Filmmaking

How Not to Suck at Auditions

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Auditions aren't my favourite part of the film business. There's a built-in imbalance to the process, and it's easy for either side to lose sight of what the experience is like for the other party in the room.

Stop the BBFC Killing Independent Film

Pat Higgins | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

In fact, this change of BBFC policy would probably be unnoticed by everybody except small independent distributors and the filmmakers whose films are distributed by them. Filmmakers like me.

The Audacious Challenge of '50 Kisses'

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gabriella Apicella

One afternoon 2 years ago, I wrote 2 pages of script. Next week I'll be walking up a red carpet, in a pretty sensational (borrowed) dress to the World Premiere of a film those 2 pages have become part of.

The Day I Got My Kit Off for a Pop Video

Hugh Carswell | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Carswell

When we came to think about making the video for the single 'Take Hold', which is all about that incredible feeling of liberation, I wanted to try to capture a bit of that spirit - and the idea was born that we should feature some swimming, in particular, some underwater swimming.

Goodbye, Blockbuster

Pat Higgins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

Back in the early 90s, I was a person who wanted to make movies. People who wanted to make movies tended to go and work in video stores whilst waiting for that elusive big break to come. Not one to buck the trend, I worked in Blockbuster.

The Inside Scoop on Every Film Project in Hollywood

Daniel Johnson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy
Daniel Johnson

Everybody in LA is excited about their next project. It's a passion project. Lots of great people are interested in getting involved and some stars are attached, dependent on another draft.

'You Have To Dream Don't You?'

The Huffington Post UK | Chris Matthews | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

It is the sixth form college with creativity running through its corridors. Nestled among roaming Surrey countryside and described as a ‘Utopia for ...

Winning Film Prize Opened Doors For Young Student Filmmaker

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education

As entries start rolling in for this year's Hurtwood Prize for Young Filmmakers, HuffPost caught up with one of the winning contestants from 2012, Jos...

Eat My Shorts

Mark Buchanan | Posted 07.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Mark Buchanan

Shorts are a brilliant way of finding your voice in the competitive world of film. The genre allows you to hone your skills and can function as a stepping stone in your career as a director, writer, cinematographer, or any of the other disciplines.

EXCLUSIVE: Hudson Taylor Work With Young Filmmakers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Having started their pop career by posting to YouTube, it's no surprise that up and coming Irish duo have lent their support to this year's Hurtwood P...

Fancy Making A Pop Movie?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

For the second year, the Hurtwood Prize is offering young filmmakers the chance to shoot music videos but with an added incentive - working with up an...

The Scott Expedition

Temujin Doran | Posted 16.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Temujin Doran

I'm the videographer attached to the Scott Expedition - the first attempt in over 100 years to complete Captain Scott's ill-fated last journey; to walk from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again.

Why Buying Sex Is an Act of Violence

Gabriella Apicella | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Gabriella Apicella

If prostitution rates are to be brought down, and women made safer, the laws around prostitution must be changed. Even the "punters" themselves confessed during interviews for research conducted by Eaves that the most effective deterrents for them would be being added to the sex offender register, publicly identified, or time in prison.

Blocked! Pornography, The Filter and Me

Pat Higgins | Posted 01.10.2013 | UK Tech
Pat Higgins

It seems that Fortiguard aren't just in the business of keeping vulnerable eyes away from explicit sexual content and blogs about independent filmmaking. Their website describes the alternative beliefs category as blocking "Websites that provide information about or promote religions not specified in Traditional Religions or other unconventional, cultic, or folkloric beliefs and practices". Make of that what you will.

Is Crowdfunding the Way Forward for Indie Films?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

"I put up on my blog that I had written a movie script titled LUCIA, and was looking for investors," remarks Pawan. "I gave the audience the option to put in little chunks of money in the project, the idea was to make a good movie which was purely an artist's work and was free of market pressures. I was able to raise 51lakhs (£ 55,584) in just 27 days."

Making It in the Film Industry

Richard Naylor | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Richard Naylor

My advice to future film school students would be to try and make each piece of work better than the last. I look back on the work I did at film school and find most of the early stuff I made cringe worthy! It sucks! It's worth remembering that it only takes one piece of work to kick-start your career and every time you get behind a camera you have a chance to make that film.

7 Habits Of Successful Filmmakers: Tips To Know If You Want To Make It Big

Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Entertainment

While we can't pretend that cracking Hollywood and becoming an A-list film director is the easiest of career paths, it can be done. We tracked down so...

The Bluffer's Guide To Filmmaking

Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Entertainment

Fancy yourself as the next Scorcese? Or perhaps you're sick of watching lame films and thinking " I could do better than that". Well, follow our super...

Truth or Dare? A Golden Age for Documentary Film

Paul Drury | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

The documentary business is booming. From film festivals, to cinemas, on television and online - there's rarely been a greater hunger for stories that reflect fascinating true stories all told from a human perspective.

Piracy! Illegal Downloads! Fight! Fight! Fight!

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I'm an independent filmmaker. I've tried a lot of different ways of giving stuff away free over the years. However, shooting movies isn't free, and at some point in the process you need to make sure that someone gives you some money, otherwise you don't get to make any more independent movies.

From Brighouse to Cannes, 'Le Tour De Tan'

Paul Drury | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Paul Drury

With this year's Cannes film festival now in full swing, thought it was worth sharing a Cannes travel story with a difference. In 2012, we dared to dream the impossible dream. From a wet and windy West Yorkshire all the way to the world's most glamorous film festival.

Five Ways to Make a Great Music Video

Adam Hamdy | Posted 23.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

The music video is alive and kicking. There are few art forms that can reach that many people that quickly, and while MTV may no longer be broadcasting wall-to-wall music videos, YouTube has taken its place. The combination of a good track combined with great visuals seems to resonate globally, and the great thing about YouTube is that it's totally democratic.

WE WENT TO WAR by Michael Grigsby and Rebekah Tolley

Rebekah Tolley | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Rebekah Tolley

Our journey with WE WENT TO WAR started on a rainy afternoon in London in December 2007. In between developing project ideas with Michael, I was slowly making my way through his extraordinary five decade back catalogue as one Britain's great documentary filmmakers. Today it was 'I Was a Soldier' (1970), possibly the very first sustained treatment about soldiers coming home from the frontlines of Vietnam.

British Indie Filmmaker Shares Roots, His Journey and Debut Film

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Gregory G. Allen

There is nothing like social media that brings people together from different continents. Being an author about adversity and diversity, I was drawn to the story of indie filmmaker Marcus Markou from the United Kingdom. A man with a similar background to myself in the arts, I loved reading his blog about what he has gone through to get his film "Papadopoulos & Sons" made and into theaters for people to see it.

Budget Bullet-Time: GoPro Array Does Hollywood On The Cheap

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Tech

An innovative use of everyone's favourite ridiculously small extreme sports camera has let a bunch of amateur filmmakers recreate scenes akin to 'The ...