The Filmmaker’s Process is new kind of filmmaking website, unlike anything else on the internet. Its singular purpose: to help you make films that you actually care about.
So, what sets this site apart from the other filmmaking blogs out there?
For starters, we'll never tell you that you need to go out and buy a new camera to make better films. In fact, we won't talk about gear at all. Ever.
Instead, The Filmmaker's Process is about digging in, finding something important to say, then saying it through film.
We'll publish content to help you find your voice as a filmmaker, then give you actionable, tactical filmmaking advice to show you how to make great films, regardless of your budget or experience level.
If that sounds good to you, join us on this journey by subscribing to The Filmmaker's Process Newsletter, then by reading on to learn more about this place what you can expect in years to come.
Who's in charge here?
The Filmmaker's Process was founded by Robert Hardy.
You may know him from his writing for No Film School, one of the largest filmmaking blogs in the world. During his three year tenure there, he wrote over 700 articles, most of which focused on cinematography and visual storytelling.
He's now moved on to focus his whole heart on The Filmmaker’s Process.
You see, Robert is insanely passionate about filmmaking as an art form, and about teaching people to make films that they’re proud to put their names on.
He firmly believes that when more people are inspired to create meaningful films, and they’re enabled to do so with actionable information about the process, the world benefits from the flourish of artistic perspective.
That’s what drives him. And that’s why this website exists.
The problem with most filmmaking websites
There are more educational filmmaking sites out there than I could count on 20 hands. But for us at least, there was always something missing from the conversation on existing sites.
In short, they often seem to focus too heavily on one particular aspect of filmmaking — the gear.
With laser-like focus, film sites consistently report on exciting new cameras, gimbal stabilizers, lenses, and lights. All under the guise of, “this gear will make your films better.”
And honestly, that’s great to a certain extent. As filmmakers, we need to understand our tools if we want to use them to their full potential.
However, when all we hear about is gear, we start believing that gear is the most important aspect of the filmmaking process.
Instead, they care about what’s unfolding onscreen. They care about the stories, characters, physical and emotional conflicts, and resolutions that we bring into their lives.
And if we’re lucky, they care about what we, as filmmakers, have to say.
It’s about high time for a website that takes that into account.
Here’s why we’re different
We don’t talk about gear. Ever.
Here at The Filmmaker’s Process, we’re drawing a line in the sand.
If you want the tech specs of a new camera, you won’t find them here. Best head over to No Film School, Cinema5D, EOSHD, or 4K Shooters.
However, if you’re looking to learn about how to make your next film better than your last one, this is the place for you.
More than that, if you’re looking for a resource that will help you make better films regardless of your budget, experience level, or how much gear you do or don’t own, you’ve come to the right place.
Of course, you can’t make a film without gear. It’d be naive to say otherwise. However, great gear doesn’t make great films.
Instead, great films are made by people with something valuable to say. They're made by collaborative teams of like-minded individuals, working together towards a common goal. They're made by people who follow through with the tried and true filmmaking processes that never change, even though the gear might.
Those processes will be explored in full on this site.
We Focus on the Art of Filmmaking
We all have something unique to say, or a subject that we’re keen to explore. This place is devoted to helping filmmakers find their unique voice and share it with the world.
Film is perhaps the greatest art form known to man. It combines so many different mediums, including literature, theater, photography, music, and a handful of others, into one medium that is infinitely expressive.
Film is universal. It’s emotional. It’s powerful and impactful. The Filmmaker’s Process is devoted to teaching filmmaking in a way that allows us to take advantage of that.
For people with something important to say, and the desire to say it through the medium of film, this website will become your most trusted advisor in the years to come.
We’re not an industry site
There are plenty of websites that will tell you how to get a job in the film industry. This is not one of them.
There are plenty of websites trying to teach you how to turn indie filmmaking into a viable business. This is not one of them.
Instead, this is a place for those of us who love making films we care about with people we like.
Regardless of whether you work in the film industry or not, if you love filmmaking and want to learn about it from a fresh perspective, this is the site for you.
The Filmmaker's Process is founded on the belief that when you divorce filmmaking from business, creativity and expression become inevitable.
And when you're a creative, expressive filmmaker, monetizing your skills and your work becomes more easily achieved.
We have a kickass filmmaking newsletter
Not only is our newsletter a great way to stay updated on our new articles every week, but we also share the best filmmaking articles from other sites as well.
You’ll also be the first to hear about awesome new filmmaking resources and tutorials from our trusted educational partners.
In addition to all of that, we’re going to be spotlighting short films that we love, interviewing the people who made those films, and really digging into their individual processes.
These interviews will be available exclusively in the newsletter.
Last but not least, each newsletter will contain a healthy dose of filmmaking inspiration. Sometimes this will come in the form of a quote. Other times it will be a video or an image. You never know.
So if you’re interested, make sure you sign up today.
What you can expect from us in the future
Every week, we will publish two new articles.
On Mondays, we’ll push out a short article, usually with a helpful or instructive video of some sort.
On Thursdays, we’ll publish a long-form piece, something meaty that you’ll be able to sink your teeth into. Something that will explore a single aspect of the filmmaking process in-depth.
Every Sunday morning, we’ll send out The Filmmaker’s Process Newsletter, which will contain enough juicy filmmaking content to fill the entire upcoming week.
In between all of that, we’ll be sharing great content from other filmmaking websites on our social media channels.
If that sounds good to you, we’d love for you to join us on this journey by signing up for the newsletter, following our social media channels, and telling your filmmaking friends about the site.
We love guest posts from filmmakers
If you just made a film that you’re proud of, and you want to share the process and lessons learned with a community of filmmakers, we invite you to submit a guest post to our site.
It’s free promotion for your film, your filmmaking business, or your personal brand. Plus, your instructive and insightful content will help future filmmakers navigate the waters more efficiently.
If you have a great guest post idea, send it to us! Just shoot Robert an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your pitch, and we'll chat about how to make it work on our site.
We’d love to hear from you
This website is about you, the passionate filmmaker. Without you, The Filmmaker's Process is just one man shouting into the internet. When you add your voice, however, it becomes a community of like-minded filmmakers working towards a common goal.
For that reason, we humbly ask that you reach out and directly share this post with three of your closest filmmaking friends.
You can use the share buttons on the left, or copy and paste this link — http://bit.ly/1mm2lFj — into an email or social media post.
We know that every blogger ever asks you to share their content, but it would mean the world to us if you could take 30 seconds to share this with someone who could benefit from it.
Last, but not least, if you’d like to give some feedback about what we’re doing, or if you’d like to request an article about a certain topic, be sure to shoot Robert an email at email@example.com.
He reads and responds to every single one.
Until the next time,
-Robert Hardy, Tyler Jones, and the Filmmaker Process Team