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 23, 2593 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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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 to top agents including Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell

Read the rest of this article from The Hollywood Reporter.

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.


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 a creative. Anyone who has put serious effort into being a professional writer, musician, filmmaker, artist or fashion designer knows that success depends on far more than just talent. It’s also about hardcore networking topped off with a hefty dose of serendipity — meeting the right people in the right place at the right time to put together projects that actually happen.

Richard “RB” Botto, founder and CEO of Stage 32, knows all about the obstacles to creative success from personal experience. He spent years working as an actor in New York City, and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue screenwriting and producing. During this time, he met numerous “enormously gifted” people from the film, television and theater disciplines. But while they had the dreams and passion necessary to succeed, many lacked the contacts or, in some cases, access to educational opportunities that could have helped them further their craft. So they ended up quitting the game.

“It was hard to watch,” RB said. “It wasn’t a matter of lacking talent or the competiveness needed to survive, but one of access and resources.”

Read the rest of this article from Huffington Post.

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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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David Lynch: surreal purveyor of the evil that lurks within

October 15, 2014

by Andrew Anthony. Last year, the celebrated American film maker David Lynch expressed the view that “television is way more interesting than cinema now… it seems art house has gone to cable”. Just last week it was announced that Lynch, the one-time prince of the art house, is heading the same way. He and Mark […]

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Oscars 2014: The long, expensive road to Academy Award glory and the tips for successful campaigning

October 14, 2014

by Tom Teodorczuk. “I have to go to Washington to show the film to President Obama.” So said Leonardo DiCaprio 10 minutes after his arrival at a Wolf of Wall Street Oscar campaign lunch in a New York restaurant in December. As excuses go, it wasn’t bad. It’s not known what the President made of […]

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