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The Feature in the Introductory issue of The Director’s Chair is The 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.”

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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/

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INTRO: This article is not about how to write a good screenplay. It is about how to make the best film – from the script you have now – by understanding the key elements that make up a good story. As filmmaking technology gets better and more sophisticated every year, it has given filmmakers all […] Read the full article →
This is Part Two of a detailed overview of what is expected of a director during pre-production which is the most important time for a director because it’s where we go through a “process of discovery.“ It’s also during this time that every department discovers what they need to make a particular movie. All this […] Read the full article →
This is Part One of a detailed overview of what is expected of a director during pre-production which is the most important time for a director because it’s where we go through a “process of discovery.“ It’s also during this time that every department discovers what they need to make a particular movie. All this […] Read the full article →
UPDATE: I had a great time in Auckland, New Zealand  (February 21 & 22, 2018) giving a 2-part workshop called “The 6 Essential Stages for Casting Actors” at the Yoobee School of Design and Film. Great group of passionate filmmakers and actors. 🙂 ===================================== ===================================== NEW ZEALAND FILMMAKERS: I will be giving a 2-part workshop […] Read the full article →

Contact Peter D. Marshall

Stay in Touch with Peter D. Marshall EMAIL – pdm@actioncutprint.com TWITTER – http://twitter.com/bcfilmmaker FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/peterdmarshall LINKEDIN – http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterdmarshall FILM WEBSITE – http://www.actioncutprint.com FILM BLOG – http://filmdirectingtips.com IMDb – http://us.imdb.com/name/nm0551106 Read the full article →
Article written by Natalie Mokry. For a longtime filmmaker like Robert Redford, there is no one defining film of his career. There are many. Since making his big screen acting debut in War Hunt in 1962, he’s managed to remain successful in Hollywood for decades. He’s starred in well-known classics like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance […] Read the full article →
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 →