Written by Justin Joseph Hall

Personally I hate writing. I’ve dreaded starting this article that was assigned to me by my publicist, and recommended by my marketing friends who told me to blog 3 years ago. …


The struggle of filmmaking — your beliefs, communication, and the melting pot of ideas

By Justin Joseph Hall

Filmmaking like any art is a struggle. Not just the struggle to find the money and time to get tens to hundreds to thousands of people together to tell one story for…


By Justin Joseph Hall

Music offers an experience all on its own, but it is also a powerful tool that can enhance other experiences. A song or score is an easy cheat to enhance emotional storytelling because we have such a strong reaction to it. …


A sensory approach to making a killer playlist or soundtrack.

By Jane E. Werle

Artwork by Katan Rodriguez/Totemworlds.

Create or Share a Mood

Have you ever had a very specific craving? Pork rinds, peanut butter pretzels, pimento cheese, pizza bagels, parmesan crisps, potato chips — whatever it is, that’s the only thing that will do. …


By Danielle Earle

It’s that time of the year again. Pride Month — a celebration of unity, self-love, identity, and all things Queer — is coming to a close.

But just because Pride is ending doesn’t mean that we should hit pause on celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, so I put…


By: Justin Joseph Hall

Bushwick in Manhattan, photo by Justin Joseph Hall

“Artist” is such a vague term I usually don’t like to use it. Maybe that’s also an aversion I have from growing up in the Midwest where artists are often scorned or mocked as high-society. First of all, an artist has nothing to do with class…


By Danielle Earle

Photo by Kelly Fournier on Unsplash.

Finding my voice as a Black woman in the film industry was a challenge for me. Experiencing prejudgement in a sea of white creatives was the last thing I expected, but that was the reality.

Trust Your Vision and Create Your Own Opportunities

I continue to strive for a seat at the table. At times…


Tips for working with children on set.

By Elizabeth Chatelain

This is the second article in a 2-part series about working with child actors. If you haven’t read the first part yet, read it here.

Rehearsals

Serenity Gress (Jenny) and Elizabeth Chatelain (Writer/Director) on the set of Sundogs (Photo Credit: Caitlin Prentke).

So now you have decided which kids you are going to be working with…


Interview by Piper Werle

Photo by Victoria Stevens.

Meredith Alloway is a multi-hyphenate badass. Recent milestones in her career include screening her short film Deep Tissue at festivals all over the world including SXSW, directing a Paris Jackson music video, and partnering with Hulu, Sundance Institute, and 20th Century Digital Studios on her last…


Tips for casting children in your next film.

By Elizabeth Chatelain

Tom (Jefferson White) and Rowan (Payson Jane) on the set of Paper Geese. Photo by Abby Hanson.

The other day I was speaking with a colleague and they asked me if there were any themes that ran throughout the films I’ve made. It dawned on me that almost every short film I’ve written has children in…

Fourwind Films

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