The Arc of a Filmmaker

I love this brilliant and original infographic created by Mentorless. I cannot believe so many of my favorite filmmakers didn’t direct their first feature until their mid-thirties and didn’t really hit their stride until their mid-forties. Ridley Scott was 42 when he made Alien? Michael Haneke was 59 when he created The Piano Teacher?

Are you as surprised as I am? Do you think this is unique to the craft of filmmaking?


Mad Max: Center Framed - Vashi Nedomansky

Film Editor Margaret Sixel was given over 480 hours of footage to create MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. The final edit ran 120 minutes and consisted of 2700 individual shots. One of the many reasons MAD MAX: FURY ROAD is so successful as an action film is the editing style. By using “Eye Trace” and “Crosshair Framing” techniques during the shooting, the editor could keep the important visual information vital in one spot…the Center of the Frame.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a masterclass in editing. Here are some tips for framing and editing fast paced action scenes. Narrated by DP John Seale.

You’ve written a book with great characters, memorable dialogue, and an engaging plot. In fact, readers enjoy your book so much, they keep telling you what a fantastic movie it would make! But you’re wondering: Just because it’s a good story in book form, would it make a good script for a film?

We’ve put together a quick quiz to help you determine if your book could make a good screenplay for mainstream audiences. To appeal to mainstream moviegoers, Hollywood producers look for very specific elements before they will option the rights to your story.

On the other hand, independent filmmakers are usually more flexible and will take on unusual stories. So if you read the following questions in our quiz and think, Nope, that’s not my book—don’t give up on a movie deal just yet. Your story might resonate with an indie film audience instead.

I enjoy Chris Nolan’s work in general, but I watched the Blu-Ray and it has a thing where you can go to any scene in the movie and go to the making of that. There’s nothing that has ever made me feel less like a professional than watching Chris Nolan’s group at work. The remote-control miniature cars. Just every technique. The rehearsal of flipping the semi-trailer end over end in the middle of the desert before they blow it up in Chicago… There’s one scene where a guy jumps off the top of a skyscraper — they rehearse the jump but for the actual thing they did it CG. ‘But for the rehearsal you did jump off the building?’ 'We have it as a reference.’ Wow. Chris Nolan is quite great. My favorite is Memento, but I’d like to learn how to do these things.

Yossuana Aguilar is a director, filmmaker, and model who graduated from University of Houston with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Production and Studio Arts in 2012. Since then, she has returned to her native Venezuela and started up her film company, Condor Films, which produces independent short films and experimental videos focusing on dark imagery. Her Vimeo also displays her personal short films, many of which feature herself as the main subject and explore themes of cultural alienation, political turmoil of her country, and freedom in self expression

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EXCITING NEWS: We’re Honored to Announce that Tickets for Our #BlackLifeBlackProtest Event at LA Film Fest 2015 Featuring A Series of Powerful Short Films and a Panel Discussion are NOW on Sale! The event is FREE and OPEN to the public: 

  • In the age of #BlackLivesMatter, mass die-ins and other new forms of activism spreading among millennials and communities of color, #BlackLifeBlackProtest looks at the ways in which film and digital content can be used as an effective tool for social change. The event includes a screening of socially relevant short films exploring themes of police violence, implicit bias, black identity and human rights by some of the most compelling voices in film today, followed by a public dialogue with noted artists, activists and educators. 

Check Out the Official List of Short Films Screening During #BlackLifeBlackProtest Below:

  • #AmeriCAN, dir. Nate Parker, 2014: An LAPD officer working the night beat in inner city LA responds to a convenience store break-in. When chasing down the perpetrator, he’s in for a terrible surprise.
  • BlackCard, dir. Pete Chatmon, 2015: In a culture requiring an ID card and commitment to the code, an African-American couple is about to find out just how far the boundaries can be pushed.
  • Counter, dir. Nicholas Bouier, 2015: Based on a true story, this historical short depicts Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin as he spends a day in a Southern town’s dinerbefore a march with Dr. King.
  • Protect & Serve, dir. Jai Tiggett, 2015: This satirical short film raises issues of police violence, racial profiling, and effective community policing through the lens of a 90-day body camera trial.
  • Question Bridge: Black Males, dir. Chris Johnson and Hank Willis Thomas, 2015: This acclaimed transmedia project returns to the Los Angeles Film Festival to premiere new content surrounding black male identity.
  • Wade in the Water: Movement Talk, dir. Terrance Pitts, 2015: Congressman John Lewis reflects on his decades-long involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and its relevance to today’s human rights struggle.
  • We Demand Justice for Renisha McBride, dir. dream hampton, 2015: Acclaimed filmmaker and social justice organizer dream hampton follows the campaign for an indictment for the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Renisha McBride.

Blackout for Human Rights is a network of filmmakers, artists, activists, musicians, lawyers, tastemakers and concerned citizens who commit their energy and resources to immediately address the staggering level of human rights violations and injustices against fellow Americans throughout the United States: