“NOW START CRYING” AND OTHER ACTOR PET PEEVES: 5 Things for directors to avoid when working with actors
You’ve cast the perfect actor. They nailed the audition, they were great in rehearsals, and everything is going smoothly on set, and then… you accidentally say or do something that pisses them off. Suddenly they are pouting, questioning your judgement, or...read more
THERE IS NO MAP: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend AD and independent producer Meta Valentic on the challenges of indie filmmaking
About Meta Valentic Meta Valentic has worked as an Assistant Director on films like Avatar and on television shows like Bones, Castle, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. She was nominated for two Directors Guild Awards for her work on Lost. Meta has also produced...read more
Anyone can write a script based on an original idea, but preexisting material, with a built-in audience and some track record of success, is often prized by studios. Be it comic books, best selling novels, remakes of old films, or true stories, established...read more
So you’ve written a screenplay. It was a passion project for you, and it was a great learning experience. Better yet, it landed you a meeting with a big time producer! You go in and pitch your script, and things seem to be going well. When you finish, she...read more
Melissa Kent is a film and television editor who has worked with both Francis Ford Coppola and on Sofia Coppola’s directorial debut, The Virgin Suicides. She was nominated for an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Award for best editing of a made-for-TV movie...read more
In an increasingly digital industry, it’s easier than ever to find crew for your projects or crew up on someone else’s. But since the internet has become such a popular place to find work, it’s also easy for talented filmmakers like yourself to get lost in...read more
So you’re shooting your first feature and you’re working with Hollywood megastar Bristian Kale! Suddenly, maybe to no surprise, he throws a tantrum on set. What do you do? Well… you suck it up. It’s a small price to pay to get Bristian Kale in your first...read more
Pursuing a career as an independent filmmaker has never been more exciting. With the continual expansion of digital mediums and the growing demand for content, it’s easier than ever for new filmmakers to find an audience. This is especially true if they...read more
Storyboard art is one of the most underrated tools in the film industry. It’s usually the last thing filmmakers think they need, and the first to be cut from budget. What many filmmakers don’t realize is that hiring a storyboard artist can help streamline...read more
We cannot stress this enough: filmmaking is a collaborative process, and one of the keys to effective collaboration is good communication. Conveying information to your team quickly and concisely is a must, as is being able to recall that information at a...read more
William Mapother has appeared in over ninety films and television shows, including the Oscar-nominated In the Bedroom. He’s also a founding partner of the tech and film finance company Slated and is a former National Director of the Screen Actors Guild.
His involvement in so many projects is no accident. It’s precisely this diversification – and relentless work ethic – that empowers him to survive and succeed in a volatile business. Recently he was kind enough to share some of his advice for aspiring filmmakers.read more
Sounds awful right? Standing in front of an audience and pretending you’re someone else. You’re a director after all – you’ve specifically chosen directing as a career because it keeps you behind the camera. But we’re not suggesting you should consider acting in your own films, going on auditions, or prepping headshots.
But trust us: Taking an acting class will make you a better director. Here are five reasons why.read more
Kyle Patrick Alvarez is an independent filmmaker whose 2013 film C.O.G. was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in drama at Sundance, and who recently directed two episodes of Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. He also directed The Stanford Prison Experiment, which premiered at Sundance and won the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award. Here he sits down with us to talk about how, after decades, the film finally got made.read more
Setting up production is hard! There’s so much to plan for and (usually) so little time. While the elements in front of the camera are an obvious concern, don’t overlook the well-being and morale of your cast and crew. One colleague recalled a production where they were served nothing but Panda Express for all 18 days of production. That’s a lot of Panda Express even for people who love Panda Express. The film, ahem, has yet to be released.
When resources are scarce, one of the best ways to incentivize your collaborators is through their taste buds and stomachs. Full crew, happy crew! Follow these quick guidelines to make sure your Craft Services (and Catering) serve to boost morale rather than bring it down.read more
Bruce Romans is a screenwriter, whose credits include Falling Skies (Steven Spielberg Executive Producer), the Emmy nominated Netflix series Marco Polo, and four seasons of the hit AMC period drama Hell on Wheels. He’s also served as Supervising Producer for Marvel’s The Punisher and is Co-Executive Producer for Messiah on Netflix. He took time away from his busy schedule to talk to us about working in television and what writer’s can do right in their pitch meetings.read more
Whew! You took our advice and now you have a finished script! Maybe you’ve even done some rewrites. Finally, your work is ready to be seen by another set of eyes. Or is it? No matter how great your story is, how much talent and hard work you put into it, these five mistakes can kill your script before the reader even gets off the first page. Competition is stiff enough as it is, so don’t disqualify yourself from consideration by falling into one of these avoidable traps.read more
Allie Shehorn is a freelance makeup and special effects artist. She has worked on music videos, commercials, shorts, and feature films, including the Lunacy Productions thriller Rust Creek. She stopped by Lunacy HQ recently to help us celebrate Halloween and to share...read more
Meg Morman and Sunny Boling of Morman Boling Casting have more than 100 films to their credit. In this post, they offer some insights into the relationship between the casting director and filmmaker.read more
The creative side of the filmmaking business is obviously important, but equally vital to being successful is the business side. One of your top priorities should be to make sure you’re protected from being personally liable if anything goes wrong. One way...read more
The “compliment sandwich” is a technique of softening criticism by prefacing negative feedback with something positive, followed by giving another compliment.
It’s also garbage.read more
Collaboration between writers and development execs can be very rewarding, but also very frustrating. Here are five quick tips on receiving notes.read more
Matthew Irving is a cinematographer and screenwriter. Here he shares the four attributes he believe are critical to success on set.read more
Want to make your pitch more effective? Here are five ways to do it:read more
Bruce Feirstein the screenwriter of GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, and The World Is Not Enough.
Hre he shares some advice from his 20-plus years in Hollywood.
So you want to be a screenwriter, huh? It’s harder than it looks, but Lunacy is here to help with an invaluable tip!read more