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 July 24, 2501 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 154 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 Crowd Funding Tips from an Indie Filmmaker by David Noel Bourke. “More and more filmmakers are trying their hand at crowd-funding. As an indie filmmaker, I have tried it with some success and with some lessons learned along the way. Overall, it’s well worth it and a great, intense experience and I wish to share some of the experience. It’s good to know what you getting youself into before you jump in with max enthusiasm and not to be left scratching your head on what went wrong if you don’t achieve your goal.”

SUBSCRIBE to the current issue of “The Director’s Chair” and get two free bonuses: (1) Day One (41 pages) of my 258 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.”

by Terry Green.


Filmmaking is hard. Financing films is hard. Getting a foothold in the film industry is hard. Being an indie filmmaker in today’s world requires imagination, planning, endurance, taking risks and constantly putting yourself on the line. While many things, filmmaking needn’t be a game of survival. Those who take action and get past the limitations imposed on them by the status quo make film careers. Such a career is yours for the taking if you really want it, but you must get beyond the idea that it’s impossible unless you follow a certain set of rules.

I subscribe to every major independent film website and news feed and few, if any, are teaching filmmakers how to finance movies. There are no instructions being given to filmmakers on how to incorporate their production entities and how to create limited liability companies that allow them to solicit investments in their films.

Most significantly, I’m aware of no website or individual that offers filmmakers information on how to properly approach investors and secure film investments. A few claim that for a fee they can find investors for you, but I know of no one in recent years who is freely teaching filmmakers how to do this for themselves. In an economy where investment dollars are flowing, there is absolutely no excuse for not teaching filmmakers how to access investors.

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by Sean Wist.


The era of digital film-making brought with it a whole new realm of possibility. This allowed filmmakers to watch what they’ve shot immediately, rather than having to wait for film to be developed. Digital projection in theaters also ensures that whether you see a movie on its first day or last, you can expect pristine quality (depending on the projector, of course). Despite these advancements, there are film purists that feel this may have a negative impact in the long run, especially as far as the future of cinema is concerned. One such film enthusiast is Christopher Nolan, who has been very vocal about this topic.

Aside from the gimmicky post-conversion use of 3D, Nolan feels that reducing a film to a “file” is much like turning a record into an mp3; where ease of use and accessibility will limit films in theaters to those that score those big opening weekend, and not the ones that usually strive on word of mouth. Here’s what Christopher Nolan had to say on the subject.

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When Independent Film Anticipates An Audience

July 22, 2014

by Sarah Salovaara. The arrival of summer blockbuster season and another Transformers installment means it’s time for critics to take to their think pieces and argue why Hollywood’s lowbrow, cash cow economy harms the more artful realm of independent film. The New Yorker’s Richard Brody, meanwhile, had the good, iconoclastic sense to pen an article […]

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How Do Indie Filmmakers Survive in Russia?

July 21, 2014

by David D’Arcy. The 36th Moscow International Film Festival (MIFF, June 19-28), upstaged by an impending war epic in the Ukraine, took place in a city of rampant construction, filled with new immigrants from all over the former Soviet Union. Sometimes Moscow can seem like New York or Chicago, except for higher prices for anything […]

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3D Or Not 3D: The Divisive Nature of 3D Filmmaking

July 20, 2014

by Talia C. The use of  is a notoriously divisive topic among fans of cinema. Some love the technique, and others loathe it, but few lack a strong opinion. Late film critic Roger Ebert became infamous in his dislike of 3D, often including footnotes at the ends of his reviews suggesting to readers that they […]

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Speaking the ‘unspeakable’ through film in Zimbabwe

July 19, 2014

by Tsitsi Dangarembga and Beti Ellerson. From socially conscious film-making to challenging the invisibility of women in the industry, pioneering Zimbabwean filmmaker and writer Tsitsi Dangarembga speaks with Beti Ellerson about her film activism. Read this article from Open Democracy. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, […]

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Insider Insights On Indy Filmmaking – Be Decisive In Production

July 18, 2014

by Hannah Means Shannon. A film set is an amalgam of unpredictability. It’s an organized chaos. There’s a randomness that’s part serendipity and part Murphy’s Law, yet despite copious amounts of the unexpected rearing its head, everything can still work out. Problems big and small make their way into every production. Most will require a […]

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VIDEO: What is Bayhem?” The Filmmaking Style of Michael Bay

July 17, 2014

by Peter Sciretta. Many of you may easily discount ’s filmmaking as blockbuster popcorn cinema, but Bay has an unmistakable style that others have not been able to easily replicate. Bay’s films are unmistakable. Show me a scene from a Brett Ratner film I’ve never seen and I wouldn’t be able to tell you the […]

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6 Filmmaking Tips from Andy Serkis

July 16, 2014

by Landon Palmer. When the biggest movie of the calendar year is a nearly three-hour festival of noise starring automotive robots, it’s easy to fear that the human element of filmmaking is slowly being lost to digital effects and bottom line corporate interests. But the career of Andy Serkis provides a powerful demonstration as to […]

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