The Best Guest Articles Published on Filmmaker's Process in 2016


As we come up on the one year mark since Filmmaker's Process officially launched, I wanted to look back on the year and pull out some of my favorite guest submissions that have appeared on the site so far. There are some seriously great ones.

For those of you who've spent any time on this site, you know that guest articles are a big part of what makes Filmmaker's Process unique. Sure, there are plenty of articles about my views on filmmaking and creativity, but there are just as many that come directly from independent filmmakers all over the world.

These articles not only reflect the many ways that a film can be conceived and crafted, but they reflect the incredible diversity of what it means to be a filmmaker in this day and age.

That's been one of the key points of this site so far. The world has changed immeasurably in the past 15 years, and we now have an infinite number of paths we can travel through the world of filmmaking. These stories, and the vast amount hard-earned knowledge they contain, are proof of that.

Anyhow, I hope you enjoy this year's best guest articles, and if you'd like to see your own filmmaking story appear on next year's list, you can learn more about that here.

-Robert Hardy


In what's probably our single favorite guest article this year, Ryan LaBee shares his personal journey into the world of filmmaking, and how he’s overcome the mental barriers that many of us face when it comes to doing creative work.

“We may not be able to change where we live. We may not be able to raise a million dollars for our first feature. We may not be able to afford all the fancy gear, but we can still become better filmmakers. What can change right now? What can you do right this minute to become better?”

This is the fifth article in an ongoing series by filmmaker Brittany Nisco, where she's documenting the entire process of making her first independent feature film, Wandering Off.

If you want to get caught up on the first four installments in the series, you can find them here:

  1. Starting Down the Road of Making Your First Feature Film
  2. The Super Important Logistics of Pre-Producing Your First Feature
  3. The Keys to Kickstarting Your Indie Film: Preparation, Hustle, & Heart
  4. Running A Kickstarter or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Movie

Also, keep your eyes peeled for the 6th installment of Brittany's series in January!


This is an excellent guest post from Sam Beasley, whose short film Ripples is currently on the festival circuit. To get a sense of what this post is about, here are a few quotes that sum it up well:

When I set out to shoot Ripples, we had a 14 page script. I told everyone the final film would be, slow, probably closer to 20 minutes.” The assembly cut was 19 minutes long. The final cut is exactly eight minutes. And that’s with credits.
Over half of the movie, my favorite scene, and my favorite shot all got cut. It’s the same movie though. It has the same ideas, same characters, same tone as what I envisioned in my head when I wrote the script.

At just 18 years old, Carl Mason is already an accomplished filmmaker. In this detailed guest post, he shares an in-depth look behind the scenes of his latest short film, which not only bends genre in a clever way, but which was shot in a single take. Be sure to watch the BTS video that’s embedded in this post as well, because it’s a fantastic look at the filmmaking process as a whole.


Bogna Jordan is a full-time stay at home mom of three adorable kiddos. She’s also in the process of making her first feature film despite the fact that she gets very little free time during the day. In order to do this, she’s built systems into her life that allow her to work filmmaking into her busy schedule.

If you often say to yourself, “I just don’t have enough time to make films,” this article is going to light a fire under your ass and give you some actionable ideas so that you can start working film into your everyday life as well.


In this phenomenally detailed post from Clara Lehmann and Jonathan Lacocque at the Chicago-based post-production company Coat of Arms, the pair explains exactly how they made their first animated short film Death Loves Life, which has already screened at a few Academy accredited festivals. If you’re at all interested in animation, this post is a must-read.


In this epic guest post, Craig Inzana shares his experience with producing a micro-budget feature. He talks about why it’s important to pay your cast and crew for their time, the effect that has on the ultimate quality of the film, and outlines some of the steps he took to secure the funding to make it possible.


This is an incredibly funny, dark, and important guest post from Pablo Carranza. Depression is a rampant problem in many artistic communities, filmmaking included, and the more we can talk about it, the better chance we have of not letting it control our lives. Here’s a little snippet from Pablo’s post that sums things up well.

“Mental illness is not shameful. It is not something to be put aside to deal with later. It can control our lives and impact our work/relationships, but rest assured that you always have the choice of perspective.”

In one of my favorite guest posts that has appeared on the site so far, Evan Kidd, whose first feature is currently playing the festival circuit, shares his best tips for finding talented, dedicated collaborators, even when your budget is non-existent.



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