Archives For m. night shyamalan

The best part of owning a DVD or Blu-Ray is the behind the scenes featurettes that most of them include. Besides being just plain interesting, some of them can offer some very useful tips as a filmmaker.

Some of them will break down how they accomplished a certain effect while others simply film a tiny interview and call it a behind the scenes. So if you’re looking for something educational, definitely pick up the ones that break things down and explore new frontiers in filmmaking.

Here are 3 DVD extras chosen at random with information about what/if you can learn from them and apply the information to your own filmmaking. (Also, the rating is based on a scale of 1-5). Continue Reading…

It is my firm belief that a person only has so many good stories in them. That number may differ for people, but it’s still true that once that person has reached his or her limit, it’s just downhill from there. It doesn’t mean that a career in film is over. It just means that they need to scoot aside and produce or play some other role in support of some fresh blood.

It’s part of the circle of life…or the circle of filmmaking. Once you’ve told your stories, assume the mentor role to help others tell their stories.

Here are three directors that I have absolutely loved in the past, but recently their movies have been stuck in a rut. Continue Reading…