PODAST: Shooting A Micro-Budget ACTION Feature Film With Writer / Director Steven Pierce
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
2d ago
In this episode, I am joined by filmmaker Steven Pierce to talk all about his latest feature film Herd. The film follows a woman that ends up trapped between a zombie outbreak and warring militia groups while trying to outrun her past. An ambitious concept for a micro-budget, making the execution of it all that much more impressive. Throughout the episode Steven and I speak about his new film at length. We cover his tactics for shooting action sequences on a budget, how he covered 20+ locations, the process of editing his own film, and much more. This is Episode 218: Shooting A Micro-Budg ..read more
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A List Of Modern Movies Shot In Non-Standard Aspect Ratios
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
4d ago
Using a non-standard aspect ratio is one of the most effective ways to subtly shift the tone of your film. In this post, I’ve highlighted some contemporary movies that benefitted from non-standard (often vintage) aspect ratio choices. I’ve written a lot about alternative aspect ratios, including in this article about picking the right aspect for your movie. But for those looking for even more inspiration, check out the list of films below. Each of which broke away from a conventional 1.85:1 / 2.39:1 format. 1:1 – Mommy Very few films have ever been shot using a fully square aspect ratio. But ..read more
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PODCAST: How To Direct & DP Your Film At The Same Time (Without Sacrificing Quality)
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
1w ago
In this new solo episode, I compare and contrast my experience directing and DP’ing two separate feature films, and share tips for other filmmakers looking to do the same. Throughout the episode we cover everything from camera & lens choice to on-set workflow. All with the intention of maximizing collaboration with actors, achieving great production value, and simplifying your on-set workflow. This is Episode 217: How To Direct & DP Your Film At The Same Time (Without Sacrificing Quality) Subscribe to this podcast via Apple Podcasts Subscribe to this podcast via Spotify Subscribe to t ..read more
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How To Direct & DP Your Film At The Same Time (Without Sacrificing Quality)
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
1w ago
I just finished directing & DPing my latest feature film, and wanted to share some thoughts on the process. Hopefully this post can help some of you who are looking to juggle both roles on projects of your own. Before we get into some of the tactics I used on set, we should talk about determining whether this path is right for you. As there are a lot of benefits (but also drawbacks) associated with doing so. Like any other choice, it’s always about what is best for your project as a whole. DPing Your Own Movie: Pros & Cons There are two primary benefits of DPing your own film: You can ..read more
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PODCAST: From SXSW Shorts To Directing Bruce Dern in “Buck Alamo” – An Interview With Benjamin Epstein
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
2w ago
Today I am joined by writer / director Benjamin Epstein to talk about his acclaimed feature film Buck Alamo, which stars Bruce Dern, Sonny Carl Davis, Lorelei Linklater, and premiered at the Oldenburg Film Festival. Throughout the episode we discuss Benjamin’s path as a filmmaker. From his early short film work to his first premiere at SXSW. We also unpack his creative process, his experience directing TV, and take a behind the scenes look at his latest feature film Buck Alamo.  This is Episode 216: From SXSW Shorts To Directing Bruce Dern in “Buck Alamo” – An Interview With Ben ..read more
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How Make Better Films By Directing Intuitively
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
3w ago
Recently I heard a quote by Jeff Bezos (of all people) that resonated with me as a filmmaker. Drawing from his experience growing Amazon into one of the biggest companies on earth, he said: “We need to be stubborn on the vision, but flexible on the details”. When I heard this, I felt it perfectly summed up my feelings on being a filmmaker. Especially on a micro-budget level. Having a clear vision for your film is of course always crucial. Without it you have no sense of direction, and your project (and collaborators) will become aimless. But having so rigid a vision that you refuse a ..read more
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PODCAST: From No-Budget Feature To Green Light – Making My Biggest Indie Feature Film To Date
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
3w ago
After taking a brief hiatus while in production for our new feature Teacher’s Pet, I am thrilled to return to the show! Before sharing a slew of new interviews with you, I wanted to first publish this solo episode to give you a behind the scenes look into our process on the new movie. Throughout the episode I discuss how the film was developed, my approach to keeping a DIY mentality while scaling things up, specific on set workflows, and much more. Check out Episode 215: From No-Budget Feature To Green Light – Making My Biggest Indie Feature Film To Date Subscribe to this podcast via App ..read more
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From No-Budget Feature To Green Light: Everything I Learned Making My Biggest Indie Feature Film To Date
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
3w ago
Last week we officially wrapped production on our new feature film Teacher’s Pet, which has been in the works for well over a year. This production was among the best I’ve ever been a part of, and truly exceeded my expectations in every way. To say that I am grateful for our team who made it all possible would be a massive understatement. I also learned more on this film than any other, as it was larger in scale, scope, and complexity than anything I had ever worked on. But it was still very much an indie production that benefitted from some of my usual DIY tactics. Whenever I wrap up a produc ..read more
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PODCAST: “Anyone But You” Cinematographer Danny Ruhlmann On Achieving Beautiful Visuals In Camera
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
2M ago
In this episode I am excited to be joined by acclaimed DP Danny Ruhlmann, whose latest feature film Anyone But You (starring Sydney Sweeney & Glen Powell) is out in theaters today. Throughout the episode Danny generously shares his wealth of knowledge on all things cinematography – From specific tactics for beauty lighting to creative workflows for achieving better results on set in less time. We also discuss networking methods for aspiring DPs, overall career advice, and much more. This is Episode 214: “Anyone But You” Cinematographer Danny Ruhlmann On Achieving Beautiful Visuals In ..read more
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5 Reasons To “Pre-Shoot” Your Movie
Noam Kroll
by Noam Kroll
2M ago
This week we did a pre-shoot for our upcoming feature – a one day production that took place a month ahead of the main schedule. I’ve never done this before, but it was hugely beneficial from a creative perspective… Originally I was simply planning to do some camera tests. But after some discussion with the actors and team, we decided to maximize the day by shooting footage we could actually use. For those of you with short or feature films on the horizon, I highly recommend setting up a pre-shoot of your own. Having now gone through the process, I’ve se ..read more
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