Filmmaking in Action

Your guide to the skills and craft

Adam Leipzig, Barry S. Weiss, with Michael Goldman
  • Advice from Professionals in How Do I? Videos


    Each chapter includes a How Do I? video feature. In these exclusive interviews, students hear directly from some of the most accomplished professionals in the film industry-directors, writers, producers, editors, designers, and other industry insiders. Together, their advice forms an expert crash course in all facets of filmmaking.


  • From Chapter 12: Telling the Story through Editing

    How Do I… Show Point of View through Editing?
    William Goldenberg, editor (Unbroken; Argo; Heat)


    From Chapter 3: Directing

    How Do I… Set the Tone On-Set?
    David Gordon Green, director (Pineapple Express; Prince Avalanche; Joe)

  • How Do I? Videos by Chapter



    Chapter 1: The Big Picture

    How Do I… Get My First Movie Made? 
    Cherien Dabis, writer/director (Amreeka; May in the Summer)

    Chapter 2: Start with the Script

    How Do I… Respond to Script Notes?
    Julia Camara, screenwriter (Open Road; Area Q)

    Chapter 3: Directing 

    How Do I… Set the Tone On-Set?
    David Gordon Green, director (Pineapple Express; Prince Avalanche; Joe)

    Chapter 4: Conceptualization and Design 

    How Do I… Use Design to Tell a Story?
    Alex McDowell, production designer (Man of Steel; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Fight Club)

    Chapter 5: Production Planning and Management 

    How Do I… Manage My Production's Details?
    Lulu Zezza, production manager (Nine; The Reader; The Nanny Diaries)

    Chapter 6: Camera Skills

    How Do I… Prepare the Camera?
    Jacob Pinger, camera operator (The LEGO Movie; Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

    Chapter 7: Telling the Story with the Camera"

    How Do I… Motivate the Camera?
    Mandy Walker, Cinematographer (Jane Got a Gun; Tracks; Australia)

    Chapter 8: Lighting Skills

    How Do I… Light with Minimal Tools?
    Willie Dawkins, gaffer and lighting technician (Parks & Recreation; Brothers and Sisters; The Rock)

    Chapter 9: Telling the Story through Lighting

    How Do I… Light for Mood?
    Russell Carpenter, cinematographer (Ant-Man; Charlie's Angels; Titanic)

    Chapter 10: Sound

    How Do I… Fulfill Sound Requirements?
    Paul Ottosson, sound designer (Zero Dark Thirty; The Hurt Locker; Spider-Man 2)

    Chapter 11: Editing Skills

    How Do I… Keep Track of Footage?
    Mindy Elliott, assistant editor (Nebraska; Girls; The Descendants)

    Chapter 12: Telling the Story through Editing

    How Do I… Show Point of View through Editing?
    William Goldenberg, editor (Unbroken; Argo; Heat)

    Chapter 13: Visual Effects and Animation

    How Do I… Embrace Simplicity in Visual Effects?
    Ken Ralston, visual effects supervisor (Alice in Wonderland; Back to the Future; Star Wars)

    Chapter 14: Marketing and Distribution 

    How Do I… Market My Movie Like a Pro?
    Dennis O'Connor, Head of Marketing for Roadside Attractions (Dear White People; The Skeleton Twins; All Is Lost)

    Chapter 15: Careers in Filmmaking 

    How Do I… Decide on a Career Path?
    Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick, producers (Divergent; The Great Gatsby; Gladiator)