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 3, 2732 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 163 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 Why Auditions are the ‘Bottleneck’ of the Film Industry. “The Audition (or Casting Session) can be an intimidating experience for both actors and directors alike because it’s the place where both sides of the table have only a few minutes to make bold creative choices. Choices that could affect ALL of our careers!”

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It’s a commonly held belief that we’re experiencing a Golden Age of documentary film, and that assumption is solidly affirmed by the program of this year’s edition of AFI Docs.

The festival, now in its 13th year, will kick off June 17 at the Newseum with a film ideally suited to its audience of Washington players, media insiders and nonfiction film buffs: “Best of Enemies,” a portrait of the venomous intellectual rivalry between William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal, directed by Robert Gordon and Oscar-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (“20 Feet From Stardom”).

Chock-full of revelatory archival footage of Buckley and Vidal going hammer and tongs on nightly television during the 1968 presidential conventions, “Best of Enemies” revolves around two brilliant, engaging and feisty protagonists, preserving an otherwise lost chapter of American social and cultural history and inviting viewers to reflect on the state of our current media culture, political discourse and public intellectuals as a nearly extinct species.

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Five ways film-making is evolving thanks to new technology

July 1, 2015

by David Sheldon-Hicks. David Sheldon-Hicks, who has worked on Guardians of the Galaxy and Ex Machina, examines advances in motion capture and 3D printing. Read the full article from The Guardian. Do you need a Film Directing Coach? If actors, singers and athletes have private coaches, why not Film Directors? If you would like help […]

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Screen Savour: In theory

June 29, 2015

by Ranjan Das. In journals and seminars dealing with cultural studies one frequently encounters topics like “globalisation and cinema of post colonial societies: the architectonics of displacement and the re-inscription of space’; or “ecofeminism and the politics of documentary film: telegenics of poverty versus celebrity in Narmada Bachao Andolon”. These are specialised topics, mostly esoteric […]

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Nuestra Cuba: Women, Filmmaking and Equality

June 26, 2015

by Amberly Alene Ellis. After the Cuban revolution of 1959, would become a major component in the socio-political revolution of the Cuban consciousness. Some filmmakers would experience a rise to fame, while the names of other filmmakers were almost forgotten in the public memory. In March, as a graduate MFA candidate in the American University […]

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The rebirth of Iraqi cinema

June 24, 2015

by Nazli Tarzi. Turn the clock back thirty years and imagine Iraq’s bursting theatres and teahouses, its shop-fronts misted in argeela smoke and the tunes of Baghdadi maqam colouring its streets. This energetic cityscape is near impossible to find today in downtown Baghdad, a shadow of its former self. The devastation Iraq has suffered is […]

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New production model for Canadian filmmaking seeks different future for CanCon

June 22, 2015

by Laura Beeston. “We need a more marketable CanCon that people want to see, not these one-room dramas in the prairies.” J. Joly is a man who does not mince words. The founder of CineCoup, a filmmaking and marketing incubator, is a national adviser to the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, sits on the […]

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VIDEO: The 9 most influential Canadian films

June 19, 2015

by the Hamilton Spectator. Watch trailers from these 9 films:     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 […]

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Andrew Bujalski says filmmaking is not for perfectionists

June 17, 2015

by Matt Prigge. With his fifth film “Results,” Andrew Bujalski moves from tiny budgets to slightly bigger ones. It’s a rom-com with production values and name actors, including Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce as personal trainers and Kevin Corrigan as one of their clients. But it’s anything but normal. In a way, it’s as much […]

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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Jackie Chan

June 15, 2015

by Chris Bumbray. Like a few other of these columns, this one comes with an asterisk. While I applaud for still making action movies well into his sixties, there are things about him now that bug me. For one thing, he’s never seemed too interested in a US career, and he’s phoned-in many of his […]

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Indie Filmmakers Build Business to Finally Disrupt the Industry

June 12, 2015

by Sandy Abrams. The job of most is truly a labor of love, devoted to creating and producing films that very few people ever see. But the industry is finally seeing some push back from indie filmmakers Emily Best and Erica Anderson. They decided to disrupt the current business model by casting themselves in a […]

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