The Importance of Shared Inspiration

Brianne Hogan with Creative Screenwriting sat down with Lisa Robinson and Annie J. Howell to discuss their project, Claire in Motion, as well as how directors can learn from their actors, and their writing process.

Read the full article here: Shared Inspiration: Claire in Motion

How to Become a Film Director

Stephanie Forshee with Backstage provides some insight and guidance to budding and aspiring film directors. She answers every question such as what does a film director really do, how to get started, and how to find your artistic style as a director. She discusses several examples of how some of the most famous directors got their start. She reminds readers of one truth of the business: everyone’s path is different

Read the Full Article Here: How to Become a Film Director

Advice and Inspiration from Greta Gerwig

Ken Miyamoto shares some morsels of inspiration from the brilliant mind of Greta Gerwig, the writer and director of Lady Bird. He shares her insight through a series of interviews with the actress turn writer/director. Here are a few highlights:

  • Writing Words that Don’t Look Like They’ve Been Written
  • Taking the Time to Prepare Yourself
  • Story Structure Is Embedded Within Us All
  • You Have to Take the Leap
  • Don’t Judge and Dismiss Your Own Writing
  • Listen to Your Characters
  • Treat Each Character as If They Could Have Their Own Movie About Them
  • Great Screenplays Should Be Like Poetry

Read the full article here: Screenwriting Advice From LADY BIRD Writer/Director Greta Gerwig

Writing Cards

This is arguably one of the best things I’ve ever run into. One writer did something quite clever and brilliant, instead of asking for photos with the renowned creators they met, they collected pieces of advice written on a notecard. That collection of notecards has been compiled into a website full of words or wisdom, encouragement, and necessary butt-kickings from the creators of your favorite work. Read up and get inspired. And don’t forget to eat lunch 🙂

See full website here: Their Writing Cards

Zoe Lister-Jones on her Directorial Debut and her All-Female Crew

Melissa Silverstein with Women & Hollywood sat down with Zoe Lister-Jones to talk about her directorial debut and hiring an all female film crew for her film, Band Aid, which premiered at Sundance this past January

Read the full interview here: Zoe Lister-Jones on Hiring an All-Female Crew for Her Directorial Debut “Band Aid”

Rookie Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The folks at ScreenCraft discussed some common first-time director mistakes and offered insight on how to avoid them.

Full article here: How to Avoid First-Time Director Pitfalls

Women in Film: Where are they?

Nowadays half of film school graduates are female, but for some reason, less than 2 percent of top grossing films in the industry are directed by women. Shaunna Murphy sat down with MTV to discuss this disparity in the film industry and ways that women are fighting to get their fair share of opportunity.

Full article here: Female Directors

Vimeo for Aspiring Directors

Want to learn how to direct a film, but how ZERO idea where to start? Vimeo is here to help. The sight now offers Vimeo Video School with “Directing 101” and other lessons for aspiring filmmakers to check out and learn from. There’s a video for just about anything you can think of, even how to make a prosthetic mask!

Read full article and watch the video here: Vimeo for Aspiring Directors