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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.

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 as a 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 2400 filmmakers around the world. (You can read back issues here.)

To fulfill my goal of mentoring and teaching, I developed several filmmaking workshops that I have presented over the past 18 years (Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai, Haiti, Vancouver, Toronto, Calgary, Regina.) I am also the directing instructor for the Shanghai 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.

I am also the author of the film directing book, Making the Magic Happen: The Art and Craft of Film Directing published by Michael Wiese Productions. You can preview the book on Amazon.com.









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In January 2015 I received a message from Michael Wiese (film book publisher) who asked me if I would like to write a film directing book. Oh yeah!!!! Well…two years later, Making the Magic Happen – The Art and Craft of Film Directing has just been published and is now for sale on the Michael Wiese Productions website!

I am very proud of Making the Magic Happen and I could never have written this book without the love, friendship and help from all those people who have supported and influenced me in both my personal life and my professional life.

I would also like to give a big “thank you” to all the friends and film industry professionals too numerous to mention whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with on some amazing (and not so amazing) movies and TV shows. You know who you are! http://mwp.com/product/making-magic-happen-craft-directing/


The Feature in this month’s issue of The Director’s Chair is Top 3 Qualities Directors Look for in Casting. “Because there is never enough time to work with actors in a casting session, along with the added pressure of producers and executives also making casting decisions, here are the top 3 qualities you look for in any actor when they audition.”

SUBSCRIBE to the current issue of “The Director’s Chair” and get two free bonuses: (1) Day One (41 pages) of my 261 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.”

Directing a film is not only about visually interpreting the screenplay and creatively handling actors, it also includes the ability to complete a day’s work on time and on schedule. Like any artist, a good director understands the necessity of working from the “inside out.” In other words, a good director needs to work on […] Read the full article →
I am very excited to announce that I will be leading a 3 day filmmaking seminar/workshop in Kula Lumpur, Malaysia from March 25 to March 27. The event is called “The Art and Craft of the Director“ and it is divided into two parts. (1) March 25 & 26: I will be teaching my 2 […] Read the full article →
by Samantha Simmonds-Ronceros. So let me set this up a little… I have made a lot of short films. Sixty or so in fact, at last count. A lot of them I have written, produced and directed myself, which is good. But I have not worked on any feature length films…until now. I was hired […] Read the full article →
by Dallas Taylor. So everyone is telling you to hire a on your next project, but what does a sound designer even do? At their best, a sound designer brings an audience into your world — immerses them in your story — in ways that are often taken for granted, and more often underutilized. Maybe […] Read the full article →
by William Dickerson. A good exercise when you’re storyboarding, or at least beginning to think about the shots in your film, is to try and boil each scene down to one shot. If you were only allowed a single shot to shoot an entire scene, what would that shot be? As a director, this is […] Read the full article →
by JR Thorpe. Try to name ten . Go on, I’ll wait. If you got Kathryn Bigelow, Ava DuVernay, Sofia Coppola, Mira Nair, and Ana Lily Amirpour, then stopped short with brain freeze, you’re not alone. It’s not that there aren’t any female directors besides those big modern-day names; we’re just rarely taught about the […] Read the full article →
by David Geffin. While there’s never been a sure fire way to win work and sustain a living as a photographer or film maker, and particularly not today given how much change we are seeing, having your own unique vision can help set you apart from the crowd. Young film maker Paul Trillo has shown […] Read the full article →
by Anna Marie de la Fuente. Now that the U.S. and Cuba have confirmed the official opening of their respective embassies this month, interest in Cuba continues to mount, not just among U.S. filmmakers, but also among producers from Latin America and Europe. “Ever since both countries announced the thaw in their relations, more film […] Read the full article →