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 May 29, 2716 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 162 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 (Shanghai, 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 in this month’s issue of The Director’s Chair is Understanding Human Behavior (Part 2). What makes us different: our environment? The environments we live, work and play in constantly affect and shape us throughout our lives. We act, and react, completely differently in some environments than we do in others because we tend to adjust our behavior to different situations.

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by Michael Burns.


It seems incredible, but this summer’s crop of blockbuster movies is likely to be even more numerous than the last few years.

In fact it’s meant to be the biggest ever year for so-called tentpole movies, crowding in to 2015 in a battle for audiences at multiplex cinemas.

As well as the return (hooray) of Star Wars, there’s Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Pan, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Mission Impossible 5, Spectre (aka James Bond 24), Fast and Furious 7, Ant-Man, and many more. Not forgetting of course The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which due to a plethora of leading characters has crowding issues all of its own.

All in all there are 35 tentpole films slated in 2015 that could bring in $6.6 billion of box office receipts, according to a report on MyersBizNet.

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Pixar’s co-founder says iPhones and GoPros will change filmmaking

May 27, 2015

by Jacob Kastrenakes. Pixar co-founder John Lasseter says the next big thing for movies is the , the GoPro, and the other tiny cameras that we’re all carrying around. He even expects to see award-winning feature films made with them some day. “People will tell you, ‘That’s not going to work,’ but yeah, that’s going […]

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Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s What You Should Expect from Grassroots Marketers

May 25, 2015

by Erik Lokkesmoe. If traditional are becoming a car alarm in a mall parking lot — everyone hears the noise but no one pays any attention – what’s the solution? In the “most cluttered marketplace in history,” as best-selling author and entrepreneur Seth Godin declared, unconventional (read: grassroots) marketing has the power and the potential […]

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VIDEO: What Jean-Luc Godard’s ‘Breathless’ Can Teach You About Indie Filmmaking

May 22, 2015

by V Renée. To call ‘s Breathless (À bout de souffle) influential would be a severe understatement. This 1960 French film paved the way for independent film, film studies, as well as the rise of the auteur. This interactive video essay by San Francisco-native Tyler Knudsen explores four lessons Breathless teaches us about filmmaking. Watch this video from No […]

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Filmmakers shouldn’t complain about people watching movies on smartphones

May 20, 2015

by James Vincent. Members of the film industry often bemoan the demise of the cinema, commenting that instead of lining up outside our local movie theater, we’re all squinting at Citizen Kane on our smartphones. is the latest filmmaker to contribute to this running theme, and was reportedly taken aback at Variety’s recent Entertainment and Technology […]

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Shaping Africa Through Filmmaking

May 18, 2015

by Samuel Abulude & Solomon Nda-Isaiah. In this report Samuel Abulude and Solomon Nda-Isaiah look at the art of film making as a veritable tool in shaping the ideas of the African people and ultimately, providing employment to multitudes of young people Film making is an art and a science at the same time. The […]

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What We Wish We Knew Before Making Our First Movie

May 15, 2015

by Paula Bernstein. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, it seems that everyone including your grandma has advice to share with you — and often, it’s not very helpful. Ultimately, you have to forge your own career path. But advice from the pros can be helpful and inspiring when it comes from the right people. We […]

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The 100 Best Documentaries of All Time

May 13, 2015

by the Paste Staff. In , truth is almost always filled with lies. It’s just the nature of the form, really—of any filmmaking at all, for that matter. Even a home video recording, if you’ve ever made or watched or starred in one, is marred by manipulation: Whether you’re aware you’re being “watched” or not, […]

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Director Jim Sheridan: ‘Cinema is kill, kill, kill’

May 11, 2015

by Tara Brady. It’s midmorning at Windmill Lane Studios and – six-time Oscar nominee and recent septuagenarian – has taken a break from his Dublin postproduction duties on The Secret Scripture, his big-screen adaptation of Sebastian Barry’s 2008 novel, starring The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara and Divergent’s Theo James. He likes and […]

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Nollywood: A Primer

May 8, 2015

from TeleSurTV. If, like me, you have been brought up on Hollywood or independent movies from more established and better-equipped film-making countries, and have never been to Africa, watching a Nigerian film for the first time requires an open mind. If a film is broken down into its constituent technical parts — acting, lighting, cinematography, […]

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