilsson, three, not one, is the lousiest number that you’ll ever do. At the multiplexes, as we start the doomsday countdown to Christmas, our screens are chocker with trilogies, parts of trilogies or culminations of trilogies: a redefinition of the term “triple-threat”. No sooner have Divergent and […]

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Cecil B. DeMille’s ‘amazing vision’ for filmmaking

December 14, 2014

by Susan King. The only time Cecil B. DeMille’s granddaughter saw the pioneering film director annoyed was when his body began to fail him. “He was a bull,” said Cecilia DeMille Presley. “He exercised every day.” So even a heart attack didn’t stop him during production in Egypt of what would be his final movie […]

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Endless Indie Talent: Larry Laboe on NewFilmmakers Los Angeles

December 13, 2014

by Carlos Aguilar. In spite of the great number of festivals and film-related events that concentrate their efforts on the endlessly creative city of Los Angeles, it seems like there is always a need for more platforms and spaces for filmmakers to showcase their work and develop their careers.  Being home to all of the […]

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Disney’s Snow White: the risk that changed filmmaking forever

December 12, 2014

by Ryan Lambie. In 2013, Walt Disney Animation Studios released Frozen, its 53rd animated feature. With takings of well over $1bn and counting, it ranks as the most successful animated film of all time, eclipsing the previous title holder – Pixar’s Toy Story 3 – by around $200m. For a generation who’ve grown up with […]

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Pauline Kael’s Rousing, Visionary Review that Helped Bring the French New Wave to America

December 11, 2014

by Pauline Kael. (This piece originally appeared at The New Republic on September 24, 1966.) The basic ideas among young American film-makers are simple: the big movies we grew up on are either corrupt, obsolete or dead, or are beyond our reach (we can’t get a chance to make Hollywood films)—so we’ll make films of […]

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VIDEO: See No Evil 2 Directors The Soska Sisters on Collaborative Directing

December 10, 2014

by Scott Macaulay. In the upcoming issue of Filmmaker, Esther Robinson writes about directors who work in pairs. Robinson’s focus is on how two directors is better than one when it comes to navigating the development and financial aspects of being a director, and she surveys a number of them on how they structure their […]

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