Chris Peckover: Making Decisions

Making decisions as a director can sometimes be nerve-racking.   The best way that I’ve found to learn the best way to deal with the high pressure, on set experience is to listen to as many fellow directors as possible.   Take a listen as Chris describes his experience on Undocumented and you might get a little insight on how to handle your next shoot.     What is the decision that you made on your last film that you think was your best?   And, of course, what was the worst?   Everyone here wants to learn, so don’t be afraid to share to gory details. ....

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Chris Peckover: What You Don’t Know

What you don’t know in filmmaking can sometimes hurt you.   But, if you keep in mind a few simple concepts, you should be able to navigate your way through any shoot with basic directorial knowledge.   A good general rule is not to pretend that you know things that you don’t.    Of course, there are exceptions to every rule, especially when it comes to directing.    Take a look at the video and see how Chris handles his first feature film and the things that he didn’t know. What are some of the things that you “didn’t know” on your first or last...

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Chris Peckover: The First Day – Part 1

In this video, Chris describes the first day of shooting on his first feature film. Yeah, that’s a lot of first, but when you are right out of film school and get the opportunity to make a $1 million feature film, there are a lot of surprises. One thing you need to know about Chris is that he tells it exactly as it happens, even the parts that might be a little embarrassing. Take a look at the video and let us know what your first directing experience was like. Is there anything in particular that you would do differently? Join the forum discussion on this...

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Chris Peckover: Supporting Your Actors

Here’s a great video about working with actors.   Both experienced and novice actors need a bit of directorial support from time to time.  Here’s Chris’ take on the subject.  Do you agree with him on this?  If not, what’s your approach to getting what you need from you actors?   Join the forum discussion on this...

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Chris Peckover: The First Day – Part 2

Here’s part two of Chris’s first day on set. Although this is low-budget film by Hollywood standards, the pressure was still extremely hard to deliver a good product in the time available. Again, Chris is brutally honest with the details and I hope you enjoy this little snippet of onset life. If you were given $1 million dollars to make a feature film, how do you think your first day would...

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Chris Peckover: Rehearsal Time

Rehearsal time is one of the most overlooked aspects of indie filmmaking.   (Some would argue the same is true in big budget productions as well).   In this video, Chris explains how and why to fight for your rehearsal time before a film project.     This is one of the videos that I think is a ‘must watch’ even though rehearsals might be the last thing on your mind and you crank away at your script. How much rehearsal time did you have on your last project?   Did you wish you had more once it was all said and...

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Chris Peckover: The Script and Getting Attached

Getting attached as the director of a feature film is always difficult.   But, when you are a first time director, its even harder.    In this video, Chris describes all the tricks he used to get his script in order and, more importantly, to get the producers to give him a shot at directing the project.  Whether you are a fan of Chris’ methods or not, you have to appreciate the hard work he put in to make it happen. What tricks have you used (keep it clean) to convince the powers that be to give you a shot?   If it worked, tell us why.  And if it didn’t work, we...

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Chris Peckover: Shorts vs Features

Indie filmmaker Chris Peckover gives us his take on the great “shorts vs. features” debate.    At this very moment, I am prepping to do a short film version of my feature as well.   I wonder what Chris would have to say about that?   Take a look and you’ll find out.   Join the forum discussion on this...

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Chris Peckover: Introduction

In this video, Chris Peckover introduces himself and, more importantly, describes the Cinderella story of coming out of film school, pitching your film to a production company, and getting them to say “yes”.    Chris is a very talented Director who was thrust into the world of million dollar filmmaking when a Los Angeles Production company took an interest in his script and funded his film.   Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hearing all about Chris’ first feature film, so stay tuned. . .             Join the forum discussion on...

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RED’s Scarlet-X Delivers Big

Yes, another tech post, but the filmmaker world changed yesterday.   After the big camera duel between Canon and RED, it looks like RED won hands down.   Of course, we’ve heard a lot from RED in the past and had to wait for years, but this time it just might be the real thing.    After the 3pm announcement of the C300 from Canon, RED took just 3 hours to blow the doors of the industry with their new Scarlet-X. There was no new footage to show, which I think is a pretty big deal, but they did have lots of specs and cameras to go around.    For anyone who missed the...

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